Real Murders : Aurora Teagarden

  • by Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by Therese Plummer
  • Series: Aurora Teagarden
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side - and its crime buffs. One of them 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.
As other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects - or potential victims.


What the Critics Say

"An ingenious plot and sufficient flow of blood keep the pages flying....Harris draws the guilty and the innocent into an engrossing tale while inventing a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Adjusting expectations

For any fan of Charlaine Harris, it is first necessary to understand that this first book in a series isn't like her Sookie Stackhouse or Harper Conolly series--nothing supernatural.
Second, it is an earlier work and, while the trademark humor and wit are there, the style and plotting aren't as fully developed as later works.
Third, while many characters are introduced in this book, they are not as well-developed as one might like, but they do turn up again in later books so don't dismiss them.
Fourth, this story and ones that follow are more like a leisurely stroll through a residential neighborhood than a car chase with spectacular crashes. Often, the story is as much a chronicle of Aurora's life as it is a mystery to be solved.
Fifth, Aurora is still finding herself so don't think that the sweet librarian in this book remains static and a fixed character in future books.

There was enough of interest in this first in the series for me to continue with more and it can't be compared to Sookie or Harper. It shouldn't be. It isn't deep, fast-paced, or overly complex. Aurora is not a super-sleuth or the most prudent person you will meet, but she is an interesting enough character for me to find it worthwhile to spend a few hours with as she lives her life and stumbles onto murder scenes.
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- Jeanie Jenkins

NOT a cozy mystery

When you read the summary you would think that this falls in the genre of a cozy mystery. And if you watched the hallmark movie remake of Aurora Teagarden you will definitely be expecting a cozy mystery. This book is WAY too graphic to fall into that category. I like to listen to my books as I relax and before bed, but some of the murders were written way too gorey. I liked the main character Aurora, but it just had too much gore and not enough charm. As an avid cozy mystery reader I could not finish this book. I tried a few times but every time I had to stop. So just be forewarned of that before buying!
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- Christina "A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books