The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. Book review

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 2 by Charlaine Harris. Gollancz ‘18.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden is a genteel southern-gal. A librarian who inherited some money and property and need never work again, and though she adores her new husband, and  stills does a few hours at the library just for fun, Aurora is plain bored. She is just not cut out to be a tea-drinking lady of leisure. So when a body quite literally drops from the sky, she sees it as a heaven sent opportunity to become embroiled in the murder investigation. 

Thus begins the first of four novels in this thumping great 700+ page omnibus of crime fiction which includes four Aurora novels: Dead Over Heels, A Fool And His Honey, Last Scene Alive and Poppy Done To Death.

These gentle and humorous crime mysteries are very different to the Sookie Stackhouse: True Blood volumes that have made Harris famous, but they are fun, predominantly due to the wicked sense of fun that she imbues all of her writing with. Rather like our own Miss Marples’ Mary St Mead, Aurora’s small town of Lawrenceton, Georgia, is awash with murder and gossip and eccentricity and in truth there are quite a few comparisons to be made between the two feisty amateur lady detectives. Light reading and good value for those who want to curl up in a comfy chair and enjoy a who-dunnit or four.

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 2 by Charlaine Harris. Gollancz ‘18.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden is a genteel southern-gal. A librarian who inherited some money and property and need never work again, and though she adores her new husband, and  stills does a few hours at the library just for fun, Aurora is plain bored. She is just not cut out to be a tea-drinking lady of leisure. So when a body quite literally drops from the sky, she sees it as a heaven sent opportunity to become embroiled in the murder investigation. 

Thus begins the first of four novels in this thumping great 700+ page omnibus of crime fiction which includes four Aurora novels: Dead Over Heels, A Fool And His Honey, Last Scene Alive and Poppy Done To Death.

These gentle and humorous crime mysteries are very different to the Sookie Stackhouse: True Blood volumes that have made Harris famous, but they are fun, predominantly due to the wicked sense of fun that she imbues all of her writing with. Rather like our own Miss Marples’ Mary St Mead, Aurora’s small town of Lawrenceton, Georgia, is awash with murder and gossip and eccentricity and in truth there are quite a few comparisons to be made between the two feisty amateur lady detectives. Light reading and good value for those who want to curl up in a comfy chair and enjoy a who-dunnit or four.