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Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden #5)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  9,537 ratings  ·  298 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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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." ??

Another sweet and twisted glimpse into Aurora Teagarden's strangely complicated simple life.
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.
Sarah Adamson
The next Aurora escapade - who is attacking all these people connected to Roe and Angel?
Another great CH book. A fun mystery with great page turning writing and hidden gems to work out.
CH has a lot of hidden depths in her book that I feel require some working out sometimes. I feel several of the people Giving her earlier books bad reviews haven't realized sometimes she is being ironic on purpose and sometimes she is trying to explore real world issues and how many people felt at the time of wr
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
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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
Even though someone on Goodreads spoiled the denouement a bit by revealing the murderer early in their review and did not hide it as such, I found myself reading this book without wanting to put it down. It is not the best book in the series but neither is it the worst. As another reviewer noted, Harris wasted the Youngbloods, especially after such a promising introduction in the previous installment.

I like this series despite the unevenness of some of the plotting - the first and third books a
I cannot stop reading these books. Not because they are amazing, but in a "can't look away from a car accident or train wreck" kind of way. I am going to say it and not feel bad about it: Aurora Teagarden is STUPID. She's supposed to be well-educated and well-read, yet she has all the common sense and sophistication of a jelly bean. UGH. Not to mention I HATE HER HUSBAND! What. The. Heck. Again the stupidity and suspension of intellectual thought that a woman would have to possess to buy into Ma ...more
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
Michele Faith
This series is like a train wreck - you can't look away. Where do I begin with the problems? 1) Too many racist remarks. So many that I felt like a bad person for even reading these books. 2) Weak reasons for the murders and too many murders for such a small town. Regardless of the fact that Atlanta is nearby and growing closer. 3) Maybe this is what happens when you read books that were published over several years in a short period of time, but way too over the top for Roe to be so involved in ...more
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
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
Good gawd, this book made no sense! The ending just comes, and it's like - didn't see that coming. Not because it was some clever plot was just straight up weak writing grasping at straws for a conclusion that wasn't set up to make particular sense.

Is this some kind of weird 90s southern picture of adventurous wifely womanhood? 2015 feminist Amy goes roar! This protagonist (although compelling for her librarianly qualities) is perfectly vexing! And - how do I put this - not that I hat
I really do enjoy the easy reading of Charlene Harris and her characters are always light and fun, but why do they always need to go on about how they are 'OK' with black people. Every single book there is always one speech regarding this.
Page 61- 'I was glad to see the black library patrons as white, I thought black kids were as cute as white kids, I worked as well with black librarians as white' this made me squirm as I read it.
She also has habit of comparing the beauty of woman to food which
These books are strangely addictive and I'm not sure why. The plot in this one was especially thin but I can't put them down for some reason.
Roxane Lapa
The fifth book of the 'Aurora Teagarden' murder mystery series starts off with the body of a policeman landing in Aurora's garden. Another murder and some attacks tie this little mystery together as Aurora tries to figure out the perpetrator and his motive.

It was a quick and easy read. Enjoyable, and sometimes unintentionally funny. For example, a direct quote from the book...

"Perry had dark hair, which he wore in a fashionable brush cut on top and rather long on the sides and back."

Mentre Aurora e Angel sono in giardino, un piccolo aereo fa cadere un cadavere. È un agente di polizia che non stimava molto Roe. Poco dopo, anche una sua collega viene uccisa. Roe riceve telefonate mute e riceve fiori da un anonimo. Non può far a meno di indagare... l'assassino ce l'ha con lei!

Ormai sta diventando una saga sui suoi problemi di coppia e sulle sue insicurezze che una saga mystery! Ma sono quasi alla fine, perciò continuo... tanto per avere qualcosa da leggere nelle mie tante e lu
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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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