This was a very satisfying start to this cozy mystery series. It originally came out in the early 90s, and surprisingly many of the earlier titles are already out of print. Hopefully, with Ms. Harris becoming more popular, some of these older titles will be re-released. I actually had to pay over $10 apiece for mass market paperback copies of books 4 and 5, and I've seen them go for a lot more.
Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is a librarian in a Lawrenceton, Georgia, a small town outside a big city. (I assume Atlanta, but Harris doesn't specify precisely.) Once a month, a few crime buffs from town get together to discuss some of the most famous murderers of the past. They call their group Real Murders and on the night Roe is scheduled to discuss the Wallace casewhich took place back in 1931 Englandone of the members of Real Murders, Mamie Wright, is found murdered in exactly the same way Julia Wallace was so many years ago! And that's not the end of it either... apparently, there's a murderer on the loose, whose game is to pattern his crimes after some of the very murders they've been discussing. So obviously, they all figure it's got to be someone in their little group!
Harris does character development quite nicely and as you're introduced to all the characters, you can clearly see them in your mind, and often think of someone you know who fits a similar description. Who is behind all the murders happening in the small town is a surprise right up until the very end. And in typical cozy fashion, the members of the community most affected by all this are just as important as the policeone of whom is actually a member of Real Murders anywayin solving the case.
I look forward to reading the rest of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries!
Every month, Real Murders, a society of crime buffs in Lawrenceton, Georgia, met to discuss a favorite infamous murder. Its members were an eccentric lot; Gifford Doakes, the massacre specialist; Jane Engle, lover of Victorian horrors; Perry Allison, a Ted Bundy fan...
The night of the last meeting, town librarian Aurora "Rose" Teagarden discovered Mamie Wright's mutilated body in the clubhouse kitchen. She felt certain the killer was a fellow member, for the crime bore a chilling resemblance to thte club's "murder" of the month.
And as other brutal "copycat" killings followed, the only motive seemed a horrifyingly bizarre sense of fun.....
I've read 3 other series of Charlaine Harris. Have to say this is the one I like least. Aurora Teagarden does not seem quite as interesting as Sookie Stackhouse, Lily Bard, or Harper Connelly, the main characters of the 3 other mystery series. She's just a bit tamer, I guess. But the book is written with Harris' usual fresh and straightforward style and is a quick and good read.