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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Good easy read

I listen as I work and manage to stay engaged. The characters each have their voice so the story flows well.

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great!

loved it! charlaine Harris is a great writer. performance was perfect. definitely will recommend it

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Great book.

This is my first book by Charlaine Harris but it definitely won't be my last. I really enjoyed Aurora and her brain. While not a long story, it kept my interest all the way to the end. I wasn't surprised at the ending, yet I was. That's hard to explain but it's how I felt. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.

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When you like mysteries and need easy relaxation

This series is not for hard core mystery buffs but is great for some simple escape for folks that like a bit of mystery! It's a good listen for when you are doing other things while listening because you don't have to give your full attention to the story to stay involved.

I love these books for getting through Saturday housework or gardening, they make the time fly as I listen and work through the story. The stories are light but good enough to keep your attention and have you wanting to know "who done it".

Some have complained that there are holes in the structure and character development as well as the police procedure. These things are true; my rebuttal is that this is not a serious mystery where such things are very important, so them being missing here is minor.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Good mystery!

Great surprise to meet an early Arthur Smith from the Midnight Series in this story. Looking forward to the next Teagarden book. I'm anxious to find out if the Murder Club is really disbanded. Never suspected the culprit, maybe because there were so many that could have done the deeds. Great narration.

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great book

i really enjoyed this story. i didnt know "whodunnit" at all. The narrator did a good job with the voices, too.

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Recording is great, but chapters are labled wrong.

Narrator does a great job, and the book is suspenseful and detailed. It is more than a little irksome that it only shows five chapters, however, and yet all the book is there. You won't be able to really search for your place, however, if you are reading somw and then listening some, because you won't be able to look up the proper chapter. You have to just fastforward ormrewind until you find where you stopped. Audible, please fix this!

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fantastic!

Great book! CAN'T wait to listen to the next! Hoping she keeps the series up! check out the movies in Hallmark channel!

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When Murder Gets Real

What made the experience of listening to Real Murders the most enjoyable?

I thought the narrator enhanced the experience and helped me really see the people and what they were feeling better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Real Murders?

Because I still had no idea who was the murderer, I found the big reveal and the motive particularly riveting.

What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

Everything! I thought she matched well with this book and did a fab job narrating all voices. Aurora 'Roe' Teagarden was the sole perspective and she really brought Roe to life for me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

A scene at the end with Roe and her little brother. It was dangerous and intense.

Any additional comments?

This was book one in a series. I definitely plan to move on for the rest of the series.

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Good cozy, a bit dated.

Good plot. Cozy based on real crime followers, which I am not into.