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A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,583 Ratings  ·  618 Reviews
Aurora Teagarden's life was pretty much in order, though she wouldn't have objected to a nice relationship. All things considered, however, there wasn't anything to complain about. Then Jane Engle died.
Aurora and Jane had been friends- not particularly close friends, but they'd both been members of the Real Murder Society and on occasion had shared tea, as well as an int
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published 1992 by Walker and Company
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Jul 06, 2012 Cc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The one thing that bothers me about this website is that everyone feels the need to add a synopsis of the book; I can easily find that elsewhere. My main purpose for using this website is to find books that might appeal to me and find out what other people's perceptions are of the book, not an exaggeratory 20 paragraph synopsis.

Now that I have that off my chest I can say that Charlaine Harris is one of the best, light and fun authors out there. I seem to find myself reading her books in the su

About the same as the first, maybe a shade better. It's a mystery. A little romance, but mostly a fluff book. For some reason, I find them very engaging, though. Off to read the next.
May 14, 2015 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this one. A murder mystery where the heroine never tries to investigate anything? I listened to the audiobook version, and I swear nothing happened on discs 2-4. Disc 1 was exciting as she found a skull in a house, and then the rest of the skeleton was unearthed. Then nothing happened. (She thought a lot about her new inheritance and decided to quit her job, she started dating someone new and spent a lot of time picking out outfits for their 2 dates, she shopped for a bride ...more
A fun read! With most of the the main characters already introduced, I enjoyed this one more than the first book in the series. There were several pages to catch us up on Roe's life since the end of the first book and then it was right on to the mystery.
Like some reviewers have mentioned, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries are not actually mysteries. Rather, these books are about Roe's life, with a little bit of a mystery thrown in, mostly in the end of the books. I personally didn't mind that. Charlaine Harris has that special talent of describing everyday life of an ordinary person (in this case, Aurora's) and lives and gossip of a small town in a very entertaining manner. Although this series lacks uniqueness of the supernatural world described in t ...more
Mar 22, 2009 Gail rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aurora Teagarden is a lousy librarian and an irritating girl-woman. The mystery was good but she's so very irritating with her dating agita and less than humor-filled life. I know the reviewers say that these are full of humor but I don't see it. There's a level of seriousness at odds with the shallowness of the heroine.

The first 50 pages were hopeful as she mourns the death of an acquaintance and as she finds out this woman leaves her house with an amazing amount of money and a mystery in the f
Aug 13, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this series. They are easy reads with likable characters that I can listen to while knitting and stationary biking without dropping a stitch or falling off the bike. :)
Wow, another great book in Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden Mystery series. In A Bone to Pick Roe finds herself the heir to a large estate, and unfortunately that estate comes with a human skull. Roe finds herself wondering who the skull belongs to and why it was in her seemingly harmless friend's house.

I really like the characters in this series, Roe is balanced and reminds me of the librarians in my town. Roe has a new love interest, Aubrey, who I hope we see more of in future books. He's a
Richard Denney
Apr 03, 2015 Richard Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a 3.5 for me. I like the Aurora Teagarden series and I will likely read the rest of the series. It's not the best cozy series but it's fun and suspenseful. This series is more for starter cozy mystery readers because of how easy and breezy it is. I don't mean that in a bad way at all. I really like Charlaine Harris's writing and I especially love her Harper Connelly series. Before you even think of reading this one go read book 1 "Real Murders". :)
Aug 26, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've never listened to an audiobook before, but my mum loves them, so thought I'd give this a go. It's a very different experience, but the major issues I had with this book were plot-related, so I don't think listening on audiobook affected my rating too much.

Aurora inherits a house and a giant bank account from her friend Jane, and then gets caught up in intrigue and suspense and whatever. Both boyfriends from Book 1 are out of the picture, and an Episcopalian contender comes in from left fiel
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Well, I have to DNF this book. I think the biggest problem for me is that Roe ends the previous book with two potential relationships. And the begining of this book starts with Roe in a relationship with no one. One of the two guys we are left to wonder why he left. While I don't have a need for romance, if the author introduces it, then it should be in the story. So I go to check other reviews on the next book to see if this is a pattern in this series and if I want to continue.

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Sep 12, 2014 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy ameno y entretenido.
Algunos puntos son predecibles (miren mis updates si no me creen ;) ), pero no los principales, al igual que el primer libro logró confundirme y tomarme por sorpresa.
Amo la naturalidad de Harris para escribir y lo poco que llevo leído de esta serie me está gustado mucho.
Robert McCready
Feb 15, 2016 Robert McCready rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in two days. My, how I love Charlaine Harris. A murder doesn't start off this cozy, but foul play is involved when Roe Teagarden discovers a skull in her newly inherited house. Later, the rest of the skeleton is found and no other murders are committed on the page. There is talk of another body, but we never read about it getting dug up. Most of the gore is saved for birth in this book. A cat gives birth to kittens and a detective gives birth while arresting a perp. What Harris ...more
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 ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aurora Teagarden finds she has been left an unexpected legacy. Jane Engle – a fellow member of the now disbanded Real Murders Club – has died and left Aurora her house and all her money but her solicitor implies that there may be a mystery she has to solve as well. Aurora is pleased with her legacy and it cheers her up after her former boyfriend, Arthur Smith the police detective has suddenly married a colleague. She is less than pleased when she goes to her new house and finds someone has broke ...more
Jeff Cothern
Sep 28, 2012 Jeff Cothern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Death comes calling on a small-town librarian whose life is passing her by.

Aurora "Roe" Teagarden's fortunes change when a deceased acquaintance names her as heir to a rather substantial estate, including money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat. Roe concludes that the elderly women has purposely left her a murder to solve. So she must identify the victim and figure out which one of her new, ordinary-seeming neighbors is a murderer-without putting herself in

Apr 16, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: series
Wow, for a small town like Lawrenceton, there seems to be a lot of murdering going on.
On the heels of her mom's wedding, Aurora (Roe) inherits the estate of a fellow Real Murders Club member. In addition to the house and money, she also acquires a skull and a mystery, as well as a new beau and some interesting new neighbors.

A very quick read!
Dec 19, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery
I am really enjoying this series as well and can not wait to get my hands on the next book. You gotta love the main character. Charlaine Harris deffently has a way with words. I just love her quirky characters.
Apr 11, 2015 Starr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it.

A Cute mystery book. I read it in one day. Next, watch the movie on Hallmark mysteries and movies channel.
I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed the first, which makes me glad I didn’t give up. That being said, it still wasn’t all that amazing.

As with the first book, this one focuses more upon the personal lives of characters than solving the crime. Honestly, for a mystery book (even a laidback one) these details really do take a backseat. It’s more than a little bit annoying when you want to know what happens.

So it was another interesting story but I, yet again, wanted more of an investigation for
Oct 24, 2015 Ape rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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Stacy Kingsley
Like a lot of people who read and reviewed this book, I felt this was just not there, to say it was phoned in is completely accurate. While I enjoy most of Charlaine Harris's books this one was just long and dull. The main character Aurora inherits a house and money from a not close friend. Then she finds a skull. The she yammers on throughout the book.

The inheriting of the house is never explained to the reader. We have a letter explaining the skull but never anything explaining why Aurora got
Jul 01, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Aurora "Roe" Teagarden series. In a sleepy Southern town, a distant suburb of Atlanta, Roe attends the funeral of an elderly acquaintance. She is surprised when she is approached by the deceased's lawyer who informs her that she has inherited a substantial estate including a house with a skull in the window seat. In the way of cozies, when she tries to identify the skull she finds too many missing persons and when she tries to identify the killer there are too many suspects. A fun read ...more
Barbara ★
Honestly I can't see why this is listed as a cozy mystery. There is absolutely no investigation by Aurora Teagarden. She finds a skull and re-hides it and doesn't investigate a damn thing. Oh she asks herself questions but doesn't actually ask anyone else anything. The book just plods along her boring little life and the murderer reveals himself in the last chapter. Aurora didn't actually have a darn thing to do with it. Definitely not a series I'd continue.
Apr 11, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the months following the series of murders that led to the dissolution of the Real Murders club, Aurora "Roe" Teagarden lost a boyfriend, gained a stepfather, and attended more than her fair share of weddings. Life looked -- perish the thought! -- predictably spinster-ish, until Jane Engle, erstwhile library volunteer and Real Murders enthusiast, dies and leaves the bulk of her estate to Roe. Since Roe never considered Jane more than a casual acquaintance, the unexpected windfall is a shock - ...more
Aug 01, 2015 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A short book following Aurora Teagarden and her life of murder mysteries. This book was easy to read, but I struggled to finish it, even as short as it was. Aurora, or Roe as she is called, is having a rough start to her year. Wedding to attend, including her ex-boyfriend's wedding; job problems; romantic life problems; and a funeral start off this story. Fortunately, Roe is named in the will of one of her murder mystery group members. Instantly, Roe knows that ole Jane had to have a reason to l ...more
Breana E.
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Feb 18, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Not only do you have to guess the murderer (which I did not) but you have to figure out who the victim is (which I did not). Aurora finds a skull in her newly inherited house and has to decide what to do about it. One of the neighbors is the murderer and one was the victim. Several are "missing" and everyone else is suspicious, except for maybe the new neighbors. They are her ex-boyfriend cop and his very pregnant new wife, also a cop. So maybe not them, but it seems no one else can be ruled out ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Tiffani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2015
The movie was better. It sometimes happens, and it happened here. The movie to which I refer is the movie version of A Bone to Pick that recently aired on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel. A Bone to Pick is the second in Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris the first being, Real Murders. I read that one a few weeks ago, before picking up this second book and watching the movie.

The book started out well. Aurora Teagarden is a librarian with an interest in true crime. She's not
Katie Rekowski
1992. Recorded 2010. Read by Therese Plummer. I knew I had listened to this audio before, yet it was not on my list. I must have heard it before I started the list. since I couldn't remember how it ended, I listened to it again. Who could forget putting the scull into Aurora's mom's pink blanket bag! Aurora Teagarden inherits Jane's house and small fortune and Madeline the PG cat and the skull. Jane was a member of the Real Murders Club as was Aurora. What luck. However, the skull was a differen ...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.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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