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Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden #5)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,730 Ratings  ·  347 Reviews
Il faut bien le dire, Aurora Teagarden n’avait jamais porté le sergent détective Jack Burns dans son coeur. Mais le jour où elle voit atterrir son cadavre, largué par avion, au beau milieu de son jardin, le souffle lui manque. Par chance, Roe ne figure pas sur la liste des suspects : elle n’a apparemment rien à voir avec ce meurtre. Pourtant, d’autres phénomènes étranges s ...more
ebook, epub, 272 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Berkley
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Annette Ahrens
Mar 11, 2013 Annette Ahrens rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2016 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this one. Roe lost the aggravating attitude she had in the prior book and Angel is still around. Charlaine Harris has a definite knack for creating in her readers the urge to read the next book and discover how the characters are faring.
Jun 19, 2011 Gizzard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2011
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.
Dec 23, 2012 Brianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
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
The weakest in the series. Hoping for better with #6.

Jan 15, 2009 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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.
Feb 09, 2013 Marissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
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
Aug 29, 2009 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
May 13, 2015 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, mystery
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
The Aurora Teagarden series has become one of my go-to series when I need a fast, good read and this book was no disappointment. In Dead Over Heels Aurora and Angel are in their backyard when a body suddenly falls from a plane and drops into their backyard. Soon after when a woman Aurora has an argument with gets severely beaten, and other questionable events happen Aurora finds herself scared and wondering if this maniac is after her or her friend, Angel.

Many sleuths in the cozy subgenre break
Nov 08, 2011 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2010 Jeanette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 03, 2013 Punk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ebook
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
Apr 27, 2015 Delonda rated it liked it
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
May 23, 2015 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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."

Aug 16, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Aurora Teagarden series. Death and mayhem follow Roe around and she tries to figure out who and why. Southern cozy has cultural info, for example, you don't wear black on a condolence call when the deceased wasn't a family member.

Aurora Teagarden series - When death comes from out of the blue, part-time librarian "Roe" lands smack in the middle of a baffling murder case. Roe never liked Detective Sergeant Jack Burns, but she never wanted to see him dead-especially not dropped from a pl
Nov 13, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, beach-read
I bought this book on accident. I was picking up Charlaine Harris's Shakespeare series and accidentally picked up this one. Well, I'd finished off my other books so I started in on this one. It was a mistake.

Maybe I should have started with the first in the Aurora Teagarden series. Maybe I'd have liked her more. However, I found her to be perfect and boring. She's small, rich, only has to work when she feels like it, a trophy wife... the list goes on an on.

Sue, Charlaine Harris threw in some to
Shane Swart
This was not my favorite in the series thus far, and I sincerely hope that the next part would prove to be as good as The Juluis House, which was my favorite.

In this installment of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, we find Aurora and Angel, two years after the events of The Juluis House, doing yard work when a body is dumped from a plane onto Roe's backyard. The body is that of Detective Jack Burns, someone who is very well known for not being Roe's biggest fan. This is also where I found my firs
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
This story takes place about 2 years after the last installment. Roe and Martin have been married two years now, and life seems to have gone on in that time relatively free of mysteries and dead bodies (as far as the reader knows!) and Angel and Shelby still live in the garage apartment. This story begins with a dead body falling from a small plane and landing in Roe's backyard (the body - not the plane - ha!) and from there odd things begin to happen. The body turns out to be someone that Angel ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Lander rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 09, 2015 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Over Heels. I thought this book was going to be as interesting as the title is. Read the back cover and you get who died and skimming through it you get who killed the man and who has hurt others.
Someone is out to get Roe and turn her world upside down. Who could it be? Does Roe have a secret admirer? Now onto the rest of the review..


I feel like these books are going downhill. I mean, this book was written a few years ago and the author still wrote in Walkman or cassette player whenev
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.
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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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