A review by leahsbooks
Dim Sum of All Fears, by Vivien Chien

adventurous lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


This was another quick fun read in the series. Lana is back, and after another murder occurs in Asia Village, she manages to get herself wrapped up in the investigation. 

While all of this is occurring, she's planning to go back to working in a job of her own choosing, but her parents' trip to Taiwan interferes with that plan. Also, things are heating up with Detective Trudeau, even though she isn't exactly sure if they're an item. Naturally, this makes for an interesting and fast-paced story that never got boring. 

Lana's genuine connection to the people in her community and her friends motivates her to continue investigating on her own, which is one of her more endearing qualities. However, it also appeared that she didn't really learn much from the last book, because she made some of the same mistakes. 

My favorite part of the book was still Kikko, who played a bit of a bigger role in this book that in the previous one. She's the best character of all, in my opinion. I like seeing how Lana keeps getting wrapped up in these murders, although it makes me nervous that she's willing to take such big risks on her own without leaning on the supports that she has available. But if she didn't, it wouldn't be a very interesting series. I'm curious to see what kind of trouble Lana is going to get into next.

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