A (Murder) Mystery Review

12 Jan

The First Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus

By Charlaine Harris

Written by the author of the Sookie Stackhouse or Southern Vampire Mysteries novels that inspired True Blood, the Aurora Teagarden novels are her earliest work, mundane murder mysteries set in the American South. I hadn’t read any of Charlaine Harris’ work when I picked this omnibus up in a charity shop for the bargain price of £1.50. Although I seldom get the chance to read murder mysteries, having so many other demands on my reading time, something about this collection intrigued me and, at the price, I could hardly say no. So intrigued was I, in fact, that I didn’t wait very long to start reading it, and I wasn’t disappointed!

The omnibus consists of four novels – Real Murders, A Bone To Pick, Three Bedrooms, One Corpse and The Julius House – all featuring Aurora Teagarden – Roe to her friends – who is a wonderful lead character whose life and personality, as do those of the people around her, develop realistically and grippingly across the four novels, avoiding any use of the ‘reset button’ that certain series tend to favour. All four are linked, making reading them in omnibus form particularly delightful, but the links are not essential to understanding the individual plots, so, if you discover an individual volume of the series, do not be put off trying it!

In Real Murders, the Real Murder Club to which Roe belongs, which meets to discuss famous murder cases, finds itself at the heart of a series of all-too-real murders copycatting real killings, forcing Roe to take her hobby into reality.

A Bone To Pick presents Roe with an unexpected inheritance that forces Roe to not only solve a murder but reconsider what she knew about a friend.

In Three Bedrooms, Once Corpse, Roe tries following in her mother’s footsteps in the realty business, but finds that solving murders is still her true calling when a realtor is murdered and everyone in the business become suspects.

The Julius House is at the heart of the final mystery in the omnibus as Roe not only embarks on a the most terrifying chapter of her life, but gains the house of her dreams. Just what did happen to the Julius family who seemingly vanished into thin air years before? Just what secrets does the past hold? And, has Roe made a terrible mistake…?

Roe is a great lead character and is supported by many other excellent characters; the stories are well written with both a gripping pace and a wonderful wit and humour, and the plots are convoluted without being ridiculously complex, making them teasingly fun to unravel. I was hooked from the moment I started reading the series and read obsessively until I had uncovered the final mystery in The Julius House. I’m hoping to track the other half of the series down so that I can continue to enjoy Aurora’s adventures. Highly recommended!

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