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 picked this up because it was on sale, and because I really liked the Sookie Stackhouse series. This is definitely some of Charmaine Harris ' earlier work and doesn't have the great plots and characters her Sookie fans have come to expect. It's a decent listen, and a good deal on sale, but only worth a full credit of you're a die hard Charlaine Harris fan.
I really enjoyed both the Harper Connelly series and the Sookie Stackhouse serious. I like Ms. Harris' work, but the woman who narrates this audio book did a horrible job.
This is only the third audio book I've listened to, but I'm almost turned off from any future. Most certainly will not be purchasing anything narrated by T Plummer.
Would not refer this audiobook.
Very predictable writing, cliche after cliche, painful to listen to. I couldn't even get through the whole thing. Don't waste your time. In fact, if you're reading this review, you've already wasted too much of your life on this book.
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Real Murders is about Aurora Teagarden, a 20-something that works at the town library. Aurora, a crime thriller buff, is part of a club called Real Murders that meets once a month to discuss a real murder case that has happened. Now, Aurora is faced with a real murder right in her town, in the very building she meets her club for their monthly meeting! Is this murder just a fluke, or is there a serial killer on the loose?? Will Aurora and her Scooby gang figure out whodunit before she is next?
This was a cute story. The book is relatively short, and doesn't have any real depth to the characters, but it was a fun, light sleuthing kinda gig. Aurora lives in a condo that her wealthy mother owns, alone, and no man. I think her mother was more interesting at times than Aurora, with her scandalous divorce, and rags to riches story. What did help the story were the side characters. Each character had their own unique quirks about them that made them entertaining to read about, and kept my attention. The plot twist was not very dramatic, like unveiling the wizard behind the green curtain, but it was what it was.
So for my Charlaine Harris fans, or even just a fan of light, clean detective stories this is a fun little story, but by all means don't set your expectations too high like I did or you will be disappointed. After I finished the book I discovered that it is part of a series, but I'm afraid my interest stops here.
Therese Plummer narrates this story with pizzazz! I love her tone of voice, as well as the acting! She did such a wonderful job with the character voices, and I love how she was acting and not just narrating the story. I have never heard Therese perform before, so it was a delightful surprise for my first experience listening to her. The sound quality was excellent, as well as the flow of her narration. I will happily listen to any book Therese has narrated! I rate Therese with 5 stars!
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
Better character development is needed. Little information is given as to why Aurora Teagarden is the way she is. She is implied to be of the shy and retiring nature. She seems to have little motivation except for her involvement in her 'Murder Club'. Two supporting male characters become attracted to her. Yet nothing is said as to why there is attraction from any angle. Aurora's mother seems to be a strong force in her life. Nothing is said to describe this relationship. Aurora maintains an apparently healthy relationship with her divorced and remarried father. Nothing is done to explain this. Her father and second wife trust her enough to allow her to baby sit her 6 year old half brother. Nothing is done to explain this. Then suddenly the killers reveal themselves. The story ends with the mystery revealed rather then solved. Aurora is left with two potential male friends. I like mystery plots where the reader is encouraged to pick up on clues and hints as the story develops. In this story the reader is told things that happen. It is makes for a boring book.
Poorly! This is do to the poor character and plot development.
I enjoy her narrations. Her interpretations held my interest so I could finish the story.
No. There would have to be better character and plot development.
I was disappointed with this story. The main character starts off weak. She makes a failed attempt at becoming stronger. The supporting characters are even weaker.
It was a fun diversion.
She did a fine job.
Maybe made for TV.
The characters were engaging.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
The story was a bit weak, but entertaining. The narrator was not my favorite. Her main character was fine, but her male characters were uncomfortable, and her kid had head congestion and an IQ of 5 from the sound of him.
This was no Agatha Christie, the characters were one-dimensional, and for those of us who really ARE true-crime buffs, it was pretty tame.
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