Berkley Prime Crime, 2008. ISBN 978-0-425-22052-8.
Reviewed by Paula Stallings Yost
Posted on 03/17/2008
Aurora Teagarden is back, to the relief and delight of her many fans. Charlaine Harris' popular mystery series from the 1990s (originally published in hardcover by Walker, Scribner, and St. Martin's with mass market distributiion by Worldwide) is being reprinted by Berkley Prime Crime. I picked up the series with Three Bedrooms one rainy day, kicked back, and started to read. Before long, I felt more like I was relishing a long, juicy letter from a girlfriend than reading a book. Can't wait to dig into Real Murders and A Bone to Pick, the other two works in the series.
Harris' light approach to the dark side of mayhem, murder, and real estate games in a small town just outside Atlanta was entertaining, warm, and real; her characters could easily have been my neighbors in my own small town. Aurora (Roe) Teagarden, ex-librarian and current super-sleuth, is one of my new favorite heroines. She manages to deal with life, lovers (old and new), lechers, and Mama with equal parts sugar and spice with a bit of exasperation thrown in for balance.
For a weekend at the beach or an evening by the fire, this cozy little mystery is just the release from humdrum reality that you may be looking for. Thanks, Charlaine, for lightening my day!
Charlaine Harris, perhaps best known for her acclaimed Southern Vampire novels featuring Sookie Starkhouse and a host of humorous ghouls, is a New York Times bestselling author who knows how to tell a story with true Southern style. Born in Mississippi, she now lives in Arkansas. Visit her website.
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