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A Bone to Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  14,406 Ratings  ·  662 Reviews

Second in the #1 New York Times bestselling author's Aurora Teagarden mystery series.

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 s

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Jul 06, 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 16, 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.
May 14, 2015 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
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
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.
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 03, 2015 Richard Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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". :)
Aug 13, 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. :)
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
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
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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Maren (The Worn Bookmark)
This one was okay. I didn't feel like much a tually happened until the last couple of chapters.
Sep 12, 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.
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
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
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
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

Jul 04, 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
Jun 27, 2016 shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 15, 2016 Weezie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2016, cozy
(3.5 rating) I love Charlaine Harris and everything she writes, but of all the series she has written, this one is the most blah for me. the characters are great, the plots are generally solid, but the MC really is not involved in solving the mysteries as much as she just happens to stumble into the middle of things. With this book, Roe spends most of the book thinking about this new inheritance, the fact that she's suddenly rich, and how much she really wants to quit her job. Even finding a sku ...more
Dec 19, 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.
Apr 11, 2015 Starr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it.

A Cute mystery book. I read it in one day. Next, watch the movie on Hallmark mysteries and movies channel.
Hali Jacobs
Jun 18, 2016 Hali Jacobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aurora Teagarden is another awesome character by this author. She inherits an estate from a friend and has to solve a crime that the friend left her to solve. Great read.
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
Jun 06, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give this one 3.5 stars. I enjoy Roe and each book thus far has included some sort of ending for Roe, besides just ending the mystery. In the 1st book, Roe was a member of a Real Murders group that met to discuss (not perform!) true crimes, but the club was disbanded. This 2nd installment has an even larger life-changing event for Roe. I enjoy the character; Roe is very logical in her thought processes (most of the time), and doesn't hesitate to scold herself for her own faults and m ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Ape rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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Stacy Kingsley
Like a lot of people who read and reviewed this book, I felt this was just not there, to say it was phoned in is completely accurate. While I enjoy most of Charlaine Harris's books this one was just long and dull. The main character Aurora inherits a house and money from a not close friend. Then she finds a skull. The she yammers on throughout the book.

The inheriting of the house is never explained to the reader. We have a letter explaining the skull but never anything explaining why Aurora got
Aug 31, 2016 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!
Jul 01, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Aurora "Roe" Teagarden series. In a sleepy Southern town, a distant suburb of Atlanta, Roe attends the funeral of an elderly acquaintance. She is surprised when she is approached by the deceased's lawyer who informs her that she has inherited a substantial estate including a house with a skull in the window seat. In the way of cozies, when she tries to identify the skull she finds too many missing persons and when she tries to identify the killer there are too many suspects. A fun read ...more
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.
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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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