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5.0 out of 5 stars First Four Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, 5 Oct 2012
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REAL MURDERS

Aurora Teagarden - Roe to her friends - is a librarian in Lawrenceton. 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.

A BONE TO PICK

Aurora Teagarden finds she has been left an unexpected legacy. Jane Engle - a fellow member of the now disbanded Real Murders Club - has died and left Aurora her house and all her money but her solicitor implies that there may be a mystery she has to solve as well.

Aurora is pleased with her legacy and it cheers her up after her former boyfriend, Arthur Smith the police detective has suddenly married a colleague. She is less than pleased when she goes to her new house and finds someone has broken into it.

This is an intriguing mystery with Aurora trying to work out exactly what the problem is that she has to deal with. The appearance of part of a skeleton at the end of the road adds to the mystery which Aurora feels she needs to unravel after a note written by Jane saying `I didn't do it' falls out of one of her books. I really enjoyed reading this story and found myself turning the pages even though I had intended to read something else.

THREE BEDROOMS, ONE CORPSE

Aurora Teagarden, having given up her part time job in the library on a whim, is trying to decide whether to become a realtor (estate agent for UK readers). Unfortunately the first house she visits with clients contains the carefully arranged corpse of a fellow realtor which is enough to put anyone off the job before they've even started. The client however is another matter and Aurora falls in love on sight with Martin Bartell.

I enjoyed this fast paced mystery story with its frightening ending. Aurora is an entertaining narrator and is far from perfect which makes her all the more human. I was not wholly convinced by the romance but I thought the characters were well drawn and the murderer definitely creepy.

If you want light reading in the crime and mystery genre then try the Aurora Teagarden series.

THE JULIUS HOUSE

Aurora Teagarden's fiancé buys her a wedding present which he knows she will love - the Julius House - the scene of an infamous disappearance. What did happen to the Julius family? As Aurora's main interested is mysteries this seems like an ideal house for her to live in.

But is the disappearance of the previous owners the only mystery on Roe's life? Does she know enough about Martin to marry him or are their secrets in his past which might threaten her safety?

I enjoyed this mystery and I especially liked the way Roe's relationship with her husband Martin is developing. I also like Angel and Shelby who are living in the apartment above the garage. The author really brings small town America to life for me and I like the mysteries Rose gets herself involved in. This is the fourth book in the series and I shall be interested to read the next one - Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Novel (AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY). The series started with Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Novel (AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY)
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