#1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris finally returns to her fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden series with All the Little Liars, a fabulously fun new mystery and the basis for a movie from Hallmark.
Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.
While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?
With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.
About the Author
CHARLAINE HARRIS is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. She is the author of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries, the Shakespeare mysteries, the Harper Connelly mysteries, the Cemetery Girl mysteries, and the Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series, which is the basis for the HBO show True Blood. Harris now lives in Texas with her husband.
Date of Birth:November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:Tunica, Mississippi
Education:B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
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All the Little Liars
By Charlaine Harris
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2016 Charlaine Harris
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Aurora Teagarden Bartell and Robin Hale Crusoe were joined in holy matrimony on December 8 at Saint James Episcopal Church. Officiating at the ceremony was the Rev. Aubrey Scott. Providing music was Emily Scott.
The bride, in an ecru lace dress, carried a bouquet of bronze chrysanthemums. She was attended by Angel Youngblood of Lawrenceton. Mr. Crusoe was attended by his friend Jeff Abbott, of Austin, Texas.
Following their honeymoon in Savannah and Charleston, the couple will reside in Lawrenceton. The bride is employed by the Lawenceton Public Library. The groom is a noted fiction writer.
Ms. Teagarden and Mr. Crusoe request that in lieu of gifts, well-wishers make donations to the Salvation Army or the Sparling County animal shelter.
"They only made one mistake," I said, reaching over to the butter dish. I applied butter liberally to my scone. Yum. I had gotten crumbs on my bathrobe sleeve, and I shook it off over my plate. This was a good morning. I was keeping everything down.
"What's that? Oh, the 'Bartell'?" said Robin. He was reading the Atlanta paper, which made the local paper seem pretty puny. Robin looked like he was about to commute to work, in khakis and a long-sleeved shirt. In Robin's case, that meant he'd walk from the kitchen to his study. "I guess they wanted to establish your status as a twice-married woman."
I'd never taken my first husband's name. We'd been married three years before I'd become a widow. "I guess I'll always stick to Teagarden."
"Better than Crusoe," Robin muttered.
I smiled. "Matter of opinion."
"How are you feeling?" He looked over the top of the paper.
"Like I'm not going to throw up." It was a moment-by-moment thing, for me.
"Hey, the day is looking good already." He smiled back at me, but he seemed anxious. Robin had never dealt with a pregnant woman before, and I could tell he wanted to ask me six times a day how I was doing ... if his good sense didn't tell him that would drive me crazy.
I'd never been pregnant before, so we were even.
My phone buzzed. I glanced down at my messages.
"It's tomorrow afternoon when we go to the OB-GYN?" Robin knew that, but he had to double-check. "And if we don't like her, we're going to look elsewhere, right?"
"Absolutely," I said firmly. "We're going to Kathryn Garrison, to check her out. Listen, I just got a message from her office. She had a cancellation! I can get in this afternoon." I was pretty excited. I gave my new husband a thumbs-up gesture. "She comes highly recommended."
"By whom?" Robin was nothing if not suspicious; since he was a mystery writer, that came naturally.
"Melinda used her for both pregnancies, and she said Dr. Garrison was great. Angel went to Dr. Garrison, too." Melinda was my stepsister-in-law, and Angel had been my bridesmaid. They were both sensible women.
"Define 'great.'" Robin was all about the information.
I raised my hand so I could bend the fingers down as I ticked off points. "She took all Melinda's worries seriously. She took enough time at each appointment to make sure Melinda knew what was going on with the baby. Angel said she was low-key and calm. And Dr. Garrison served her residency in a Miami clinic specializing in threatened pregnancies. That's good, right? I'm not a young mother, especially to be having a first child." I made an effort to sound matter-of-fact. Rather than scared.
"Honey, you're going to be fine," he said. "It's so important that we both trust this doctor. I don't want you to have a moment's worry."
"Well ... that ship has sailed," I said ruefully. "That's why I haven't wanted us to tell anyone. I've been waiting for the doctor's exam. I just want to be sure everything is okay."
"I understand," Robin said.
And I knew he did, though we hadn't been married three weeks yet. But we had dated before my first marriage, and we had picked up where we left off when Robin had returned to Lawrenceton after my widowhood.
"So we can tell your mom tonight." Robin grinned, his smile looking large in his narrow face. "How do you think she's going to react?"
"Half of her is going to be saying 'You had to get married! Oh, Aurora!' and the other half is going to be saying, 'A grandchild of my own at last!'"
Robin laughed. "My mom's going to be doing cartwheels. She'd given up on me contributing to the grandchild tribe. Ours will be her fifth." He laid the paper on the table and carried his dishes to the sink. I knew when I got home from work the dishwasher would be loaded and the coffeepot would be washed. Yet another reason Robin was going to be a better husband and father than my own dad. Dad had cheated on my mother, and she'd told him to leave. He'd married again, and now he lived across the country in Los Angeles. The best thing my dad had done after he'd left was father my half brother, Phillip, who was living with us now.
Thinking of Phillip, I noticed there was still silence from his room. "Listen, has Phillip said anything to you about his grades?" I asked Robin. "He should have taken all his semester tests but one."
It had taken many, many e-mails and phone calls before we'd finally come to an agreement with Phillip's private home-schooling network. I'd never before heard of such a thing. I'd been aware my younger half brother didn't go to a brick-and-mortar school, but that had been the limit of my knowledge.
I had discovered that this system of home-schooling classes was nationwide. The California division had agreed to let him finish the semester online, though Phillip was in another geographic location. Our father had at least done some of the work on the California end, which was only right and proper. Frankly, I'd been a little surprised.
"I don't think Phillip's ecstatic about sitting in his room with his laptop," Robin said. "But he's definitely been listening to the classes, and he has his last semester test today. Tomorrow's the start of the semester break, just like the local high school."
"You don't think going to a public school will be a shock for him?"
"I think he's looking forward to January so he can go to high school with his new friends. And he knows that with his mom gone, and Phil being a — well, a careless father, staying here is the best choice for now."
"Phil" was always my father, and "Phillip" was always my brother. Otherwise, it got too confusing.
"I can tell you for sure," Robin continued, "that Phillip hasn't said anything about wanting to see his dad." Then he reverted to our favorite topic. "So tonight, I can call my mom and my sisters?" "Okay," I said, half-scared and half-thrilled. "If Dr. Garrison says everything is fine, we'll tell everyone tonight."
I looked down at my bathrobe. "Pretty soon, we won't have to tell them, they'll just look at me and know." I was amazed, excited, and anxious about the changes in my body. Bigger boobs, yay! Thickening waist, boo.
"What was your birth weight?" I asked.
"Gosh, I don't know. We'll ask my mom when we tell her. Tonight," Robin said pointedly.
"Okay, okay." While it would be fun to share our happy news, we would not be in our little bubble any longer. We'd have to listen to all the input and speculation other people would offer: about what gender the baby would be, about whether a birth was safe for a first-time mom over thirty-five, about what we should name the baby. I looked forward to the excitement of sharing this happiness, but I was reluctant to let go of our secret joy.
Just at this moment, I had to pick out something to wear to work on this cold, brisk morning.
It was a little less than two weeks until Christmas. If ever I was going to wear my new red sweater, a gift from my mother, today was the day. It would only fit for maybe another month. I felt seasonal and bright in the sweater and some gray slacks as I pulled on my coat.
As I passed by Phillip's room, I could hear him talking on his phone. "Bye, little brother," I called. "Good luck on your test!"
"See you later," he called back. "I'm not worried about the test. Hey, can we have some chili tonight?"
"I think we have some in the freezer. It's labeled. Just get it out to thaw." I'd been close to Phillip when he was a child, but when my father and his wife moved to California it had become harder and harder to keep connected, until Phillip got old enough to e-mail me. Just a couple of weeks before, Phillip had hitchhiked from California to Georgia when he'd grown too angry at his father to stay at home. (I was still recovering from the retroactive fear.) Most guys wouldn't be too pleased to have a new wife's little brother living in the same house, but Robin had been totally cool about it. He really seemed to like Phillip.
Robin had gone back his office, a big room at the back of the house lined with bookshelves. As I paused to pick up my purse in the living room, I could look down the corridor to see him peering intently at his computer. He was already in the work zone. Robin was a best-selling writer, and he'd just gotten his editorial comments on his new book. His work ethic commanded my admiration.
I said "Good-bye," but quietly. I wasn't surprised when I didn't get an answer. When Robin was with me, he was all the way with me, but when he was working, he was just as absorbed in that. I was learning about living with a writer. I had loved Robin's crime novels long before I'd ever met the man and loved him, too. I left through the kitchen door into the carport to get in my Volvo for the fifteen-minute ride to work.
A few years before, it would have taken me eight minutes, tops. Growth equals traffic. Lawrenceton, once a shady small town, had been annexed into the urban sprawl of Atlanta.
There'd been a fender bender on my usual route, and I was delayed for several minutes. By the time I turned in to the employee parking lot behind the library, I was almost late. I hurried to the staff door, wishing I'd worn gloves and a scarf when the cold hit me. I had my keys in my hand, because this door was always kept locked.
I stepped right into the large room that had been added onto the library a few years before. It encompassed a small kitchen, a break area, and the book-mending area. On the other side of the hall lay the glass window through which I could see the desk intended for the secretary of the library director, and beyond that the door to Sam Clerrick's office. Right now the outer office was empty and bare, and the door to the director's office was firmly shut.
I put my purse into my little locker before I stepped out into the hall, heading for the door leading into the main floor of the library. Two women were between me and the door, and they were deep in conversation. Janie Spellman, the computer librarian (as I thought of her), was chatting with Annette Russell, the new children's librarian. Since I'd been substituting in the children's section for some months while the position had been advertised, I'd been delighted when Annette had been hired.
Annette and Janie were both in their early twenties, and they'd become friends quickly. Janie was vivacious and had a quick smile and vivid coloring, while Annette had a more relaxed personality. Her hair was in short dreadlocks with touches of platinum. She looked like a dandelion. I liked it.
They both said "Hey, Roe!" with varying degrees of enthusiasm.
Janie said, "Roe, I read the paper this morning. Is it true?" She looked almost hurt, which I found odd. She'd made a big play for Robin, but now she seemed to feel that I should have confided in her.
"That I got married? Yes, it's true. Robin and I got married."
"That's why you took a long weekend off?"
"Uh-huh. We had a little honeymoon." I smiled at them brightly, and Annette smiled back. Janie looked less ... beneficent.
"So are you Mrs. Crusoe now?" she asked, as if she meant to be a bit insulting.
"No, I'm sticking with Teagarden," I said. I could not figure what Janie's beef was. She had known, even when she flirted with Robin, that he and I were dating.
"And you got married at the church?" Janie said, her voice even sharper.
I finally thought I understood. Janie wanted to know why she hadn't been invited.
"We did," I said agreeably. "Just family and one attendant apiece. My second wedding, you know." Plus, we'd been determined to get it done quickly and as low-key as possible.
I wasn't sure Annette did know that I'd been married before, and Janie had clearly forgotten. They both nodded, looking a little abashed. "That makes sense," Annette said.
"Anything new and wonderful happening?" I asked, to change the subject. I wasn't especially interested in whether Annette thought my private arrangements made sense or not. Perhaps I was being overly touchy.
"New, anyway," Janie said, looking excited again. "Sam's interviewing some women who've applied for the secretary job today."
"Wonderful." I meant that from the bottom of my heart. "He feels so much better when he's got a filter between him and the public."
"Well, the downside is, one of them is Lizanne Sewell."
I'd been on my way out to the main floor of the library. I stopped and turned back to face Janie. "What's wrong with Lizanne?" I said. I hoped my eyes weren't actually shooting sparks.
"She's not the brightest tool in the shed," Janie said, as if that were well known and should be obvious to me. There was a moment of silence.
"I didn't know Lizanne was applying for this job," I told Janie. "But she's a longtime friend of mine. Sam could hardly do better. She could handle his schedule very easily."
I left through the door into the library, so I wouldn't be obliged to wrestle Janie to the ground and deal out some hurt.
* * *
Perry Allison was working the checkout desk, and though he was busy with a patron, he gave me a nod in greeting. Perry's mother, Sally, was a friend of mine, though she was at least fifteen years older than me, and Perry was becoming a friend, though he was younger. He'd had a hard life, and it was going to get harder. Sally was ill.
I went behind the counter to the employee computer area, and prepared to send out overdue notices. This was automatic to a certain extent, since the miscreants' names and addresses popped up when the books or other materials had not been checked in. But some people didn't have e-mail addresses, and those people had to be prompted by a phone call or a letter, whichever they requested.
There were few people who didn't have a phone or an e-mail address. My task was to notify those people. Naturally, there was a form letter to plug in that would take care of it. All I had to do was actually type the patron's name in. I'd heard Janie laughing about this backwoods method. She was proud that you could apply for your library card over the Internet. Proud.
The library had always been an unofficial community center, with books, magazines, newspapers, and all kinds of reference sources available to everyone. Free! I had always been amazed at how fortunate people were to have a public library, though almost every citizen took it for granted. But now, with a roomful of computers available to everyone, Lawrenceton Library had become even more vital. There was a constant flow of patrons from the moment the doors opened to the time they were locked. The computer have-nots used the public system to check out the help-wanted sites and for-sale sites. They looked up breaking news. They read the classified ads. They took their online courses, like my brother was doing at home this very minute (I hoped). Of course, the haves didn't even need to come into the building any longer. They could check out e-books and audiobooks online.
I appreciated the fact that the library was so relevant to the lives of the people it served. Just because you couldn't afford a computer shouldn't mean you couldn't access all this amazing information, right? And if you were elderly or disabled or just super busy, it only made sense to offer books in the easiest way available.
But I'd always been a printed-word person. I loved holding an actual book. I loved turning the pages. I loved carrying a novel around with me, getting it out of my purse at lunch to read for a few minutes in the break room. I had never been able to fathom what people did with their free moments, if they didn't read. But I'd become increasingly aware that this attitude aged me, made me more like seventy-six than thirty-seven.
And there were also plenty of actual, physical books that needed to be dealt with right that moment. I finished the overdue notices before I arranged the checked-in books on the cart in the order in which they'd be shelved. I popped a stool on the bottom shelf of the rolling cart. Though stools were available throughout the stacks, I found it was quicker to simply take one with me. When you're barely five feet tall on a good day, you have to think ahead.
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Roe has been my favorite of all Ms. Harris characters and I'm so glad she's back . I hope there's at least one more, so we know the baby's name. Thus was a good story and glad to see there was no sugar coating with Roe ' dad and step mom.
All the Little Liars is the ninth novel in the Aurora Teagarden series by American author, Charlaine Harris. After more than ten years since the previous book, Poppy Done To Death, Harris has restarted this series at the request of fans who wanted to know what happened to Roe and co. This book takes off immediately from where the eighth book ended. Aurora is (very happily) pregnant, married to Robin Crusoe and looking after her 15-year-old half-brother, Phillip, when Phillip and his new-found friends go missing. This instalment has poisonous tweens, Facebook taunts, several errant parents, a murder, a ransom, a suicide, a red herring or two, quite a few liars and a very exciting climax. Fan will be pleased to know there is a tenth book, Sleep Like A Baby, on the way. Very enjoyable.
I don't write very many reviews. Unfortunately, it's easier for me to write a bad one than to pinpoint exactly why I think a book is good. I just know it's good. I think Charlaine Harris waited WAY too long to continue this series. Luckily I read the book before this just two years ago, since Harris went from 2003 to 2016 without a book in this series. In my opinion, she need to go back and read the first eight books in this series of hers, especially since it's been so long since the last one. The last book (Poppy Done to Death, 2003) ended with a total cliff hanger, something she didn't usually do. And then to not come out with the next book for 13 years?! Way to stick it to your fans of this series Ms. Harris. But I digress. In short, this book didn't sound or feel like Aurora Teagarden. At all. The dialog and Aurora's thought processes were stilted and choppy. In short, it was just awful. I'm kind of shocked I was able to finish it. And now I'm not sure I can bring myself to read book 10, due out in a couple of weeks. Thank heavens I have several reliable series to fall back on. And to think I even paid full price for this! I need to get rid of the bad taste this one has left me with. And to think I even paid full price for this...
I can't speak more highly of this than a brilliant read all around! Arora Teagarden for the win again!
Thought the series was over so when I seen a new book was coming out my heart just skipped a beat. Have to say I wasn't let down. The end felt a little rushed but other then that it was a very enjoyable read.
I did not care for this book. I never read any books by Charlaine Harris before. Seems she is a little out of date on words, especially the dialect for the teenagers she was writing for was so not what any teenager would ever talk like. Also, I wasn't a big fan of any of the names in this book, they were all so far fetched. First time ever, I almost didn't want to finish a book. It was so predictable.
I have waited a long time to watch Aurora (Roe) Teagarden solve another mystery. Charlaine Harris did not disappoint with this newest addition to the much loved series. Roe must figure out one of her strangest cases: how did four teenagers disappear with an eleven year old girl leaving no clues except a dead teen. One of the missing teens is Roe's brother Phillip, which leaves her no choice but to get involved even though she is dealing with morning sickness and a new marriage. I must say, I was completely sucked into this mystery and couldn't stop reading until I knew the answers to all of the questions. Leave it to Charlaine Harris to give us an amazing, take hold of our emotions kind of story to wrap our minds around.
All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris is the ninth book in the An Aurora Teagarden Mystery series. Aurora is back from her honeymoon and is settling into married life with Robin Crusoe in Lawrenceton, Georgia. They are both excited about Aurora’s pregnancy (her library gives her a whole three weeks off for maternity leave). Aurora’s half-brother, Phillip is staying with them. He could not stay with their father and hitchhiked from California to Georgia to get away from him. Things are going well until Aurora gets a call from Beth Finstermeyer. Phillip is out playing with her twins, but Beth has been unable to reach Josh and Joss. Aurora cannot reach Phillip on his cell phone. Then they hear that Liza Scott, eleven years old, is also missing. The four kids were last seen at the soccer field. When the police check the soccer field, they find a body. What happened at the soccer field? Aurora starts asking questions and delving into each families lives. Then they hear that Clayton Harrison, the town’s charming teen bad boy, has disappeared. Is his disappearance related to the other kids? Someone knows the answers, and Aurora is determined to get the answers. All the Little Liars does not fit in with the other books in this series. The book is slow paced and the mystery plays out even slower rate. The mystery can be solved very easily (I was hoping for a real challenge). Aurora being in the early stages of her pregnancy is experiencing morning sickness. We get to hear about her throwing up (in too much detail). It was disgusting and totally unnecessary. I give All the Little Liars 3 out of 5 stars. All the Little Liars felt more like a rough draft, than a finished novel. I found that information was repeated and there are a couple of inconsistencies. I hope Ms. Harris will be back on her game with the next book in An Aurora Teagarden Mystery series.
Fans are delighted with Harris’s return to her first mystery series headed by Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden. I, too, have missed Aurora and share in her happiness now that she’s married to Robin Crusoe. Their joy is boundless when they find they are expecting a baby. However, as in many a mystery joy is short lived when Phillip, her 15-year-old half-brother disappears. Phillip has not had an untroubled past as he came to Aurora after running away from his California home. But all seems well when he finishes a semester of state sanctioned online instruction and appears to be looking forward to joining his friends Joss and Josh Finstermeyer at the local high school. Thus it makes no sense that one afternoon Phillip, the Finstermeyer twins, and 11-year-old Lisa Scott simply disappear. Parents are frantic, the town is aghast and the police seem to have no clues. Matters worsen when Joss and Josh’s classmate Clayton also vanishes and Joss’s girlfriend, Tammy Ribble, is found dead. All of this seems more than anyone can bear. Of course, Aurora cannot simply stand by so she puts her life and her job at the library on hold while she and Robin begin their own investigation. While the worst is feared readers are in for a few surprises. Enjoy!
Charlaine Harris again brings to life our favorite librarian Aurora Teagarden. Now married and expecting life should be perfect. Stress and mystery begin when Phillip, Aurora's resident brother, disappears along with some of his young friends. Like most drama its all about the twists and turns that lead to the crime solution. Easy prose and interesting charaters are weaved by this author. ARC was provided by publisher via netgalley.
I have read all the Sookie Books and the new ones but this one is my first Aurora Teagarden book. I have to say, this one was pretty good. There were a lot of suspects and I had no idea who did it. I just love Charlaine Harris and I am glad to see that see that she is still giving us good books to read!! This was a crazy and I mean crazy one. I could not believe the ending. I don't want to spoil it for you, but this ending will blow your mind. And Aurora's dad and his new wife, too bad they weren't the ones missing. I feel certain no one would go out of their way to look for them. HA! This was one entertaining book and I look forward to more Aurora Teagarden books. Thanks to St. Martin's Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body. While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be? With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive. Review: I was so happy to see another book in this series. It had been sooo long I did not have hope of another one. Some of the last books in the series had started to loose their luster, but this one brought it back. The book is filled with quirky characters, red herrings and a good plot. It is what I remember of the series, a great little mystery to spend an afternoon reading. In this book Aurora has just gotten married, she is pregnant and her brother has come to live with them. Then Phillip goes missing with a few other kids and Roe must find them, hopefully alive. I was very happy with this addition to the series and I hope we don't have to wait another 10 years for another one. 4Stars *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
This is a great book; this is the ninth book in the Aurora Teagarden series written by Charlaine Harris. Aurora Teagarden is newly married and is excited about her pregnancy. But then four kids vanish from the school soccer field in her small Georgia town. One of the kids missing is her 15 year old brother Phillip and two of his friends. Aurora and her new husband Robin begin their own investigation into the kidnappings. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
It’s by Charlaine Harris. Need I say more? How about this….SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! I’m NOT one to squee. Not a squeer (should that be squee-er?!?). I love to read, but I rarely fangirl. Except. Charlaine Harris. Charlaine. Harris. What’s more? It’s Aurora Teagarden! It has been SUCH a long time, and I didn’t expect there to be anymore. From what I’ve read, Ms. Harris didn’t expect it either. But then a TV movie was made and drew fresh interest to the series, and the win for those of us who love it (the books, not the tv movies) is more Aurora Teagarden. Yay! And All the Little Liars is as good as ever. Makes me want to go back and reread the rest of the series to verify my feeling that, yes, this is the best one yet. Other awesome news? From what I read, there is at least one more in the works! I. Can’t. But I digress, I’m supposed to be reviewing the book, not spouting my love for Ms. Harris. And I suppose I shouldn’t assume that you are a Charlaine Harris fan or that you are familiar with this series, so…. Aurora Teagarden is a smart, somewhat quirky, book-loving librarian in a small Southern town who manages to get herself entrenched in all of the towns murder mysteries (and there are a lot for the small town of Lawrenceton!). Through the books we get to know and love a host of increasingly familiar characters, see Aurora through relationship ups and downs (family, friend and romantic), spend a fair amount of time at the library, all while enjoying some of the most clever and entertaining murder mysteries ever written. In this installment, we see Aurora newly married, expecting and caring for her 15 year old half-brother who suddenly goes missing along with several other local kids. Eventually a body is found and the mystery deepens. Because of Aurora’s direct tie to this mystery, it’s a given that she would pursue it intensely, and the fact that her half-brother is missing brings all the disconnected facets of her family together, leading to some redrawing of family boundaries. You’ll be so entrenched that you’ll be shocked to find you’ve finished the book when you’ve only just started. For those of you who love Charlaine Harris and/or this series, you will not be disappointed. The wait has been long (I believe it’s been roughly 13 years since #8 – Poppy Done to Death – was published!), but it was time well spent. All the Little Liars is all that and a bucket of chicken. You’d be a fool not to read it. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
I am so looking forward to this book as Roe is one of my favorite characters. I hope for a few more but I would also love to have more of Ms Harris other wonderful series. For instance, what is going on with Harper Connelly? One Woman, so much Wonderful storytelling. Oh, by the way, am I the only one who noticed that the "Editorial Review" on this page was for another author's book?
I've not read any of the previous books in the series but I had no problems enjoying this story. It can definately be read as a standalone. I've only ever read her Sookie Stackhouse novels, which I loved and I wasn't sure what to expect. It's nothing like it, yet I still very much enjoyed this book and I was entertained all the way through. I will have to pick up the previous books and give them a try. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Complex plot. Great characters that are multifacited
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