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Real Murders by Charlaine Harris | Book & Mini-Movie Review

August 30, 2021
Real Murders Charlaine Harris

Hi book friends! Do any of you have pets? I have a crazy almost two year old Golden Retriever. We named her Lucy after Lucille Ball but you know what? We should have named her Fuzzy. I can never get all the dog hair off my clothes (as evidenced by this photo!) ๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyhoo … today, we’re talking about my new obsession … Aurora Teagarden. I just read Real Murders by Charlaine Harris and immediately jumped over to the movie. What a character Roe is!

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First thoughts for Real Murders

Aurora is an interesting character. She definitely holds herself as an amateur sleuth, though doesn’t seem to realize what that means until her Real Murders club becomes the target of … well, real murders. A murder club to me, is a dark thing, and Aurora didn’t seem like a dark person.

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Real Murders Charlaine Harris

REAL MURDERS by Charlaine Harris
Series: Aurora Teagarden #1
Published: August 1, 2016 by JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: 209 pages
Format Read: Kindle
Buy It: Amazon
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Reviewed by: Megan
Challenges: 2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge – Letter “R”, 2021 Literary Escapes Reading Challenge – Georgia
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Aurora Teagarden, small town librarian and true crime buff, is looking forward to the monthly meeting of the Real Murders Society, a group of fellow crime enthusiasts who share a unique interest in historical murders. The Society meetings are the highlight of Roe’s social life in sleepy Lawrenceton, Georgia, and she’s ready for a quiet night of discussion, coffee, and cookies. But after she finds the body of a Society member in a staged crime scene eerily similar to the one the group was supposed to discuss that very night, Roe finds herself at the center of a murderous story of her own.

As the killer strikes again, it’s obvious that members of the Real Murders Society have become targets of a knowledgeable copycat. With the help of handsome police detective Arthur Smith and the town’s dashing new resident, mystery novelist Robin Crusoe, it’s up to Roe to discover if the murderer is one of the group’s own and to piece the perplexing puzzle together before another body appears.

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I picked this book up because I’d been interested in the character of Aurora Teagarden. Before seeing the movies on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel, I didn’t know it was a series and quite frankly, was surprised to see Charlaine Harris’ name on the books.

A book about a bookworm!!

I absolutely LOVED that Aurora is a librarian! Any book about a bookworm is a plus for me.

The mass of characters at the beginning of the Real Murders is a bit hard to keep track of at first. As the book progresses, we see each character in spurts (some more than others) and it becomes pretty easy to keep them separate.

I read this book at the same time I watched the Hallmark movie, making sure that I didn’t watch ahead of what I read. I was surprised by the big differences so early on in the movie and have to admit that was quite a disappointment, as Charlaine Harris is listed as one of the producers of the movies. I’m not a fan of movies or TV shows that deviate from the books (Percy Jackson, I’m looking at you!).

An itty bitty movie review – โญโญโญโญโญ to Real Murders as a movie! I absolutely loved Candace Cameron Bure, as well as Lexa Doig (a favorite of mine from my Andromeda days!). The characters were wonderfully portrayed by the actors, and I enjoyed the interactions between Aurora and Arthur more when there wasn’t a romantic hint to them.

Is this how mysteries work???

I’m curious how this series can continue with SO MANY people dying in the first book. I suppose they weren’t necessarily main characters, though it seems like a lot.

I’m new to murder mysteries so picking out the murderer(s) at the end isn’t one of my skills. I was surprised by the reveal at the end of Real Murders. Also, copycatting historical murders is an intriguing concept … though, I’ll admit very creepy. I was glad this book stuck closer to the “cozy” genre, instead of branching into a thriller/morbid-type mystery. While it does get a bit less cozy as you near the end, it wasn’t over the top for me.

Final Answer for Real Murders?

This is an enjoyable first book in the Aurora Teagarden series. Would I continue it? Maybe if all the books were on Kindle Unlimited. I’m just not sure I’m invested enough to continue if I need to purchase each book. The movies, however, have seriously hooked my attention. I think it’s just the fact that I connected more with Candace Cameron Bure than I did with the character of Aurora. In the book, she’s so stiff and formal.

Want more Aurora Teagarden?

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  • Reply Wendy Williams August 30, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    I have not read many cozy mysteries, but I. would like to. This series sounds interesting , both the TV and the books.

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