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Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1)

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Roe belongs to a club called Real Murders, which meets once a month to analyse famous cases. It's a harmless pastime - until the night she finds a member dead, killed in a manner that eerily resembles the very crime the club was about to discuss.
Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Gollancz (first published December 1st 1990)
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Rikki I think it just that the name is kind of silly and fanciful. Aurora isn't an uncommon name but it isn't something like Jennifer or Ashley. And…moreI think it just that the name is kind of silly and fanciful. Aurora isn't an uncommon name but it isn't something like Jennifer or Ashley. And Teagarden just comes across as a slightly silly last name. It conjures images of tea parties in meadows (for me at least). The combination of the two makes for a whimsical image that is counter to how Aurora the character is generally perceived.(less)

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Boring main character. Ugly love interests. (When someone is described as having a face with "character", you know he's not bringing the sexy). But, still a fun enough book because of the murders. The murders are all copycats of famous murders of the past.

I don't know if my murder radar was out or something, but I actually never suspected the killer in this story. I like when I'm surprised by murderers. It's makes it more exciting.

I never suspected this guy at all. I've been getting cozy with h
Shannon (formerly The Holy Terror)
I decided to read this on a plane trip because it seemed easy to read and get into without having to think too hard, which is good because I get sleepy on planes. I don't often read mysteries but I'm determined to read everything Harris writes. I like her other two mystery protagonists, Lily Bard and Harper Connelly, but I have to say I like Aurora Teagarden the least.

Aurora is pretty plain and boring, even without her being a librarian. She lives alone and doesn't even have a pet. She's 28 and
Jun 16, 2012 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading all the Sookie books, and then starting this series out of curiosity, I've realized that Charlaine Harris needs to quit preaching through her characters.

Both female characters, Sookie and Aurora (not sure about the other two), have mentioned more than once about not having a boyfriend and being lonely and envying people who do date, both want babies, neither one feels comfortable sleeping around, both feel they should be more religious than they are, and it gets old really fast. (B
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Disappointed. Within the first two chapters there were sexual innuendos and mentions of an unmarried couple having sex often and such along those lines. God's name was also misused.
There's a really good reason I don't read secular fiction and even books that were turned into Hallmark movies with a Christian actress aren't even safe to read.
Never thought I'd say I enjoyed the movie of a book better than the actual book.
I like reading Harris' Southern Vampire series and I am a librarian so I thought I would give her Aurora Teagarden series a mystery (Aurora is a librarian). At first I was a little overwhelmed with the cast of characters introduced off the bat (12+ characters, some significant, some not so much...). I did like that the murder was discovered within the first chapter or two. It is a drag when the murder happens 1/3 of the way through the book...
Overall I enjoyed this book. I was hoping that Aurora
The action started immediately, but it took me a while to get into the story. This happens to me frequently with the first book of a series. I read mystery series more for the characters than the actual plot, so I seem to spend the first book getting to know the characters. Once that was out of the way, I became more and more interested in the plot. When it took a turn I didn't see coming, it was a breathless read to the end.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Boring
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: An entertaining read
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Try to stop a killer while dating
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Arthur

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This is another Audible Daily Deal that I picked up. I liked this story well enough to move on to book two to be sorely disappointed.

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Thérèse Plummer did a good job at narratio
Oct 07, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this after hearing the Aurora Teagarden books were being made into a series of Hallmark made for TV movies. I figured the series must be fun if Hallmark was basing a whole set of movies on them, and I was right! This book was cozy, funny and well written. I liked the main character, who is a 28 year old librarian who belongs to a "real murder" club. When members of the club start dying in ways that are reminiscent of famous murders, she is thrust into the middle of the mystery. ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
*4.5 stars*

I don't often read mysteries nowadays, but I loved the narrator's voice so much, it sucked me right in. I love librarian Aurora Teagarden, her intelligence, her sense of humor, and her deeply grounded, common sense attitude combined with her barely-hidden desire for adventure. I love her mom and her community, and for once, I'm actually really enjoying the love triangle Aurora is in.

(Normally, I really dislike love triangles and just have to shrug and cope with them when they appear
Angela Miller
This is my second book series by Charlaine Harris and first book series that wasn't a YA series or paranormal but a first regular mystery series. I did enjoyed it though along with the twist and turns of the story. I picked this book up when I found out that there was a Hallmark movie about it and thought I would read the book series.
Sometimes you just need to read a book that gives you goosebumps. This was one of those books, filled with intrigue, mayhem, and copycat killers this book had me up half of the night last night reading and it was amazing.

The MC, Aurora was wonderfully written. When Aurora laughed you wanted to laugh, when she screamed you wanted to scream, when she fainted you wanted to faint. Ms. Harris did a simply wonderful job of writing Aurora as more than a fictional character, as an individual being, with
Katie Bock
Dec 08, 2012 Katie Bock rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder-mystery loving Grandmas
Shelves: fun-meaty-reads
Like many readers, I love reading every book by Charlaine Harris. If I thought it would make her writing more prolific, I would donate $10 out of each paycheck to Ms. Harris..

That said, the Aurora Teagarden series is not the one I'd recommend to first-time readers. In it, I miss the darkness of the Lily Bard novels and the manic fun (and sex scenes!) of the ridiculously famous Sookie Stackhouse novels. However, it is nice to find a Harris novel I could recommend to Grandma - if Grandma liked mur
Nikinnia Smith
I expected this book to be so much better than it was. I think I should've given it 2.5 stars. It was just ok. Aurora is no Lily Bard. She is a member of a club that reviews real murders(hence the title). Someone in their town is going around and committing murders that they have reviewed. The killer kills a member of the club, while implicating other members of the club by using something that belonged to the member as a murder weapon.
I had my suspicions about one of the members, but turns out
I started this earlier this week but just finished it today. Already a bad sign. I thought when I picked this up that it was a mystery novel with a librarian protagonist which was written by someone who's other work I rather enjoyed. Apparently, that was not enough to avoid a bad egg.

This book was sparely written, in descriptions of the setting as well as development of the characters. One or the other I could have forgiven if blown away by the remainder, but not both. It seemed like a book tha
Similar to Harris' other books, but without any paranormal elements. The heroine, Aurora, is pretty upbeat & interesting. She's 28, unmarried & has an odd hobby - she's a member of a club that discusses old murders. When club members start dying, she recognizes they're reenactments of old crimes & tells the police so. They don't believe her, so she is forced into figuring out who the killer is herself, but she doesn't jump into it with both feet. Very believable the way she stumbles ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I'm an avid "Murder, She Wrote" and Agatha Christie fan and love those types of cozy mysteries involving amateur sleuths in small towns. The cast of characters and the mysteries are usually pretty diverse and interesting. This series by Ms. Harris does fall into that category, but wasn't quite as appealing to me as I would have liked.

Aurora "Roe" Teagarden was okay as a main character, albeit a little bit boring and staid for a 28-year old, but she never really did a lot
May 05, 2015 Piyali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed this book so much more than the Sookie Stackhouse series, primarily because I like reading stories about humans solving mysteries. Aurora Teagarden is a librarian in Lawrenceton, Georgia. She is a member of a club real murders where members get together and discuss true murders that happened in the past. But suspicions fall upon the members when a string of murders starts happening emulating some of the old murders that took place in the past. And our librarian protagonist is under sus ...more
I'm commenting on the entire Aurora Teagarden mysteries series in this one review...

It is an OK series. The plotlines are entertaining, but the editing, in a word, SUCKS.

The names of the characters (last names) get screwed up, the spelling errors are abundant, the prose doesn't flow, and it makes you stutter as you read it.

That being said, I did enjoy the series. I read five of the books in one night. Easy read. Good brain dump.

Harris' Harper Connolly series is much better and with a lot fewe
Apr 30, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Linda by: other fans of Charlaine Harris
The first time I read this book was in 2010 and I finished it on May 2, 2010. This is my 2nd time reading it and I am really looking forward to it. Don't mind re-reading a book that is light, interesting but I love that main female character is a "librarian". Yay!!
Tari Hann
Jun 21, 2017 Tari Hann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually read this because I had seen the TV movie and knew it would be quite a bit different. So I didn't go into it expecting much of anything to be the same except of course for the characters I already knew something about. It moved along pretty fast and was interesting to read details that would have just been too much or not keeping with the mood of the TV station. The twists and turns were good and it definitely held my interest. Since I sort of knew who did it, I wanted to see how they ...more
May 20, 2017 Kelly-Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Fantastic looooved everything about it. Charlaine Harris NEVER disappoints me. Worth so much more than 5 stars ✨
This was fun. Usually I have read a book and then watched the Hallmark version TV. This time I watched then read.
For me everytime I read an Aurora Teagarden book I will hear Candace Cameron Bure and Marilu Henner's voices. While picturing the written version of their characters.

I found the story to be basically the same as the tv version. Roe Teagarden belongs to a group called Real Murders which pulls apart and tries to solve unsolved murders from the past. Or those that have been solved and th
Nov 17, 2012 Rhia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought I'd give this a try because I'm a fan of murder mysteries and loved the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

It was terribly disappointing.

Aurora is incredibly dull. No, not because she's a small town librarian. There's just no personality there. She doesn't seem to have any habits or hopes & dreams or anything.
I think in the hands of another author, there is a lot of potential for a cute librarian with a quirky name! Sadly, Charlaine did not do this character justice.

Same goes for the two
I really enjoyed the Lily Bard series but it took me awhile to start listening to another of Charlaine Harris's series. This one is quite a different situation than Lily Bard. A murder club?! Yikes! Reminds me of the murder club in Gillian Flynn's Dark Places. A murder club is definitely a dark thing. And seem to attract a wide array of people. I loooove that Aurora is a librarian! My dream job! I was guessing whodunnit the whole book. I watched the Hallmark movie after reading the book, quite a ...more
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Cody  Pendant
I tried getting into this book. It shouldn't be difficult, right? Wrong! But I just can not do it. Aurora Teagarden is as exciting as watching paint dry. (Which may be a preferable activity over reading this book I might add.) There is nothing likable, or memorable about any of the characters, or situations in this book. The only reason Aurora Teagarden is memorable is because Ms. Harris reminds the reader at least three times per chapter that the main characters name is Aurora Teagarden, you kn ...more
Dawn Michelle
Apr 24, 2009 Dawn Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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You would think, that in starting another series by this author, that I would be SO tired of her writing. And yes here I am, sucked in by ANOTHER series by her. And this too, seems like its going to be a a good one.

Roe (short for Aurora) Teagarden leads a pretty quiet life. She enjoys her job as a librarian and leads a pretty quiet nightlife. Her one hobby is "Real Murders", a group of people who meet once a month to discuss old "true crime" stories.

But when the group next meets, something go
While I suffer through my Sookie Stackhouse withdrawal symptoms, I decided to try one of Harris's other series. I generally don't get interested in this kind of mystery, but I must say this one kept me going. A bookish group that gets together to discuss famous real murder cases suddenly finds themselves caught up in real - and real gruesome - murders in their own town. Each murder has been staged to look like a famous murder. Clearly the killer is amongst them, but which one is it? I changed my ...more
Laura Bang
Apr 18, 2015 Laura Bang rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is basically made up entirely of tropes that I just don't like. The worst were the two love interests who are very territory males (ugh) and the fact that the main female character has complaints and/or dislike of every other female character.

Besides that, all of the characters lacked ... character. They felt like cardboard-cutouts of boring people. Very few details about the town either. The mystery was okay, but I just wasn't really invested since the characters were all so flat.

(I c
Jul 29, 2015 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I immediately liked the character of Aurora Teagarden, or Roe as she is known to her friends. The book is generally light and humorous but in the latter part of the story the tension builds and a darker mood creeps in. This is somehow more shocking because of the light cosy feel to the earlier part of the book.

Roe belongs to a club called Real Murders which meets once a month to discuss a different murder case - and guess what, the murders they discuss are real murders from history. I enjoyed th
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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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