Monday, May 20, 2013

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
1990, Berkley
Series: Book 1 of Aurora Teagarden

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: I liked the premise of this book - a "murder club" full of true-crime buffs starts getting killed off, probably by one of their own. I enjoyed Roe, for the first time in her life even, trying to juggle two men and decide between them. I loved that she's a librarian as well as all of the true-crime case facts that were explored over the course of the book.

The Bad: Aurora Teagarden - it's such a pretty name. I didn't get her dislike of it, or why she would possibly chose to go by Roe instead. I also didn't really like the way she sort of thought badly about herself whenever she compared herself to either of her close girlfriends.

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