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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (4 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425218716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425218716
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 854,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi, and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area in the middle of a cotton field. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and started writing novels a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a light-hearted mystery series 'starring' Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden. The first of the eight books, Real Murders, was shortlisted for Best Novel in the 1990 Agatha Awards. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses.

Charlaine Harris then wrote the first of her Southern vampire mysteries starring Sookie Stackhouse, the quirky, telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Dead Until Dark won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery. It also won Harris a whole new fan club of devoted readers and pushed her into the bestseller lists. The Sookie Stackhouse series, in which Sookie has to deal with vampires, werecreatures and other supernatural folk - not to mention her own complicated love life - was also instrumental in creating the urban fantasy genre.

Sookie Stackhouse also enchanted Alan Ball, creator of the smash TV show Six Feet Under, who took an option and wrote and directed the pilot episode for True Blood himself. It was an instant hit when it premiered in the US, and that success was repeated when it was first aired in Britain last year. The second season of TRUE BLOOD will start this spring.

Harris's newest series features Harper Connelly, a young woman who, after being struck by lightning, finds herself able to locate the bodies of the dead and to determine the cause of their death. There are four Harper titles (Grave Sight, Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave and Grave Secret).

Charlaine Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She is married, the mother of three, and lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas. When she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!

Here are the Sookie Stackhouse True Blood novels in series order:

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse 1
Living Dead In Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse 2
Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 3
Dead To The World: Sookie Stackhouse 4
Dead As A Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse 5
Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 6
All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 7
From Dead To Worse: Sookie Stackhouse 8
Dead And Gone: Sookie Stackhouse 9
Dead In The Family: Sookie Stackhouse 10
A Touch Of Dead (a Sookie Stackhouse short story collection_

Here are the Harper Connelly novels in series order:

Grave Sight: Harper Connelly 1
Grave Surprise: Harper Connelly 2
An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly 3
Grave Secret: Harper Connelly 4

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Aurora and her fellow members of The Real Murders Club meet once a month to analyse famous cases, but soon they've got all-too-real murders to solve - 8/10 (PETERBOROUGH TELEGRAPH)

Written in a snappy, gripping and humour-filled style, Real Murders is a real page turner and the most addicted we've been to a book in ages ( --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

The first Aurora Teagarden mystery, from the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mooji on 13 Dec. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I do like Ms Harris's work. Aurora Teagarden is the last of her existing series that I've picked up. I adored Sookie, felt strangely and sadly akin to both Lily Bard and Harper Connolly and generally appreciate the easy to read no nonsense prose.
Aurora is a librarian in her late 20s, leading a sedate life in a small American town, and is a member of a club that regularly meet to discuss real life killings. Fiction soon becomes fact as more and more bodies are discovered, and the similarities between prior murders and those of Aurora's townfolk are frighteningly common.
Don't get me wrong, when I say no nonsense prose, this isn't a dumbed down novel. In fact, the plot is great. I'm a serial killer geek too, so worked my way through the list of suspects and MOs. The book ended far too soon, and the second in the series was even better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D.J. Graham on 23 July 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read most of the Sookie Stackhouse book, and the first book in both the Lily Bard and Harper Connelly, Real Murders was the only series by Charlaine Harris I was yet to check out. However, after I was left disappointed slightly by Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard Mysteries) I was cautious when approaching another "straight mystery" by Ms. Harris. Thankfully however, my reservations were quickly cast aside because I really enjoyed this book from the first chapter.

Our heroine, Aurora Teagarden is a twenty-eight year-old librarian in small town USA and she belongs to a club known as Real Murders where she along with eleven other people discus real life murders and the cases surrounding them. It's an odd hobby and many people outside the club think of it as incredibly weird, but for most members its simply an area of interest. However, when members start getting killed in situations which resemble past murders, Aurora begins to suspect that there is a murderer in their midst.

The book is a fairly light read and easily fits into the small town, cosy mystery, unlikely heroine genre and is leagues ahead of Harris Lily Bard series. Our heroine, Aurora is likeable, a bit too square at times, but she is after all a librarian. As in other books by Ms. Harris there is an element of romance, which thankfully is kept to a minimum because sometimes in her work, the romance element can come before the actual story but here there's a good balance.

The writing is swift, and the story is strong. There's plenty of suspects, clues and red-herrings as well as danger for Aurora. The cast of characters is lively and the setting is perfect for this kind of story. So all in all, Real Murders is a great read for mystery fans and it's well worth your reading time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Aurora Teagarden - Roe to her friends - is a librarian in Laurencetown. She enjoys her job and is a member of the Real Murders Club which meets once a month to discuss famous murders. When Aurora gets to a meeting of the club and finds one of its members battered to death in the kitchen she recognises the circumstances as being similar to the Wallace case which she was going to talk about at the meeting. Further murders soon follow and all are patterned on famous cases.

All the club members are suspects as are several other people in the town and Aurora - who is all for a quiet life - finds her calm and peaceful routines completely disrupted. Then there's the good looking mystery novelist who has moved into the house next door and Arthur - her fellow club member who seems to be sending out the right signals.

I enjoyed this small town mystery with its background of real murder cases and found it an interesting read. The characters are well drawn and I liked Aurora herself and her friends. If you enjoy Jill Churchill's Jane Jeffry mystery series then you may like Aurora Teagarden.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. harris on 19 Oct. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book a lot, It was a nice easy read (which i like ) not trying to be too clever or too over the top. real murders is another good charlanie harris book and has her easy and witty charm all over it. I'm not adding any details about the story because i think that can spoil the book. Worth a look.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
Real Murders is the first novel in the Aurora Teagarden series by American author, Charlaine Harris. When twenty-eight-year-old librarian, Aurora Teagarden (Roe to her friends) goes to her Real Murders Club meeting in her small town of Lawrenceton, Georgia, she isn't expecting to discover the body of a Club member. After all, their Club only discusses murders; it seems, though, that someone in the Club has decided to re-enact famous murders, for soon there are more victims. Roe and her mother, Aida, almost succumb to poisoned candy; a mayoral candidate is stabbed in his bath; a friend's parents are brutally slain, Lizzie Borden style. The list of suspects numbers in excess of a dozen, although Roe is fairly certain she can rule out Detective Arthur Smith and mystery writer Robin Crusoe. This is a great introduction to the Aurora Teagarden series. The heroine is a likeable character, and the supporting characters and plot are original and interesting. While murder is the subject, this is a quick, light-hearted read with plenty of humour. I look forward to the next in the series, A Bone To Pick.
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