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- Print Length: 638 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01G9KZKRC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Raina Sun Cozy Mysteries Box Set Vol 1 (Books 1 -3): A Chinese Cozy Mystery (A Raina Sun Mystery Book 100) Kindle Edition
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Raina Sun knows that she is strong and can handle anything the world throws at her - usually, but it’s a bit overwhelming when so many things are happening at once.
Raina’s trying to determine the best approach to ask her Student Advisor to repay the money she loaned him! He keeps making excuses to avoid his obligation. Finally, in desperation, Raina says she's pregnant and immediately knows she will regret it. Before he can respond, they are interrupted and the Advisor takes off. When she next sees him, he is ill and winds up dead before the night is over. Naturally, Raina is the prime suspect.
Now it is up to Po Po, Raina’s unexpected house guest and loving / helpful grandmother, and Po Po's “gang” of senior citizens to help Raina find the real murderer and clear Raina's name.
The story is extremely fast-paced with enough red herrings to keep you guessing until the very end.
Book 2: Gusty Lovers and Cadavers
Raina Sun is your everyday young lady doing last minute Christmas shopping with Po Po, her maternal grandmother. A young Chinese woman asks Raina to hold her infant son while she uses the restroom, but when the mother does not return Raina and Po Po’s adventure begins.
Raina has her hands full, trying to work and searching for the baby’s mother. Meanwhile, Po Po is trying to help Raina and both are working to ensure their traditional Christmas dinner goes smoothly. Raina also has a secret she has to keep from the family because of a promise she made to her now deceased grandfather.
An excellent story, well told with enough twists, turns, antagonists and protagonists to keep you in your seat and the book open!
Book 3: Breezy Friends and Bodies
Raina Sun is visiting San Francisco to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year with her family.
The night of Raina’s niece’s second birthday, Raina is mugged and her purse is stolen. To top it off, she is almost run over by a BART train, and the next morning her “Uncle Martin” is found dead. Suddenly, Raina finds that she is being followed. The local triad chief and everybody else seems to want something from her. The lead Detective on the case is hounding her for information, as well as a date.
What else could happen? Po Po wants Raina to investigate “Uncle Martin’s” death and to find out what Ah Gong was doing in China in 1962. Raina seems to attract trouble like a magnet.
This book has believable characters, a complex plot with lots of twists and turns to mimic everyday life. The excitement starts with the first page and leaves you wanting more. To add even more to the mix, Ms. Tan includes tidbits of Chinese culture.
The grad student with problems. A murder of a colleague. Reappearance of ex husband who is lead detective on the case. A best friend/reporter who just steamrolls over everyone. Family trouble over an inheritance. A sassy Chinese grandmother who appears unannounced on her doorstep and moves right on in--to EVERYTHING.
That's the basics, but the mystery/suspense are well done, and there is fun and snarks throughout. I really enjoyed it!
Gusty Lovers and Cadavers (Raina Sun Mystery #2)
If you're looking for gory stuff and erotica: look elsewhere. If you're looking for a solid mystery with fun characters and lots of situational humor: grab your coffee, sit down, and enjoy! Raina gets put through the wringer by her family while she works to fix things for a tiny baby's future. The mystery is foremost in the story, but since her best sleuthing partner is her Chinese grandmother, the rest just gets folded in. There are lots of suspects and people who turn out not to be what they seem. Well told, and the characters certainly are!
Breezy Friends and Bodies (Raina Sun Mystery #3)
This time Raina is in San Francisco for Chinese New Year when she gets mixed up in another murder investigation. Her PoPo is her sidekick once again, and all kinds of mischief as well as real danger ensue. The insights into Chinese cultural beliefs and practices are fascinating to those of us who have been raised in other ethnic backgrounds. As a cozy mystery, it is really great, with a strong story line and more twists than a mountain road! Each of the books in the series is a stand alone, but they make you want to read all of them!