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Raining Men and Corpses

(Raina Sun Mystery #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,438 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Alternate cover edition for ASIN B00J7Y5W9Y

Raining Men and Corpses
Book 1 of the Raina Sun Murder Mystery series.

A contemporary humorous mystery set in the fictitious small college town of Gold Springs, California. Raina Sun is a typical graduate student trying to keep her head above water as the bills roll in from a lawsuit disputing an inheritance from her dysfunctional f
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published March 23rd 2014
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2.5 stars

I read this for the Terror in a Small Town square for Halloween Bingo.

Someone was in the house. Raina tiptoed around the car to the side door. The rushing noise in her ears competed with her uneven breaths. Her clammy hands gripped the doorknob. She twisted and pulled. The door scraped against the concrete floor, ripping through the silence. It opened an inch. Gooseflesh peppered her arms.

This is first in a series that looks to follow along with Raina as she amateur sleuths her way th
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
A good mystery. Fun grandma. Rambled a bit. 3.5*
Mar 05, 2017 marked it as dnf
I DNF'd this one at 45%

I really wanted to enjoy this book and really tried to get as far as I could, but every time I picked it up I just felt annoyed and bored. I just didn't feel like pushing through. It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine that this book had, the main character keeps going on about how poor she is, but then makes bad money decisions. And instead of that being her thing it just is sort of there. In the course of half the book she went out to eat multiple times, bought a new dress an
Aderyn Wood
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're in the mood for a fun murder mystery to take to the beach in summer, or curl up on the couch with in winter, then Raining Men and Corpses by Anne R. Tan will fit the bill.

Raina Sun is our sleuth. She's a graduate student who is instantly likable for all the mistakes she's made in her life as much as for anything else. Getting involved with her 'dashing college advisor' and lending him a substantial sum of money is one of many items on Raina's list of 'wish-she-hadn't-dones'. And things
Not a bad story, but not great. The characters were entertaining, especially the grandmother. The mystery wasn't bad- I guessed at the culprit, but wasn't definite until the end. However, there were enough clues or pointers to make sure the ending wasn't out of left field.

I loved the diversity in this book! An Asian lead, Asian love interest, and characters from a wide range of cultures is something I haven't come across in many books, let alone cozy mysteries.

The reason I liked this book but
Gary Sundell
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A new series and new author for my. The first of 5 books in the series so far. Raina is a grad student at a mythical California college. Her advisor and former boyfriend dies suddenly making Raina a suspect in his murder. Her life is complicated further by the arrival of Po Po, who is her grandmother, and her former husband who is the lead detective on the murder case. The relationship between Raina and her ex is complicated.

This is an enjoyable cozy. I look forward to reading the next book in t
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
“Raining Men and Corpses” earns 4/5 Secrets and Lies!

I am new to Anne R. Tan’s Raina Sun Mystery series, and after seeing several 4/5-star reviews, I knew it time to get in by reading book 1 right away. Ok, this was a great place to start: Regrettable loans? Ex-boyfriend’s body? ‘Person of interest’? Lead detective is also an ex? All this and the arrival of her grandmother make for a fun tale. As with many first books, the introduction of characters and their connections along with any backstory
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chinese American graduate student Rainy Sun lends her money too freely and needs to be repaid. Perhaps a job would help, but Rainy’s hoped-for emplyment turns out to be just more volunteer (over)work. Soon life’s spinning out of control, an ex-boyfriend isn’t ready to commit, an ex-lover is dead, and a very present grandmother has come to share Rainy’s small apartment. Devious plot twists range from match-making to murder, and plenty of mysteries lie in the background to Rainy’s curious relation ...more
Kat Lebo
Raining Men and Corpses, a Raina Sun cozy
by Anne R. Tan

I think this is the first novel in the Raina Sun series. The author's website and the Amazon author site both indicate there are currently 4 books in the series. I won't be reading the remaining 3. In fact, I didn't finish reading this one, and it currently resides on my threw-it-at-the-wall shelf.

What I liked: very little. One of the Amazon reviews said the novel reminded her of Stephanie Plum and her grandmother. Well, I'm a Stephanie Plu
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit-mystery
Because it was in the ‘read now’ section of NetGalley, and I liked the cover and description, I downloaded this book.
For me, it was not altogether a very bad or very good read. I do like the author’s writing style but as other people before me I was disappointed because of some important points. First of all, the editing. Even for me, being Dutch, I could spot the mistakes and inconsistancies. Second, and I’m again not the only one to mention this, is the fact that there was too much information
Judi Easley
Disclaimer: I acquired Book #1 from Amazon via BookBub at a reduced price. All other books in this series were purchased at full price. This is my honest review for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:
"Oh, hi Matthew". Is that how you greet the love of your life when he suddenly pops up at a murder investigation when you're the prime suspect and he's the lead detective and you haven't seen him since he left you
Mel Ann
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For sure to give you a few laughs!

For sure to give you a few laughs!

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 Gran
Clare O'Beara
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: america-crime
I didn't find anyone to like in this story. A young woman student, who got divorced at twenty-five which makes her older than I originally thought, has an affair with her college professor. He's still supervising her work. This is so unethical that the man would get fired. To try to get him to repay the couple of thousand dollars he borrowed from her - again highly unethical and I don't know where she would get the money or why she'd give it to him - she claims that she's having his baby and nee ...more
Sandra Bašić
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was reading this book almost for a month. Every time I got back I found it tough to proceed. I didn't find it interesting and humorous at all. Everything about it was just ordinary with no tensity, which I need for this genre. Po Po was the only light in this story, the others all the same. And Raina? Sweet stressed annoying student, "nobody's guilty" type. I know this is the first one in series but I think I'm not coming back.
Deborah Grinaker
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers
This is a fascinating witty mystery with an on/off romance (with lots of history) and lots of suspense as Raina investigates in opposition to detectives, best friends and jealous girlfriends. It's a clean read with great character development and very interesting sub plots. Kept me interested all the way through! I am looking forward to reading book #2!
April Suter
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Funny tale of history showing up in her present...which includes a dead old boyfriend, a story of a no existed pregnancy and her grandma.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this if you like books about:Asian-Americans, grad school dramas, cozy mysteries, decades long convoluted relationships, marital troubles
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this between C+ and B- as a cozy mystery. Just light, fun reading.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of the Raina Sun Mysteries. Raina Sun is a struggling graduate student that lives on a very tight budget and eats a lot of ramen. Raina had a brief romance with her her handsome college adviser and he conned her out of two thousand dollars then broke up with her. And just when she sets out on a quest to make him give her money back, he ends up dead, forcing her into the dreaded position as the main murder suspect. It probably doesn’t help that the lead detective on the cas ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raining Men and Corpses (Raina Sun Mystery #1) by Anne R. Tan

Raina finds her self the main suspect in the murder of her ex-boyfriend. Doesn't help her situation that her ex-husband is the lead detective on this case. Raina will do what ever it takes to clear her name and find the real killer.

A fast paced who-done-it, with a fun plot and likable characters. I did like Raina in her complexity and her interesting life. I also liked her feisty Grandmother. Overall I found Raining Men and Corpses an
Bonnie Drummond
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Agin read thAt will have you wanting to run from everyone and murder.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
I finished this book out of pure stubbornness, I did not want to let it beat me. The main character is so whiny!! I couldn't stand her, I felt like yelling at her every few scenes.
Uugghh.. so glad this is done!
Michelle Palmer
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting story line and characters. Loved Po Po and all the mayhem she can get in. Will read Raina Sun Mystery #2.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Men, Corpses and Raina
Men, Corpses and Raina....Oh My.

Hilarious. Raining Men and Corpses is Great read, a real hoot with solid characters. Many kudos to the author for all the dialogue and interactions of and between all of the characters. I truly enjoyed reading "Raining Men and Corpses ".   Raina, the protagonist, Eden and her grandmother, “PoPo”, her sidekicks are a perfect team to solve a murder and turn a book into a great read. The author does an amazing job of building just the right comp
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
If this review was based entirely on the mystery side of this book, I could easily give it five stars. The novel is extremely well-written and though I’m too fond of the level of romance or just how annoying Raina is, I couldn’t help but have fun on the journey. Besides, I did not guess the solution to the crime until the end, which is rare for me.

Full review on my blog:
Melissa Levine
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Beth Pratt
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me of the Goldy Shulz cozies by Diane Mott Davidson. Those were some of the first cozy mysteries I read, and I always got so tense when everything went against Goldy. I felt the same way as everything and everyone around her seemed to conspire against Raina.

Raina is a complicated character. She's vulnerable and prickly, stubborn and smart. She has a strong sense of loyalty, and that loyalty seems to get her into trouble as she tries to protect the people around her. Raina is C
Ted Tayler
"Promising start but became a little confusing"

An interesting mix - a fun Chinese cozy mystery. I raced through two-thirds of this book and was enjoying it, but with so many characters and a tangled series of story-line threads, I became less enthusiastic. By the end, the quirkiness of both Raina and Po Po was wearing thin and it was like swimming in treacle to finally uncover the guilty party.

PJ Lea
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A feisty woman.

I like Raina, she's a very feisty woman, and Po Po is a great addition to the story. The romantic angle is enjoyable as they have a long history of which we get small details. The main story is complex but fun.
Overall a nice mystery and I'll read more from this author.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just could not get into this book. It's got a lot of good reviews. This is just my take on it.

It's got a lot of charters but you can't really get to know them well enough to like them or not.

I think there's plot to the story in here somewhere but I can't find it.

Wrong words used or misspelled words.
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USA Today bestselling author, Anne R. Tan writes the Raina Sun Mystery series and the Lucy Fong Amateur PI Mystery series. Her humorous cozy mysteries feature Chinese-American amateur sleuths dealing with love, family, and life while solving murders.

A Note from Anne:

My books are my legacy to my children. Unfortunately, they won't grow up in the San Francisco Bay Area as I did. Without a cultural h

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Raina Sun Mystery (8 books)
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“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. But her quest to get her money back sets into a motion a streak of bad luck.” 1 likes
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