MYSTERY

Killer Kung Pao

St. Martin’s. (Noodle Shop, Bk. 6). Sept. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781250228307. pap. $7.99. M
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As far as Lana Lee, manager of Ho-Lee Noodle House in Cleveland’s Asia Village, is concerned, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have nothing on her customers June Yi and Mildred Mao when it comes to holding a grudge. Tea shop and bakery owner June and Mah-Jong maven Mildred have been at odds with each other for years, and the latest salvo in their ongoing battle occurs when June’s car rear-ends Millie’s Cadillac in the Asia Village parking lot. Mildred threatens to take June for every penny she’s got, and Lana is pretty sure that June would stop at nothing to put an end to Mildred’s sue-happy ways. However, when Mildred is later electrocuted while enjoying a pedicure, Lana quickly discovers that June isn’t the only person at Asia Village with a motive for murder.
VERDICT Chien infuses the latest deftly crafted entry in her delectable “Noodle Shop” series (after Egg Drop Dead) with plenty of wry charm and dry wit, making this another tempting, too-good-to-miss treat for culinary cozy fans.

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