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Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  15,040 ratings  ·  989 reviews
Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side--and crime buffs. One of whom is Aurora Roe Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club. It's a harmless pastime--until one of the Club's members is killed.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 1990)
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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
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Amy
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
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Angela
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
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Jensownzoo
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
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Stephanie
*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
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Kate
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
Jim
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
a_tiffyfit
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
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Katie Bock
Dec 08, 2012 Katie Bock rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Rhia
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
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Tatiana
Like many other readers, I started reading this book only because I loved Sookie Stackhouse series and was looking to read something along those lines. If (like me) you enjoyed SS series only because of the whole supernatural story, this book is not for you. The rest is pretty much the same as in SS - very light, entertaining story, female main character living an ordinary life until something special happens, etc. If you like mysteries, it is a pleasant read. But for me, a big fan of vampires, ...more
Laura
Este libro podría haber sido bueno, pero ha resultado ser una idea decente desarrollada de manera pésima a través de una protagonista aburridísima. No sé cómo será el resto de la saga y tampoco voy a hacer el intento de averiguarlo. Una pena.
Meli
¡Me encantó! Súper ameno, muy entretenido y, lo mejor, de lo más desconcertante. ¡Casi imposible adivinar quién es el asesino! :D
(Aunque estaba en mi lista de sospechosos, ni de casualidad se me cruzó por la cabeza cómo era el asunto).
Cindy
I think this may be more of a 3.5 for me. It's my first cozy type mystery and I'm not sure it's the genre for me. I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse books and wanted to give Ms. Harris's other works a try. I did like most of the characters, but there were a lot. Not sure I'll remember everyone when I read the second book. There were a couple love interests for Aurora, but I'm not sure they were believable for me. In general the characters didn't come as alive for me as in the Stackhouse books. ...more
Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
He tenido en mente leer este libro desde hace muchos años. Las razones son las siguientes, la portada me encanta y me da muy buena sensación, el argumento es muy llamativo y la escritora, Charlaine Harris, siempre me ha gustado desde que comencé a leer las aventuras y desventuras de la camarera Sookie Stackhouse y sus amantes.

La acción se desenvuelve en un pequeño pueblo llamado Lawrencenton, en Georgia y nuestra protagonista es Aurora Teagarden, una bibliotecaria aficionada a los libros de crím
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Joy
Jul 19, 2009 Joy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy by: Impishimpi
A cute cozy mystery. Aurora Teagarden does not run a teahouse, she is a librarian.

Aurora belongs to a club for true-crime buffs, where the first body is found. Someone is taking the crimes they study as blueprints, for a game that is all too real.

REAL MURDERS is notable for having no clues from which to figure out the killer, until the climactic event. In the meantime we can enjoy Aurora and her mother, her neighbors, and her two suitors: Robin the mystery writer, and Arthur the policeman. The
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Yolanda Sfetsos
It's no secret that I'm a Charlaine Harris fan. I love the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Harper Connelly one, too. I think I just added another one of her series to my 'fave' list. :)

Aurora 'Roe' Teagarden is a single, twenty-eight-year-old librarian who lives in the small town of Lawrenceton. She lives in an apartment by herself--which happens to belong to her mother, so she also manages it--and has an odd interest in true crime. Actually, she's part of a little group called Real Murders. Th
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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
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Trulie
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Jill Treftz
I gobbled up over half the Aurora Teagarden series last week b/c I was intrigued by the idea of the "Real Murders Club" in this particular book.

While I enjoyed this book and its sequels, there were a few things that bothered or puzzled me, most of which I believe to be a direct result of the series having been begun in the late 1980s in the Deep South.

1) There's a moment where Aurora looks at two characters who are known to be dating each other and is somehow like surprised or shocked to realize
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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
Vanessa
After reading Sookie Stackhouse and Lily Bard-two series I really like-I was interested in reading this older series of Harris' now back in print. I had mixed feelings about it.

Aurora Teagarden is a young librarian in a small satellite town near Atlanta. She is also in a group called Real Murders that studies old unsolved murders. Then Aurora finds a corpse at one of the meetings posed to look like the scene they were to discuss that night. Then more people die, all staged to look like famous cr
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Jasmin
Jun 06, 2010 Jasmin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery buffs
In the little town of Lawrenceton, Georgia, lived a little girl (or shall I say woman? But her height was that of a child) named Aurora Teagarden.

She was a pretty little thing, with an odd fashion sense. But being a librarian, we couldn't really blame her for sticking to the norms. She was a member of a quaint little club called Real Murders where she and her clubmates talked about, well, real murders. There was nothing really odd about their club. Just normal people coming together to chit-chat
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Megan
I am a fan of Harris and was looking for something to read between the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I had read the Lily Bard books and I moved onto the Aurora Teagarden books and found that I really liked this series more than the others. The premise is simple Aurora belongs to a club that researches and tries to solve unsolved murders from the past. Unfortunately Mamie Wright who is a member of the club with her husband is murdered at a meeting and Aurora finds the body. If you like the Hannah Swe ...more
Pamela
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Kristen
This is a "dark horse" of a book. It starts out as a rather ordinary story about "small town" people that becomes shockingly chilling and ultimately kind of terrifying.

Aurora Teagarden is a librarian in Lawrencetown, Georgia. She is also a member of the "Real Murders Society", a group of local folks who get together to discuss and dissect old murder cases.

On the night of a meeting when Aurora is to present a murder she's selected, someone decides to re-create that exact case, murdering another m
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Bea
This is the first book of the Aurora Teagarden Mystery. I have read several books of other series by this author and so had a preconceived idea of how this one would go. I was a bit wrong. The characters in this story are more real to me...perhaps because they are adults.

Aurora Teagarden is a librarian who lives a singular life. She belongs to a club called "Real Murders", where the members study and review old real murders like Jack the Ripper. Only now it seems that a club member is copying o
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Destinee Sutton
I'm almost caught up on Sookie Stackhouse, so I thought I'd see what Charlaine Harris' other offerings are like. Of course, I gravitated towards the series where the main character is a librarian.

I enjoyed it, and I laughed when I recognized some of Harris' favorite phrases ("I asked politely," "I slapped on some makeup," etc.). Though not quite as lively as Sookie, Roe is an interesting character with multiple men interested in her and a tendency to get caught in the middle of violent situatio
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Jeanette
I found the first three books in the Aurora teagarden series at a used bookstore, 10 books for $1!!! I picked these up and figured I'd get them once I collected the series, which happened quite quickly.

I brought 6 of the books with me on vacation and finished them all in less than a week. This is the first of Charlaine Harris' stories tht I've read and I'm so glad I got the series!!!

Aurora Teagarden lives in a small town, Lawrenceton, Georgia, outside of Atlanta. She's a librarian who loves lear
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Debbie
A club that reviewed and discussed old real murder crimes was the setting of the first real murder that could be connected to the group. Finding the body and knowing the need to cooperate with the police, Aurora ’Roe’ Teagarden as well as the rest of the clubs members endured the scrutiny of the investigation process. Then there was more murders, the realization that the current murders imitated the older murders left everyone in the Real Murder club either a victim or a suspect.

This is an intro
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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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