A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden Series #2)

A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden Series #2)

by Charlaine Harris

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Death comes calling on small-town librarian Aurora Teagarden in this entertaining mystery from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris.

Going to two weddings—one of a former lover—and a funeral for a member of her disbanded crime study club keeps Aurora “Roe” Teagarden quite busy for a few months. Unfortunately, her personal life seems to be at a standstill—until her fortunes unexpectedly change.
After the funeral Roe learns that Jane Engle, the deceased, has named her as heir to a  rather substantial estate, which includes money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat. Knowing Jane, Roe concludes that the elderly woman has purposely left her a murder to solve. So she must identify the victim and figure out which one of Jane’s ordinary-seeming neighbors is a murderer—without putting herself in deadly danger...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373261369
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 12/22/1993
Series: Aurora Teagarden Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.71(d)

About 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.


Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi


B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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"Pleasant reading...heartily recommend[ed]." -PEN & DAGGER "An appealing cast of Southern gothic characters." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 208 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying the Aurora Teagarden Series. It is fun to watch the continuing characters develop in each new book. The series is suitable for adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished book 3 and am really loving this series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one sitting couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
each novel keeps getting better than the last.
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Clatters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You can really tell this is Charlaine's earlier writing. It lacks the personality of the Sookie books. I want to like Roe, but I cant find anything to hang on to. However, it is better than the first one, so I hope they improve. I did like the plot enough to keep turning the pages.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the cozy mystery series featuring amateur sleuth, Aurora Teagarden. A woman Aurora barely knows unexpectedly leaves her home and money to Aurora when she dies! But, there's a secret in the house. When Aurora accidentally discovers a hidden skull in her new home, she finds herself in danger from an unknown assailant and a mystery to solve. The first book, Real Murders, was very predictable, but Aurora was interesting enough to get me to try another book. Thankfully, the mysteries get progressively better (though never on par with Mary Higgins Clark and the like) and Aurora's interactions with her neighbors provide a lot of humor. Highly recommended series!
honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[A Bone To Pick] by Charlaine Harris 3.5 stars 272 pagesA Bone to Pick has Roe inherit a house and alot of money from one of the old members of Real Murders. In the house she finds a skull that has been there for a few years. Someone on the street is a murderer and is trying to find out who has the skull. The stage is set up for the next book to have alot of changes. Not her best series but it's an ok one.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well constructed with some interesting characters, this delightful tale has all the standard ingredients of an amateur sleuth cozy murder mystery: intelligent professional woman who suffers from above average curiosity, and below average willingness to let the professionals handle the sleuthing; a cast of characters with enough meat on their bones to offer several different prospects for a culprit; a handsome, mannerly, and eligible suitor;  an endearing pet (in this case a big orange cat named Madeline); a town eccentric in the person of an elderly spinster who leaves her house "and everything in it" to our heroine; a domineering mother--and a totally implausible mystery resulting from the "everything in it" whose details will not be revealed here. Don't want to spoil the fun!
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the Aurora Teagarden set of books, and while the first I found slightlyentertaining, this one was just too slow for my taste. In the follow up we find Roe upset over the marriage of her former boyfriend to another woman, and looking for something to spice up her life. She finds it in an unexpected inheritance. what she soesn't realize is the inheritance comes with a skull of an unknown murder victim. why she tries to solve it on her own, I don't know. Anyway, the tale was a bit blah for me with too little action and not enough believability.
FicusFan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series. It is a series that I started due to a RL book group (we pick a series, rather than specific books). I was not thrilled with it, and would not have read past the first book, except I bought the first 4 books.I think the best way to describe the series is beige. Its just very bland, and way too lightweight for me. It is a cozy and I am not fond of them unless they have something else going on: oddness, humor, local setting.I really don't like the main character,she is beige, wishy-washy and passive.That said, even with all my criticism, the book is a smooth fast read.The previous book introduced Aurora a poor, part time librarian in a small town near Atlanta. She is living in a condo complex her mother owns, and is also the manager. She is presented as much less successful than her mother in all phases of life.In this book, a character introduced in the first book, Jane, an elderly spinster, barely connected to Aurora, dies. She leaves Aurora her house, its contents, and her fortune. Oh yes, and an old skull.The mystery becomes who is the skull, how did it die, and where is the rest of the body? Aurora finds that Jane's house has been broken into and specific places ransacked. Holes have been dug in the lawn. Jane had been in the hospital and died there, so the house was supposedly empty for a while.Aurora embarks on a clandestine investigation of Jane's neighbors. She fears Jane was involved in the killing so she decides not to contact the police. The mystery is rather limp, and highly tinged with suburban repressed sex and violence. It is a bit sad and tawdry, as she pokes into the lives and secrets of the neighbors.The other part of the novel is Aurora trying to come to terms with her new wealth and the increased status she has. Now she can be independent of her mother. She is trying on and building a new persona.Ho hum.The ending seems like just pick a deranged neighbor.
BeckyJG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Bone to Pick is the second Aurora Teagarden mystery. Although Roe, her friends, and fellow Lawrenceton, Georgia denizens continue to grow as characters, her sleuthing abilities remain strictly passive in this installment.As the story begins Roe learns that she has been bequeathed the not insignificant estate of Jane Engle, a recently deceased member of the now-defunct Real Murders true crime club. In addition to inheriting Jane's bank account, Roe has also come into possession of a small house, a mean cat, and a skull in the window seat.Although Roe's curiosity about whose skull it is and why it's in Jane's window seat is boundless, her investigative skills, once again, sit firmly in the right-place-at-the-right-time arena. Once again, however, that's all right. The neighbors are quirky, in some cases to the point of near-insanity, establishing the series firmly, if mildly, as Southern Gothic.
DrApple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The librarian sleuth Aurora Teagarden is presented with a mystery she must solve when she inherits a houde and finds a skull in a window seat. Did her friend who left her the property kill someone? If so, who? Is the recent break-in related to the skull? WIll Aurora's dates with the new Episcopal priest lead to something more? Another fun and charming mystery!
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book probably more than I did the first Roe Teadgarden book, "Real Murders". I thought Roe was better fleshed out and a lot more fun to read about. She felt real to me, this time around, which was a bit of my gripe about "Real Murders". Here Roe Teagarden finds herself mourning the quick turnaround of losing her boyfriend and then finding him married, and his wife pregnant. Roe is hurt, she is jealous, and she is just starting to emerge from that 'mourning' period. About this time, Roe learns she has inheirited a house and a bunch of money from her recently deseased friend Jane. Seems 'friend' is a bit of an understatement. They were more like good acquaintences. But when Roe finds a skull in her new house, she learns Jane has also left her with a new mystery to solve. This was not a long book and reading it was very enjoyable. I was happy with the pace, and the characters, and even the mystery seemed more interesting than the previous one. But the ending, was just kind of boring. There was a lot of stuff going on, which was good, but the actual killer was revealed quickly and it was dull in my opinion. There was no suprise revelations, or reasonings and felt almost like an afterthought. I recall feeling somewhat the same way upon the conclusion to "Real Murders". I was disappointed, I guess. Charlaine Harris can write, really, really write. I just don't feel like the actual conclusion was fleshed out enough. This was just another average cozy and what could have been more, in the end, just wasn't.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While leaving Jane Engle¿s funeral, Aurora `Roe¿ Teagarden was approached by Jane¿s lawyer (Bubba Sewell) in order to inform her that Jane had left everything to her. With the inheritance of the money and the house, Roe decided to quick her job at the Library and was considering her option for what to do with the house. It may have been a lot of money, but she wondered if it would be enough to compensate her for dealing with the skull she found in the window seat while she was looking around the house. *** Book 2 .¿. Slow paced and not very suspenseful, just a very sweet mystery about a skull. Got to know Roe and Madeleine (the cat) better while Roe handled every things after inheriting the house. The mystery of the skull was good, but the clues were few and far between and then it was just over. I some how read these first 3 Aurora Teagarden books out of order, so I know that the previous (Real Murders) and the next (Three Bedrooms, One Corpse) are better. This one did tie up some questions I had in book 3 (that is what I get for reading a series out of order).
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aurora (Roe) is back after the events in Real Murders. One of the original club, JaneEngle, has died of old age and has left her house and savings to Roe. They were not particularly close, but it seems Jane has left Roe a mystery to solve. Lawyer Bubba Sewell gives her to understand there is something Jane has been keeping from people and on investigating her house Roe finds a human skull. The house has also been broken in to which suggests that she is not the only one who knows about it's exsistance.Roe is torn, should she move in to Jane's house but is one of the neighbours a murderer. First things first she needs to identify the identity of the skull and there are a few possibilities and missing people. She meets her neighbours including her ex lover who has recently married and his wife is about to have a baby any time now which really rubs Roe's single face in it. To even the playing field she begins to date one of the local ministers, but no one is above suspision and she is careful not to mention the skull to anyone.I enjoyed this as a random novel but not as a murder mystery. The ending was far too rushed and was much more about Roe and her realtionships with people than about the msytery. There was also a very unrealistic scene at the end involving giving birth, but I won't spoil it here. Overall a very average book which left me very disappointed as I expected better.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the series and another fast read. The mystery is not as satisfying this time around, as its unrealistic and wraps itself up a little too neatly. But the reader learns more about Roe, who is an endearing character, and one who is still suffering the after effects of the events of the first book.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Roe's older friend dies, she is shocked to find out that she has inherited the bulk of the estate, including a house. She knows there must be a catch, and she finds it pretty quickly, a skull hidden in the window seat. Not wanting to involve the police, Roe sets about investigating the neighbors. This is the second in the series and I enjoyed it very much. It is a quick read with interesting characters and relationships. I am looking forward to the third in the series which is being reissued soon.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second Aurora Teagarden story and she's dealing with the aftermaths of the previous story and her job not being very busy, along with cutbacks giving her a lot of time to do other things. She inherits a house and it's contents along with some money from an old friend who used to be in the crime discussion club. While looking through the house she finds a skull in a window seat and finds clues to who it is and finds that she's a target for whoever the killer is.It's a light mystery series and not terribly complicated. Fun series that I look forward to reading more of.
Kegsoccer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"A Bone To Pick" by Charlaine Harris is the second book in her series about librarian Aurora Teagarden. (The first being Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 1) In this mystery, Aurora aka Roe is stunned when she inherits a house and a large sum of money from elderly Jane Engle after her death. That's not the only thing Jane left her- there's a human skull in the window seat. On top of that, the people that have just moved in across the street from Jane's house are none other than Roe's ex-boyfriend Arthur Smith and his new pregnant wife. After some snooping around, Roe finds out that a couple of people in the neighborhood have gone missing. One went out for diapers and never came home; another skipped out on his rent and left during the night. Was one of them killed? Is it their skull? Roe is determined to find out! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I fully recommend the rest in this series. Next is Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, followed by The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 4, Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 5, "Fool And His Honey: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 6, Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries), and Poppy Done To Death: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 8. Or if you'd like to try a different series by Charlaine Harris, check out the Lily Bard mysteries.(Shakespeare's Landlord (The First Lily Bard Mystery), "Shakespeare's Champion", Shakespeare's Christmas", "Shakespeare's Trollop", and Shakespeare's Counselor") Or her new supernatural Southern Vampire Mysteries (Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Bk. 1), "Living Dead in Dallas", "Club Dead", "Dead to the World", "Dead as a Doornail", "Definitely Dead", and "All Together Dead")
CelticDruid More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a GoodReads.com give away. This is the second book in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series. In this one we find out one the elderly ladies from the now defunct "Real Murders" club has passed away. If you want to read more you can visit by blog. https://journeyingwithceltic.wordpress.com/a-bone-to-pick-by-charlaine-harris/
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