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Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden #7)

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In the first installment of the Aurora Teagarden series, Real Murders, the small town of Lawrenceton, Georgia, was beset by a series of horrific murders. Librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden teamed up with true crime writer Robin Crusoe to catch the killer, and the results of their investigation have gone down in Lawrenceton history.

Now Robin is back in town, set to begin fil

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Published February 15th 2010 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 2002)
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Sep 11, 2015 Syrdarya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was the first Aurora Teagarden book I read, and I thought reading the series would make me like the character more, but instead I pretty much detest her. The mystery itself is okay, but Aurora's internal monologue drove me crazy for the entire book. I also really noticed how she's always dressing in shades of yellow, orange, brown, or dark green, and the description of the clothes make her sound like she's twenty years older than she is. The other characters also seemed to dress in these co ...more
The last one available at this time, it's better than the rest, but I wouldn't suggest reading them out of order. You can, but there is a lot of history to catch up on. She did much better at creating a mystery & not just one, yet still kept the same style. It's not quite the same kind of candy book as the first of the series & certainly showed her maturing as a writer. It's still light & engaging, a fun read with no pretensions to be anything else. A good mystery with a bit more rom ...more
Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
Tras el dramático final del anterior libro de la saga estaba deseando leer más de mi carismática Roe. Estaba intrigada sobre todo por el camino por la que la llevaría la escritora y como haría que afrontase cada uno de los obstáculos puestos en medio tras la tragedia...

En este séptima entrega los habitantes de la localidad de Lawrenceton se ven obligados a revivir los asesinatos llevados a cabo en el primer libro "Unos asesinatos muy reales" ya que el caótico y excéntrico mundo de Hollywood deci
The Flooze
Jun 08, 2009 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With book 7, Charlaine Harris brings Aurora back around full circle. She's single, she's entrenched in the movie version of the events that started the series, and lo and behold, Robin Crusoe is back on the scene. But although there are many similarities between Roe then and Roe now, we're keenly aware of how much she's changed. By her own admission, she's a kick butt rich widow who's not afraid to be blunt and more than a little eccentric.

As always, one thing never changes: Roe is a mini murde
Karen Wyle
Jul 09, 2016 Karen Wyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rounding up considerably, but I prefer that to rounding down.

I haven't read all or even most of this series, but Harris makes it fairly easy to dive in anywhere. I assume that readers who have followed the series and read all the books in order will find more depth and interest in the characters than I did, but I found the characters, and the book as a whole, entertaining and occasionally intriguing.

I leave it to those who have lost a spouse or other life partner to decide how well Harris po
Quick read which I found by chance in the library. Read the previous books in the series and what I like is that Aurora's life isn't perfect, and she doesn't make ridiculous leaps of reasoning when solving a crime. Often it's a chance encounter or a conversation, or in some cases a blow on the head.
Jan 04, 2016 Punk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ebook
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery. The seventh to be precise. Roe's caught up in grieving her loss from the last book; meanwhile, a movie based on the book based on the murder from the first book of—lean into it—the Aurora Teagarden series is being filmed in town, and Roe can't get a moment of peace. Then, wouldn't you know it, there's a murder on the set.

But the murder doesn't happen until about halfway through the book. This is more about Roe than it is about the mystery, and since Charlaine Harris
Jan 25, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aurora Teagarden's past is back to haunt her, and this time it is preparing to go onto the small screen. Roe's first opportunity to deal with murder first-hand was when she was in the Real Murders group, a number of local residents of Lawrenceton, Georgia, with an interest in true crime. Things got a little out of hand when certain members decided to make true crime something more to read about. Those adventures made up the first book in this series, Real Murders.

Robin Crusoe, famed author and o
Jul 12, 2015 Imogen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21
This book was great! I was on shaky ground with this series after the fifth and sixth books but Last Scene Alive blew me out of the water. It may be my favourite one of the series. The plot was great, there were believable and clever sub-plots and the writing was on form.

It's set around the murder of one of the cast, of the movie based on Aurora's life- and I love anything to do with acting and movies and TV and directing. It's one of my fantasy jobs to act so I really loved reading about it fro
Aurora is now widowed for almost a year. She is sad but ready to move on with her life. Suddenly, her long-gone love interest Robin Crusoe shows up in Lawrenceton for the filming of TV series based on his book about the murders narrated in the first Aurora Teagarden mystery "Real Murders." Martin's son Barrett appears in Roe's life too as he has a small role in the series. Filming goes on as scheduled; our heroine gets a taste of Hollywood; everything is exciting. That is until an actress who pl ...more
Evey Morgan
Reseña completa:

Decepcionada me he quedado tras su lectura. Esta no es una saga que haya comenzado a leer desde el principio y aunque se pueda leer de forma independiente he sentido desconexión con sus personajes.

De todos modos no le daré una oportunidad a la saga, aunque sí a la autora con su saga de vampiros a ver si la cosa mejora en esa.
Dec 18, 2013 Sallee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This Aurora Teagarden mystery takes up after Roe becomes a widow. As she is still going through stages of grief and missing her deceased husband, she finds that her life has become somewhat sterile. When an old friend, Robin Crusoe comes to town along with a film crew to shoot the story of the murders Roe and her true crime book club were involved in, she finds herself unwillingly drawn into the process. When the star chosen to portray Roe is murdered, she finds herself involved in the who and ...more
Un libro más lento que los anteriores que tenían como protagonista a Roe Teagarden, pero es que era necesario. Roe tiene que superar muchas cosas y eso no es fácil, así que en este libro sacrificamos un poco de acción para verla evolucionar, sentir... y se agradece. Después de 7 libros ya me parece que Roe es casi de la familia y francamente el anterior libro me gustó más bien poco, primero porque Roe ni parecía ella misma y luego por el acontecimiento final, que me cabreó mucho. Así que me aleg ...more
Michelle Wardhaugh
before: This is the reason I read books in a specific order. I might not ever open this one up if it weren't "next on the stack," even though I've had it for over two years. After #6, I'm not sure why the author decided to go forward with this character.
after: This was as good as #'s 1-5. I still cannot forgive the 6th book, but I'm not the forgiving type. I guess for some people grief is just another part of life and not the perminantly soul crushing experience I've always found it. Still, I re
Jan 03, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#7 in the Aurora 'Roe' Teagarden series. In Real Murders (1990), Roe and writer Robin Crusoe managed to nab a serial killer. Robin left for CA to pursue his writing. After writing a successful book based on the murders, and a fling with a starlet, the book is to be made into a TV mini-series and the starlet is playing Roe. The film crew shows up in Lawrenceton accompanied by Robin who wants to rekindle a relationship with Roe. The starlet is done in, a victim of overkill, and Roe is threatened w ...more
May 11, 2015 Delonda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
About a year has passed since Roe's husband Martin passed away after a heart attack. In this book, Harris revisits indirectly "Real Murders", the first Aurora Teagarden mystery, with the events of that story being filmed for a television miniseries in Lawrenceton. On the scene are Robin Crusoe, a mystery writer upon whose works the film is based. Oh, by the way, Robin had also been interested in Roe at the time but subsequent events had put an end to any real relationship. Also, Martin's son, Ba ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Roberta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dopo la morte del marito la vita di Aurora scorre lenta e senza grandi emozioni, fin quando in città non arriva una troupe televisiva per girare un film sugli omicidi che la videro coinvolta insieme alla sua ex fiamma Robin Crusoe.
Quando la star del film viene trovata morta le cose in città si complicano e la stessa Roe viene aggredita e rischia la vita...
L'ultima scena è il settimo e penultimo volume della saga di Aurora Teagarden, anche se ad oggi non si sa ancora quando verrà pubblicato in It
The Cats Mother
The 3rd book of the 2nd omnibus finds Aurora recovering from losing her husband, and finding something new to get upset about - a movie crew has come to Laurencetown to make a film of Robin Crusoe's book about the murders featured in the first book in the series. It's more of the same smalltown observations, Roe getting all moralistic and judgemental, and solving the murder mystery again, and of course men falling in love with her despite her really odd taste in clothes and glasses...
Mar 09, 2014 A.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I went to bed early last night and then I thought I’d just read for a few minutes. That was a bad idea, ‘coz I picked up a small book - Aurora Teagarden #7. These books are very easy to read and I should know that by now. I think it is actually harder to write such easy to read books.
Aurora still lives in the same small town. [I have missed a book but it didn’t take long to catch up.] When the events of book one took place, a writer, Robin Crusoe, lived in town. He wrote a best seller based on t
Apr 25, 2015 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars Oh how I LOVE a Charlaine Harris book! I know I am in very good hands, that I am going to love the characters, the location, the story, the dialogue. I just get to sit back and escape into in this case Aurora Teagarden's world for a while. Heavenly bliss! In this outing an old flame of Roe's is back in town for the filming of a book he wrote about murder that occurred in Lawrencton, Roe's hometown, and in which Roe plays a role. Well, literally but not on screen. There is an actress p ...more
Nov 01, 2012 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, fiction
Maybe if I'd started with the first one of this series I would have liked this one, but it was definitely a disappointment. The main character is rather pathetic, constantly talking about her "independence" while turning to various men in her life and being rescued by other women. The mystery isn't terribly mysterious, even with multiple killers/plots. This one just isn't my cup of tea.
Alethea White-Previs
This Teagarden installment lacked the pizzazz of its predecessor. A friend of Roe’s, Robin Crusoe, has written a bestseller about the murders which took place at the beginning of Harris’s series, and now a film crew has descended on Lawrenceton to film the adaptation. Suddenly, Celia Shaw, the actress portraying Roe’s character, is found dead in her trailer on the set. Somehow, this resonated less with me. Roe was unexcited about the movie being filmed, and there was little true feeling for Celi ...more
Roe continua la sua vita, nonostante la vedovanza. Solo l'arrivo in città di Robin Crusoe, il suo amico/corteggiatore che ha scritto un libro sui delitti di alcuni anni prima sembra risvegliarla dal torpore. E quando viene ritrovata morta l'attrice che doveva interpretare il ruolo di Roe, lei non può certo trattenersi dall'indagare...

Mi pare si sia consolata in fretta, la ragazza! Non che la biasimi, Martin non mi è mai piaciuto, troppo autoritario per i miei gusti.

* Cosa mai potrebbe accadere d
Aurora drives to the motel to meet Robin and the others for dinner; they depart for dinner in a van; Robin and Aurora leave the dinner in a cab, which takes Aurora to her home.
Next morning Aurora gets in her car and drives to the movie set.

Are there editors for paperback books?
Normally I only read one or two books of this series neatly spread out over a year, to have something to look forward to, but also because I don't want to overload myself with Aurora Teagarden; she really is an overwhelming character. For this book (no. 7 of 8) I made an exception and started it the day after I finished The Fool and His Honey (no. 6 of 8), because that one ended so badly and sad, I just had to read on and know how Harris would manage to get the Aurora and her life going again. H ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Jeni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This installment of the Aurora Teagarden saga ends being the most satisfying of many. After a string of lackluster Aurora books it was surprising to find another truly enjoyable.

At book five I decided to give up on the series. With too many character inconsistencies creating completely implausible scenarios, not to mention the over the top plot lines, there was more frustration, eye rolling, and talking to the book than pleasure in reading the series.

In a reading slump, and between semesters a
Sep 22, 2015 Shaft rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow I think I will finish this entire series in less than 3 months which given the books aren't that long doesn't seem like much but it is alongside a Brandon Sanderson novel and other things to break up the genres. I just like Aurora she just seems real even if I don't quite get the need in the book that Southerners have to be polite even when people are rude to them and some of the little cultural differences which I find quite interesting. Only one book left I'll be sad to see this go but I d ...more
May 09, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure why I keep reading these Aurora Teagarden mysteries. Aurora is one of the most boring and annoying characters I have ever encountered. If Ms. Harris got rid of all the references to Aurora cleaning her house, putting on make-up and picking out the perfect dress to wear the book would have been half as long. The only redeeming quality for the book was the actual murder mystery which is the only reason I finished this book and gave it two stars. The only other redeeming quality for t ...more
Peggy Huey
With the Aurora Teagarden series of books, Charlaine Harris ventures to a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, to present the adventures of "Roe", the librarian. Roe's husband Martin has died, and she is trying to get on with her life, when an old flame, Robin Crusoe, returns to town with a film crew to create a movie about one of Roe's earlier adventures solving a series of murders. The filming generates a murder of its own that Roe must solve before she becomes the next victim of the killer ...more
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

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