Dead over Heels (Aurora Teagarden Series #5)

Dead over Heels (Aurora Teagarden Series #5)

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by Charlaine Harris
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425223031
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Series:
Aurora Teagarden Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
116,174
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Southern Arkansas
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:
Tunica, Mississippi
Education:
B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
Website:
http://www.charlaineharris.com

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Dead over Heels (Aurora Teagarden Series #5) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 137 reviews.
Lwing More than 1 year ago
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.
IndySD More than 1 year ago
Light, easy read in keeping with the rest of the series. Charming characters.
ncreb3 More than 1 year ago
This series with Aurora Teagarden as the main character is wonderful. They are an easy read and keep you waiting for the next page and then the next book in the series. In "Dead Over Heels" the suspense kept me trying to read with one eye and not put down the book. Aurora "Roe" went through a lot and had major life changes in #5. You will be hoping that she can get herself and her loved ones out of the different traps they are in! There is a lot of courage in that small frame.
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This book was okay, nothing spectacular.
Persephone_Jones More than 1 year ago
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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smjalex More than 1 year ago
I love Charlaine Harris Aurora Teagarden series.
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kymmers More than 1 year ago
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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