The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden Series #4)

The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden Series #4)

by Charlaine Harris

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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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425222034
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Series: Aurora Teagarden Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 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
Kegsoccer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Julius House" by Charlaine Harris is the fourth book in her series about Aurora Teagarden. (Follows Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 1, A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 2 and Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery) Roe is now happily engaged to Martin Bartell, but nothing is as it seems. Martin has just gifted Roe with the old Julius house as a wedding present, and she is happily planning on moving them in. Depite its history (the Julius family mysteriously vanished years ago), she finds it enchanting. She even finds no problem with letting a couple of Martin's friends live on the property. That is, until she finds out that they're her bodyguards. Besides dealing with her husband, Roe decides she wants to figure out what happened to the Julius family. I enjoyed this book as much as I did the earlier ones. It did take me a bit to warm to Martin, but I've decided that he's just what Roe needs. And unlike "Three Bedrooms, One Corpse", I did not solve the mystery before Roe! Everytime I thought I had figured it out, something new would be revealed, and I'd have to rethink my whole theory. I fully recommend this series! Next is Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Bk. 5, followed by 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")
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aurora is back and is finally getting married. She hasn't known her prospective husband for very long and there are a lot of secrets she doesn't yet know about him. Still, she is in love and is willing to do what she can to make it work. As a wedding present he buys her the Julius House to keep her mystery solving hobby alive. The house is shrouded in mystery as one morning the families grandmother who was living above the garage came over to make breakfast for the father, mother and teenage daughter. They were missing but with their car in the garage and nothing stolen from the house. No bodies were ever found and it was a mystery to the police and local experts.Roe quickly starts to decorate to her tastes and when her husbands friends arrive to live in the garage apartment, she enlists the help of Angel to help her measure the house looking for any clue as to what happened to the houses previous owners. It seems though that the house isn't her only problem when her new husbands past starts to catch up with them. Roe becomes the target of an axe man and it looks like if her husbands business associates won't kill her maybe the house will...I really enjoyed this novel. It spent quite a lot of time with Roe and her personal life, but unlike the second book in the series A Bone to Pick, it didn't neglect the mystery aspects. There were lots of twists and turns, some of which could be predicted but others came from left field in the way of the best mysteries. I like Roe as a central character still and am interested to see what she gets up to next, both in her personal life and her mystery solving capacity.
FicusFan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is book 4 in the Aurora Teagarden cozy mystery series. If you read my reviews for the first 3 books, you know I am reading them for my RL book group, and that I am less than thrilled with them. That opinion is not improved with this book, the last one I read for my group, and the last one in the series I will ever read.The writing is OK, but the whole thing is mostly bland and beige. The characters, especially Roe are wimpy and passive, and the mysteries are not all the good. Its usually a quick unsatisfying read.This book started out with the possibility of being better, but couldn't sustain it. Roe is getting married to her love-at-first-sight, new beau. He isn't a 'nice' bland man, so of course he must be evil. The book takes an interesting character and slowly trashes him with 'dark secrets' that come out. There are hints that he is not long for the series. The Julius House of the title is a property that was owned by the Julius family. One day they all disappear: mother, father and teen-aged daughter. The mother-in-law in the apartment over the garage goes to the house and finds them all missing. They never return and there are no clues as to what happened. Twenty years down the road they are still a mystery.Roe loves the house and she and newly married Martin move into it. Roe begins to decorate and her husband sends a married couple from his past to live in the garage apartment and help Roe out. He travels for business and the house is outside town so he doesn't want Roe to be alone. They are also there to 'help' with the remodel. That fiction is exposed when a drive by shooter attacks the house in Martin's absence and the couple, Shelby and Angel Youngblood are revealed as body guards. As they say, the plot thickens.The story goes on about how Roe discovers nasty truths about her husband's past, and his present. Along the way she also goes on the hunt for the fate of the Julius family. Both the Julius family's fate and her husband's confession are rather preposterous.Its as if Harris has only 2 settings in these books: bland and over the top. Well it is my last foray into Aurora's world and I am not sorry to see the last of her.
DrApple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The addition of some fascinating new characters heightens the interest in book four of the Aurora Teagarden series.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I continue reading candy! The writing is better for most of the book. There are some very good descriptions, some are quite good & funny. Again, the wrap up wasn't as good as it could have been. Bad guy caught, tells all. I also seriously contemplated pulling a star from the book because the base mystery was so flawed. Still, it's candy & suspending my sense of belief for one item, though major, didn't seem quite fair. It was fun read.
BeckyJG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the first 100 pages or so of The Julius House, Aurora Teagarden is too caught up in preparations for her wedding and her new life with Martin Bartell to worry about sleuthing. Roe travels to Ohio to surreptitiously buy the farm Martin grew up on as a wedding present; when she presents it to him, he presents her with the deed to the Julius House. She spends lots of time--and lots of money--fixing the house up. Then Martin presents her with another present: an assistant. Shelby Youngblood is an old army chum of Martin's, fallen on hard times, and he and his wife, Angel, will live in the mother-in-law apartment over the garage. Shelby will work at the plant for Martin, Angel will help Roe in whatever capacity she's needed.There are actually two mysteries in this book: whatever happened to the Julius family, who all disappeared without a trace one morning, and what dark secret in Martin's past is preventing him from being fully present with Roe. How do the Youngbloods--who have many hidden talents between them--fit into it? Roe does an admirable job of solving both mysteries, although we're left up in the air at novel's end as to where the marriage will go.Charlaine Harris' characters, even minor ones, are interesting and lively, and Lawrenceton, Georgia is as much a character as any human being. Her portrayal of small town Southern life--the quirks, the feuds, the nastiness that sometimes simmers and sometimes boils over violently--is least, it seems so to the reader, and isn't that one of the marks of effective writing?A quick, charming read.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally deciding on a wedding present for each other, Aurora (Roe) Teagarden and Martin Bartell exchanged gifts. Knowing Roe's fascination with true crimes, he gave her a home that had been the site of 3 missing persons almost 6 years ago. After the honeymoon was over, Martin went back to work and Roe jumped right into her investigation mode, trying to find out what had happened to the Julius family, with the help of the new garage apartment tenant, Roe was determined to find out what had happened in her home.Book 4 ¿.. The mystery of the Julius family has been around for a while, I really expected more out of the investigation process. I was disappointed in the amount of time that was spent on this mystery, it was too easy, too predictable and treated too much as a distraction from Roe¿s marriage problems. I didn¿t like Martin being put in such a negative light ( I really enjoyed his character - till now), I hope CH can save Martin and their marriage in the near future. The ending of the book was a large let down, the mystery was easily over and the marriage was left in a bit of a questionable position. Dead Over Heels is the next Aurora Teagarden mystery, it is time to track that book down.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Julius House" is the fourth Aurora Teagarden mystery. Aurora Teagarden went for years without dating. Then in a brief amount of time she had a torrid relationship with a police officer which fizzled fast, and another relationship with the town minister, that never truly heated up. Now 31, Aurora is getting married to an older man, Martin Bartell, who she realizes that she doesn't REALLY know. She knows Martin has big secrets but she is ready to marry him anyway. Charlaine Harris never really spells it out for the reader, but I believe that Aurora feels like she is becoming a 'spinster'. She wants marriage, a real relationship with a man so much that she doesn't care that he has secrets as long as she can pretend they don't exist. Shortly after she and Martin marry, Aurora learns some of his secrets. And now Aurora finds herself with a new house, the Julius House, and its mystery of how the family disappeared six years ago. That mystery is a good, entertaining one, but even more pressing is what Martin is hiding. The new characters are Martin's 'friends' who have moved into the apartment attached to the Julius House, and they are intresting as well. Angel is particular was well drawn and I can't wait to see if anything intresting comes from her character. Altogether this was an extremely strong volume to the series. I think I enjoy this one better than then Harris's Shakespeare's series. I also think this series is getting more engrossing as the go along. Recommended to Charlaine Harris fans as well as mystery fans.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aurora (Roe) Teagarden marries the love of her life, Martin Bartell. As a wedding present. he gives her the house of her dreams, the Julius House. So what could go wrong? Well, just about everything. Roe knows that Martin is hiding something from his past, but loves him so much she is willing to wait for him to be ready to tell her. And the house, well, 3 people disappeared from it 6 years before, never to be heard from again. None of this really bothers Roe, but when Martin moves his friends Angel and Shelby into the garage apartment, she begins to wonder if all of Martin's issues are in the past. And since Roe can't resist a mystery, she can't help trying to find out what happened to the Julius family. Needless to say, nothing is as it seems and Roe finds herself knee deep in gators once again.I found this book very enjoyable. One would think that a former librarian would be a bit more cautious than Roe but I have gotten to really like her. I love the way she just throws herself into things. I am looking forward to the next book.
Keeline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the book that I solved the soonest. I was less than halfway through when the most important plot point became really clear to me (making every other details given make sense instead of being a vague clue that isn't supposed to make sense till later). This is partly the fault of the front cover, I suppose, but I just felt that the plot of this one wasn't up to Harris' standards.-KK
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slight spoilers ahead for some of the previous books but nothing you wouldn't see on the back cover of the edition I've read.Aurora is busy planning her wedding to Martin Bartell, still trying to find out what the secrets he's keeping are. She finds the perfect gift for their wedding for Martin and he buys her the Julius House. Six years ago (and a few months) the whole family disappeared one day and Roe is curious, so she begins digging into the story.Martin installs a couple, who also have secrets into the garage apartment. Roe needs something to do and being a housewife is never going to satisfy her. She likes mysteries so they're always going to attract her. I can see her continue in this vein for a long time! Not a bad read, but the mystery was about a third of the book while the wedding and Martin's past were most of the rest. Interesting but only as part of the series.
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aurora "Roe" Teagarden has received a most unusual but welcome wedding present from her fiancé, Martin Bartell. He has given her "the Julius House", a local house that's been shrouded in mystery for the last 6 years since it's previous occupants went missing. Roe has always been drawn to the house, as well as the circumstances surrounding the unexpected and sudden disappearance of its previous inhabitants. But when she starts sleuthing, can she handle the things she discovers?It took me a little while to reacquaint myself with a few of the characters in this series. I didn't really recall Martin all that well, though I did remember her previous two boyfriends, Arthur the cop and Aubrey the minister. So either Martin came into the picture late in book 3, and I haven't yet read enough about him, or else he simply didn't make much of an impression on me. Nevertheless, that was the only character I didn't remember. And I quickly warmed to the familiarity of Roe and her family and friends from the small town of Lawrenceton, GA. This book and the next, Dead Over Heels were fairly difficult to find so I purchased them from eBay for a fair price and plan to give them to NeedSun. I'd actually planned to do that after I bought them last year, but she insisted I read the series first since I had been acquiring the majority of the early books for her. And I'm certainly glad I did. These are cute little cozies, not as dark as the Shakespeare series, but Charlaine's terrific writing style comes through just as easily in these earlier books, making them a joy to read. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book and I liked that she further developed the characters a bit more.
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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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Kellertwin More than 1 year ago
Each subsequent novel gets better.
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