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The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Omnibus 1

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THE AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: An omnibus edition of Roe Teagarden's adventures!Aurora Teagarden loves reading about famous murderers - until she finds herself investigating a real-life killing spree!The first four novels in the Aurora Teagarden mysteries series. Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it's still a small town at heart. Librarian ...more
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published August 2010 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2010)
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Anna
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: npl, series
1. Real Murders
Read from September 12 to 14, 2015

Mild-mannered librarian and live-in property manager, Aurora Teagarden has a not-so-secret hobby -- studying famous murders. She belongs to a group of fellow buffs called Real Murders, and it's all lighthearted until one of their group is killed just before a meeting. Horrors!
The reality is definitely not as much fun as reading about them, then more acquaintances are being killed and the killings appear to be patterned on murders the group is
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Dallass
I love having these books bound up into 2 volumes, but my God, they're bricks!

Since there are four books in this edition, I won't review each of them, but will say that overall I did like the stories. Aurora is an interesting character. She's not the typical heroine. She's not drop dead gorgeous, or tall... or blonde. Instead, she is small and petite, with bushy hair and glasses. An intelligent Southern Lady with a good dash of common sense. Roe is a woman you can identify with and I appreciate
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R.
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, but I do love all Charlaine Harris' books. Aurora is funny, smart, scary, weird, a librarian but definitely not boring. She gets herself with or without wanting it in the weirdest situations. I do not agree with all the decisions she makes (like marring Martin..., I've been rooting for Robin Crusoe), but it's a good read. It's exiting, love the suspend and the surprising endings.
Erin Britton
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The whole vampire porn craze has pretty much passed me by. My knowledge of shiny, angsty vampire gents and omnisexual mind-melded werewolves is decidedly limited and I certainly couldn’t tell a Southern Vampire from a Northern Soul Snatcher [patent pending]. It’s no surprise therefore that I knew of Charlaine Harris by reputation only. Although currently best known for her books featuring Sookie Stackhouse, Harris has also written a mystery series featuring [Southern Sleuth?] Aurora Teagarden, a ...more
ALPHAreader
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Once again Charlaine has a thoroughly ordinary female protagonist repeatedly thrown into extraordinary circumstances. Aurora is perhaps the most outwardly hum-drum of all of Charlaine’s protagonists; she is a librarian, complete with modest cardigans and horn-rimmed glasses. But don’t let appearances (or occupation) fool you. Aurora is just as interesting and lovable as Charlaine’s other leading ladies, maybe even more so because she is aware and makes fun of her outwardly plain-Jane ...more
Kerry  sullivan
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm

Well now what can I say.... I love Aurora and to be able to read the first 4 stories in one go was a real treat, watching her go from a slightly desperate librarian to a slightly more confidant woman of leisure was fascinating and a pleasure. The way the characters are painted makes you feel part of the scenery and part of the tapestry of their lives. There is just something very comforting about the way Charlaine Harris writes that draws you
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Jill
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars but I rounded up because I really did enjoy these stories... almost despite themselves. This is Murder Lite. It's not complex or dark, there's nothing very complicated or even sinister. Some things are slightly, gently bizarre or absurd. But there's nothing here to get your heart racing or your palms sweating or your hair standing up on end.

The way our main gal, Aurora Teagarden (whom everybody, upon hearing her name for the first time, "sniggers" at) finds herself amidst some gently
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Jessie Hulena
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These stories make for an fun, entertaining read. The plots are wrapped up in a tidy, enjoyable, if unrealistic way and we see happy endings our protagonist Aurora. I would describe these Murder Mysteries as emotionally-satisfying rather than ‘intellectual’ so perfect for when you’re in the mood for something more light-hearted (which may be the strangest description of a murder mystery series but here we are).
Lorraine
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Quick reads but I didn't enjoy them at all. I like cosy, undemanding books but there has to be something of interest. If the book doesn't have a decent plot it should at least have entertaining characters. The main character Aurora is dull and treats all the women in the book as competitors. If there is a bitchy comment to make about a supposed good friend she will make it. She spends most of the books talking about her relationships with alpha male suitors. I gave zero f...s.
Dalletta Reed
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What got me interested in this series was seeing an afternoon film. So I found this on Amazon and truly enjoyed getting to know Aurora, her mother, and best friends. I enjoyed discovering all the twists along the way. This Omnibus is also wonderful if you are a reader who likes to read an author's books in the order they were written.
Kathy
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought these were fun reads. Have to admit, I liked having a short protagonist. Who needs another tall, willowy woman anyway?!!
Joanne
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
An enjoyable mystery series that is pretty light reading. Not too predictable.
Jessie
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Giving it one star because I can't give it negative five.
Damaskcat
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
REAL MURDERS

Aurora Teagarden – Roe to her friends – is a librarian in Lawrenceton. She enjoys her job and is a member of the Real Murders Club which meets once a month to discuss famous murders. When Aurora gets to a meeting of the club and finds one of its members battered to death in the kitchen she recognises the circumstances as being similar to the Wallace case which she was going to talk about at the meeting. Further murders soon follow and all are patterned on famous cases.

All the club
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Larissa
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Real Murders.
The real murderers met once a month to discuss real murders. It's a group made up of people with an interest in murders from the past. It's a place to discuss, investigate and ponder the motives and means behind true crimes. But things begin to take a turn for the worst when Aurora, or Roe as she is known, discovers the victim of a very new real murder and comes to realizes that one of their own really is a real murderer. If she can survive this encounter she may have another
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Maria
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
That's a 2.5, really, for the simple fact that I thought the second half of this 4-book compilation was better than the first, so we're talking half 'meh', half ok. Aurora Teagarden is a strong character - she looks very distinctive, she has that name, and she's very big on what she does and doesn't like, will and won't do, accept, where she will and won't go, etc.. She's also surrounded by a fairly big cast of characters, some of whom recur throughout all four stories, some who only get one ...more
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 1’ by Charlaine Harris
Published by Gollancz August 2010. ISBN: 978-0-575-09646-2

When a thick heavy book arrived and I saw that it was by Charlaine Harris my initial thought was what a pity, for it is a beautiful book, and I love handling and reading beautiful books. But my knowledge of Charlaine Harris is that she writes Vampire mysteries and I have an aversion to people that want to suck my blood and so I have always given the books a wide berth. However,
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Karen
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Anyone picking up a Charlaine Harris book knows that they are likely to be about a woman in her twenties, living a quiet life in a small Southern town who suddenly I. gets a love life, and II. gets involved in some sort of mystery/murder case. I like a background story to my books and to be honest, I don't usually care if the back story overshadows the actual murder plot. Otherwise I would stick to reading Agatha Christie. In fact one of the things I like most about Charlaine Harris's novels is ...more
Grace
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for Harris' books. Not because she's a particularly great writer, but I'm familiar with her plot structure. After reading a few of her books, you become accustomed to her style of writing and it becomes enjoyable.

Aurora is a librarian in a small town. Similar to Sookie Stackhouse,you don't understand what all the fuss is about. That being said, Aurora is a lot more likable than Sookie. A lot more rational. As with other reviewers, I find the supporting characters a bit inconsistent
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Samar
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Roe Teagarden is one memorable detective-not only because of her name which is perhaps cause enough- but with those glasses and that intuitive, meddling mind. Although the crime plots are basically well-worn out, the strength of these series is brought of by the complex and honest relationship dynamics between Roe and other major characters-most importantly her mom and Martin. Don't quite know what went wrong with the True Blood series. I guess Harris is more suited to realism than paranormal ...more
Cheshire
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Unlike the current crime genre, it was not hugely dramatised, or had a plot that lost its lineage halfway. Aurora was a semi likeable character that had an unusual spark. However, the plot line followed so many other paranormal novels that it was a little bit of a let down. Why is it that every female character has to get married? Why not allow the heroine to stay single? But otherwise this first edition of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries was well worth the ...more
The Cats’ Mother
This is a collection of the first four Aurora Teagarden stories. Like the Sookie and Lily Bard books, the heroine is a single female in her 20s living in a small Southern town, yearning for love but living independently and seen as a bit odd by her friends and neighbours. In each case they get involved in some kind of murder mystery, but the hows and whys are different. Aurora is an engaging character, and the mysteries aren't too predictable, and I will definitely read the rest of the series, ...more
Kiwie
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Short, entertaining novels about Aurora Teagarden who just stumble over dead bodies and mysteries around her small Georgia town. They're light stories despite death, injuries and imminent danger.

Roe is a somewhat underdeveloped character, she changes a lot during these for novels, but tat the same time not at all. I don't know, her logic is so very different from mine, also the romantic stuff? Not into it. But hey, the mysteries were fun! Very fun sometimes (I really liked A Bone to Pick, even
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JackieB
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, cosy-crime
These are entertaining cozy crime stories. I thought the first two were pleasant enough, but the plots really seemed to get going with the last two. The characters were well described, especially Aurora Teagarden and there were nice touches of humour throughout the different stories. These are good, light, entertaining books to read. I could see myself re-reading them because the characters are so strong I don't think it would matter that I know guilty parties. However, there's another 4 books ...more
Ashley
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of the entire 8-book series

Of Charlaine Harris' book series, this one is by far my favorite. I like Aurora Teagarden as a heroine. She is smart, book-loving librarian. I didn't know what to expect with this series but I loved all of them. I really enjoyed the last book, especially where Roe's story arc finishes.

I could identify with her heroine, unlike her others in the Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly series.

As always, her books are quick reads. I usually finish a book in
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Rachel
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very different from the True Blood series, but in a good way! Charlaine Harris is always a nice, easy read with likeable characters who develop throughout each book. The first book was initially a little bit over-run with the introduction of a lot of characters who will play a role later on, but the central character - Aurora - was well written, and definitely NOT Sookie!

Omnibus 1 is already making the rounds (Jen - you are next in line!) and I am halfway through omnibus 2!!!
Sam
This was a fun collection to read, and I enjoyed it as I always do with Charlaine Harris novels. These seemed a little--is fluffier the right word? lighter, maybe?--than Charlaine Harris' other series, but as always her spot-on characterisation makes them shine. The locations and minor characters are great too, and the plots are intricate enough to keep you guessing.
Jacinda
OK, I just love anything Charlaine Harris has written and I think Auroroa Teagarden is my favourite. This omnibus didn't fit easily in my handbag, but that didn't stop me from taking it with me to read on the train, the hairdresser and on lunch breaks. Am delaying reading the second omnibus, only because it's the last of Aurora!
Leslie Brown
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've already read these once through. I've read all the series by this author. They're a nice escape, they suck me in, pretty quick reads, and I like her characters. AND, I'm fairly sure Charlaine Harris uses a word-of-the-day calendar, because she has a lot of random good vocab words. So I sit close to a dictionary while reading, and I can feel my internal GRE score rise steadily. :)
Helen
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I understand now why so much happens in the Sookie Stackhouse-novels. It's because nothing happens in these! Altough these are more fun than Lily Bard, they're still very slowpaced. Reminds me of The no1 Ladies Detective Agency.
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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
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