A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #2)
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A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2)

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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...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published 1992 by Walker and Company
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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

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...more
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.
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...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
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
Julie H.
Let me preface this review with the fact that Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite mystery and paranormal fiction writers. Her Sookie Stackhouse (inspiration for HBO's Trueblood), Harper Connelly, and Lilly Bard series are all top-notch. However, if A Bone to Pick, the second in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series, is any indication, she has officially hit the wall.

The so-called mystery part of the story was about as compelling as "Honey, where did you put the rake?" Seriously, it was that ba...more
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

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

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.
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
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
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
Roxane Lapa
The second of the 'Aurora Teagarden' murder mystery series.

In this book, former 'Real Murders' club member Jane Engle passes away from natural causes and in a surprising turn of events, bequeaths her estate to Aurora. The estate consists of a her house, half a million dollars, as well as another little surprise that Aurora finds in the house. A surprise that could land her in trouble with the police or in the cross hairs of a murderer if it comes to light.

Like the previous one, a highly readable...more
I am really enjoying Aurora Teagarden! She is like a magnet for things to happen to her. This last one was very funny. I happen to find her windfall a wonderful occasion. I have the next one , #3 from the Library just waiting for me to pop it in and listen!
Aurora eredita dalla sua vecchia amica Jane tutti i suoi beni: una casa e centinaia di migliaia di dollari. Roe si interroga sul motivo per cui Jane abbia lasciato tutto a lei, fin quando scopre un teschio. Di chi è? E chi l'ha ucciso? E così, tra nuovi vicini e nuovi appuntamenti, Roe dovrà scoprire il mistero...

Se già Aurora non mi stava particolamente simpatica per il suo continuo lamentarsi sulla sua bassezza, ora che si licenzia dal lavoro più bello del mondo la trovo pazza! E poi cosa ci s...more
Book two in the Aurora Teagarden series. I love Charlaine Harris. She always creates the most interesting characters etc. I liked this book and do recommend.
Francesca Morelli
Devo essere sincera questo secondo capitolo delle avventure della bibliotecaria Aurora sono migliori del libro precedente.
Meno personaggi in giostra, un maggior approfondimento delle figure presenti e una storia che ho seguito bene e ho letto molto velocemente, ho finalmente ritrovato la Harris di mia conoscenza.
Non è entusiasmante come il ciclo della Harper Connelly, ma se mantiene questo target vale la pena leggerli.
Spero con tutto il cuore che Aurora trovi il suo fidanzato, sta veramente scoc...more
Shannoncj Jensen
I enjoy all of Charlaine Harris' books. She's a fun writer. It's not nobel prize drama or writing but thoroughly enjoyable!
Susan Scully
Delightful book. Aurora is a wonderful character. A little romance and a lot of mystery, but not bloody or violent
I'm not sure what to make of this book. Other than a murder there isn't much mystery. No sleuthing to be seen here. The "who done it" is solved by no one really. It's just dumb luck. There is another lackluster budding romance that is no better than in the first book. Aurora strikes me as an unfeeling, greedy little thing in this book. She's so happy with her inheritance without much regard to the dead friend that left it all to her. Then she decides she doesn't want to work anymore. She just se...more
I bought this at Annie's Book Stop in Freeport, Maine. It took us forever to find the dang place, so I wanted to pick up a few things to make the effort worthwhile. This series appeals to me because the main character is a librarian! I missed the first one, but I don't feel like that mattered much - I still really enjoyed this one. Aurora Teagarden, librarian, true-crime aficionado, and bachelorette, receives a huge windfall when an elderly acquaintance dies and leaves her everything - including...more
Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
Seguimos dentro del mundo de Aurora Teagarden con esta nueva entrega llamada La paciencia de los huesos donde mi querida y carismática protagonista se ve envuelta sin querer en un asesinato que no se ha resuelto hasta el día de hoy ya que si nadie se ha encontrado con un cuerpo ¿cómo van a saber que se ha producido un asesinato?

La vida de Aurora sigue estancada, el club de los Real Murders se ha disuelto, uno de sus antiguo amores ha abandonado Lawrencenton, el otro se va a casar y su mejor amig...more
Michelle Randall
So after finishing Book one of the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series, it wasn't bed time and so I started on book two!

A Bone to Pick is the second book in the Aurora Teagarden Mystery and in this we find Roe attending her mother's wedding to a former Real Murders Club member, then attending the wedding of her former boyfriend and Real Murders club member, Arthur Smith, only to be shocked by the very visibly pregnant bride, then the funeral of a friend and former Real Murders club member. To add to...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
Well, after reading the first book in this series and enjoying it so much, I decided to get stuck into the second one right away. Actually, I think I'll probably end up reading the whole omnibus, one story after another. I've really been hooked into Roe's world.

Over a year has passed since the murderous events of Real Murders, and after the fiasco involving two of its members, the crime group has disbanded. That doesn't mean that Roe's life is any easier, though. She's attended two weddings--her...more
Carolyn Teschler
This is the second book in Charlaine Harris's "Aurora Teagarden" series named after the main character, a public librarian who goes by the nickname "Roe". Like the first, Real Murders, it a lighthearted mystery that brings humor to a grim situation. This second book is less intense than the first, which dealt with a series of grisly murders, and Roe, the stereotypical bespectacled, mousy librarian, is very entertaining in how she sees herself and her relations with various friends, acquaintance,...more
I was a little scared after reading the first book in this series that each installment would be a blood bath. I was happily surprised when only one death occurred in this book because of natural causes - but that one death had a tremendous impact on Aurora's life. Aurora is no longer a librarian - she is an heiress with a bank account full of money and she is just about to start living her life.

In this story Jane Engle dies, who is an old lady we met in the first series who loves real murder st...more
Jul 20, 2011 Abbey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who love traditional cosies, amateur detective style
BOTTOM LINE: A small Southern town, gossip and murder, deaths and wills and missing relatives - what's not to like? Add in the very interesting Aurora Teagarden and a very strange bequest, and you have a strong traditionally cosy mystery, one of my favorite things, especially as neither it nor Roe are too sweet.

When Roe's friend and librarian Jane dies, she is saddened; when she learns that Jane has left her a nice little house, she is surprised, but happy; and when she finds that Jane has left...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...more
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