Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Series #1)

Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Series #1)

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by Charlaine Harris
     
 

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Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime-until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And

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Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime-until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects-or potential victims.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (Dec.)
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, MD
From the Publisher
"Ingenious...a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P.D. James's Cordelia Gray." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY  "Great bloody fun." -BARBARA PAUL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425218716
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/04/2007
Series:
Aurora Teagarden Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
119,093
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Ingenious...a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P.D. James's Cordelia Gray." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "Great bloody fun." -BARBARA PAUL

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris, who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years, is a native of Mississippi. Born and raised in the Delta, she began training for her career as soon as she could hold a pencil. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and (later) teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, and graduated to books a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris decided to establish a series. She began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, which garnered an Agatha nomination.  Harris's protagonist, a diminutive Georgia librarian whose life never turns out quite the way she planned, kept Harris busy for several books, but finally Harris (and Aurora) grew restless.



The result of this restlessness was the much edgier Shakespeare series -- set not in England, but in rural Arkansas. The heroine of the Shakespeare books is Lily Bard, a tough and taciturn woman whose life has been permanently reshaped by a terrible crime and its consequences. In Shakespeare's Landlord, the first in the series, Lily is caught at a moment when the shell she's built around herself is just beginning to crack, and the books capture Lily's emotional re-entry into the world, while also being sound mysteries.



Harris's latest venture is a series about a telepathic barmaid in southern Louisiana. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony for best paperback mystery of 2001. Each book about Sookie Stackhouse (and her dealings with vampires and werewolves and other creatures of the night) has gathered more readers to enjoy the books' unique blend of mystery, humor, romance, and the supernatural. The Sookie books are also being read in Japan, Spain, Greece, and Great Britain.



In addition to her work as a writer, Harris is married and the mother to three children. A former weight lifter and karate student, she is an avid reader and cinemaphile. She is a member of the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church.



Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. © 2004 Charlaine Harris


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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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Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 299 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
Tootsie_Ann More than 1 year ago
This book was such a great read! I did not know what to expect and what was going to happen next. Aurora Teagarden is such a fun character that you just begin to love to hear what is going to happen next to her. Everything that happened was a shock and poor Aurora was caught in the middle of it all. After reading this book I went out and bought the rest of the series! If you have not read this book yet and you are looking for a fun, exciting read then I would totally suggest you pick up this book. I am sure you will fall in love with Aurora Teagarden just like I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Charlaine Harris' writing style and although I prefer some magic and mysticism with my mystery, the Aurora Teagarden series is a fun and easy read.
Maxie68 More than 1 year ago
Roe belongs to a reading club called Real Murders. Each member is a specialist in a certain murderer or a type of murder. When one of their members is killed, Roe is the one to find her. Charlaine Harris tells us a lot about the southerness and the small townness of Roe. She just goes about her life and manages to solve murders, just by the way she lives her life. She is enchanting. I bought the series (Aurora Teagarten mysteries) up to the last hardback.
willing2read More than 1 year ago
I wish I had read these BEFORE I read the Sookie and Harper series. They are fun, well written, and a quick read when you need to escape. BUT they are very tame compared to Sookie and Harper. Inversely, those who don't want erotica and romance, this series is for you.
cabmjct More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a well written murder mystery. I had never read anything else by Charlaine Harris, other than the Sookie Sytackhouse series. I didn't enjoy Real Murders quite as much as the Sookie books, but it is still definitely worth the read especially if you like murder mysteries.
mroark More than 1 year ago
I recently found this series after loving the Sookie novels. I have read all 8 novels, this being the first in the series. If you are looking for a great read, start here! I enjoyed this book as well as the others in the series!
katford11 More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Charlaine Harris, but this book failed to impress. I got bored and it took me like two weeks to read the book while I can normally breeze through her books in like a day if not faster.
kimmythegreat 9 months ago
Real Murders is about Aurora Teagarden, a 20-something that works at the town library. Aurora, a crime thriller buff, is part of a club called Real Murders that meets once a month to discuss a real murder case that has happened. Now, Aurora is faced with a real murder right in her town, in the very building she meets her club for their monthly meeting! Is this murder just a fluke, or is there a serial killer on the loose?? Will Aurora and her Scooby gang figure out whodunit before she is next? This was a cute story. The book is relatively short, and doesn't have any real depth to the characters, but it was a fun, light sleuthing kinda gig. Aurora lives in a condo that her wealthy mother owns, alone, and no man. I think her mother was more interesting at times than Aurora, with her scandalous divorce, and rags to riches story. What did help the story were the side characters. Each character had their own unique quirks about them that made them entertaining to read about, and kept my attention. The plot twist was not very dramatic, like unveiling the wizard behind the green curtain, but it was what it was. So for my Charlaine Harris fans, or even just a fan of light, clean detective stories this is a fun little story, but by all means don't set your expectations too high like I did or you will be disappointed. After I finished the book I discovered that it is part of a series, but I'm afraid my interest stops here.
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This book is nothing like the writing style of her Sookie Stackhouse books (which I loved). I want hoping for something more transfixed - a page turned you couldn't put down. I found it boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written before the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, this is a solid, story that introduces protagonist, Aurora Teagarden. Aurora doesn't have any special powers, but the story has the same sensibilities and rhythm of the Sookie books. I've read that the Aurora books will shortly be a made-for-TV series on one of the Hallmark channels.
vanlyle More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read, made sense and had a good plot.
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Really enjoyed this book. Just finished book 3 and am looking forward to reading the other books.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
What a great story! A great premise....A Real Murders Group that meets to discuss real murders that have happened in history. Its a small group located in a small town of Georgia. Aurora Teagarden is the main character and grew up in town which gives her an insight into all the characters in the story. When a member of the group is murdered on a meeting night, strange things start happening much more frequently and not necessarily to group members. The story is gripping yet creepy....i double checked my doors at home before going to bed....but I didn't think it was too gory in its descriptions. I'm not into "Sookie Stackhouse" and "vampires" so I found this mystery very entertaining and enjoyable.
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KrissieTN More than 1 year ago
I love Charlaine Harris. The Roe Teagarden books, are fun and quick to read. Roe is extremely likable. I have had this series on my reading list for a long time, and am glad I finally have gotten around to reading them. My only regret is I didn't read them years ago.
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aLibrarian More than 1 year ago
I am intensely amused by Aurora Teagarden! Not only is she a unique character (lets be honest, how many books have you seen with a librarian protagonist?), but the story is captivating and unexpected; I love not being able to know the outcome until it actualy comes. This series is one I'll have to have for my own shelves, to reread and stamp with approval.