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)
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.
It was childish.
She was breathy and soooo precious. She tried way too hard.
All the them. And the author.
It's one of Harris's very early efforts. If you think her later books are drivel, this is REALLY drivel.
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 .
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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