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.
This series is a nice change from so many on the market. The main character is fun and grows throughout the series. She is someone the reader cares about and wants to see succeed.
The main character. I enjoyed following her escapades.
It really felt as though she understood the character.
When you read the summary you would think that this falls in the genre of a cozy mystery. And if you watched the hallmark movie remake of Aurora Teagarden you will definitely be expecting a cozy mystery. This book is WAY too graphic to fall into that category. I like to listen to my books as I relax and before bed, but some of the murders were written way too gorey. I liked the main character Aurora, but it just had too much gore and not enough charm. As an avid cozy mystery reader I could not finish this book. I tried a few times but every time I had to stop. So just be forewarned of that before buying!
The story - I was so engaged in the storytelling. I am familiar with a lot of the cases this novel explores, so that was an interesting experience as I listened.
There were so many, but most especially the ending. Harris did a solid job tying all the strings together.
The pacing of the story - Plummer is a fab reader for Aurora's story.
If you love cozy mysteries and are looking to expand your reading a little more, definitely make this a part of your listening library.
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.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
At first I was really into this book. It is about a group of people who had a club where they discussed real murder cases, and it starts where one member gets murdered in the style of the case they were gonna discuss that night. I like the premise and I thought it was interesting, but I got turned off when a nice old couple got hacked up (off screen thankfully). Just crossed the line of good fun in a murder mystery in my opinion. But I did finish it. Not sure the outcome was 100% convincing either but the author at least made a point of mentioning that sometimes serial killers seem like ordinary people to people who know them casually. Will continue the series to see what happens with the characters, but serial killers are really not for me.
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!