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.
This book reads like an 80 year old's idea of how a 28 year old lives her life. I was shocked to find that the book was published in 2007, considering that there is no mention of cell phones, a character invests in a new typewriter, another invites someone over to watch a movie on the VCR and the main character's fancy date outfit includes "elaborately pleated pants." Even if these are details, I found the consistent reference to way outdated technology and fashion distracting after a while. Therese Plummer is also the wrong choice of narrator. It isn't that she's not good, but she has a distinct upper midwest accent that sounds strange coming from a character who is supposed to be from a small town in the south. Ro Teagarden also talks like a 50s schoolgirl, and the author beats you over the head with the idea the Ro is just a stereotypical quiet librarian. If you can wade past all of that, the story is just sort of meh, without any compelling plot twists and with a somewhat predictable reveal. I also found the end disconcerting; [SPOILER ALERT] after presenting a fairly light, topical story without a lot of chills or thrills, the book crescendos with the kidnapping and near murder of a distraught 6 year old which was really out of step with the tone of the rest of the book. Even though this book is among the shortest audiobooks I have ever listened to, I couldn't wait for it to end.
I could see someone my grandmother's age (mid-80s) enjoying this book.
..in audiobook format. I know women can write compelling mysteries, and I know women can narrate compelling mysteries. Unfortunately, you will find none of that here. If you are fond of 18,000 sentences to hear "2 things happened" and every detail about hair and clothes of every character, you'll love this book, however, it's torturing me. Narrator may have been the voice of Marge Simpson and her sisters.
Real Murders rank among the top 50 I listened to so far (around 200 books).
A bit predictable but with a surprising ending.
I loved the mystery of the who-dunnit and the surprise at the end. All my guesses were wrong and it kept me on my toes.
I really loved Aurora. I'm pretty short too and desperately in love with books so I was really able to connect with her.
My favorite scene was when Aurora visited her date at the college campus and all the girls who liked the professor didn't like her.
Absolutely and I did!
I really loved the reader and thought the book was great despite being only 6 hours long.
I loved this book. I had read the book and enjoyed that and I thought I would see what it was like through Audible and I am glad I did. The person reading the book was really great and I especially loved her voice when it went all creepy as the voice on the other side of the line when Aurora answered the phone. It was was spine chilling.I will definately be listening to more of this series through Audible as I was impressed on how well it was read .
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.