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The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Omnibus 1 (edition 2010)

by Charlaine Harris (Author)

Series: Aurora Teagarden (1-4)

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Aurora Teagarden loves reading about famous murderers - until she finds herself investigating a real-life killing spree!
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Title:The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Omnibus 1
Authors:Charlaine Harris (Author)
Info:Gollancz (2010), 688 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
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I was not sure what to expect approaching the four novels in this omnibus ('Real Murders', 'A Bone To Pick', 'Three Bedrooms, One Corpse' and 'The Julius House'). My only experience of Charlaine Harris was as the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series and that only through the very successful television adaptation. These mysteries are all set in a small Southern town just outside Atlanta, USA, and the heroine is very adept at unravelling these mysteries to reveal a murderer. Harris writes with humour and warmth about life in a small community and draws excellent portraits of the strange/ordinary characters who live there and their relationships and attitudes. For me, the mystery part was only of secondary importance to enjoying these books.

The final novel, 'The Julius House', is the weakest. Aurora Teagarden marries an international gun-runner, starts to travel and weakens the bonds we have with the detail of small town life. Aurora Teagarden is an updated, younger Miss Marple (think Melissa Rauch from 'Big Bang Theory') who excels at the small details and is out-of-depth in these larger action-adventure scenarios. ( )
  pierthinker | Oct 15, 2014 |
Real Murders
The Real Murders club meets once a month to discuss famous real-life murder cases. And then one of the members is brutally done to death in a way that mimics the case that was going to be discussed that evening. Other murders within the group and their associates follow.

This started off as an amusing romp but managed quite a chilling ending.

A Bone To Pick
Aurora inherits a house and a sizeable amount of money from her friend Jane. When she arrives to see the house she finds its been broken into and searched, with nothing taken. And then she finds what the burglar was looking for: a skull. But whose?

A light amusing read. Most of the action takes place in Aurora's head until the culprit tries another burglary. Aurora is fairly passive, more taken up with her own life and just happening to be around when things happen.

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
Meeting her realtor mother's clients to show them round a house, Aurora finds a corpse in the master bedroom. The main suspects seem to be somebody at her mother's firm, a childhood friend's husband, and Aurora's new beau.

The more I read of these, the more I enjoy spending time with Aurora.

The Julius House
Aurora finds out her new husband has a secret life. She also investigates what happened in her new home 6 years ago when the Julius family vanished.

More action than others in the series. ( )
  Robertgreaves | May 1, 2013 |
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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 Aurora Teagarden - Roe - grew up there, and she reckons she knows everything about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature.
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