Definitely not up to Charlaine Harris's usual character strength with a weak and predictable storyline. Go, run, to the Lily Bard or Harper Connelly books, and leave Amanda Teagarten behind.
Somewhere between a Harlequin Romance and a Nancy Drew mystery, the word "mediocre" would cover it. The storyline is not credible, the characters one-dimensional and the ending,as unlikely a resolution as it is, provides the book's only moments of true tension.
I Love mystery books, especially Agatha Christie, and Sue Grafton. I also love Anne Rice.
Having loved the Sookie Stackhouse series and finished all my other favorite authors I was searching for a new series. First one in series so I tried it. Very good story. My only complaint is that I guessed who the killer was half way through. On to the next one.
I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.
I really enjoy Charlaine Harris as a writer but wasn't sure about how she would do with a straightforward murder mystery, which is how I would classify this book. Turns out I could not go to bed till I found out how it ended. The murderer is not who I thought it was...
I have been a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and was happy to see she has another series. Real Murders introduces us to tiny Libraian Aurora Teagarden. She is part of a group which discusses real murders each month and they find themselves the targets of real murders. I enjoyed the cast of characters, each one with a distinct personality and role in the story. The story takes several turns so I was left guessing until the end on the "whodunnit" aspect. Main character Aurora is very likable and a bit adorable with how small and mousey she is.
The narrator does a good job of voicing the characters and delivering in a lively style. I look forward to the next Aurora Teagarden mystery!
Real Murders rank among the top 50 I listened to so far (around 200 books).
A bit predictable but with a surprising ending.
I came to this series after reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Ms. Harris has stayed true to form in this series as well, fast paced, lovable characters, and well written. This book is entertaining in a lighthearted way that keeps you wanting more. Aurora Teagarden is a very different character than Sookie Stackhouse and this series is not based on the supernatural, but it's still quirky enough to keep you interested!
I give it a BIG thumbs up!
I have read ALL of Charlaine Harris's other series and Love them BUT not so keen on Aurora.
While this book is just merely pleasant, I would have liked to listen to the others in the series. However, I just about couldn't finish this one because of the narrator. Every third word is emphasized in a surprised voice as if it's really important rather than just the 3rd, 6th, 9th word in the sentence. "She WALKED down the PATH!" Every character had the same inflection and every 3rd character had lisping S's. Once I caught on to this cadence, it was torture to finish the book. This is not Sookie, Harper, or Lily but still nice writing.