Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side - and its crime buffs. One of them is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime - until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss.
As other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects - or potential victims.
©1992 Charlaine Harris; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"An ingenious plot and sufficient flow of blood keep the pages flying....Harris draws the guilty and the innocent into an engrossing tale while inventing a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." (Publishers Weekly)
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 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.
I have read several of the Harper Connelly stories and thought they were pretty darn good, and even fun, but these Aurora Teagarden stories are annoying. There is a good story hidden in both A Bone to Pick and Real Murders, but both are so deeply couched in gossip and female logic, it is just too distracting. Add to that a narrator, Therese Plummer, who constantly speaks in conspiratorial whispers and it drives me straight up the wall! Why the hell is she whispering? I will admit she is perfect for a story seemingly torn from a gossip tabloid. If she is not a gossip, she would be perfect for the roll: She has got the voice down pat!
This is probably a series of books from which guys should just stay away. It is a series written by a woman, about women, and for women. Men, do not say I did not warn you!
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