Best-selling author and Sookie Stackhouse creator Charlaine Harris crafts the eighth riveting tale starring Aurora "Roe" Teagarden.
Roe's stepsister-in-law, Poppy, has achieved social distinction - she's been elected into the Uppity Women Book Club. Unfortunately, membership has its deadly consequences. Sordid stories of infidelity in Poppy's marriage lead to a rash of suspects, and Roe begins to question her own heart. But her passion for the truth will drive her on-into the path of the cold-blooded killer.
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"Roe is a genuine steel magnolia ... she knows what's proper and what a lady would do - and, mostly, she does it." (Booklist)
I'm often rather harsh in my assessments of amateur detectives, but Aurora Teagarden doesn't get any flying arrows from me. I love this character. First of all she's a librarian. She's bright, she's funny, she's mature, and she's smart enough to know when to involve the professionals.
n this latest episode of the series, Roe as she's known, discovers the murdered body of her step-sister-in-law Poppy when Ms. P misses her induction into the Uppity Women club; that same day she accepts custody of her runaway 15 yr old half-brother Phillip, who arrives unannounced for Thanksgiving (she thought he was in California); she confronts her own feelings about parenting, extra-marital sex, and her current relationship to Robin Crusoe the author, all while trying to figure out why Poppy was murdered, and then why Poppy's house was trashed AFTER the police finished investigating the crime scene.
All the regulars are there, with new and introspective insights into their characters and motivations. It's an easy cozy read, but has plenty of meat to the plot.I didn't have that AHA moment until nearly the end, and that's the way I enjoy mysteries --- the plot building to a surprise ending, lots of suspects being ruled in/out one at a time.
It was very easy to distinguish the characters from her inflections and accents.
Aurora Teagarden is a delightful character and is well developed as are all of Charlaine Harris's characters. This book returned some characters who we had met in past books and expanded on the family dynamics between Roe, step family relationships, as well as old boyfriends. Roe really came to life for me in this book.
These books are really fun. After reading all of Charlaine Harris's Sookie books and then all of the Harris's Harper Connelly books, I figured that the Aurora Teagarden series would naturally be next on the list. At first I really thought they were a bit cheesey, but Aurora started to grow on me. While it doesn't have any of the supernatural aspects of the other series and would be more of a PG rating, instead of the maybe PG-13 or R rating of the other series. This is a fun, quirky, easy read. The narrator is great & the character is lovable. After a slow start with the 1st book not knowing what to expect, I began to love the characters that were introduced and re introduced throughout the series, so by the time I got to the 8th book (within a weeks time) I want more Aurora...........especially how this book ended. Knowing there are no more books after finishing the last book in a series.....just sucks.
This was a good series. In each book, you could see the progression of growth in Charlaine Harris's writing skills. The mysteries were well thought out and I didn't know the identity of the killer until the end. Sure it was really dated; no cell phones at first, etc., but if you realize that the first books were written 20 years ago, then it doesn't feel so odd. I would recommend this series if you are looking for light reading.
All of Charlaine Harris' books keep my attention and I am sad when they are over - thank goodness she has written many wonderfull books!
Narration was excellent!
I am an oldster but still enjoy all those of books including science fiction and fantasy as well as occasional books on history and classics
I enjoy the audio version better because I am frequently listening to it in the car. In addition, I tend to skip over things when I am reading and take away from some of the cleverness of the author.
I enjoy Aurora because she seems to think like a real persons with conflicts that seem real.
The current title certainly hooks you in.
Loved it, like the rest of the Aurora Teagarden series. Narrator was on point as usual for this series, and Charlaine Harris clearly was knocking them out of the park before anyone had heard of Sookie Stackhouse. Harris rocks, simply one of the best in the genre.
Yes. The story moves right along. The characters are interesting. I love Aurora Teagarden.
Aurora Teagarden. Over this series of books she has changed and matured. She's not perfect, but she's never boring.
It's difficult to be specific without including "spoilers." My favorite scenes took place in Poppy's house.
Again, to avoid "spoilers" I don't want to be too specific. I did like the development of Aurora's relationship with her half brother.
I started reading this series years ago when it was first published. I was "hooked" right away. I enjoy the brisk pace of the stories, the complexity of the plots, the "cast" of interesting characters and the small town setting. Murders are involved, but there is no emphasis on detailed descriptions of graphic violence.
This is the last published book in the series. I know the Sookie Stockhouse series has been very successful. However I would welcome another visit with Aurora.
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