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A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  15,300 Ratings  ·  718 Reviews
Death comes calling on a small-town librarian whose life is passing her by.

Aurora "Roe" Teagarden's fortunes change when a deceased acquaintance names her as heir to a rather substantial estate, including money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat. Roe concludes that the elderly women has purposely left her a murder to solve. So she must id
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jun 30, 2012 Cc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The one thing that bothers me about this website is that everyone feels the need to add a synopsis of the book; I can easily find that elsewhere. My main purpose for using this website is to find books that might appeal to me and find out what other people's perceptions are of the book, not an exaggeratory 20 paragraph synopsis.

Now that I have that off my chest I can say that Charlaine Harris is one of the best, light and fun authors out there. I seem to find myself reading her books in the su

Dec 13, 2015 Dagny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read! With most of the the main characters already introduced, I enjoyed this one more than the first book in the series. There were several pages to catch us up on Roe's life since the end of the first book and then it was right on to the mystery.
Sep 24, 2012 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this one. A murder mystery where the heroine never tries to investigate anything? I listened to the audiobook version, and I swear nothing happened on discs 2-4. Disc 1 was exciting as she found a skull in a house, and then the rest of the skeleton was unearthed. Then nothing happened. (She thought a lot about her new inheritance and decided to quit her job, she started dating someone new and spent a lot of time picking out outfits for their 2 dates, she shopped for a bride ...more
Mar 22, 2009 Gail rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aurora Teagarden is a lousy librarian and an irritating girl-woman. The mystery was good but she's so very irritating with her dating agita and less than humor-filled life. I know the reviewers say that these are full of humor but I don't see it. There's a level of seriousness at odds with the shallowness of the heroine.

The first 50 pages were hopeful as she mourns the death of an acquaintance and as she finds out this woman leaves her house with an amazing amount of money and a mystery in the f
Richard Denney
Apr 02, 2015 Richard Denney rated it really liked it
a 3.5 for me. I like the Aurora Teagarden series and I will likely read the rest of the series. It's not the best cozy series but it's fun and suspenseful. This series is more for starter cozy mystery readers because of how easy and breezy it is. I don't mean that in a bad way at all. I really like Charlaine Harris's writing and I especially love her Harper Connelly series. Before you even think of reading this one go read book 1 "Real Murders". :)
Like some reviewers have mentioned, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries are not actually mysteries. Rather, these books are about Roe's life, with a little bit of a mystery thrown in, mostly in the end of the books. I personally didn't mind that. Charlaine Harris has that special talent of describing everyday life of an ordinary person (in this case, Aurora's) and lives and gossip of a small town in a very entertaining manner. Although this series lacks uniqueness of the supernatural world described in t ...more
Jun 10, 2009 Jim rated it liked it
About the same as the first, maybe a shade better. It's a mystery. A little romance, but mostly a fluff book. For some reason, I find them very engaging, though. Off to read the next.
Aug 04, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this series. They are easy reads with likable characters that I can listen to while knitting and stationary biking without dropping a stitch or falling off the bike. :)
Mar 26, 2017 C-shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Roe Teagarden! 4-1/2 stars. This is such a pleasant series, and the story line in this one was especially intriguing. This series should be read in order.
Aug 26, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've never listened to an audiobook before, but my mum loves them, so thought I'd give this a go. It's a very different experience, but the major issues I had with this book were plot-related, so I don't think listening on audiobook affected my rating too much.

Aurora inherits a house and a giant bank account from her friend Jane, and then gets caught up in intrigue and suspense and whatever. Both boyfriends from Book 1 are out of the picture, and an Episcopalian contender comes in from left fiel
Wow, another great book in Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden Mystery series. In A Bone to Pick Roe finds herself the heir to a large estate, and unfortunately that estate comes with a human skull. Roe finds herself wondering who the skull belongs to and why it was in her seemingly harmless friend's house.

I really like the characters in this series, Roe is balanced and reminds me of the librarians in my town. Roe has a new love interest, Aubrey, who I hope we see more of in future books. He's a
Barbara ★
Honestly I can't see why this is listed as a cozy mystery. There is absolutely no investigation by Aurora Teagarden. She finds a skull and re-hides it and doesn't investigate a damn thing. Oh she asks herself questions but doesn't actually ask anyone else anything. The book just plods along her boring little life and the murderer reveals himself in the last chapter. Aurora didn't actually have a darn thing to do with it. Definitely not a series I'd continue.
Aug 01, 2014 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy ameno y entretenido.
Algunos puntos son predecibles (miren mis updates si no me creen ;) ), pero no los principales, al igual que el primer libro logró confundirme y tomarme por sorpresa.
Amo la naturalidad de Harris para escribir y lo poco que llevo leído de esta serie me está gustado mucho.
Sep 27, 2016 Maren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was okay. I didn't feel like much a tually happened until the last couple of chapters.
What a fun book! I breezed through it, it was very exciting. But I was soooo disappointed that the murder club was still disbanded. I thought it would be back on after the events finished in the first book. At least in the movie version they continued meeting. Jane Engle, a member of Real Murders, passes away and leaves Roe with a real mystery! And a ton of money! I enjoyed this book. The movie only gave 2 years for a body to become a skeleton. I Googled it, 8-12 years. Good job, Hallmark channe ...more
Diane Vallere
Apr 23, 2017 Diane Vallere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I already love this series and this is only book 2!
I remember that I like a lot of Real Murders, I enjoy this refreshing plot of an awkward group of people discussing famous murders. Unfortunately, a bone to pick, could not cope with my expectations. Where I was waiting to find mystery not so many pages dedicated to the love life of Aurora, who can not make up her mind in all the whole book. It doesn't matter that she is dating with one man, no, she is keeping the doors opening in case that another interesting man appears or reappear again in he ...more
Jeff Cothern
Sep 28, 2012 Jeff Cothern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Death comes calling on a small-town librarian whose life is passing her by.

Aurora "Roe" Teagarden's fortunes change when a deceased acquaintance names her as heir to a rather substantial estate, including money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat. Roe concludes that the elderly women has purposely left her a murder to solve. So she must identify the victim and figure out which one of her new, ordinary-seeming neighbors is a murderer-without putting herself in

Sep 30, 2012 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aurora Teagarden finds she has been left an unexpected legacy. Jane Engle – a fellow member of the now disbanded Real Murders Club – has died and left Aurora her house and all her money but her solicitor implies that there may be a mystery she has to solve as well. Aurora is pleased with her legacy and it cheers her up after her former boyfriend, Arthur Smith the police detective has suddenly married a colleague. She is less than pleased when she goes to her new house and finds someone has broke ...more
While leaving Jane Engle’s funeral, Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden was approached by Jane’s lawyer (Bubba Sewell) in order to inform her that Jane had left everything to her. With the inheritance of the money and the house, Roe decided to quick her job at the Library and was considering her option for what to do with the house. It may have been a lot of money, but she wondered if it would be enough to compensate her for dealing with the skull she found in the window seat while she was looking around the ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Well, I have to DNF this book. I think the biggest problem for me is that Roe ends the previous book with two potential relationships. And the begining of this book starts with Roe in a relationship with no one. One of the two guys we are left to wonder why he left. While I don't have a need for romance, if the author introduces it, then it should be in the story. So I go to check other reviews on the next book to see if this is a pattern in this series and if I want to continue.

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Feb 19, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2016
In Charlaine Harris's A Bone to Pick, the 2nd installment in the Aurora Teagarden cozy mystery series, she had given us a chilling cozy with this small town mystery. For Roe, it all started with her mother's remarriage and the funeral of Jane Engle, a close friend of Aurora's. First it began with the windfall that landed on her doorstep when she inherited her home and a load of money. And then she discovered a skull buried in Jane's old home. For this small town librarian, she had gotten to know ...more
Robert McCready
Feb 15, 2016 Robert McCready rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in two days. My, how I love Charlaine Harris. A murder doesn't start off this cozy, but foul play is involved when Roe Teagarden discovers a skull in her newly inherited house. Later, the rest of the skeleton is found and no other murders are committed on the page. There is talk of another body, but we never read about it getting dug up. Most of the gore is saved for birth in this book. A cat gives birth to kittens and a detective gives birth while arresting a perp. What Harris ...more
I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed the first, which makes me glad I didn’t give up. That being said, it still wasn’t all that amazing.

As with the first book, this one focuses more upon the personal lives of characters than solving the crime. Honestly, for a mystery book (even a laidback one) these details really do take a backseat. It’s more than a little bit annoying when you want to know what happens.

So it was another interesting story but I, yet again, wanted more of an investigation for
Apr 19, 2009 Wickedshizuku rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, Sookie Stackhouse fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: previous book
I wasn't expecting the plot to drag in this second book, since Harris' plots usually get up and go. I also wasn't expecting that Aurora would move, but it brought realism to the mystery.
If you're looking for a light 'who done it?' This should fit the bill, and I mildly recommend.
Plus the series has now made it to the Hallmark channel as an ongoing series. Hopefully it will be better than how the True Blood series panned out.
That's all for now.
Cheers Pretties!
I read this in one day but I did start at one am due to the heavy smoke in this area I had to sit up. This was perfect for me as I had to know what was going to happen next and I find Aurora Teagarden to be slightly amusing. I love most of the writing of Charlaine Harris. I would give this one six stars if I could.
Jun 25, 2016 shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This was one of the least mysterious mysteries I've ever read. Some books have you on the edge of your seat, but this is one to read in a big comfy armchair. There was not a lot of mystery-solving going on...things just sort of resolved at the end in a neat and amusing climax. I am not likely to read any other books in this series.
Jun 11, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying Aurora Teagarden! She is like a magnet for things to happen to her. This last one was very funny. I happen to find her windfall a wonderful occasion. I have the next one , #3 from the Library just waiting for me to pop it in and listen!
Dec 18, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery
I am really enjoying this series as well and can not wait to get my hands on the next book. You gotta love the main character. Charlaine Harris deffently has a way with words. I just love her quirky characters.
Dawn Michelle
3 1/2 Stars

Good fast read. Aurora really gets herself into a pickle this time!!! Once again, had NO IDEA "who done-it" and why! Which impresses me, because I almost always figure this stuff out. Really enjoyed it.
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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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