Real Murders - Aurora Teagarden, Bk 1 Author:Charlaine Harris Someone is killing the crime buffs of the Real Murders Society in Lawrenceton, Georgia. A librarian, Aurora Teagarden, sets out to catch the brutal murderer after fellow club members end up as victims. The uncanny resemblances to famous crimes challenge Roe and her two admirers, policeman Arthur Smith and mystery writer Robin Crusoe, to pursue t... more »he criminal. The lighthearted, witty handling of characters contrasts with the heightening suspense as Aurora seeks clues by searching past mysteries for the killer's identity -- until she is caught in the sadistic web of terror herself.« less
This is not a typical cozy mystery, but having read Charlaine Harris before, I did not expect it to be. The characters could be your next door neighbors and we all know that some pretty creepy things can be hidden behind closed doors. I was kept guessing until the very end (which a good mystery should do) and I look forward to more adventures with Aurora Teagarden.
This was a fun little book. A group interested in true crime start a club called the Real Murders in small-town Georgia. Things turn sinister when someone is taking pages out of their case studies and murdering people fashioned after other cases. The main character, Aurora Teagarden, finds herself in the thick of things as she stumbles upon bodies and evidence, sometimes merely being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
I admit the culprit wasn't obvious to me, so Harris did a good job "fooling" me until the reveal occurred. I liked Aurora Teagarden - not as well, admittedly, as Harper Connelly or Sookie Stackhouse, but I'll read more to see how this librarian grows.
This was a very satisfying start to this cozy mystery series. It originally came out in the early 90s, and surprisingly many of the earlier titles are already out of print. Hopefully, with Ms. Harris becoming more popular, some of these older titles will be re-released. I actually had to pay over $10 apiece for mass market paperback copies of books 4 and 5, and I've seen them go for a lot more.
Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is a librarian in a Lawrenceton, Georgia, a small town outside a big city. (I assume Atlanta, but Harris doesn't specify precisely.) Once a month, a few crime buffs from town get together to discuss some of the most famous murderers of the past. They call their group Real Murders and on the night Roe is scheduled to discuss the Wallace casewhich took place back in 1931 Englandone of the members of Real Murders, Mamie Wright, is found murdered in exactly the same way Julia Wallace was so many years ago! And that's not the end of it either... apparently, there's a murderer on the loose, whose game is to pattern his crimes after some of the very murders they've been discussing. So obviously, they all figure it's got to be someone in their little group!
Harris does character development quite nicely and as you're introduced to all the characters, you can clearly see them in your mind, and often think of someone you know who fits a similar description. Who is behind all the murders happening in the small town is a surprise right up until the very end. And in typical cozy fashion, the members of the community most affected by all this are just as important as the policeone of whom is actually a member of Real Murders anywayin solving the case.
I look forward to reading the rest of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries!
Like a few other Charlaine Harris mysteries I've read, this one seemed to start out a bit slow and it seemed to amble on for a bit. By about the middle of the story, I found myself wishing I could get back to my book, and by the end, I was telling my kids... "Hang on- I've almost found out 'who-dunnit!'" The ending was a surprise... my fingers kept itching to flip to the back to find out who it was, because I wasn't sure, but I refused to spoil it for myself! I will definitely try the second book in this Aurora Teagarden series... I think the author left some openings to make this character fun.
I've read 3 other series of Charlaine Harris. Have to say this is the one I like least. Aurora Teagarden does not seem quite as interesting as Sookie Stackhouse, Lily Bard, or Harper Connelly, the main characters of the 3 other mystery series. She's just a bit tamer, I guess. But the book is written with Harris' usual fresh and straightforward style and is a quick and good read.
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 enjoyed author Charlaine Harris's Vampire books with Sookie Stackhouse and so I decided that I wanted to try some more of her books, so I got ahold of some of the Aurora Teagarden Mystery books.
Real Murders is the first book in the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series and begins with the monthly Friday night meeting of the Real Murders Club. This is a group of people that get together to study, read and analyze old murders, argue for the conviction or against, or present suspects if never solved. It is all very scholarly, and they are an unlikely bunch that probably wouldn't be friends otherwise. This week, Aurora is leading the discussion of the Wallace Murder in England in 1931. Funny thing happens on the way to the meeting, as Aurora enters the VFW Hall, where they hold their meetings, the phone on the wall rings, and someone asks for Julia Wallace. Ok, now that is enough to freak out little Aurora, or Roe to her friends. She mentions it to another member but they shrug it off, and along the meeting goes, as each member arrives, until Roe is getting concerned. Maime Wright was suppose to open the building, and her car is here but she isn't. Finally Roe decides to check the other rooms for Mamie, only to find her in one room, murder in exactly the same way and staged exactly like Julia Wallace! ACK!
Roe is a down-to-earth librarian and she has never been around anything like this in her life before, and it becomes unsettling to her. Then when a box of poisoned chocolates how up on her door step, addressed to her mother, Roe is even more concerned. What is happening to their little town and why her?
As Roe continues through, she thinks about what is going on and puzzles and ponders over the murder, first one, then a second and so on. As a scholarly person, she puts bits and pieces together that seem logical to her in her studious mind, but not so logical to the police, only for her to find the true murderer before the police do.
I would not consider this a cozy mystery, it' just a mystery. It is well written. I come to like Roe, I feel for her as a person and what she is going through, and I want to see her come out on top. I enjoy the Southern life and the charm of that place in the book, and it is a good book and a good read. She is not a nosy-body, she just puzzles and ponders, she isn't really out to investigate but she just can't get it out of her mind. She is a likable character.
I enjoyed this book, and moved on to the next in the series.
I started this series with high hopes, having read the Sookie series. And I was having a good time since these are a moderately good read, until I got to the 6th book where things got really dark and a favorite main character was killed. I am so disappointed and sad that I can't finish the series.
Just to give anyone a heads up on this if you're sensitive to these things like me.