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Charlaine Harris , Therese Plummer
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Dec 1 2010
This title is the first thrilling Aurora Teagarden mystery from the bestselling author of the hit TV series "True Blood". Librarian Aurora Teagarden reckons she knows everything about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature, as she and her friends have formed a club to discuss real life killings. But fiction soon becomes fact as more and more bodies are discovered, and the similarities between prior murders and those of Aurora's fellow townsfolk become frighteningly common. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok. Jan. 24 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been slowly working my way through all the works of Charlaine Harris while waiting for the next Sookie book to come out. This one was ok, but I thought the heroine was kind of mousy and annoying. (which doesn't have to be a bad thing. I myself have been described as mousy and annoying once or twice =o) She just didn't hold my attention the way I would have liked. I think Lily Bard is a far more compelling heroine, and of course Sookie and Harper have paranormal elements to lend pizzazz to their stories. Roe's mad librarian skills just don't really compare at this point. I'll probably try another one in the series to see if it gets any better, but so far I don't like it as well as CH's other works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hobbies Can Be Murder... Jan. 30 2003
By Silmarwen - Published on Amazon.com
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Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is your typical librarian: thick, coke-bottle glasses, long brown hair, sensible librarian-like clothes, single, lives in a small town - you get the picture. She doesn't have much of a social life and has resigned herself to having her Saturday nights free. But, once a month, on Fridays, she meets with her fellow murder-mystery enthusaists and they discuss a real murder. This Friday it is Roe's turn to present the case of the Wallaces. She spent hours preparing and arrives a little early at the community center to make sure that everything is ready. However, she cannot find the woman who unlocked the building, laid out the cookies and coffee and set up the chairs. When she does find her, she wishes that she hadn't as she has been murdered and displayed in the kitchen in a gruesome fashion. Even though Roe is in shock, she cannot help but notice that this murder bears a startling resemblance to the Wallace case. Could one of the club members have taken their little hobby a little too far? When other bodies begin to pile up, all copycat murders from famous past crimes, Roe cannot help but wonder which victim she resembles...
This is a fun, short, easy mystery read that I sat down and read in a couple of hours. Roe is a likeable character whom most readers will relate to as being in her shoes at one time of their lives or another. The other characters are also fairly interesting, but not as fully fleshed out as I would like. Charlaine Harris doesn't really present the plot in such a way where you would be able to solve the mystery on your own with the clues presented so the ending has a surprise twist, but it was a nicely paced story. The romantic subplots were a little perfunctory, but added a nice touch to the story. I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it, but I really loved the Lily Bard series and highly recommend those books. Keep in mind that most of the Aurora Teagarden and Lily Bard books are out of print, but they are worth hunting down - especially the Lily Bard series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harris is a really fabulous author May 15 2006
By Erin Satie - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked this up because I've totally adored Harris' Southern Vampire series and I figure anything she writes has got to be good. Real Murders does have a lot of the qualities that I love in the Southern Vampire series - a sense of place, a way of incorporating the quotidien, really perceptive one-liners that somehow manage to describe a character in a complex and subtle way. The small-town setting, the way she writes about people and manages to make them utterly normal while also extraordinary and fascinating is another similarity between the two series.

This book is more of a whodunit and it's got a fabulous premise: the Real Murders club is for people who are interested in true crime and get together to learn about various murders of the past together; then people start dying in ways that are obviously intended to re-create famous murders of the past...leading to the conclusion that the murderer happens to be a member of the club.

I don't think that the execution is nearly as good as the hook, however; maybe I don't read enough mystery novels, but I wasn't spotting the clues. The murderer seemed to remain a mystery for most of the novel because there were good reasons to suspect almost everyone and no reason to suspect one person more than another.

That being said, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone else.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the series June 24 2000
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
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This book introduces us to Aurora Teagarden, an amusing, intrepid and self-deprecating almost-30 librarian. She shares her interest in historic murders with a group of crime buffs who have formed a group called Real Murders. They meet once a month to discuss murders and murderers of the past. Strangely enough, murders begin to occur which mirror these past murders and which include members of the group. Aurora teams up with the Arthur, a local policeman and member of Real Murders, and Robin Crusoe, a mystery writer, to solve the murder cases. No one is above suspicion, but the solution is a surprise. This is fun, light reading.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aurora's no Sookie April 20 2008
By Divine Ms K - Published on Amazon.com
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As I anxiously wait for the next installment of the Sookie Stackhouse books (late June 2008!) I reviewed other titles by Charlaine Harris including books 1 and 2 of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries. I bought the first two together in case I needed to read the 2nd book right away (and couldn't wait for 2 day shipping). I'm sorry to say I could have waited.

The pace is slow, the writing a little childish, and Ms. Harris never manages to capture interest with her plot or her characters.

I'll probably read more of these books when I need a predictable, formulaic read to help transition me to sleep... but I'll buy them used.

Back to counting the days until Sookie arrives.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book #1 in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Jan. 25 2007
By K. Gilligan - Published on Amazon.com
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"Real Murders" by Charlaine Harris is the first book in the Aurora Teagarden mysteries. Aurora 'Roe' Teagarden is a librarian who belongs to a club called 'Real Murders'. On the night that Roe is set to give a presentation on the Wallace murders, she discovers a fellow club member dead. That's not the only problem. The woman killed is arranged exactly the way that Julia Wallace was years ago, down to the very last detail.

The club decides not to meet anymore, but it seems it is too late. Another murder takes place, this time copying another famous killing. Who is doing it? Is it the new neighbor and famous writer Robin Crusoe? Police officer Arthur Smith? Well, considering Roe is going out with both of them, she hopes not. But it could be anyone, and time is running out!

I loved this book, and it kept me guessing till the end. Don't forget to read the rest in this series. Next is A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 2, followed by Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 4, Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 5, Fool And His Honey: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 6, Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries), and Poppy Done To Death: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 8.

Or if you'd like to try a different series by Charlaine Harris, check out the Lily Bard mysteries.(Shakespeare's Landlord (The First Lily Bard Mystery), "Shakespeare's Champion", Shakespeare's Christmas", "Shakespeare's Trollop", and Shakespeare's Counselor")

Or her new supernatural Southern Vampire Mysteries (Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Bk. 1), "Living Dead in Dallas", "Club Dead", "Dead to the World", "Dead as a Doornail", "Definitely Dead", and "All Together Dead")
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