Just Shoot Me Dead: A Chinese Cozy Mystery

Anne R. Tan

While on a blind date with a doctor and his mama, Lucy gets a call that her estranged mom is found shot in the stomach in her private investigation office. She returns to Morro Cliff Village to search for answers and her sister...only to find a dead body in her sister's apartment. 

When the local police chief zeros in on her sister as a "person of interest," Lucy must brush up her sleuthing skills. It's a race to find her sister before the police...and the killer. She must use all her wits (and those she can borrow, though her grandma has a reputation for being a loose cannon) to find this hidden killer before he strikes at her family again.

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About the author

Anne R. Tan is the author of 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.

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Anne R. Tan
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Apr 6, 2018
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Literary Collections / Asian / Chinese
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Gusty winds...and a trail of destruction.

Graduate student Raina Sun thought she knew what she was getting herself into when she volunteered to take the new foreign exchange student shopping on the last weekend before Christmas. But between a riot for the last hot toy of the season and an abandoned baby, the holiday is a season for mayhem, and sometimes it doesn’t pay to be a Good Samaritan.

Raina wants to reunite the infant with his family, but calling the mysterious phone number in the diaper bag leads to more questions than answers. A strange man claims to be the child’s father, and his alleged mother turns up dead.  

The local police are more interested in keeping the town’s good name out of international news than considering if there’s foul play. And to make matters worse, she has less than a week to find his real parents before the FBI takes over the case.

Raina summons her sleuthing skills to protect this baby and soon discovers everyone has a few skeletons in their closets. With her pimp-cane-toting grandma, she faces an ex-boyfriend bringing sexy back as well as a murderer determined to hide the truth.

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For readers who like fun cozy mysteries, quirky characters, and a dash of humor.


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