11/25/2016

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris ~ Audiobook Review

Real Murders
by
Charlaine Harris

Series: Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Published: November 19, 2009
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Audiobook Publisher: Recorded Books
6 hrs 7 mins

Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime -- until the night she finds a member 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 -- or potential victims.

AUDIOBOOK
Source: Self
Rating: 4 Stars ~ Loved

This was a light murder mystery for all its gruesome murder situations.  'Roe' is a likeable heroine and the story is told from her perspective.  She comes from a divorced home with her mother being one of the leading southern ladies of the town who is gorgeous and graceful.  Roe sees herself as average, but she isn't down on herself.  She likes her life and is happy to work at the library and join with her fellow club members talking murder.

It was interesting to see the situation change for Roe as she gains two suitors.  Robin is a famous mystery writer and guest professor at the university while Arthur is a fellow murder club member and police detective.  It's early days so she is interested in both and enjoying having men interested in her.

The mystery itself was not easy to solve for me.  I got an inkling late in the game, but was happily shocked when it was reveal time.  Each murder is set up with victims who match the MO of earlier famous murder cases and the killer also leaves the weapon with innocent people to get the fingers pointing at each other.  The victims and those who are framed are all connected to the murder club so they are all watching each other warily even as the police track down clues from crime scenes and witnesses.  Roe plays a good amateur detective.

I experienced this book in audio format and really enjoyed my first encounter with Therese Plummer as narrator.  She did a great job with all the voices and her overall storytelling was engaging and captivating.

All in all, this was a wonderful start to a series.  I particularly thought it was fun to dip back into times of less technology- no smart phones and laptops.  I think mystery, cozy mystery, and romantic suspense fans would find this a good one to try.
Sophia Rose regularly blogs and reviews at Delighted Reader.

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