"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.
This is first in a series that looks to follow along with Raina as she amateur sleuths her way through situations and her detective ex-husband Matthew tries to get her to mind her own business. Their relationship was completely mystifying as the most we get about Matthew is he has gold flecked eyes, thinks he will snap one day because his dad was an alcoholic, and wants Raina to stay out of murder cases. Told from Raina's point of view we get statements here and there about how Matthew and her were childhood sweethearts, married, he left her cuffed and naked in a hotel room in Rome, and their marriage was annulled in Vegas. Again, this first in series, which all these little statements dropped here and there, I kept checking to make sure I didn't miss a beginning novella or something; I felt so lost in regards to their relationship.
The murder mystery had great red herrings but it was a bit overshadowed by how I kept being baffled how so many were disregarding/disrespecting the police and investigation. No one seems to be telling the police the truth and some officers seem to be ok messing up an investigation because of personal feelings. This along with not getting a pov from Matthew and him using believable procedure for the investigation, gave the story more of a chik-lit murder mystery farce.
Raina and the cast of characters including her grandmother and friend Eden, were enjoyable to follow along with for the afternoon but I needed more details to explained connections to really immerse myself in the story.
Disclosure: I learned it was on a deal and I offer my honest review.
Early on Grandma's will is mentioned but nothing more forthcoming although in the paragraph it sounds like an important aspect
to the plot. A chapter or so later, Grandma comes to visit, is present for that night and no mention of her the following three days.
Same thing with her ex husbands presence in the story. I just didn't get it.