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Real Murders

(Aurora Teagarden #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  28,804 ratings  ·  2,133 reviews
Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime—until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Walker & Company
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Rikki I think it just that the name is kind of silly and fanciful. Aurora isn't an uncommon name but it isn't something like Jennifer or Ashley. And Teagard…moreI think it just that the name is kind of silly and fanciful. Aurora isn't an uncommon name but it isn't something like Jennifer or Ashley. And Teagarden just comes across as a slightly silly last name. It conjures images of tea parties in meadows (for me at least). The combination of the two makes for a whimsical image that is counter to how Aurora the character is generally perceived.(less)
Shelley There are a few scenes that are hinting at sexual references, but there really isn't any bad language. In my honest opinion, 10 is a bit too young for…moreThere are a few scenes that are hinting at sexual references, but there really isn't any bad language. In my honest opinion, 10 is a bit too young for this book even though it's in cozy mystery territory. I'd suggest getting the first book from your library and trying it yourself; that might be one of the best ways to figure out if your daughter should read it. (less)

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Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Boring main character. Ugly love interests. (When someone is described as having a face with "character", you know he's not bringing the sexy). But, still a fun enough book because of the murders. The murders are all copycats of famous murders of the past.

I don't know if my murder radar was out or something, but I actually never suspected the killer in this story. I like when I'm surprised by murderers. It's makes it more exciting.

I never suspected this guy at all. I've been getting cozy with h
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Disappointed. Within the first two chapters there were sexual innuendos and mentions of an unmarried couple having sex often and such along those lines. God's name was also misused.
There's a really good reason I don't read secular fiction and even books that were turned into Hallmark movies with a Christian actress aren't even safe to read.
Never thought I'd say I enjoyed the movie of a book better than the actual book.
Not a huge cozy fan, but I like Charlaine Harris and it was a decently clever mystery. I had wondered about the murderer(s) but wasn't sure overall until the end.

I'll probably pick up the next one eventually. :)
Jul 13, 2008 rated it liked it
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
***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List***

3.5 stars

A typical Charlaine Harris setting for this mystery series, a small community in the South. As per usual, Harris nails the small town details, the over-entwined lives, the importance of reputation, and the somewhat rigid social roles that people get pigeon-holed into.

Not an overwhelmingly wonderful mystery, but enough to keep me reading quickly right to the end and enough to encourage me to put a hold on the second volume at the library. It also
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
*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
I really enjoyed the Lily Bard series but it took me awhile to start listening to another of Charlaine Harris's series. This one is quite a different situation than Lily Bard. A murder club?! Yikes! Reminds me of the murder club in Gillian Flynn's Dark Places. A murder club is definitely a dark thing. And seem to attract a wide array of people. I loooove that Aurora is a librarian! My dream job! I was guessing whodunnit the whole book. I watched the Hallmark movie after reading the book, quite a ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozies
Small town Librarian is a member of a club that examines true crime tales. When somebody murders a member of said club in the fashion of the crime they are examining, members of the club are natural suspects. The librarian starts nosing around to clear her name, and save her life.

A little bit more tension than most cozies.
Amy Yingling
I love Charlaine Harris! She can write about blood-sucking vampires one minute and then sweet Aurora Teagarden the next. This book was an enjoyable read for me, especially since I had just come off the emotional roller coaster that is the book "A Man Called Ove", which made me feel every possible emotion a person can feel, but back to Miss Teagarden! So Aurora is not your average girl next door, but only because she is a member of The Real Murders Club. They don't commit real murders together (o ...more
Sometimes you just need to read a book that gives you goosebumps. This was one of those books, filled with intrigue, mayhem, and copycat killers this book had me up half of the night last night reading and it was amazing.

The MC, Aurora was wonderfully written. When Aurora laughed you wanted to laugh, when she screamed you wanted to scream, when she fainted you wanted to faint. Ms. Harris did a simply wonderful job of writing Aurora as more than a fictional character, as an individual being, with
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Boring
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: An entertaining read
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Try to stop a killer while dating
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Arthur

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This is another Audible Daily Deal that I picked up. I liked this story well enough to move on to book two to be sorely disappointed.

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Thérèse Plummer did a good job at narratio
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harris-charlaine
The action started immediately, but it took me a while to get into the story. This happens to me frequently with the first book of a series. I read mystery series more for the characters than the actual plot, so I seem to spend the first book getting to know the characters. Once that was out of the way, I became more and more interested in the plot. When it took a turn I didn't see coming, it was a breathless read to the end.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
3 Stars
As a fan of the movie I decided to give the book a shot and enjoyed it as much as the movie. Roe is great as the main character she smart and observant, the only character I really like better in the movie is Sally Allison, who in the movie is also a reporter, but younger and Roe's best friend.
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Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
To describe this in one sentence, I would say: Fast paced story with a smidge of romance.

Gotta love how Aurora didn't lose her night sleep and didn't even try to choose between two guys. Those two were just there for support. You know - a kiss here & there, helping out with exploring while investigating a crime, good for conversation while exchanging theories of the murders and motives.

Since it was fast paced read (for only one evening for sure,) it felt more like a novella to me and I didn't e
A small town Real Murders club in Georgia gets a shake-up when suddenly their murder club is seeing someone is staging contemporary murders to mimic the more grisly and infamous murders of the past. Aurora Teagarden leads a quiet, though slightly lonely life as a librarian in her town. She is comfortable in the knowledge that she has a routine and knows her fellow townspeople well until the night she discovers a fellow murder club member's body killed in a horrific manner and the scene and situa ...more
Katie Bock
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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 around & int ...more
Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf
I absolutely love Charlaine Harris and The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, but I must confess I hadn't read any of her other series. So when I came across this first book in The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, I knew I had to give it a try.

Aurora Teagarden is a twenty-eight-year-old librarian who belongs to a mystery club named Real Murders, which meets monthly to discuss famous real-life murder cases. On the night that Aurora 'Roe' was supposed to present the Wallace murders, she discovers the body of on
Entertaining. Not brilliant but a good way to spend a few hours on a summer evening. I was surprised by the murderer and that is a good thing in a mystery novel.
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aurora "Roe'' Teagarden is a librarian in Lawrenceton, Georgia. She's also a true crime enthusiast and member of a crime buff club called Real Murders. The group meets once a month at the VFW hall to discuss a famous murder case. This month it's Roe's turn. She is scheduled to talk to the group about the Julia Wallace murder in 1931. But before she can give her presentation, one of their members is found dead on the floor of the VFW kitchen, posed just like Julia Wallace was when she was murdere ...more
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-reads, mysteries
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
Nikinnia Smith
I expected this book to be so much better than it was. I think I should've given it 2.5 stars. It was just ok. Aurora is no Lily Bard. She is a member of a club that reviews real murders(hence the title). Someone in their town is going around and committing murders that they have reviewed. The killer kills a member of the club, while implicating other members of the club by using something that belonged to the member as a murder weapon.
I had my suspicions about one of the members, but turns out
Mimicking Famous MURDERS

It has been a awhile since I have read an Aurora Teagarden mystery I have like them all. This is a re-read for me. Aurora belongs toa mystery group that discussed murder that happened in real life. Suddenly the murders are occurring that mimic a famous MURDER that happen in the past. It is felt someone in the group is the murderer. The group is disbanded but the "bloodly murders" continue.Aurora needs,to find who is doing them before someone dear to her is destroyed. I re
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Good start to the series. Review to come.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
brief synopsis:
A murder club's members get involved in a string of murders.

Lawrenceton, Georgia

named personalities:
William Herbert Wallace - a Liverpool insurance salesman
Jack the Ripper - an unidentified London serial killer
Jane Engle - Real Murders member; a retired school librarian
Arthur Smith - Real Murders member; the police officer
Qualtrough - a potential insurance customer
Julia Wallace - William Herbert's wife; an apparently inoffensive woman
Lauren Bacall - an American actress kno
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry an

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