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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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These books are really fun. After reading all of Charlaine Harris's Sookie books and then all of the Harris's Harper Connelly books, I figured that the Aurora Teagarden series would naturally be next on the list. At first I really thought they were a bit cheesey, but Aurora started to grow on me. While it doesn't have any of the supernatural aspects of the other series and would be more of a PG rating, instead of the maybe PG-13 or R rating of the other series. This is a fun, quirky, easy read. The narrator is great & the character is lovable. After a slow start with the 1st book not knowing what to expect, I began to love the characters that were introduced and re introduced throughout the series, so by the time I got to the 8th book (within a weeks time) I will say each book in this series gets better. The only thing I do not like in the narration is how the mens voices are done. Although it's no big deal, she makes each male character sound like a sniviling nerd.
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