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Raining Men and Corpses: A Chinese Cozy…

Raining Men and Corpses: A Chinese Cozy Mystery (A Raina Sun Mystery Book…

by Anne R. Tan

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Raina Sun has returned to college in Golden Springs as a grad student, which allowed her to move a couple of hours away from her family in Chinatown in San Francisco. Looking for love she hooks up with her masters’ advisor and stupidly lends him money. She needs the money back or she will be eating ramen for a month. Because she is rotten at confrontations she lies that she is pregnant and must have the money bac,. He texts her to meet him in his office so they can talk, when she arrives his body has just been found in the bathroom. What is worse the detective on scene is her ex-husband.
A chick-lit cozy mystery with the sleuth a Chinese student looking for love. Fast-paced. Enjoyable ( )
  Bettesbooks | Sep 23, 2017 |
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  toole | Aug 7, 2017 |
Chinese American graduate student Rainy Sun lends her money too freely and needs to be repaid. Perhaps a job would help, but Rainy’s hoped-for emplyment turns out to be just more volunteer (over)work. Soon life’s spinning out of control, an ex-boyfriend isn’t ready to commit, an ex-lover is dead, and a very present grandmother has come to share Rainy’s small apartment. Devious plot twists range from match-making to murder, and plenty of mysteries lie in the background to Rainy’s curious relationships. It’s all good fun, grounded in Rainy’s excitable thoughts and dreams (including a “photo-burning ceremony with her friends Ben and Jerry”). And it’s very American, with loving details of student life, personal hygiene and spinach twisted on the fork. And cookies. Lots of characters, light-hearted and chatty, with a backstory waiting to be told in future volumes I’d guess.

Disclosure: I learned it was on a deal and I offer my honest review. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Apr 25, 2017 |
This was a great book, better then I thought it would be. It was funny at times to. ( )
  elizmiller06 | Aug 30, 2016 |
This had many of the usual problems of "cozy" mysteries, plus a few extra.

Raina is, in typical cozy convention, a doormat. And not just a doormat- she;s a graduate student whose faculty adviser comes on to her until they start to date, AND borrows money from her and refuses to repay it. Does it even occur to Raina to lodge a complaint? of course not. Not even after he dumps her via text message, after impoverishing her.

Another problem I had is that this book reads like the second volume in a series, not the first. By that I mean that there are so many hints of backstory- yet nothing explicitly explained, either in the family issues OR her sort-of romance- apparently at one point they were married, even, but all we get are hints. I found this so distracting that I was ignoring the actual plot because of the backstory issues that were raised but not satisfied.

The plot though- that was pretty random. After reading it, I am not entirely sure what the motivation of the murderer was, becuse the murder did not seem to forward their purposes, and there were several other people with far better motives.

The characters seemed to be pretty cardboard, too, with their reactions and actions serving to advance the plot- sort of- but not making much sense intrinsically.

In short- it read like a pretty decent first draft, but needed some serious work to make it work- and it didn't get that. ( )
  cissa | Jul 18, 2016 |
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I loved this light and entertaining story about Raina. She was implicated in the murder of her current lover, and she becomes an amateur sleuth to solve it. Add in her love for the investigative officer and her Chinese grandmother and it becomes a riot!
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A humorous mystery set in the fictitious small town of Gold Springs, California. Raina Sun is a typical graduate student trying to keep her head above water as the bills roll in from a lawsuit disputing an inheritance from her dysfunctional family. Then her dashing college adviser cons her out of several months of rent. 

Her quest to get her money back sets into motion a streak of bad luck. First, she finds the dead body of an ex-lover and becomes the prime suspect to his murder. The only man she ever loved reappears as the lead detective to the case and wants to reignite their passion (or at least he’s sending out smoke signals). 

Her life careens out of control as her best friend does whatever it takes to get the inside scoop for the town’s newspaper. And her grandma moves into Raina’s postage-stamp-sized apartment, dragging a red suitcase and trouble. The family secret Raina has been running away from is now staring at her across the dining room table every morning. 

Raina must figure out how to extract herself before things get dicey. There is no place for an amateur when it comes to murder.
When it rains, it pours … and this amateur sleuth may be in over her head.

Graduate student Raina Sun is trying to keep her head above water as the bills roll in when her dashing college adviser cons her out of several months of rent. Her quest to retrieve the money sets in motion a streak of even worse luck.

First, she stumbles on her advisor's dead body and becomes a suspect in his murder. Next, the only man she's ever loved reappears as the lead detective to the case. Raina's having trouble interpreting his signals--does he want to reignite their passion, or just stay close to his prime suspect?

Her life careens further out of control when her grandma shows up at Raina's postage-stamp-sized apartment, dragging a red suitcase and trouble of her own. As Raina summons her sleuthing skills, she discovers that when it comes to murder, there may be no place for an amateur.
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