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.
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.
In the middle. Not the best. Not the worst. I found it light hearted even though it was a murder mystery.
Probably not. This was pleasant, smooth, some interesting characters but none were compelling enough to make me want to read another story about them.
It was my first.
Good Southern accent and pacing. Puts you in the place.
Yes for a TV series. But to be successful they would need good actress and some romantic tensions between the leading lady and her potential boy friends.
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