Saturday, February 10, 2018

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris is the first book in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series. The books have been made into an on-going television mini-series by the Hallmark Movies and Mystery channel. 

(For a listing of upcoming premiers: ***There's a Hannah Swensen marathon today...but I digress).

From Goodreads: 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.

My review: I love "Roe" Teagarden - she's sweet, she's smart, she's a librarian, and she's happy being who she is. She doesn't seem to want to conform to other people's expectations of her life to include an over-bearing mother and two flashy best friends. In another setting, she'd be the cliche "side-kick" and I love that Harris has made this type of character front and center. In this mystery, a series of murders are being committed based on real crimes - everything from simple poisoning to Lizzie Borden - and Roe is out to catch a killer, but she stumbles into this by accident. 

I enjoyed the way Harris makes her an amateur expert sleuth (a cunning paradox). I also LOVE the Real Murders club these people are in. It makes me feel like I'm not so strange for always reading murder mysteries - its the draw of the puzzle that keeps me intrigued, not the murder itself. I think Harris does a nice job with a few red herrings thrown in for good measure. The only part of the book that was hit or miss for me was the love triangle concept. I can't recall a time in my life where my energy was dedicated to some sordid love triangle - yet they appear in books all the time. Maybe that's just me - I don't know, but I wish they wouldn't. I don't mind a main character dating, even multiple dates with different people, but to feel torn between two men - eh...I could have done with out that. But that's my only complaint - otherwise, a great story! 


This is a series, as already stated, and I've got the next book already marked as "to-read."

Now, Charlaine Harris herself doesn't really need a huge introduction, because unless you've ben sleeping under a rock - you already know her, and know her well. She is the author of the True Blood series, originally titled Soookie Stackhouse Series. I myself have never read nor seen True Blood, but I think I'd like to. Clearly another to-read author has hit my shelves. 

She's also the author of (and several stand alone works):

  • Midnight Texas Series
  • Aurora Teagarden Series
  • Soookie Stackhouse Series (Southern Vampire, True Blood based on)
  • Cemetery Girl Triology
  • Harper Connelly Series
  • Lily Bard Shakespeare Series
To see more about her and her books, visit her website at:

Waiting on the shelf right now:

Happy Reading my friends! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

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