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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. 

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©2014 Anne R. Tan (P)2020 Anne R. Tan

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Nothing stormy about this book just a great listen

I read this book when it first came out and was delighted to see the author had released it on audio book too. So I just had to get it and see if it was as good as I remembered. I can safe say that yes it was and I really enjoyed the story the second time round, especially as the narrator did just a good job. I like the characters, especially Popo. I really like feisty old ladies that help/meddle in investigations, they get up to so much mischief and I hope she helps a lot more as the series develops. They book also held the romantic interest but it was the mystery that I really liked, there was plenty of suspects to keep you guessing and I didn't remember who it was from when I read it. I hope the author has plans to bring the rest of the series to life as an audio book because I for one will be keeping my eye out for the book. Raina is trying to keep her head above ground which is why she ends up telling a small white lie to a man that owns her money and up until a few weeks ago was also her boyfriend. That lie backfires on her when he turns up dead and the policeman leading the investigation in to her death is the only man she ever truly loved, her ex husband. In order for her to keep him finding out the lie she told she starts to investigate the death of her advisor herself. Adding to the complications her Grandma Popo has left home and is making plans to move near Raina and her best friend, so she can meddle in Raina's love life or lack of.The only thing she likes more than that is looking into a mystery but with a killer on the lose does Raina really want her Grandmother looking in to that? It's one thing for her and her best friend, who is a reporter but Raina so does not want to tell her mother that her Grandmother got hurt while trying to clear her name. I have heard this narrator before and liked her interpretation of the characters then and think she does just as good with this book. She is the type of narrator that you know if she is reading the story then it is going to be good. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • CandiTerrill
  • 05-05-20

Smart, funny, perfect

Rainy is like all of us. She has family issues, work issues, friend issues, love issues.. and tries to ignore all of it to just live her life. Like us, it would work if only life was fair. She’s smart, loving, loyal and wants to be a good friend. She also is a murder suspect in her ex’s death, and being investigated by her other ex, who may or may not want to be ‘not an ex’. She has a friend who’s a reporter, a trust fund she can’t touch, new tires on a credit card that’s maxed, and a grandmother who is fantastic (and a lot of extra work). What to do? Solve the murder, get over all the ex’s and figure out why grandma is sleeping in Her bed. Easy. Right? This story is told as first person which is perfect for narrations, and Liz Brand does a great credit to the well turned words of Anne R Tan. Ms. Tan wrote a story that makes you feel like your favorite cousin is recounting the best ‘what I did on summer vacation’ story ever told. You feel invested in the outcome, and the various events pull emotions and thoughts from your own life. Fantastic. Just fantastic.

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  • Melissa
  • 27-04-20

Great book and great narrator

Raina Sun is trying to figure life out as a grad student. When her professor, who happens to be an ex, turns up dead. Raina is a suspect in the investigation being run by her ex husband! She decides to take it upon herself to try to solve the mystery. She enlists the help of her grandmother and her senior friends to crack the case. There are always fun adventures when Raina is involved. There are laugh out loud moments in this murder mystery. The narrator does a great job with varying voices for the characters. Loved it!

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  • Beatrice
  • 25-04-20

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Raining Men and Corpses is a pretty good cozy mystery with engaging characters and an interesting plot.

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  • C. C.
  • 23-04-20

Having an audiobook of the book makes for a way to enjoy the mystery all over again.

The book is well plotted and The characters are wonderful. I relish The interplay between Raina and her grandmother.

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  • Joyce927
  • 21-04-20

Engaging story with a Chinese heroine

When a professor at a small university is found dead, later determined murdered, Raina Sun, a graduate student finds herself caught in the mystery she feels compelled to investigate. The characters are well developed, and the pace of the novel keeps you engaged. It's not a fluffy romance disguised as a mystery. I recommend this if you like a puzzling mystery without excessive violence, sex and bad language. This is the first novel in the Raina Sun mystery series. I have read all of the books, and Anne Tan is one of my favorite authors. I especially enjoy the Chinese culture brought out in the stories that feature Raina and her grandmother. It was exciting to receive the first audiobook and give my review. Even though I have purchased all of her books it added a new dimension to listen to the story and view it from a new perspective. The narrator did a great job reading and made it easy to picture all the characters in my mind. I think the listener will find her voice very enjoyable. With every book I have reviewed for this author I have given a five star rating. I also highly recommend this audio version.

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  • Jan
  • 14-04-20

It's even better with Liz narrating!

cozy-mystery, contemporary, romance, seniors, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, verbal-humor, situational-humor, Chinese-customs Read 2 times. Last read April 14, 2020. The grad student with problems. A murder of a colleague. Surprise reappearance of ex husband who is lead detective on the case. A best friend/reporter who just steamrolls over everyone. Family trouble over an inheritance. A sassy Chinese grandmother who appears unannounced on her doorstep and moves right on in--to EVERYTHING. That's the basics, but the mystery/suspense are well done, and there is much fun and snarks throughout. I really enjoyed it! 2016 Now I have the audio and I REALLY love it thanks to narration by Liz Brand! 2020!

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  • Leah Brock
  • 30-06-20

Raina Sun and Her Sleuthing Grandmother

The first book of Anne R Tan's 'A Raina Sun Mystery' series introduces the reader to graduate student Raina Sun, a woman who is still trying to juggle family obligations, school and moving on after heart break. Her faculty adviser boyfriend has recently dumped her after swindling her out of thousands of dollars. She finds him dead soon after and it doesn't appear to be accidental. To make matters worse, her childhood love turns up as the lead investigator on the case and her grandmother unexpectedly comes for a visit. Her life becomes dangerous while she searches for a killer. This story is a light cozy mystery with likable characters and a good, attention-holding plot. The author does a good job of showing the reader how chaotic Raina's life is, and that most of it is of her own making. Raina's PoPo (Chinese for grandmother) is the source of levity in this book and made me chuckle a few times. There are also a few moments of suspense that add some nice tension to the story. Narrator Liz Brand delivers a great performance here. I especially like the voice of PoPo that she has created from Ms Tan's writing. I was the lucky winner of a contest the author held in which I received a free review copy of this audiobook. This post is my voluntary review of 'Raining Men and Corpses'.