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.