Raining Men and Corpses is the first book in the Raina Sun Mysteries by Anne R Tan.
Summary (from Smashwords)
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.
Who wouldn’t want to spend time with the human embodiment of milk and cookies?
What really caught my attention about this series were the fun covers and the light-hearted, murder-related names for the books. They looked and sounded entertaining; other titles include Gusty Lovers and Cadavers, Breezy Friends and Bodies, Barmy Darlings and Deaths, and Sunny Mates and Murders. There was no way I was going to miss giving the first book in the series a try. And of course, by this point I already had high hopes for this story…
What did I like about the book? The main character, Raina, is from an Asian American background, which is very fresh and exciting, and rather unusual for cosy mysteries. It was nice to read something so different.
What didn’t I like so much? I found this book a little slow going, not because of the pace, but because I just couldn’t seem to get into it and when I did, it didn’t hold my attention for too long. That being said, I was interested in finding out who murdered Holden (I had guessed who the culprit was), so carried on reading until the end. I wasn’t really a big fan of many of the characters, the exception being Raina’s grandmother, Po Po. She was fantastic.
Will I be reading the second book in the Raina Sun Mysteries, Gusty Lovers and Cadavers? I’m not sure, although looking at its reviews on Goodreads, its average rating is higher than Raining Men and Corpses so I might succumb. Have you read this book / series? If so, what were your thoughts?