Real Murders-Wrap-up!


Well, I wish I could say I saw that coming, but even having read this story before, I completely forgot who the murderer(s) was/were. I would say it has been about 4-5 years since I read this story. I think out of all 8 of the books in the Aurora Teagarden series, I have read 3 of them.

Of course I will be getting the rest of them; I mean I can’t have an incomplete set of books on my bookshelf, right? This is a book that if my children had anywhere else to be other than our home, I would have gotten it read in a day.

So as to not spoil this for anyone who wants to read it; the name(s) of the guilty shall remain a secret. This really is a quick read, it is funny, and intense, and will have you holding your breath at certain parts. You may even laugh out loud. Literally. I did, and more than once. Roe has a particular way of imagining pain being inflicted on someone who is not particularly nice (yes, since this is fiction, I absolutely laughed at it; her wanting to kick someone in the nuts was rather funny, at least the way she imagined it in her head).

I have less than 3 weeks off before my next college class, so I figured what better to read than Ben-Hur. Written by Lew Wallace, at a page count of 342, this shouldn’t take me all too long….. 🙂

I may or may not review this as I go along; it is pretty interesting so far, being a couple of chapters in. I have never read this before, or saw the movie that was made starring Yul Brynner.  I may read something a little less “heavy” right along with this and keep you updated on that. As long as the stories are not in any way, shape, or form similar, I can read 2 books at once!

What great story have you recently read?

The Ever-Increasing Body Count

As I continue into Real Murders, by Charlaine Harris, Aurora Teagarden seems to be the unluckiest person in the world. The dead bodies are piling up, and the members of the Real Murders Club are getting more and more worried about their own safety; but more-so for the safety of their friends and relatives.

Body #2 – Morrison Pettigrue; running for Mayor, his campaign manager is in the club. The death imitates the Murat case from long ago.

Bodies # 3 & 4 – Mr. and Mrs. Buckley, Parents of Lizzane Buckley, friend of Roe’s and member of the club. Actually, it was her step-mother and her father, and her real name is Elizabeth. Any guesses what famous murder of old this is staged after? Oh. Yeah. They were hacked to death. That should help you figure it out.

I am getting close to the end of this book, and to likely stumbling upon body #5.  It isn’t going to end this quietly, and I know something much, much worse is in store for Aurora, and the town of Lawrenceton, Georgia.

Do you have an answer about the staged murder?

Real Murders (Don’t Panic! It’s A Book)

My latest read I started, I have read it before, but am definitely happy to be reading this one again, and will be getting all of the books in this series. Not too many things make me happier than going to Barnes and Noble!

Title: Real Murders – An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Author: Charlaine Harris

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime: New York

The 1st book in the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series
The 1st book in the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series

Main Character: Aurora Teagarden; 4’11” tall, big, round tortoise rimmed glasses, and was lucky enough to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a librarian (Oh, I wish!!)

Aurora, affectionately called Roe by those near and dear to her, is one of 12 members of a club known as “The Real Murders Club”. They meet once a month to discuss murder cases. Each person gets one month a year, and they bring in guest speakers, such as a detective that worked on the case, news reporter,  or a family member.

By the time I reached chapter 3, we already had our 1st dead body. Mamie Wright, a fellow member of the Real Murders Club, is dead in the kitchen of the VFW hall where they have their monthly meetings. Found by none other than Aurora.

I will introduce you to the rest of the residents as they become more important to the story.

It has been so long since I have read this story that I really do not remember what happens, or what the body count might be by the time I make it to the end. I think I will have plenty of time to read today since the second round of Michigan blizzard is set to hit around noon.

Are you going to get some reading done this weekend?

What Should I Crack Open Next?

I am looking at a couple books on my shelf that I haven’t read in so long, I do not remember what they were about. I have to say though that they couldn’t have been all that horrible or they would be in a box in my basement that I have no intention of ever opening again.

Have you ever moved and kept moving unopened boxes from house to house? I boxed up stuff and moved it into my house, in the basement. Lived there 11 years. Hauled those same boxes, never opened, back upstairs and into my new basement. Guess what? 4 years later, and they still aren’t opened. It’s almost like having my own personal time capsules that I never intended to make. Honestly, at this point, there can be any number of things in these boxes that I would rather not be reminded of!

Moving Boxes

So, I am thinking of getting back into Charlaine Harris’s Murder Mysteries series with Aurora Teagarden as the heroine/detective/always in the wrong place at the right time. I have read a few of these, but not all of them. I wish she would stop writing the True Blood series and focus on this one instead!

The 1st book in the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series
The 1st book in the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series

Have you read these wonderful little books? They are a quick read, fun and full of mystery. Or do you have a book in mind that I must absolutely read? If you do I would love to find it and read it!