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Hot and Sour Suspects: 03/14/22

Hot and Sour Suspects

Hot and Sour Suspects by Vivien Chien is the eighth book in the Noodle Shop mystery series. This may be the last one per the introduction. That said, it ends ambiguously meaning if she's up for it, there might be a ninth book.

The Ho-Lee Noodle House is hosting its first speed dating event. Unexpectedly Lana's friend Rina shows up to participate. After a scuffle with a jilted ex-girlfriend, Rina goes home with a questionable date and later he ends up dead. Rina is the prime suspect.

While the set up of the murder and the discovery of the body is completely different, the middle section shares a lot in terms of logistics with Honey Roasted by Cleo Coyle (2022). As I just read the latest Coffeehouse mystery, I recognized the similarities instantly and knew who had committed the murder and how. That said, I still enjoyed the mystery.

Except for the ambiguous epilog where Lana promises to stop investigating murders to her boyfriend but also promises that nothing will stop her, there's not much in the way of character or plot advancement. Lana and her family come off like they're in a holding pattern. I think that's a function of the author writing through her illness.

Four stars

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