A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden Series #2)

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Aurora Teagarden's life was pretty much in order, though she wouldn't have objected to a nice relationship. All things considered, however, there wasn't anything to complain about. Then Jane Engle died. Aurora and Jane had been friends - not particularly close friends, but they'd both been members of the Real Murder Society and on occasion had shared tea, as well as an interest in crime. So Aurora was surprised to discover that she was named in Jane's will as the heir to her home and some money . . . about a half...
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Overview

Aurora Teagarden's life was pretty much in order, though she wouldn't have objected to a nice relationship. All things considered, however, there wasn't anything to complain about. Then Jane Engle died. Aurora and Jane had been friends - not particularly close friends, but they'd both been members of the Real Murder Society and on occasion had shared tea, as well as an interest in crime. So Aurora was surprised to discover that she was named in Jane's will as the heir to her home and some money . . . about a half million dollars, in fact. A nice house, a lot of money . . . things were looking up nicely. But the house held a secret - a fact that was frighteningly obvious the first time Aurora went there and realized that someone had broken in, had been searching for something. It didn't take long to discover the secret: Jane had hidden a skull, and Aurora had just found it. Aurora Teagarden was no stranger to a good mystery, but she wasn't quite certain what to do with this one. Before she has a chance to consider her next move, someone decides that she already knows too much. Now she has a few more questions to answer: Whodunit? Who was it done to? And who seemed to keep on wanting to do it?
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In the second Real Murders club novel starring diminutive, busty librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, our heroine is smarting from a breakup and resentful at having to attend her ex's sudden wedding (along with that of her long-divorced mother) when she learns some astounding news: elderly solitary spinster Jane Engle has left Roe her house in their sleepy Southern town of Lawrenton and a cool $553K. Roe, who hardly knew Jane, though both were members of the amateur sleuthing Real Murders Club, wonders why, until she finds a human skull hidden in her new house's window seat and a cryptic note declaring: "I didn't do it." The eligible Episcopal minister Aubrey Scott comes calling for a date, and neighbors drop in at Roe's new digs with strange tales of break-ins and diggings in Jane's backyard. Harris's latest is chockfull of colorful local names and background chatter, and fans of this intrepid young private eye will be curious to learn how her new independence unfolds. (Feb.)

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Aurora Teagarden, who made a strong series debut (in Real Murders ) as a southern librarian turned amateur sleuth, suddenly finds herself very rich when elderly spinster Jane Engle dies and leaves her a fortune. When Aurora goes to take possession of Miss Engle's home, she finds the place ransacked. Poking around, she turns up a ghoulish artifact the intruder missed: a bashed-in human skull hidden in a cleverly disguised window seat. Fearing that her mild benefactor was actually a vicious killer, Aurora is relieved to find a note the deceased left behind pointing her suspicions elsewhere. She delves into the lives of her new neighbors, masking her scrutiny with Southern charm, and discovers that over the years two men have disappeared from the neighborhood. Harris provides some genuinely funny scenes as Aurora breezily unravels the murderer's identity, but the plot is just too farfetched, even when supported by an appealing cast of Southern gothic characters. Harris, who struck the right note in Real Murders , here unfortunately goes beyond the humorous social satire that is her metier, striving for a wildly exaggerated parody of southern life. But with three solid novels behind her, this talented mystery writer will surely regain her focus the next time out. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373261369
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/22/1993
  • Series: Aurora Teagarden Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris writes both fantasies and mysteries. She lives in southern Arkansas with her family.

Biography

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris grew up in a family of avid readers (her father was a teacher; her mother a librarian). She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English and Communication Arts. Although she penned poetry and plays in school, her first serious foray into fiction was with two standalone novels, Sweet and Deadly and A Secret Rage, published (effortlessly!) in the early 1980s.

After her early success, Harris released the first installment in a series of lighthearted mysteries starring spunky, small-town Georgia librarian, true crime enthusiast, and amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden. When Aurora debuted in Real Murders (1990), Publishers Weekly welcomed "a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." The book went on to receive an Agatha Award nomination.

Anxious for another challenge, Harris began a second series in 1996. Darker and edgier than the Teagarden novels, these mysteries featured taciturn, 30-something housecleaner Lily Bard, a woman with a complicated past who has moved to the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, to find peace and solitude. The first novel, Shakespeare's Landlord, was well-received. BookList raved: "Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story." [Much to the disappointment of her fans, Harris concluded the Lilly Bard sequence in 2001 with Shakespeare's Counselor.]

Although Harris achieved moderate success with these two series (which she laughingly describes as "cozies with teeth"), she would hit the jackpot in 2001 with Dead Until Dark, a sly, spoofy paranormal mystery starring a telepathic Louisiana cocktail waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire named Bill. The novel, a delightful hybrid of mystery, science fiction, and romance, was an instant hit with critics. ("Harris' Sookie has the potential to attract more readers than Hamilton's Anita Blake," raved the dark fantasy magazine Cemetery Dance.) Readers, too, adored the Southern Vampire Series and have rewarded the author with bestseller after bestseller. (In 2008, the Sookie saga came to HBO in a top-rated television adaptation, True Blood, starring Anna Paquin.)

With 2006's Grave Sight, Harris added yet another fascinating character to her stable -- a young woman named Harper Connelly whose youthful encounter with a lightning bolt has left her with the ability to find corpses and determine how they died. In addition to juggling characters and plots for her popular series, Harris has also contributed short stories and novellas to several anthologies of paranormal fantasy fiction.

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In our interview, Harris confesses:

"I'm really a boring person. My family (my husband and three children) is the most important thing in my life. I go to bed early, I get up early. I love to go to the movies with my husband. My favorite things about finally making some money as a writer are (a) I can buy as many books as I want, and (b) I can hire a maid. The first job I had was working in an offset darkroom at a very small newspaper. I stood on a concrete floor all day and made minimum wage -- which then was $1.60 an hour. I hated it, and I learned a lot, though not necessarily about working in a darkroom. So being a writer is much better."

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    1. Hometown:
      Southern Arkansas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tunica, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Recommend for easy reading

    I am enjoying the Aurora Teagarden Series. It is fun to watch the continuing characters develop in each new book. The series is suitable for adults.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Love it

    I just finished book 3 and am really loving this series!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    by maria f

    Read it in one sitting couldn't put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    each novel keeps getting better than the last

    each novel keeps getting better than the last.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Love this series

    I enjoyed this book very much

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    A great cozy mystery!

    I am reading all in this fantastic series....I am looking to find what comes after "julius house".

    Great characters, fast moving and interesting plots make for a great cozy mystery!

    I can read each book in the series in one day! A great book to read!

    I'm not into Ms. Harris's vampire series but this series is wonderful! Start with the very first in the series just to get hooked!

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Couldn't put it down!!!

    I love the character and loved this book more than the first. Can't wait to read the entire series

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Another Original, Interesting, Funny, Suspenseful Book!

    Need I say more? Charlaine has such a creative mind. I could never think of the plots she comes up with!

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    No Bones about it... Great!!

    Loved it! Can't wait to see what Aurora finds herself in next...

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Fun read!

    I enjoyed the Aurora Teagarden series as much as the Sookie Stackhouse series. Different, but just as much fun to read!

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Good easy-read series.

    It's the second book in the series and I'm still trying to figure out the character of Roe she is 28yr single woman who isn't interested in sex (and I'm not talking about some hot promiscuous bed hopping sex but a in-a-relationship sex?!?), she would rather listen to public access radio and has mannerisms of a much older woman. I can't identify with her.

    Like the first book the story line is well written, interesting with a touch of sexy southern humor. I'm finding the series is more about Roe's life who just happens to fall upon a mystery which is solved with a QUICK (maybe 10 page) who done-it ending.

    I probably wouldn't tell one of my friends about it or to read it, but I can't put it down.
    xoxo_leigh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2009

    great mystery series

    The entire Aurora Teagarden series are fun little mysteries that keep you guessing til the end. Every time I think I had it figured out I turned out wrong. I loved the entire series just for that alone. Worth the time to read.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

    Hard to put down

    Charlaine Harris is an excellent writer, I really enjoy her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    Aurora Teagarden Series

    I actually picked up book 5 in this series at a secondhand store and decided I needed to read the rest - from the beginning. I love how Charlaine Harris makes you feel so close to her characters - they're like friends. Aurora does seem to find herself in some dangerous and awkward positions, but it makes the story that much more interesting. I'm really looking forward to the re-release of books 7 & 8 later this spring/summer.

    I have so enjoyed this series that I've started reading the Lily Bard "Shakespeare's..." series - and I'm also planning to read the Harper Connelly series as well as the Sookie Stackhouse series (which my daughter in law is currently reading).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    Teagarden Series

    I have really enjoyed the Aurora Teagarden Series. Charlaine keeps the reader's attention throughout the entire book. There is a lot to think about and question with many turns and twists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    Who does the skull belong to?

    Aurora 'Roe' Teagarden has to go to two weddings and a funeral in the span of a few months. One wedding is of a former lover's, and the other is her mother's. The funeral is for Jane Engle, a member of the disbanded crime discussion group. Roe is surprised to learn that Jane has left her money, jewelry, and her house. It's a substantial estate. When Roe uncovers a skull hidden in a window seat, she knows Jane purposely left her everything so she would solve the murder. As she gets to know her new neighbors, she discovers there are a few people who went missing and wonders if one of them belongs to the skull. Along with that, she begins to wonder who murdered the victim. Add to that a new boyfriend and getting used to the wealth, a house, and pets, Roe is kept quite busy while trying to discover the identity of the victim and killer. Can she do so without putting herself in any danger? I love this series. Roe is such a fun character. I found myself not wanting to put the book down 'til it was done. I like the small-town setting and the various neighbors in this book. The plot was well written and had plenty of red herrings and twists to keep me wondering right up to the end. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    BONE TO PICK is a classic reprint from 1992 that stands the test of time

    Lawrence, Georgia is usually a quiet little southern town except when Aurora ¿Roe¿ Teagarden has A BONE TO PICK which to the locals seems too often. Trouble follows her like a magnet but when she goes to the funeral of Jane Engle, her lawyer has some good news for her. Jane left Roe her entire estate which includes her house and half a million dollars. The lawyer hints that Jane has something she wants Roe to fix.----------------- As Roe inspects her new house looking for a hiding place, she spots the window seat carpeted to look like a piece of furniture. When she opens it, Roe finds a skull and since she doesn¿t want to take it to the police, she wraps it inside a blanket and takes it to her mother¿s house. She later finds inside a book a note in Jane¿s handwriting saying she didn¿t do it. Relieved, Roe has to figure where the skull came from and who killed that person.-------------- Charlaine Harris¿s second Aurora Teagarden mystery is a charming delight populated with eccentric lovable Southern characters. The mystery is well thought out with enough suspects to keep readers turning the pages to find out who lost their head, why that person was beheaded, and why the head is with Jane while the body remains in parts unknown (pardon the pun). A BONE TO PICK is a classic reprint from 1992 that stands the test of time.--------- Harriet Klausner

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