Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Caught Dead by Andrew Lanh

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

He smiled, a little sheepishly. "Your name came up."


"Grandma always thinks of you. You know, you and her, the two Buddhists in the house. In fact, she said something about a hole in the universe that only you can fill."
My teaser this week comes from Caught Dead: A Rick Van Lam Mystery by Andrew Lanh. I got this eARC from Edelweiss. Here is the description:
One of the beautiful Le sisters is dead. Hartford, Connecticut’s small Vietnamese community is stunned. Mary Le Vu, wife of a poor grocery-store owner, is gunned down in a drive-by. Her twin sister insists dutiful Mary “wouldn’t be caught dead” in that drug-infested zone. The police rule it an unlucky accident. Skeptics hire private eye Rick Van Lam to get to the truth. Amerasian Rick—his father an unknown US soldier—is one of the Bui Doi, children of the dust, so often rejected by Vietnamese culture. But his young sidekick, Hank Nguyen, a pureblood Vietnamese, can help Rick navigate the closed world of Little Saigon. Surrounded by close friends—a former-Rockette landlady, his crusty mentor, and his ex-wife Liz—Rick immerses himself in a world that rejects him, but now needs his help. Especially when a second murder strikes in Little Saigon. Rick and Hank delve into the families of the Le sisters, one poor, one very rich, and uncover a world of explosive ethnic tension and sinister criminal activity ranging from Hartford’s exclusive white suburbs to the impoverished inner city. To solve the murders—and bring closure to Mary’s grieving circle—Rick looks to long-buried memories of his Buddhist childhood for the wisdom that will lead him to a murderer. Caught Dead starts a smart, unusual series.


  1. Sounds like an interesting world. Not one I know a lot about.

    My teaser is an excerpt from a YA book about the Underground Railway.


  2. I enjoyed your teaser and this world sounds fascinating. I'm unfamiliar with the culture which should make the mystery deeper.
    Here is my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/10/28/teaser-tuesdays-87-moore-zombies-and-the-alien-next-door/

  3. Great Teaser! I love mystery novels, so this is one I might check out! :) Thanks for sharing!

    Here is my TT!
    Kenzi @Shattered Hearts Reviews

  4. I think I'd enjoy this book simply for the unusual setting! I don't know much about the Vietnamese culture, so it would be fun to visit Little Saigon in this story and learn more about it.
    My Tuesday post features THE BEARWALKER’S DAUGHTER.

  5. A new mystery series? Always looking for those.
    Mine this week is a series mystery: Burn by Nevada Barr at http://wp.me/pZnGI-f4

  6. Sweet way to think of someone. Sounds like a great read!

  7. That sounds like quite a mystery and what a sweet teaser. Here is my TT for this week http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/teaser-tuesday-october-28/

  8. Intriguing! Sounds like a nice moment between these people!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  9. Ohh nice teaser! Sounds like a really good mystery, too. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing.

    My Teaser


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