Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden Mystery, #5)
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Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden #5)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  8,352 ratings  ·  252 reviews
What's the world coming to when you cant relax with a glass of ice-cold beverage in your own backyard without a body falling from the sky into your garden?

Part-time librarian and amateur investigator Roe Teagarden has good reason to ask herself this question when the remains of one of the Lawrenceton, Georgia police departments finest catapults into her flower bed. The my...more
Paperback, Large Print, 272 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Berkley (first published 1996)
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Annette Ahrens
These books just keep getting worse - and I keep reading. At this point I think it's morbid fascination to see just how bad they'll get. (And as I'm several chapters into book #6 - pretty bad).

Aurora Teagarden has got to be the most annoying protagonist I have ever come across. I haven't found a redeeming quality in her yet and since she has to recite a mantra to herself that she "likes black kids as much as she likes white kids and black patrons as much as she likes white patrons," I'm starting...more
Jennifer
Very disappointing! Harris can do *much* better than this book. The plot is just incredibly unbelievable. Once again the Youngbloods are wasted characters and Martin is just two-dimensional. But that's not really even the worst of it! It's almost as if Harris sat down one weekend and decided to write this book without any thought or planning.
Brianna
I got this book from the library, without reading the first four in the series. Luckily for me, the characters were well introduced so that it wasn't necessary for me to have read the first books in order to understand this one. This was a very short novel, and it was easy to read, making this a fast read. I thought that the characters were interesting, and while I wouldn't say this was a good enough book (at least in my opinion) to spend money on, I think that it was a good way to spend an afte...more
Marissa
Before I go into my review, just want to remark that I've always thought this title was wasted on this book. It would've been much better as a title for one of the SVM/Sookie books.
Moving on, this was definitely when the series jumped the shark. All this build up to who was doing all these horrible things, and then literally no explanation of why. I would've much preferred to find out WHY he was obsessed with Roe, what brought it about, how the other crimes were actually committed, etc. It only...more
Jim
Better than the previous books. There's not as much of a rush to wrap it all up at the end. Still a candy book - fun & quick to read. Engaging writing & characters. A good who-dunnit.
Jeanette
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Sandy Vaughan
FINALLY! ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY ON THE NET!!! My pocket book is happy!

I have a fondness for Charlaine Harris after listening to one of the True Blood books. Naturally, when I saw her name, I thought, "Let's see if I can down load this!"

Dead Over Heels

Not a vampire or fairy or shapeshifter in the whole thing! But dead bodies and mayhem and humor abound! Yes, there has been a murder...how else do you get a body (sans parachute) enbedded in your yard! And right next to where you and your "friend"...more
Amber
Fun quick series. I like reading these because they aren't super long. And for me quicker reads. Lets face it right now I have zip time to read so if I can get a couple of chapters in and finish a book quick I'm all about it. I like the main character Aurora (Roe) but I'm still on the fence about her husband Martin. He seems like a good guy and I really hope he ends up staying that way. There always seems to be some murder in her little town and she always seems to be right in the middle of it....more
Andrea
2014 Review:
After a great series installment, we are back to a slightly plodding tale. The central mystery in this one is a bit ridiculous and felt forced and there wasn’t as much development of the regular characters as in the last book. In this book’s favor, the title is quite clever and it opened with bang, body tumbling out of the sky to faceplant in Roe’s front yard. I’m not giving up on my reread of this series, but I am remembering that there were some duds in the series and Roe isn’t as...more
Alisia
UGGGHHHHH! <<< That sums up my highly intelligent review.

Okay, really though... It pains me to not like this because I love Charlaine Harris, and I will still read everything else she writes, but I cannot stand the main character Aurora. This is the 5th book in the Aurora Teagarden series and I have been forcing myself to work my way through the series because I feel like I need to know what happens to the characters even though they are irritating. I will probably take a break before...more
Lander
Parecía que con la Casa Julius se había llegado a un equilibrio entre aventura disparatada para cuarentonas y la investigación amateur. parecía que CHARLAINE HARRIS POR FIN HABÍA ENCONTRADO EL PUESTO Y EL TONO QUE MERECÍAN LAS AVENTURAS DE Aurora, pero no. Hemos vuelto a las andadas, una investigación absurda, acumulación de cadáveres al paso de Aurora y una solución traída por los pelos en donde el lector nunca ha tenido la más mínima oportunidad de vislumbrar que es lo que ha sucedido. Y Auror...more
Terri
How can you not enjoy a book that begins: "My bodyguard was mowing the yard wearing her pink bikini when the man fell from the sky." ??

C'mon!
Another sweet and twisted glimpse into Aurora Teagarden's strangely complicated simple life.
Gizzard
A lower than average mystery. And sheesh, could Harris work out her racism problems with a therapist and not in her books. Ya know what all black people have in common Charlaine? Nothing! Not even a common skin color.
Shannon Teper
I enjoyed the characters and setting in Dead Over Heels. Coming from a small Southern town myself, I appreciated the complicated relationships and social rules and taboos that Charlaine Harris portrays so well. I like Roe and can empathize with her sometimes conflicted feelings . I like it that she is very human and sometimes does the completely wrong thing, if for the right reason. She is real and vulnerable, which makes the reader all the more uneasy for her when she takes on the bad guys. Thi...more
Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
Poco a poco voy engullendo toda la bibliografía de esta magnífica escritora, que no es poca. Esta es la quinta entrega de su saga protagonizada por una peculiar e inocente Aurora Teagarden que sin querer se ve envuelta en todo asesinato que ocurre en la pequeña aldea de Lawrencenton, Georgia.

Tras el anterior libro nos encontramos con una feliz y casada pareja ya que Martin ha dejado atrás su pasado oscuro armamentístico y Aurora ha vuelto a trabajar en la biblioteca a tiempo parcial llenando lo...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
After really enjoying the first omnibus of The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series, I was looking forward to getting stuck into the second omnibus. And I definitely wasn't disappointed. :)

Roe is in her yard with her bodyguard/friend, Angel Youngblood, trying to adjust her lounger while Angel mows the lawn, and a body falls out of the sky. The dead body of Detective Sergeant Jack Burns is thrown from a small plane and lands on the grass. He happens to be a cop who didn't like Roe much. He was alway...more
Debbie
Having a body fall out of the sky into her yard left even Roe (Aurora Teagarden) wondering if there was some connection between the death of police Detective Jack Burns and him landing in her yard. Everyone knew that Jack and Roe didn’t like each other but what connected the strange things that had started happening around Roe and Angel (Youngblood, bodyguard, neighbor and friend)? The mysterious delivery of flowers, a pretty ribbon on Madeline (the cat), the death of the Librarian assistant, th...more
Bianca
The tag line of this book says it all - Roe is relaxing in her backyard when a body falls from the sky. Then more people in the town start getting hurt and if course Roe obsesses about the connection between all of these acts. However, closer to home, it appears that Roe and Martin and growing apart as he spends more and more time on work trips and at the plant, the main time they spend together are at work functions and Roe is upset about this development in their relationship. She knows Martin...more
Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: Roe finds yet *another* body in her small town, with this one deliberately dropped onto her front lawn via airplane... Even though the plotting is tight and the pacing good, this is not one of Ms. Harris's best, with a pretty nearly unbelievable main premise and a really theatrical solution. However, it is enjoyable you like the character of Roe Teagarden, which I do.

Roe and her friend/bodyguard Angel are sunning themselves on her lawn one fine summery day, when a small plane drops...more
Abby
Waring: Spoiler/Rant

Wasn't Paul Allison the same nice guy from Three bedrooms, One Corpse? The guy who wooed Sally Allison?
When did he suddenly become obsessed with Roe? When did he go crazy?
These are just a few of the many questions left unanswered from this book.

It would have been nice if they'd gone into Shelby/Angels relationship a little more. I'm confident the baby was Shelby's, but it'd have been nice if they'd given us the results of his checkup, etc.
It just skips so much!

I also di...more
Jeff Cothern

Soon after happily married Aurora Teagarden discovers her husband's shady past, the dead body of Detective Sergeant Jack Burns is unceremoniously dumped in her backyard by a small plane and she cannot help but wonder if it is related to Martin's secrets. 10,000 first printing.

From Publishers Weekly

This uninspired addition to the Aurora Teagarden series (The Julius House, etc.) opens memorably with Lawrenceton, Ga.'s premiere librarian adjusting her lawn chair and observing Angel Youngblood, h

...more
Aaron
Two years have past since the previous book in the series (The Julius House), and Aurora Teagarden and her husband Martin have settled into their life together. Gone is the mysterious dealings that helped make Martin a successful businessman. Instead, he is focusing on a more traditional career choice with his wife in Lawrenceton, Georgia.

Living in an apartment above their garage is Angel Youngblood and her husband Shelby. They were originally hired as bodyguards because of Martin's shady dealin...more
Amberalba Dawn
Sono passati ormai due anni e Aurora, che si deve ancora abituare ad essere chiamata Signora Bartell, sta apprezzando i pregi di una vita coniugale a 5 stelle con il suo splendido Martin. Lui ha messo la parola fine ai suoi traffici nebulosi, mentre lei ha ripreso a lavorare come bibliotecaria senza pentirsi di aver abbandonato le vesti di detective. Purtroppo, la caduta ben poco accidentale del cadavere di Jack Burns, sconvolgerà qualsiasi piano di normalità fatto fino a quel momento. Aurora si...more
Lindsay Griffin
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Punk
Mystery. Two years have passed since the last book. Aurora is settled into her new house with her new husband and her new bodyguards and is presented with a new mystery when Detective Sergeant Jack Burns—always suspicious of Roe and her proximity to dead bodies—falls out of an airplane and lands dead in her backyard.

I was really disappointed in this. Aurora spends the entire book making poor decisions and being really oblivious about the mystery. While I like that these books change up the type...more
Brooke
When Detective Sergeant Jack Burns falls from a plane into Roe's front yard, she's not exactly sure what to think? Was it dropped on her property on purpose? Could it possibly be an accident that the plane circled over head several times before dropping the body? At least she's not a suspect in this case since she obviously can't be up in a plane and in her front yard at the same time. When other strange things start occurring around her property and her, she decides it was no coincidence and de...more
Marianne
Dead Over Heels is the fifth novel in the Aurora Teagarden series by American author, Charlaine Harris. Two years after her marriage to Martin Bartell, Roe has gone back to part-time library work. When strange things start happening, Roe is convinced that they are aimed at her bodyguard, Angel Youngblood. First, the body of Detective Sergeant Jack Burns, not one of Roe’s favourite people, is thrown from a plane into her backyard; a mystery admirer sends a vase of flowers; Roe’s cat appears with...more
Barbara Lazar
This one is great. It's a lovely “cozy” despite the often brutal murders of characters in the the story.

There's a bit of back story in the first couple of pages, along with introductions to a plethora of characters. After that, it's smooth sailing through a murderous sea, the tiller held by an intelligent and insightful woman whose physical characteristics (especially her hair) are repeated a few too many times for my comfort. But perhaps I'm nit-picking.
Cherie
My ratings system is as follows. One star is GOOD. The book is entertaining, easy to read and you don't want to stop reading because something about the book is compelling you not to. Two stars is GREAT! This time the story is not only entertaining, but highly creative, unique, easy to read and hard to put down. Three stars is EXCELLENT. Here the book has all aspects of one and two stars, but now the book is thought and emotionally provoking. Four is AWESOME. This is the read that is not only cr...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780575103801

Genre? - Crime / Murder / Mystery

Characters? - Aurora Teagarden / Martin Bartell / Angel Youngblood / Jack Burns / Shelby Youngblood / Arthur Smith / Lynn Liggett Smith

Setting? - Lawrenceton, Georgia (U.S.A.)

Series? - Aurora Teagarden #5

Title? - Dead Over Heels is a play on how the murder victim, Jack Burns, died - falling head over heels from an airplane to the ground, though it's later revealed he didn't actually die this way.

Character Analysis? - I love Aurora and Martin...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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