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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Dec 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407468138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407468136
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)


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By Vanessa M. Dow on 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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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Hobbies Can Be Murder... Jan. 30 2003
By Silmarwen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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!
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Harris is a really fabulous author May 15 2006
By Erin Satie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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
Good introduction to the series June 24 2000
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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
Aurora's no Sookie April 20 2008
By Divine Ms K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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
Book #1 in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Jan. 25 2007
By K. Gilligan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
"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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