"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.
Raina Sun is a post grad student not only trying to make ends meet but also get her money back... However, her ex winds up dead... and here the story really takes off! She has "help" from her journalist friend Eden,a few other friends and acquaintances... and her feisty grandma Po Po! Po Po is a lovable character though she seems to find more trouble than solving anything! (Seniors drinking Red Bulls?! That definitely had me laughing and going "no wonder..."!)
This is a cozy mystery, and it has twists and turns where you don't know where it is going - which I love! The fun part is trying to guess along with Raina until you finally fall into it with her! It was a fun read because the characters are real people who have their own quirks. Raina isn't a perfect femme fatale - she is a real person who gets hives from stress! She even forgets her deodorant when she's in a big hurry... and then it hits her! :) Too, there are poignant times in the story as well, and we are touched by their feelings.
Anne R. Tan has written a fun story that pulls you in and has you cheering for Raina and Po Po! Too, she has you hoping they solve the case before it's too late! As I've said, the characters are real and lovable, except, of course, for those you meet and go "no thanks!" :)
I have seriously enjoyed this book, and I am already beginning to read the next one! If you like a fun read with memorable characters, you will enjoy this story!
When Raina moved away to escape family secrets and a carousel love life, she thought she was in for a fresh start. After getting involved in an interoffice relationship, life takes a bone-shaking turn. Her past comes back to smack her in the face and she is for sure in a compromised position.
As if things couldn't get anymore complicated, her family secrets are being brought front and center, when she comes home to find her Grandma Po Po decided to make an unexpected visit. Relationships are tested, enemies are made and a murderer is on the loose.
Raina just can't seem to keep herself out of the mix. With some unorthodox dectective work and a fair amount of unwanted police interactions the suspect pool dwindles and motives are made clear.
Although there were some editing issues, this made for a great read. The characters were divergent and witty. My favorite character of all would no doubt be, Grandma Po Po. As far as characters go, she was truly a unyielding force with a peculiar sense of humour.