Dead over Heels (Aurora Teagarden Series #5)

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What's the world coming to - when you can't relax with an ice-cold beverage in your own backyard without a body falling from the sky and landing in your garden? Part-time librarian and frequent amateur investigator Roe Teagarden has good reason to ask herself this question when the remains of one of the Lawrenceton, Georgia police department's finest catapults into her flower bed one beautiful sunny morning. Roe's friend and bodyguard, the long-legged, bikini-clad Angel Youngblood, is mowing the grass and Roe is ...
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Overview

What's the world coming to - when you can't relax with an ice-cold beverage in your own backyard without a body falling from the sky and landing in your garden? Part-time librarian and frequent amateur investigator Roe Teagarden has good reason to ask herself this question when the remains of one of the Lawrenceton, Georgia police department's finest catapults into her flower bed one beautiful sunny morning. Roe's friend and bodyguard, the long-legged, bikini-clad Angel Youngblood, is mowing the grass and Roe is reclining on a lounger when a small red-and-white plane flies low overhead and drops its unlikely debris more or less at Roe's feet. Roe's husband of two years, wealthy businessman Martin Bartell, immediately wonders if the killer chose his dumping place to send some kind of message to Roe. And the mystery deepens when two federal agents arrive in town to investigate the murder. It's only when Madeleine the cat provides a clue that Roe and Martin realize Roe herself may be in danger and that using Roe's yard as a temporary landfill for dead bodies was no accident.

A dead body falls out of the Georgia sky on the first page of this rollicking, romantic Southern mystery starring librarian/sleuth Aurora Teagarden, "a heroine as capable and potentially complex and P.D.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This uninspired addition to the Aurora Teagarden series (The Julius House, etc.) opens memorably with Lawrenceton, Ga.'s premiere librarian adjusting her lawn chair and observing Angel Youngblood, her bodyguard and all-around helper, cut the grass. From a plane that has been circling overhead drops the recently dead body of Detective Sergeant Jack Burns, Aurora's local law-enforcement nemesis. Aurora, or Roe as her friends call her, sets out to find out who killed him and why her garden was targeted for the corpse. As she conducts her unorthodox search, she has the nagging thought that perhaps the death has something to do with Angel or her husband, Shelby, or perhaps with her own husband, Martin, and his mysterious and dangerous past. She is not reassured when the FBI is called in, nor when several other murders are committed. In between visiting crime scenes and attending company banquets (the one-dimensional Martin is a bigshot exec), Roe also deals with the post-honeymoon letdown of her two-year-old marriage and ponders the strangely intimate relationship she has developed with her bodyguards. True Teagarden enthusiasts may feel rewarded by this latest episode, but Harris is a bit too down to earth this time outthe suspense barely cranks up before the solution descends with a thud not unlike that of Jack Burns's corpse. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Usually outspoken and witty, Aurora Teagarden is nearly struck dumb when a body falls from a circling plane and lands in her backyard, barely missing her bodyguard and buddy, Angel. The body belongs to a local policemanno great friendbut strange events follow: government agents appear; someone clobbers Angel's husband; and a co-worker at the library is murdered after a showdown with Aurora. In her likable, indomitable fashion, Aurora sleuths in self-defense. Infectious prose, engaging characters, crafty plotting; recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425223031
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Series: Aurora Teagarden Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 185,496
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Southern Vampire novels featuring Sookie Stackhouse. She writes both fantasy and mystery and lives in a small town in southern Arkansas with her family. Visit her website at www.charlaineharris.com.

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.

Good To Know

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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  • Posted February 1, 2013

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    So different from her other series

    I read all of Charlaine Harris' books, I love the Sookie Stackhouse books and Shakespeare books the best, but this cozy series is fun. There are no paranormal overtones to these books. The are about a young, librarian who in this and a few earlier books is now married to a man with a paramilitary history that she was unaware of before the marriage. In this book, people around her who have given her trouble, keep turning up dead. She must try to find out who is killing them and protect those around her including her body guards. There are some interesting turns in the lives of her regular characters and a hard look at all the people around her's backgrounds since they might be the killer. It's a nice cozy mystery that is very different from her paranormal works.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    Dead Over Heels doesn't dissappoint.

    Light, easy read in keeping with the rest of the series. Charming characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an engaging regional amateur sleuth cozy

    In Lawrenceton, Georgia strange, sometimes dangerous things occur around Aurora ¿Roe¿ Teagarden, but nothing seems to directly happen to her. As Roe and her bodyguard Angel are in her garden, suddenly a body falls from the sky leaving a deep imprint on her lawn. The police arrive at the landing site and turn the body over only to find it is one of them, Detective Sergeant Jack Burns.---------------- Luckily for the librarian not the victim, Roe has witnesses who saw her in plain sight when the corpse landed near her. Jack had disliked and distrusted Roe although she never knew why. She soon gets calls with the other person hanging up on her without a word and someone places a pink ribbon around the neck of her cat. Angel and Roe get into a fight with a librarian aide soon after that woman is assaulted by a pipe and hospitalized. Another cop is in danger her former lover Arthur Smith with both attending a dinner accompanied by their current significant others. Roe tries to put together the puzzle pieces based on the assumption that Angel is the object of an obsessed person, but feels she must determine the coherent picture before someone else is hurt or dead.--------------------- Charlaine Harris, renowned for her Stackhouse urban fantasies and her Harper Connelly mysteries, provides an engaging regional amateur sleuth cozy that is actually a reprint of a mid 1990s tale. The Teagarden mysteries are fun to read as they showcase the talented author¿s earlier works. DEAD OVER HEELS is a fine entry as there seems to be no rationale reason from the incidents. Though not the best Teagarden whodunit, as the suspense never fully leaves the ground (pun intended), fans of the series will appreciate the heroine¿s efforts to uncover the truth and her inner thoughts re her spouse and her bodyguard.------------------- Harriet Klausner

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    Med cat den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Somewhat entertaining

    This book was okay, nothing spectacular.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Good characters, but plot is only so-so.

    This book is entertaining, but not great. It's a quick, light read to pass the time, but don't expect to be riveted to the page.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Highly recommended!!!

    I love Charlaine Harris Aurora Teagarden series.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    An Amazing writer..

    Anything Charlaine Harris writes I LOVE!!!!She is amazing with everything she does.. thank you Charlaine... I can never put anything you write down.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Fun read!

    I enjoyed the Aurora Teagarden series as much as the Sookie Stackhouse series.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Dead over Heels is a great book for anytime reading

    Dead over Heels is great for rainy days. It is also great for reading that you don't really want to think about if it could really happen or not. Harris writes like a woman that really wants something good happen to a lady that doesn't always have a great life. Aurora is a great person to have a book about. This book is about Roe along with Detective Burns who Roe does not always get along with ends up getting killed in front of Roe. along with alot of odd things that end up since Roe moving into the new House.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    Not as crazy about Roe

    I've read most of the Roe Teagarden series and I'm not so crazy about her. I really can't decide if I like her or not. She's a little too Southern for me, too timid. Most of the mysteries aren't so hard to figure out. This one I thought was a little ridiculous--why all of a sudden would this person (who has known Roe for a long time) suddenly develop a murderous jealous streak and become obsessed with her? Didn't make any sense to me. There's a couple more books in the series that I haven't read but I don't know if I will bother. I certainly am not buying anymore--I will save my money for better books. Charlaine Harris though is a good, entertaining writer. I highly recommend the Sookie Stackhouse series (and the HBO show, True Blood, that is based on them).

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