"Very different from most mystery books but I enjoyed this book very much! Love the characters...will absolutely read more by Anne R. Tan.!!" ~ Jacqueline W.
"I just couldn't stop laughing at the characters and storyline with all the secrets to unravel." ~ Ivette Meyer
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Eden waved a fry in front of Raina's face. "I need a sidekick. Your practical side and my instinct could blow this story wide open. The promotion would be mine if I get an exclusive on this."
"I'm nobody's sidekick."
"Well, someone has to be the sidekick. I can't be the sidekick. Look at me." Eden flipped her hair over her shoulders and straightened in her chair. "You're physically smaller. The sidekicks are always peanuts."
"That's because they are usually younger, Obi Wan."
"Never mind. I don't want to be involved."
"But you're already involved. The bitter break-up, the fake pregnancy, the money, and the text messages." Eden ticked the points off on her fingers. "They always suspect the ex-lover. It's only a matter of time before you become a suspect."
A piece of lettuce stuck to Raina's throat. She gulped some coffee, but her voice still came out in a squeak. "That's crazy talk. No one would be interested in me."
Eden raised an eyebrow. "Do I need to go through the list again?"
Raina slumped in her chair. How did she get herself into this mess? She was a good person; she loaned money to friends. And now she was a murder suspect.
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A.) Is a race other than black or white
B.) Is quirky, smart but not self-centered or arrogant
C.) Allows herself to act and REACT like a real human being
D.) Doesn't have a potty mouth
F.) (Did I forget to say it) is REAL?!
Po po cracked me up! I can't figure out if she was an immigrant or if she is a second or third generation American-born Chinese woman. Either way, she was too cool.
I wanted to kick Matthew at times, but he grew on me. And Eden (great choice for the name btw) is a puzzle all by herself.
Despite the few typos and noticeable grammatical hiccups, I thought that Ms. Tan did an excellent job of drawing her audience (me 😁) in right from the start. The twists and turns delivered repeatedly so that I didn't have a moment to grow bored with this mystery.
I will read it again and again, and I can't wait to read more in this series. I hope at one point, she will explain what happened in Rome and in Las Vegas. Other than that, kudos!!!! I highly recommend this book.
BTW: In case anyone wonders. This review is completely unsolicited, in fact, I don't even know this author. FYI.
Then there's the title. While it's enticing, it implies at least a love triangle (two pursueing men) and lots of dead bodies. I must have missed that part.
So, while the mystery was played out well, the backstory and other stuff in Raina's life was kind of muddied. I probably will try another sometime, but I'm not rushing to the bookstore.
~Yes, there was some unexplained history between some of the characters…Raina and family, Raina and Matthew. I actually liked that the author did not fill in ALL the details. This left room for more character development in future stories.
~I think that the relationship at the end of the book between Raina and Matthew was realistic. There definitely was some strong bond between the both of them and definitely some growth and commitment issues. Again, this can continue to develop in future stories.
~I pretty much had the murder pegged a little over half way through the book…and I was wrong! Keeping the reader guessing – that makes for good storytelling.
~This type of story…the Cozy murder mystery…generally speaking, are not in the heavy drama genre. Nobody cared about Sam Spade, or any other hard-boiled investigators’, personal relationships. Being a “lighter” story, I found it an enjoyable, fast-paced, adventure, with a good, likable cast of characters.
~Definitely recommended for anyone looking to relax and escape into the pages of an intriguing mystery.
~I would like to point out to all the reviewers who complain about “unrelated details”, that there is more to life than only solving the murder. I like it when the main character cooks a meal, goes shopping, does something…anything…routine and I, the reader, am allowed to be included. It’s called character development. It allows us to learn what makes the character tick. It helps us to understand how they come to decisions and on what they base their investigation. Raina is a good cook! I like knowing this detail.