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The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Omnibus 1 (Aurora Teagarden #1-4)

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THE AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: An omnibus edition of Roe Teagarden's adventures!Aurora Teagarden loves reading about famous murderers - until she finds herself investigating a real-life killing spree!The first four novels in the Aurora Teagarden mysteries series. Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it's still a small town at heart. Librarian Auro ...more
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published August 2010 by Gollancz
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Richnetta Veeris
I loved it, but I do love all Charlaine Harris' books. Aurora is funny, smart, scary, weird, a librarian but definitely not boring. She gets herself with or without wanting it in the weirdest situations. I do not agree with all the decisions she makes (like marring Martin..., I've been rooting for Robin Crusoe), but it's a good read. It's exiting, love the suspend and the surprising endings.

Aurora Teagarden – Roe to her friends – is a librarian in Lawrenceton. She enjoys her job and is a member of the Real Murders Club which meets once a month to discuss famous murders. When Aurora gets to a meeting of the club and finds one of its members battered to death in the kitchen she recognises the circumstances as being similar to the Wallace case which she was going to talk about at the meeting. Further murders soon follow and all are patterned on famous cases.

All the club m
Real Murders.
The real murderers met once a month to discuss real murders. It's a group made up of people with an interest in murders from the past. It's a place to discuss, investigate and ponder the motives and means behind true crimes. But things begin to take a turn for the worst when Aurora, or Roe as she is known, discovers the victim of a very new real murder and comes to realizes that one of their own really is a real murderer. If she can survive this encounter she may have another situat
Anyone picking up a Charlaine Harris book knows that they are likely to be about a woman in her twenties, living a quiet life in a small Southern town who suddenly I. gets a love life, and II. gets involved in some sort of mystery/murder case. I like a background story to my books and to be honest, I don't usually care if the back story overshadows the actual murder plot. Otherwise I would stick to reading Agatha Christie. In fact one of the things I like most about Charlaine Harris's novels is ...more
Lizzie Hayes
‘The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 1’ by Charlaine Harris
Published by Gollancz August 2010. ISBN: 978-0-575-09646-2

When a thick heavy book arrived and I saw that it was by Charlaine Harris my initial thought was what a pity, for it is a beautiful book, and I love handling and reading beautiful books. But my knowledge of Charlaine Harris is that she writes Vampire mysteries and I have an aversion to people that want to suck my blood and so I have always given the books a wide berth. However,
Once again Charlaine has a thoroughly ordinary female protagonist repeatedly thrown into extraordinary circumstances. Aurora is perhaps the most outwardly hum-drum of all of Charlaine’s protagonists; she is a librarian, complete with modest cardigans and horn-rimmed glasses. But don’t let appearances (or occupation) fool you. Aurora is just as interesting and lovable as Charlaine’s other leading ladies, maybe even more so because she is aware and makes fun of her outwardly plain-Jane appearances ...more
That's a 2.5, really, for the simple fact that I thought the second half of this 4-book compilation was better than the first, so we're talking half 'meh', half ok. Aurora Teagarden is a strong character - she looks very distinctive, she has that name, and she's very big on what she does and doesn't like, will and won't do, accept, where she will and won't go, etc.. She's also surrounded by a fairly big cast of characters, some of whom recur throughout all four stories, some who only get one sho ...more
Kerry  sullivan
This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm

Well now what can I say.... I love Aurora and to be able to read the first 4 stories in one go was a real treat, watching her go from a slightly desperate librarian to a slightly more confidant woman of leisure was fascinating and a pleasure. The way the characters are painted makes you feel part of the scenery and part of the tapestry of their lives. There is just something very comforting about the way Charlaine Harris writes that draws you righ
I'm a sucker for Harris' books. Not because she's a particularly great writer, but I'm familiar with her plot structure. After reading a few of her books, you become accustomed to her style of writing and it becomes enjoyable.

Aurora is a librarian in a small town. Similar to Sookie Stackhouse,you don't understand what all the fuss is about. That being said, Aurora is a lot more likable than Sookie. A lot more rational. As with other reviewers, I find the supporting characters a bit inconsistent
Roe Teagarden is one memorable detective-not only because of her name which is perhaps cause enough- but with those glasses and that intuitive, meddling mind. Although the crime plots are basically well-worn out, the strength of these series is brought of by the complex and honest relationship dynamics between Roe and other major characters-most importantly her mom and Martin. Don't quite know what went wrong with the True Blood series. I guess Harris is more suited to realism than paranormal fa ...more
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Unlike the current crime genre, it was not hugely dramatised, or had a plot that lost its lineage halfway. Aurora was a semi likeable character that had an unusual spark. However, the plot line followed so many other paranormal novels that it was a little bit of a let down. Why is it that every female character has to get married? Why not allow the heroine to stay single? But otherwise this first edition of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries was well worth the p ...more
Short, entertaining novels about Aurora Teagarden who just stumble over dead bodies and mysteries around her small Georgia town. They're light stories despite death, injuries and imminent danger.

Roe is a somewhat underdeveloped character, she changes a lot during these for novels, but tat the same time not at all. I don't know, her logic is so very different from mine, also the romantic stuff? Not into it. But hey, the mysteries were fun! Very fun sometimes (I really liked A Bone to Pick, even
The Cats Mother
This is a collection of the first four Aurora Teagarden stories. Like the Sookie and Lily Bard books, the heroine is a single female in her 20s living in a small Southern town, yearning for love but living independently and seen as a bit odd by her friends and neighbours. In each case they get involved in some kind of murder mystery, but the hows and whys are different. Aurora is an engaging character, and the mysteries aren't too predictable, and I will definitely read the rest of the series, b ...more
Meg Foley
Not worth the time. I kept wishing Ror would outgrow her insecurities.
These are entertaining cozy crime stories. I thought the first two were pleasant enough, but the plots really seemed to get going with the last two. The characters were well described, especially Aurora Teagarden and there were nice touches of humour throughout the different stories. These are good, light, entertaining books to read. I could see myself re-reading them because the characters are so strong I don't think it would matter that I know guilty parties. However, there's another 4 books t ...more
Super cute and very mysterious.
Book 1: 3 stars.
Very different from the True Blood series, but in a good way! Charlaine Harris is always a nice, easy read with likeable characters who develop throughout each book. The first book was initially a little bit over-run with the introduction of a lot of characters who will play a role later on, but the central character - Aurora - was well written, and definitely NOT Sookie!

Omnibus 1 is already making the rounds (Jen - you are next in line!) and I am halfway through omnibus 2!!!
Leslie Brown
I've already read these once through. I've read all the series by this author. They're a nice escape, they suck me in, pretty quick reads, and I like her characters. AND, I'm fairly sure Charlaine Harris uses a word-of-the-day calendar, because she has a lot of random good vocab words. So I sit close to a dictionary while reading, and I can feel my internal GRE score rise steadily. :)
This was a fun collection to read, and I enjoyed it as I always do with Charlaine Harris novels. These seemed a little--is fluffier the right word? lighter, maybe?--than Charlaine Harris' other series, but as always her spot-on characterisation makes them shine. The locations and minor characters are great too, and the plots are intricate enough to keep you guessing.
OK, I just love anything Charlaine Harris has written and I think Auroroa Teagarden is my favourite. This omnibus didn't fit easily in my handbag, but that didn't stop me from taking it with me to read on the train, the hairdresser and on lunch breaks. Am delaying reading the second omnibus, only because it's the last of Aurora!
I took this away with me over Christmas. While the man and the boys went fishing I would sit by the lake and read. I really loved this series. It's light, it's easy fluff to read and I found myself very taken with the characters. Perfect holiday reading.
I understand now why so much happens in the Sookie Stackhouse-novels. It's because nothing happens in these! Altough these are more fun than Lily Bard, they're still very slowpaced. Reminds me of The no1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Definitely 'light' reading. An easy 'switch off' book. You end up liking Aurora even though you get very little info about who she is/her motivations/why she reacts in the ways she does.
Clare Mason
I am naming my 1st born after this heroine, if you like crime novels in cute American towns with a heap of characters then you will love these, think Northern Exposure but better
Yolanda Sfetsos
I've actually added my reviews for the four books in this omnibus under their individual listings.

I loved them all. :)
Not as big a fan of this series so far. The writing and the characters are less substantial. Still good mysteries, though.
Real Murders *4 stars*
A Bone to Pick *5 stars*
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse *3 stars*
The Julius House *4 stars*
Certainly a wonderful book by Harris, but not as good as her other novels. I would still recommend it, however.
A comfortable read, nothing spectacular but kept me entertained and I love the characters
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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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