Real Murders

Real Murders

Book - 2007
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris introduces a Southern librarian whose bookish bent for murder gets her involved in a real-life killing spree...

Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it's still a small town at heart. Librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden grew up there and knows more than enough about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature.

With those fellow crime buffs, Roe belongs to a club called Real Murders, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime--until the night she finds a member dead, 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...
Publisher: Berkley, 2007.
ISBN: 9780425218716


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This was an interesting series starter. First of all, I love that the main character is a librarian, though her library is very different from the reality I experience every day at my library. Still--I love librarian fiction. The plotting was intricate, and well crafted, though the story did lag a bit at times. I dislike love triangles and this book starts one. Overall, this was a fun cozy mystery and I though it is not one of my favorites, I would consider reading more of the series.

Don't expect it to be similar to the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries version on HMM. They changed quite a bit from the original book.

Dec 03, 2016

This is the first book in the Auroa Teagarden series and I enjoyed it very much. The story is about a group called Real Murders. They take turns telling about murders in the past and how they were solved. Only now the members are being murdered. This book held me interest from beginning to end. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

DBRL_ANNEG Jul 28, 2016

A cozy mystery from the author of the "True Blood" series. A group regularly meets to discuss real life murder mysteries. Soon members begin turning up dead in similar fashions to the famous murders they are studying. Librarian Auroroa Teagarden sets out to find out whodoneit before any more of her group fall victim.

I enjoyed the book for what it is. I generally go for more of the realistic, gritty thrillers. But I found this was a nice escape into a world where even librarians have time to solve murders. Charlaine Harris writes with a delightful sense of humor--I can't say I laughed out loud while reading this book, but I always set it down in a better mood. I will definitely be picking up the next book the series. (I recently learned that the series, which appeared to end in 2003 will be revived with a new publication later this year. Can't wait!)

May 19, 2015

I didn't finish this. Couldn't get into it.

Jul 15, 2013

This is kind of a nice cozy mystery in a way. The main character, Aurora Teagarden, is a 28-year-old small town librarian who belongs to a murder fan club. When she discovers a real body she's understandably shocked and can't help doing a little investigating here and there on her own. Pretty light-weight, but I did like the audiobook. Just right for listening on the bus.

Aug 14, 2012

So good! I kept looking for traces of Sookie Stackhouse in Roe because that had been my entire Charlaine Harris experience before this book. Once I was able to stop myself from doing that, I really enjoyed it. A very interesting plot and mystery.

Jun 19, 2012

It took me a while to get into this book because I love the Sookie Stackhouse series and had a hard time getting myself out of that universe for a Charlaine Harris read. Once I was able to get past that, I really enjoyed it! The plot was entertaining and I found myself drawn to Aurora Teagarden and wanting more by the end, so I immediately checked out the next in the series when I finished. It might not be the most intellectually stimulating book I've ever read, but it doesn't need to be. It is fun. Just what I needed to get me through the late night feedings during my son's first weeks.

Mar 18, 2012

Just finished it on my Kindle. Good story, keeps you guessing.

Feb 05, 2012

A quick read but also a really good whodunit!

Jan 21, 2012

The first Aurora Teagarden (librarian) mystery. Solidly written & plotted. Each of Harris' series are markedly different from one another, and this series is the closest to a traditional who dunnit.

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Sep 09, 2010

Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is your typical librarian: thick, coke-bottle glasses, long brown hair, sensible librarian-like clothes, single, lives in a small town - you get the picture. She doesn't have much of a social life and has resigned herself to having her Saturday nights free. But, once a month, on Fridays, she meets with her fellow murder-mystery enthusaists and they discuss a real murder. This Friday it is Roe's turn to present the case of the Wallaces. She spent hours preparing and arrives a little early at the community center to make sure that everything is ready. However, she cannot find the woman who unlocked the building, laid out the cookies and coffee and set up the chairs. When she does find her, she wishes that she hadn't as she has been murdered and displayed in the kitchen in a gruesome fashion. Even though Roe is in shock, she cannot help but notice that this murder bears a startling resemblance to the Wallace case. Could one of the club members have taken their little hobby a little too far? When other bodies begin to pile up, all copycat murders from famous past crimes, Roe cannot help but wonder which victim she resembles.


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Violence: This title contains Violence.


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"Yes, I said, and took a deep breath. "Yes, they were really bad people. they were rotten apples. They were nice on the outside but full of worms on the inside." Roe to her brother Phillip

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