Dead Over Heels - Aurora Teagarden, Bk 5 Author:Charlaine Harris Roe never liked Detective Sergeant Jack Burns, but she never wanted to see him dead - especially not dropped from a plane right into her own back yard. Luckily, even Lawrenceton's finest know that Roe couldn't possibly be in two places at once, so her name is crossed off the suspect list. — But then other strange things begin to happen ar... more »ound Roe, ranging from the peculiar, to the violent, to the potentially deadly. Clearly there is a personal message in this madness that Roe must decipher, before it is too late ...« less
Katherine T. reviewed Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden, Bk 5) on
Helpful Score: 3
Just because you may have enjoyed the Sookie series does not necessarily mean you will be into Aurora Teagarden. Harris writes a quick entertaining read, although she gets a bit too descriptive on occassion.
Cate C. (cate940) reviewed Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden, Bk 5) on
Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoy the writing of Charlaine Harris and get a kick out of her outlook on life. Dead Over Heels was a great, fun, quick read. I like getting to know her characters and this book had a lot of development for Aurora and friends. Readily recommend to anyone who likes easy, breezy murder mysteries. Aurora doesn't disappoint!
This was my first Aurora "Roe" Teagarden mystery, and I really enjoyed it. Prior to this I had only read Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. Roe is probably the only librarian to have a bodyguard (why she does is explained in events that I'm guessing took place in the series earlier novels) While her and her bodyguard Angel are mowing the lawn and tanning, the body of a police officer is dropped from a small plane right on Aurora's lawn! It turns out both women know the murder victim, and neither have good relationships with him.
This is a very pleasant, short mystery filled with well-drawn characters. I was able to guess the motive of the crimes but not the murderer, and the ending was a well-crafted surprise. If you want an enjoyable quick read with a mystery without much blood or sex that ends in a tidy manner, I recommend this book. I'm already on the hunt for the other books in this series, and I hope one day Harris decides to write her another adventure!
What's the world coming to - when you can't relax with an ice-cold beverage in your own backyard without a body falling from the sky and landing in your garden? Part-time librarian and frequent amateur investigator Roe Teagarden has good reason to ask herself this question when the remains of one of the Lawrenceton, Georgia police department's finest catapults into her flower bed one beautiful sunny morning. Roe's friend and bodyguard, the long-legged, bikini-clad Angel Youngblood, is mowing the grass and Roe is reclining on a lounger when a small red-and-white plane flies low overhead and drops its unlikely debris more or less at Roe's feet. Roe's husband of two years, wealthy businessman Martin Bartell, immediately wonders if the killer chose his dumping place to send some kind of message to Roe. And the mystery deepens when two federal agents arrive in town to investigate the murder. It's only when Madeleine the cat provides a clue that Roe and Martin realize Roe herself may be in danger and that using Roe's yard as a temporary landfill for dead bodies was no accident.
I love this series and it is well worth reading in order because so much is developed over the span of the series. This author is a keeper for me and I will buy anything she writes. I've had very little disappointment with her books.
I just finished reading this complete series (8 books) and I feel Charlaine Harris did an excellent job with the characters, unexpected twists and plots. I often read an entire book in one setting so I could find out who did it and why!
I am a Harris fan and enjoy this series very much. I liked the character development in this entry but felt like the mystery was rushed and simplistic compared to the other books. I will keep reading to see what happens next.