- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C; Large Print edition edition (May 6 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074518216X
- ISBN-13: 978-0745182162
- Shipping Weight: 503 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Charlaine Harris has chosen to base this series in Lawrenceton, Georgia (a growing suburb of Atlanta according to the introduction), a place I have never even heard of. As she describes places, locations and streets, I presume they are accurate and locals will recognize the same. Does this give it more interest and/or intrigue than a fictional place - well, the jury is still out on that one.
Nonetheless, the characters are solid and believable, the plots captivating and the culprit not really identifiable right to the 'bitter end' as a good whodunit should be. A great and easy read for any mystery buff.
I quite liked the character of Aurora for the most part. I see myself a lot in her. I thought it was very interesting to get not only her thoughts and personality, but little snippets into her daily life, such as making laundry, calling her best friend, etc. That made her more believable and made it also easier to identify to her.
The crime aspect of the novel was well built. It kept me on the edge of my seat, trying to guess what would happen next and who did it.
One part of this book I didn’t quite like was the love story. Beware, even though this isn’t part of the main plot, I will include what could be consider spoilers in this section. Without getting too much into it, there is a love triangle, which I don’t have anything against. But it felt built into the story to suddenly make the character of Aurora maybe a bit more… special, and not so « boring »? Suddenly, a girl who pretty much never dates, gets these two men at her feet. And what made it not believable/ok with me is how she treats the situation: by not making a choice. She goes around kissing them both and making them both believe that she is interested and that they are together. That didn’t sound at all like Aurora. It felt Out of Character to me.
For those of you who have seen the movie by Hallmark Channel, the two are a bit different. We have the same mystery, but the events are not all the same. The character of Aurora is also not perfectly similar. To be honest, I prefer the movies to this book. But I liked this first novel enough to continue with the series nonetheless.
Overall, this book didn’t blow me away. But it delivered a great mystery with a different narrator and setting than what I’ve seen before.
In December, I had a rare impulse to watch satellite television and came across <i>“The Julius House”</i>. I suspected “Aurora Teagarden” matched several books that sat awaiting me. Sure enough: this is a <b>Charlaine Harris</b> mystery! It stars Candice Cameron-Burre and Canada's 1800s detective, Yannick Bisson. It was flirty and fun but not short on sleuthing and secret places. It made me eager to get reading. I am convinced the film had me liking this more than I would have. The first book environment is dry: a community centre with a large list of people that would have made no impression on me, in a town without notable traits. I thought of the movie and smiled until the serious action started.
Despite occasionally cumbersome lists of people and other facts, the novel became enthralling and I finished it in a day. The killers were well-concealed and the emotions felt real; highly poignant, respectful reactions to the victims and Aurora's love for her six year-old brother. Holding tight a friend whose family were the most atrociously killed was heart-wrenching but overflowing with loyalty. In terms of plot, the note of interest additionally setting it apart from average mysteries is that each death mimicked a famous case, which the town's murder club could identify. Even I recognized a Lizzie Borden scene. I certainly see that <b>Charlaine</b> can write.
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