Berkely Prime Crime, New York, 2008. ISBN 978-0-425-22203-4.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 05/27/2008
The Julius House, newly reprinted by Berkely Prime Crime, is the fourth in the Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris. Just over six years ago, the Julius family disappeared, taking none of their belongings. The mystery was never solved, and for amateur sleuth "Roe" it becomes the perfect wedding present from her handsome, wealthy fiancé, Martin.
Roe is finally going to be the bride and not a bridesmaid. To top that, now she has a new home to decorate, a wedding to plan and a mystery to solve, all of which makes her happier than she has ever been in her life. She is surprised when her fiancé, Martin, informs her that two of his friends are moving into the apartment over the garage of their new home. She does her best to welcome the odd pair while putting aside her worries that maybe she doesn't know her husband-to-be as well as she thought. But she is in love and looking forward to taking up their life together in the remodeled home when they return from the perfect honeymoon in England.
But life isn't a fairy tale with all happy endings, as Roe soon discovers. Her new husband's recently revealed and unsavory past, an axe wielding madman, her friends' concerns about her living in the mystery house and the so-called "friends" over the garage who turn out to be her bodyguards—all this soon has her thinking that maybe some secrets are better left to remain buried. The depth of characterizations and twists of the plot will keep you guessing to the shocking, unexpected end.
New York Times best selling author Charlaine Harris is a board member of Mystery Writers of America, a past board member of Sisters in Crime, a member of the American Crime Writers League, and past president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She makes her home in Arkansas with her husband, three children, three dogs and a duck. For more information about any of her several series of books, she welcomes visits to her website.
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