In the mood for a cozy mystery and decided I should just finish the last two books in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Up first, book 7--Fatal Fried Rice.
About Fatal Fried Rice:
Lana Lee runs her family's Chinese restaurant in Cleveland's Asia Village like nobody's business. When it comes to actual cooking, however, she's known to be about a step up from boiling rice. So Lana decides to go to culinary school on the sly--and prove that she has what it takes in the kitchen after all. But when course instructor Margo Chan turns up dead after class, Lana suddenly finds herself on the case, frying pan in hand.
Since she was the one who discovered the body, Lana must do double duty in finding the killer and clearing her name. Now, with or without the help of her boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana launches her own investigation into Margo's life and mysterious death. Doing so leads her on a wild goose chase to and from the culinary school--and all the way back to the Ho-Lee noodle shop, where the guilty party may be closer than Lana thinks.
I'm still just loving this series. It's usually just a fun mystery, along with yummy food mentions, but Chien does a great job moving the sub plots along. Lana's relationship with Adam is progressing, there's more information being revealed about Lana's family and friends, and the stories aren't just stuck in a rut of the same. I definitely was laughing that Lana decides she needs to take a cooking class since she runs a Chinese restaurant and still can't actually cook the food.