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Poppy Done to Death (Aurora Teagarden #8)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  8,620 ratings  ·  332 reviews
A "DELIGHTFUL" (LIBRARY JOURNAL) Aurora Teagarden mystery

From the New York Times bestselling author of Last Scene Alive and the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

Not just any woman in Lawrenceton, Georgia, gets to be a member of the Uppity Women Book Club. But Roe's stepsister-in-law Poppy has climbed her way up the waiting list of the group-only to die on the day she's supposed t
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mar 13, 2013 Stephanie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: no one
Shelves: crap
I am very not happy with this series now, and it's author. What a complete waste of time, reading through it all.

Harris decided a few novels ago, that the reason Roe could not have children with her husband (at the time) Martin, was because she has a "deformed uterus". Roe was understandably upset.
A novel or two later, it was described as "malformed", and Martin had died. Another novel later, Roe could date, and eventually sleep with, former boyfriend Robin, the writer who had left for Ca. at t
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The Flooze
A fitting end(?) to the series. Although I read the rest of the books back in 2009, I found it incredibly easy to fall back into Aurora's world. Charlaine Harris has a knack for creating eccentric, memorable characters. It took but a moment for me to remember the gossip about the various inhabitants of Lawrenceton and I was pleased to catch up on the latest news.

There were a few plot threads left hanging, making me hope that Ms. Harris visits Roe in the future. Perhaps a short story allowing us
I am glad this is the last in the series. Each book and the series in general has been rather uneven and seemed a bit experimental. Experimentation can be a good thing, but far too often the way these books were written rubbed me the wrong way.

In some of the earlier books I could see Aurora trying to emulate Sally Jesse Raphael by having brightly colored eyeglass frames, but this book came out in 2003, and Aurora was still doing it. The ridiculous way Aurora had several pairs of glasses and wou
I like these cozy murder mysteries by Charlaine Harris. Her Sookie Stackhouse series about vampires have made her much more famous. I suspect that the supernatural setting is more intriguing to readers (I like them too), but I enjoy the small-town natural setting of these Aurora Teagarden mysteries. I've read all eight of the series so far. Aurora is a librarian and I have enjoyed watching her fictional life unfold, with mysteries to solve, romances to agonize over, murderers to catch, and corre ...more
Well, after reading the whole series I finally have given one 4 stars. 4 for an interesting plot, 4 for well developed characters and 4 for best improved writing. I hope there are more Aurora Teagarden's to come. Now, it still drives me nuts that she calls her step-sibling a "brother-in-law" half of the time. Where's the editor? This series got me through a five day flu and I thank Ms Harris for keeping me company.
Julie H.
I'd recently read the first two or three books in the series, and when I came across this one in a stack somewhere picked it up. Big mistake. Don't jump from book #3 in the series to book #8. Huge things change. In fact, the protagonist Roe Teagarden, who finally seemed to grow a spine by book #3 is back to her mamby-pamby second-guessing. (Dear god, is she really a 105-year old woman in a 30-year old's body?!) It was gaggingly cliched, and with the trite way it ended I will not be able to read ...more
La verdad, me ha decepcionado que este sea el final de la serie de libros de Roe. El misterio no me ha gustado nada y tampoco lo ha hecho Roe, la protagonista, que si en el libro anterior parecía que iba a volver a ser ella misma en este no está tan claro.

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There is a club in Lawrenceton called the Uppity Women Book Club, not everyone gets to join, but Roe's stepsister-in-law, Poppy, is finally at the top of the waiting list to get in. But Poppy doesn't show up to the induction meeting leaving Roe very upset with her, because she had to cover for her. When Roe goes to Poppy's house to give her a piece of her mind, she finds Poppy dead and she's been that way for sometime. The worst part about Poppy's death is all the rumors that start flying about ...more
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Catherine Noordenbos
I can't believe this is the same author who wrote the Sookie Stackhouse series. The Aurora Teagarden series is absolute trash. There are so many inconsistencies within the stories and there are gaping holes in the plot of each novel. The main character herself is one of the most annoying characters I have ever encountered in a book. She is supposedly 29 (if I remember right) when the series begins and 35 when it ends, but she acts more like 65. She is incredibly whiny, self-centered and shallow ...more
Aurora’s step-sister-in-law Poppy is found dead in her own kitchen. Roe is trying to find out who could have done it. Her investigation uncovers multiple dark secrets in Poppy’s life.

This book in my opinion is the best Aurora Teagarden mystery. The writing style is extremely close to the one in the first books in the series and it is very pleasant to get back to it. Mystery is captivating and keeps you guessing until the very end. Once again the book is filled with small town gossip and secrets.
This book was the proverbial last straw, breaking my support of this author. You know, I *enjoyed* the Sookie Stackhouse books, even though the writing was poor and the plots were flimsy. I raced through the Harper Connelly books, even though they were, well, ridiculous. The Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden books have just done me in though.

I've struggled through this particular series, put off by unlikeable characters, plots implausible even for a mystery serial, a writing style less developed t
Helene Harrison
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The sort of mystery that keeps you entertained on a wet Sunday morning. Fun characters and a number of threads to the story. Add a few red herrings and misdirection and then give things away right at the end. It's not Miss Marple but I like Aurora and hope there are more stories to come.
Serena DeNardo
I always expect a series to end with a bang or a nice little bow. No matter how they end I always feel like there should be more. I cant deny I’ll be curious as to what happens to Roe next – however, the idea that she would find yet another dead body or find herself in the middle of yet another murder mystery in the middle of this small southern town is quite preposterous. So – yes, it was nice run of a series but surely it had to end. I really liked getting to know Roe & see her change over ...more
Riley Blue
Una escena espantosa aguarda a la bibliotecaria Aurora «Roe» Teagarden cuando regresa del almuerzo con Las Mujeres Engreídas, su grupo de debate literario.

Poppy, la cuñada de Roe, ha aparecido ensangrentada y muerta en la puerta trasera de su casa. Es cierto que Poppy tenía sus defectos, y que ella y su marido estaban teniendo serios problemas para mantenerse fieles el uno al otro, pero desde luego no se merecía ser brutalmente asesinada.

La investigación de un caso como este nunca es fácil dada
Charlaine Harris concludes her Aurora Teagarden series with this installment which takes place about six to eight weeks after "Last Scene Alive".

Roe has moved into her new home and is still seeing Robin Crusoe, the mystery writer first introduced in "Real Murders". On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Roe and her step-sister-in laws - Poppy and Melinda - are supposed to attend a luncheon meeting of the "Uppity Women Club" for the induction of Poppy as the newest member. Because the bylaws restric
Carolyn James
What an awful way to end a series!!! Problems that have been the main issue magically fix themselves, we are forced to care about the death of someone I frankly can't remember being of any importance before this book, and let's not open up how lukewarm her relationship with Robin was. Bland; boring as dry toast. This series could have been saved if things ended with Last Scene Alive but Harris instead choose to squeeze out one more formulaic book for a paycheque. Super disappointed.
I picked out the murderer as soon as s/he appeared on the page. Then I kept waiting for the character to be introduced again...and waiting, and waiting. An author needs to drop a few more clues or it's a rigged game.

Poppy herself, a man magnet with a buried past, was worth reading about, especially when man after respectable man owned up to loving her. But I'm glad that Charlaine Harris got better as she kept writing (so often it's the other way around.)
Kelly Shuttlewood
Just reread this whole series and I can safely say I really wanted aurora to be the one that died!
Also doesn't anyone in this town show concern for STD's?! Forget the sanctity of marriage, how about simple health concerns?

More of roe feeling sorry for herself, more of apparently every man in town wanting to sleep with her. Honestly her name should be Mary Sue, not aurora.

Charlaine Harris needs to limit her series to 4 books at most IMO.
If all the books in this series were like this one, I'm very glad I happened to pick up the last one. This book was kind of stupid and the ending was so completely ridiculous and simple that I almost can't take it. Having read all the Sookie Stackhouse books and knowing what a great writer Harris can be, I'm kind of confused by how silly this book was. Although, considering how crappy the Sookie series ending was, I guess I'm not surprised.
The series is... okay. This one brings certain things full circle with the first story in the series, which is satisfying in the tying up.

I was so-so about the plot, which Poppy, Roe's step-sister-in-law is promoted from likeable but plain background character to a woman with a dark past, lots of secrets, and a long list of lovers in a very small town. Thankfully there is a bit more nuance than "I'm only she weren't so promiscuous, she wouldn't have died" but that's there too.

(What happens with
Lots of stuff, really, that one has to willingly suspend disbelief over, but that tends to be the case with many a cosy mystery.

Anyway, this last book in the Aurora Teagarden series was neither outstandingly good nor particularly bad - having already read the first seven, I went into it with certain expectations, and more or less got what I expected, so a solid three stars it is.
Kristina Hoerner
This is the last book in this series and, frankly, I'm glad it is finished. It is not the author's best work. I find the main character too sanctimonious. In this one, Roe discovers her stepsister-in-law murdered and her teenage brother shows up on her doorstep unannounced. Good riddance Aurora.
Glad this was the end of the series. Started out pretty good, but each novel was worse than the last. I see why she switched to fantasy. She was so inconsistent and the mystery was secondary to the juvenile romances Roe found over and over again. Had some moments early on, but few in this one.
This was a lovely conclusion story to the Aurora Teagarden mystery series. It of course had a good murder mystery to solve, but I most enjoyed how her life came together and she figured out a number of things about herself. She also saw how her needs in a relationship were evolving -- very cool. :)
Jan 02, 2015 A.M. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
I did it again - read till 1am. The Aurora Teagarden books are often called ‘cozy mysteries’ and they really are. You know basically what will happen; there will be a murder and Aurora will be intimately involved somehow.
A little while ago, her mother remarried and acquired a grown up family with wives and children. In the small town of Lawrenceton, Georgia, not just anyone gets to be a member of the Uppity Women Book Club, and today it is sister in law Poppy’s time to shine. She has arranged a
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Poppy, la cuñada de Roe, ha aparecido ensangrentada y muerta en la puerta trasera de su casa. Es cierto que Poppy tenía sus defectos, y que ella y su marido estaban teniendo serios problemas para mantenerse fieles el uno al otro, pero desde luego no se merecía ser brutalmente asesinada. La investigación de un caso como este nunca es fácil dada la atmósfera chismosa de cualquier pueblo pequeño. Y menos teniendo en cuenta los romances extramatrimoniales de la asesinada y la necesidad de proteger a ...more
I don't know what's wrong with me. I hate the main character of these books so much. I think the mysteries in these books are obvious and stupid so much. And yet...I. Read. All. Eight. Freaking. Books. In. This. Series.

I guess I'm a masochist who loves wasting my life.

Also, spoiler alert: super pissed that ONCE AGAIN a series with a female main character turns out to be procreation porn. Everything is going to be okay because the chick with the infertile malformed uterus GOT PREGNANT and then he
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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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Aurora Teagarden (8 books)
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