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Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425218716
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/4/2007
  • Series: Aurora Teagarden Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 101,684
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris
Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris is best known for her paranormal mysteries -- a sly, wry blend of humor, horror, that has been called "cozies with teeth."

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    Aurora Teagarden Series by Charlaine Harris

    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).

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Love Love Love Real Murders! Must Read!

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    Murder she wrote goes young

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

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    Easy read and well written...

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    Real Murders

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Kept the pages turning . . .

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Didn't Stand Out

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Liked it

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read, made sense and had a good plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Love it

    Really enjoyed this book. Just finished book 3 and am looking forward to reading the other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Ben

    He got banned

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    This was really good!

    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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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    I love Charlaine Harris. The Roe Teagarden books, are fun and qu

    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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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    I am intensely amused by Aurora Teagarden! Not only is she a uni

    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.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Great introduction for an awesome series!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Quick fun read!

    This is great quick read! Perfect for a busy mom like me!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Disappointing

    Boring with a really unsatisfying ending. Will not be wasting time reading the rest of the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Recommend

    I got this book because I liked the Sookie Stackhouse series she writes.
    This was a good mystery that I enjoyed reading but it did not get wrapped up enough at the end to make me want to go out and get the next one in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    Get this book

    This book is a book i read to my do

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    Didn't solve this one!

    Enjoyable, easy read! First of this writers books I've read...got the idea from watching the true blood series but wanted somethin diff! A nice change with a good twist at the end...I will be reading another for sure!

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    My favorite Aurora book

    Im currently on book 5 of roes adventures and i must say that i find myself hung up on the first. This series isnt quite as racy as some of Harris others but the plot makes up for it. I would also recommend the sookie stackhouse novels as well as the harper connelly series. -Taylor

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