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The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden Series #4)
     

The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden Series #4)

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by Charlaine Harris
 

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THE FOURTH AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY—NOW A HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERY ORIGINAL STARRING CANDACE CAMERON BURE!

Love at first sight turns into newlywed bliss for former librarian Aurora Teagarden—until violence cuts the honeymoon short…
 
Roe has never been happier than she’s been since she met her fiancé,

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THE FOURTH AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY—NOW A HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERY ORIGINAL STARRING CANDACE CAMERON BURE!

Love at first sight turns into newlywed bliss for former librarian Aurora Teagarden—until violence cuts the honeymoon short…
 
Roe has never been happier than she’s been since she met her fiancé, wealthy businessman Martin Bartell. Despite their differences in age and background, he seems to know exactly what she wants—like the Julius House. Roe has always been intrigued by its history—six years previously, the family who lived there disappeared, never to be seen again...
 
As Roe throws herself into renovating her wedding present, her misgivings about Martin’s rather murky past recede. But when she is attacked by an ax-wielding maniac, she begins to suspect that the secrets inside the Julius House—and her new marriage—could be deadly...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Roe is so charming, you will want to go back and read the first three.”—Mostly Murder
 
“Harris gives the reader quite a taste of small-town life in the South. Don’t miss it.”—The Knoxville News-Sentinel
 
“In the best of the series to date…the author’s brisk, upbeat style keeps tension simmering.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A witches’ brew of decorous old bones, whiffs of international intrigue, and helpful wedding tips, interspersed with nightly bouts of tasteful, enthusiastic offscreen coupling. Hands down Roe’s most bizarre adventure to date.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Good reading, augmented by solid characterization and occasional humor.”—Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this best of the series to date, Aurora (Roe) Teagarden, the former librarian returned to her roots in Lawrenceton, Ga., marries Martin Bartell, the rich, secretive and charismatic businessman she met in Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (1994). For their home, Martin buys the house once occupied by T.C. Julius, his terminally ill wife Hope and their teenage daughter. Six years earlier, the Julius family had disappeared without a trace, leaving only Hope's mother in the garage apartment. Martin lets the apartment to an old Vietnam buddy, Shelby Youngblood, and his wife Angel, who seem suspiciously like bodyguards to Roe. As questions about Martin's past and present disturb her newfound happiness, Roe determines to solve the Julius family mystery, enlisting Angel's help. A vicious attack and a stunning discovery lead the two women to New Orleans and a dramatic set of answers to puzzles old and new. The author's brisk, upbeat style keeps tension simmering under the everyday surface, while Roe's inclination to girlish chatter (a trial in earlier works) is restrained. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly
In her seventh cozy outing, librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is back to form after the downbeat A Fool and His Honey (1999). Roe and her once-significant other, true-crime writer Robin Crusoe, team up to untangle the results of their first foray into detection, Real Murders (1990), in which they caught the killer who'd been terrorizing the sleepy town of Lawrenceton, Ga. Now Robin has capitalized on the experience to write a bestselling novel, which is being made into a TV movie. Of course, it will be shot in Lawrenceton, and the whole town is delighted and eager to be involved, except for Roe. Oh, she's glad to see Robin again after his years in Hollywood, but she's not pleased that the star of the film is Emmy winner Celia Shaw, her successor in Robin's affection, now also cast off. When Roe's unfriendly stepson, Barrett, turns up with a part in the film, she hardens her heart until the second morning of the shoot, when Barrett knocks on Celia's trailer door (after having spent the night there) to find Celia dead, her bloody Emmy beside her. Now Roe feels sorry for Barrett. The first investigator on the scene is another old flame, Detective Arthur Smith. Then Roe herself is threatened first by a venomous letter, later by a Robin Crusoe fan who tries to kill her. Harris's style is well suited to the material, frothy and fast-paced with a wealth of witty descriptions: "Her voice was as crisp as if it'd been in the vegetable drawer overnight." Take a well-earned rest, Roe, don't lose Robin and return soon. (Aug. 12) FYI: Harris is also the author of Shakespeare's Counselor (Forecasts, Sept. 10, 2001) and other titles in her Lily Bard mystery series. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
"Roe" Teagarden relives past history when a movie crew settles in town to make a film based on her first sleuthing adventure (Real Murders). The crew includes both Robin Crusoe, her former co-sleuth and a true-crime writer, and her hate-filled stepson. Before long, murder strikes again. A delightful series. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425222034
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2008
Series:
Aurora Teagarden Series , #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
47,335
Product dimensions:
4.10(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 Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.

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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The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish there were more - I read all 8 books in 3 weeks
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I am a cozy mystery reader and I am enjoying this series! They are quick paced and written well...I read this book in 2days. I am now going onto the rest of the series!
Gorey More than 1 year ago
This book was my favorite with the plot that left me wanting more. "Roe" is such an intriguing character and her exploits with the dead are almost funny! A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it just me or this specific book in the series was not as good as the other ones? Normally I wouldn't be able to put down a CH book, but I found myself forcing to finish the book. Odd. I absolutely LOVED the first book in this series; it used real scenarios of murders and the characters were great. But I didn't find them developing much in this one. Something seems off about Aurora and her husband -- I don't know, I'm just hoping CH comes through with the rest of the series.
Genie48 More than 1 year ago
Roe Teagarden is getting married. Her husband to be is buying her a house that no one seems to want. Because a family disappeared while living there. As usual she winds up in the middle of the mystery. Easy reading, interesting cgharacters. Now I'll have to read the rest of this series. I also reccomend her Shakespeare series, Harper Connelly, and Sookie Stackhouse(vampires and psychics).
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Lawrenceton, Georgia wealthy businessman Martin Bartell, the manager of the Pan Am Agra Plant, fell in love with Aurora ¿Roe¿ Teagarden from the moment they first met. Older and more sophisticated than her, they set a wedding date within weeks of their first meeting. As a wedding present Martin gives his fiancée the deed to the Julius House.---------------- The house has a mysterious history because one night six years ago the family vanished without a reason or a trace leaving everything behind. When Roe finds something illegal that her new spouse is involved in, she tries to ignore her qualms by investigating what happened to the Julius family. Her inquiries almost kill her and it is only thanks to her tenant Angel that she survived the harrowing situation. When she finds the bodies of the family members, a new mystery surfaces that takes Roe and Angel into danger in New Orleans where people want them dead.------------------ Charlaine Harris is one of the best writers of regional cozies. Her amateur sleuth tales are filled with colorful characters, red herrings, plenty of suspects, and clues that ask more questions than they answer. The protagonist is a classical southern steel magnolia beautiful to look at with a strong metallic spine as she is not afraid to face danger and confront horrors even involving the man she loves.------ Harriet Klausner
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Persephone_Jones More than 1 year ago
The only book I really liked in this series is the first one. The rest of them are just okay, this one included. It's a quick, light read, though.
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Each subsequent novel gets better.
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