Poppy Done to Death (Aurora Teagarden, Bk 8)
Poppy Done to Death - Aurora Teagarden, Bk 8 Author:Charlaine Harris Peaches and creamed — Small-town Georgia librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden may be petite in stature, but her backbone is pure steel, and she knows what top do even in the most unnerving of situations. . .such as when she finds her stepsister-in-law dead on the kitchen floor. — Roe had come to give Poppy Queensland a good tongue-lashing after the wo... more »man did not appear for her induction into the prestigious Uppity Women Book Club. Instead, Aurora found Poppy's cold body, and knew she probably didn't have to look far for a motive: both Poppy and her husband were involved in indiscreet extramarital affairs.
But despite the scandalous and sordid details that start unfolding, Aurora ? between planning a Thanksgiving dinner to impress her boyfriend's mother and getting acquainted with her runaway teenage half brother ? begins to suspect the real reason Poppy was done to death had nothing to do with passion, but rather the cold, merciless intent of a social-climbing killer.« less
Before Charlaine Harris wrote the Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels that are so deservedly popular, I read all of her Aurora Teagarden mysteries, and I am very glad that they are being reissued in paperback. These are mysteries in a setting very similar to the English villages that gave rise to coziesa small Southern town. Harris does a good job of showing how even in a place where you think you know everyone and everyone's business, the one secret you didn't know may be a killer. The Southern setting and the dangerous secrets are devices that she brought to new levels in her supernatural novels later, but even earlier in her mysteries, she reminds us that a small town is a microcosm of a world that is sometimes colder, and sometimes warmer than we know.
I just finished reading this complete series (8 books) and love the way Charlaine Harris ended this series. I feel she did an excellent job with the characters, unexpected twists and plots. I often read an entire book in one setting so I could find out who did it and why!