Series: Aurora Teagarden #1
Publisher: Walker & Company
December 1st, 1990
Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom 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. And 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.
This was a quick and easy read (or listen, in my case) and I was happy that even though it was so short it pulled you into the story and the mystery pretty well. You actually got involved with the main character and why things like this were happening to her, and it was awfully fun to hear her train of thought on how she was solving murders, and how she was secretly a little excited to be caught up in something like that. Weird yes, but not for someone who’s a murder buff and totally innocent.
My only beef with the book was the ending. I feel like the culprits, when found out in the “twist”, weren’t actually that interesting. She didn’t spend enough time building up those characters so that we actually were surprised or anything by them. My only surprise was that she chose such boring characters to pin it all on instead of someone closer to the story.
Also I felt like the ending didn’t wrap up enough for me. I felt like a lot was left undone in her life (like her little love triangle that was starting to come together), but upon checking this out on GoodReads it looks like it’s a series-so maybe I just have to read the others to find out.
Will I read the others? Probably. If I find them cheap on Audible or at the library, sure! This was a fun and quick listen, and I wouldn’t mind keeping up with the rest of the story. I probably wouldn’t pay much or take the time to sit down with the actual book though-but that’s me, because I hardly have time for actual books.