- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Orion (8 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575103701
- ISBN-13: 978-0575103702
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Novel (AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY) Paperback – 8 Mar 2012
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Charms and chills. --Carolyn Hart
An author of rare talent. --Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The first Aurora Teagarden mystery, from the bestselling author of the SOOKIE STACKHOUSE MYSTERIES.See all Product description
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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.
That is not the worst of it. Deaths mount, all with copycat aspects of famous crimes. The whole group are suspects - including a detective, an author, a reporter and Aurora herself. Someone is having fun, deliberately planting clues to incriminate each in turn. Who in their midst could be so cruel, so crazed?
An enjoyable read with intriguing characters and convincing detail. Enjoy yet another appealing Charlaine Harris heroine as narrator - adventures more tame than those of Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly, but gory nonetheless.
Full marks if you guessed right. I never did.
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.
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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