Family secrets step to the forefront in this dazzling mystery from New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris.
Aurora's been around long enough to know that when a day starts out with your handyman going crazy in your front yard, it probably won't get any better. Sure enough, when her husband's niece shows up unexpectedly, drops off a baby, and disappears, Aurora is overwhelmed. And then the niece's husband turns up dead, having met his demise at the end of an ax blade. To find her niece, Roe and Martin retrace her steps from sunny Georgia back to snowy Ohio, where they will uncover dark family secrets - at their own peril.
Solve another mystery with Aurora Teagarden.
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"[A] gripping tale [in which] Harris mixes elements of a cozy and her darker themes with skill and panache." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gossipy, blithe, often funnywith a wind-up thats fierce, shocking, and poignant. A winner for Harris this time out." (Kirkus Reviews)
I've enjoyed all the books in this series so far. Unfortunately, I read "Chad's" review and one of the major plot twists is revealed. Skip that review, if having part of the ending revealed is not your cup of 'Tea' (pun intended)! Otherwise, I enjoyed this book as much as the others in the series.
Married, middle-age, owner of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
Somehow Ms. Harris has gone from writing funny stories with plots that twist and turn and keep you intrigued to writing frustrating and pointlessly sad stories. I wasn't the least bit surprised at the identity of the killer when revealed in this book, and instead of the story ending on a note of anticipation, or even hope for an upturn in fate for the next day, I'm depressed and irritated. The Sookie Stackhouse series has headed the same way, and even the "Grave Sight" book is unnecessarily depressing at the end. I give up. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the Aurora Teagarden series, and the characters and plots are good, but I'm not reading any more books written by Charlaine Harris. I wish I had stopped at "Dead Over Heels", and suggest that everyone else do so. Read the first 5 in this series, then skip "A Fool and His Honey" and find another author.
I have read or listened to the Teagarden books in order and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I am a huge Therese Plummer fan, as well. Actually I enjoyed this one--quite funny in many places--until about 15 minutes before the end. Not at all what I expected. The book is very well written, as are all of Harris's books, but I'm not a fan of tear-jerker endings. So I recommend it with the provision that you are prepared for heart break at the end.
Mom of Four
I have never read the actual books... But I have listened to all the books in this series..
I couldn't pick just one. I think the stories, in all of this series are delightful. I fell in love with Aurora and she is very reminiscent of Sookie Stackhouse. It's like reading a Sookie novel without the supernatural aspect.
I thought she did very well with the characters and I appreciate that Charlaine Harris knows how important it is to stick with the same narrator, if they are good. She was good. She had the characters down, and gave them the perfect southern touch they needed.
Aurora Teagarden, Unluckiest Girl EVER! OrSookie....Off Steroids... :) or Aurora Teagarden... Amateur detective, who's actually better than the real police... Or....Poor Aurora! Won't people stop dying around her? lolI don't know... But those all represent her character... :D
I know this series is over (for many years) as well as the Southern Vampire Mysteries... But I want MORE...MORE AND MORE! Charlaine Harris really could add to Aurora's life...kind of pick up where she left off in the last book. I'd love to read them. I'd love to see her brought back to life... :DCharlaine Harris has a way of writing that makes you feel good inside, like comfort food. There aren't many writers that can make me feel like that. It's like putting on a favorite pair of slippers. Her stories just make me feel comfortable, safe and warm and able to actually relax for a while. I think she writes in a way that makes people feel like they can identify with the characters. I really do love her style of writing.I DO wish she would NOT have written the Sookie Stackhouse companion. I just couldn't sit through it and actually returned it... :( maybe I would have liked it better in hardcover. And the last book I purchased was just a very short book that let's you know what happened to everyone in Sookieville...I didn't care for it. It was only about 45 minutes long and made me feel like the writer was just squeezing out every penny she could get out of the Sookie Stachouse character. I don't know, I felt like she should have just left it alone...and not published both books...it would have been nice to see them on a blog or her website, you know, a thank you for the fans type of gesture, but she didn't do that, she made more money off them and for some reason, that just didn't sit right with me. I feel crappy saying that about one of my favorite authors, but it's just how I felt when I was listening to them. Sorry... I really DO hate saying anything negative about Charlaine Harris because she is a GREAT talent. One of the best writers, ever...in my opinion.
I enjoyed the intricate plot and interesting characters. I had read the print edition some years ago, but I didn't realize that until I was three quarters through the audiobook.
Aurora Teagarden. She matured and changed as her literary life progressed through each book.
The scene in which Aurora and her husband return home from a party to discover that shocking and puzzling events have occurred
I discovered Charlaine Harris' books in the late 1990's. Aurora Teagarden is my favorite character. I've always loved libraries. I was delighted to read mystery books that featured a librarian as the main character. I have read and enjoyed other series by Ms. Harris as well. I find her to be a great storyteller. I always enjoy a good story.
Very good story line. I would recommend this book as well as all the past Aurora Teagarden stories. She's a petite but strong-willed detective who is very charming but is always getting in trouble.
I think Aurora reminds me of the heroin in the Janet Evonivich numbered books. They both are intelligent, but always gets into trouble.
She does well with all the voices and gives personality to the characters.
I hated, just hated the death of her husband. I was very moved when he waited for his wife to show up at his bedside before he died. Their last words were beautiful.
Almost didn't want to read the next book because of the sadness of losing Martin.
I really love the audio versions. Yes I think better than the print.
All her stories are intriguing and keep you waiting for the next blow.
I enjoyed her narration. She captured the characters well I thought.
Honestly I've listened to them all and they all had their own special captivations for me.
I hope to see more of her stories on audible.com. I love hearing her stories.
Yay! I loved the ending! I have hated that character since they were introduced. I was going to stop listening to the series because of how dysfunctional that relationship was. I hope the other books are much better than the last few, back to the caliber of the first two.
I liked the new location and I hope that some of the characters introduced in this book stay with the series.
I love all Charlaine's books and just adore Aurora Teagarden. I love Martin and Aurora's relationship. I like the fact Therese Plummer narrates the Teagarden novels.
A Fool and His Honey is full of suspense, wit, and humor although I didn't care for the ending. I cried. I STILL LOVE YOU CHARLAINE!
I'll continue to read the series but this book was really awful. I hated the direction the character Aurora takes in this story. She hates an innocent baby? Constantly complains. Whines. Yuck.
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