Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it’s still a small town at heart. Librarian Aurora “Roe” Teagarden grew up there and knows more than enough about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature. With those fellow crime buffs, Roe belongs to a club called Real Murders, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It’s a harmless pastime – until the night she finds a member dead, 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 – potential victims…
I absolutely love Charlaine Harris and The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, but I must confess I hadn’t read any of her other series. So when I came across this first book in The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, I knew I had to give it a try.
Aurora Teagarden is a twenty-eight-year-old librarian who belongs to a mystery club named Real Murders, which meets monthly to discuss famous real-life murder cases. On the night that Aurora ‘Roe’ was supposed to present the Wallace murders, she discovers the body of one of her fellow club member, Mamie Wright, displayed in a similar way to the crime the club was about to discuss. Unfortunately, the killing didn’t end there and when another murder took place copying another famous murder case, Roe knew she had to get to the bottom of that mystery.
I really enjoyed this novel. I have to admit that it was hard not to compare Roe to Sookie. It was also a big change in Harris’s style of writing compared to The Sookie Stackhouse Novels. Roe was not as well developed as a character as Sookie was.
Although this was a light and cozy mystery, It still kept me guessing until the end. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.