- Series: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (October 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425239683
- ISBN-13: 978-0425239681
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 301 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Real Murders (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery) Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
An ingenious plot and sufficient flow of blood keep the pages flying in Harris's ( Sweet and Deadly ) third novel, as a series of killings patterned after celebrated murders is perpetrated on the small community of Lawrenceton, Ga. Twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden, professional librarian, belongs to the Real Murders club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes. As a meeting is to begin, Roe discovers the massacred body of a club member. She recognizes the method of slaughter as imitating the very crime she was to address that night--suddenly her life as armchair sleuth assumes an eerie reality. The murderer continues to claim victims, each in the style of a different historical killer. Roe herself becomes a target, and also attracts two admirers, Robin Crusoe, a famed mystery writer new to Lawrenceton, and club member/detective Arthur Smith. Death seems to have infused new life into her waning social calendar, an irony not lost on this pensive character. 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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
From School Library Journal
YA-- 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 the 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. Clever pacing along with ample red herrings and judiciously placed clues keep Harris's story moving briskly. Let's hope for another fast-paced mystery featuring Aurora and her friends.
- Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School, Upper Marlboro,
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Top customer reviews
So I had a thought to look up the books and I did and so I bought all the books on kindle format and I read them all on my iPhone I was hooked and I preordered the new book
The books are much better than the tv series and I'm hooked on those as well
i highly recommend these books
The books are much better than the tv series I highly recommend them
I think there was enough detail to explain who was who in the town but the author didn't go overboard or drone on with details/conversations that readers wouldn't need or think about later after they read them. This book was a little more of a dark cozy since there was more detail listed about the murders than in a typical cozy. I still liked it and it wasn't gory or anything. Just a word to anyone who has seen the movie, don't expect the book to be just like the movie. The movie is simply based on this book. I will be reading the rest of the series.
I love the premise. Roe is your quintessential librarian - a small-town single gal with glasses who lives a dependable, predictable life - and who has a fascination for gruesome true crime. Roe is well-rounded and likeable and there's something about her that I think most people can relate to. There are a variety of personalities in the book, most of them not quite so fleshed out but they compliment Roe in just the right ways and they serve their purpose. Between the characters and the subject matter, the book manages to be both funny and disturbing.
The mystery is great... I was totally shocked when I got to the climax. This is not one of those mysteries where you'll be able to figure out who done it. It totally made sense looking back, but the clues are buried in Roe's narration and observations about the details of the daily routines around her. My first time reading it, I was a little bored with and distracted by all the mundane information... she was wearing this, his hair looked like that... but it conceals the clues.
There's a little light romance or two that develops during the book, but it's not a core or driving part of the plot. I was happy for plain, simple Roe to find a couple of love interests to make her into "quite a hussy".
Being from the South, the picture Charlaine Harris paints of Lawrenceton, GA and the townspeople is legitimate and reminds me of my own hometown - or maybe Cabot Cove with all the bodies that turn up. After having read the Sookie Stackhouse series (which lead me to the Aurora Teagarden series), I will admit that Lawrenceton lacks some of the character of Bon Temps, as well as the vampires, shifters, and other otherworldly creatures, but that didn't bother me all that much. It's a different series and I appreciated the different scenery, different cast of characters, different motives, etc.
The book was initially published in 1990. More than twenty years later, you'd never know it with the exception of references to typewriters, pay phones, and VCR's.
I'd say it's about a 4.5 stars. Sometimes, the mundane details that seem frivolous had me skimming paragraphs but I still loved it anyway.
Overall, it's a pretty light, easily readable, engaging cozy mystery that I will return to time and time again.