Wednesday 8 December 2010

THE AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES #2: A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris

An omnibus edition of Roe Teagarden's adventures!Aurora Teagarden loves reading about famous murderers - until she finds herself investigating a real-life killing spree!Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it's still a small town at heart. Librarian Aurora Teagarden - Roe - grew up there and she reckons she knows everything about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature...

Well, after reading the first book in this series and enjoying it so much, I decided to get stuck into the second one right away. Actually, I think I'll probably end up reading the whole omnibus, one story after another. I've really been hooked into Roe's world.

Over a year has passed since the murderous events of Real Murders, and after the fiasco involving two of its members, the crime group has disbanded. That doesn't mean that Roe's life is any easier, though. She's attended two weddings--her mother's and her ex-boyfriend's--as well as a funeral. The funeral actually brings about a turn of events that has her going from stuggling librarian to well-off home owner.

See, the elderly Jane Engle, who was a member of the Real Murders club, passed away and left Roe almost everything she owned--which includes a fully furnished house, plenty of money in the bank, a pregnant cat, and a human skull. Uh, yep, that's right. Not only has Roe inherited enough wealth to help her live a happier life and consider quitting her job as a librarian (which is now part-time, anyway) but also throws her in the middle of a very old (secret, and unsolved) crime.

She's also seeing a new man, an Episcopalian minister by the name of Aubrey. Life is slowly coming together... well, almost. Making a decision on whether to keep/sell the house is complicated by her ex and his new pregnant wife moving in across the street. Oh, and that skull she found hidden in the window seat--who's is it? Who killed someone only to separate the skull from the rest of the body? And where is the body? 

With Aurora Teagarden on the case, an answer is sure to be found sooner, rather than later.

A Bone To Pick is a great and interesting book, a very cool addition to this awesome series. I love how it expands Roe's life, the town of Lawrenceton, and also introduces a new host of personal problems. All of them putting her in the middle of another unsolved crime. She might no longer be part of a real crime group, but her love for it hasn't faded. And getting the slew of Jane's books is also a cool thing.

I get the feeling that situations of the heart are going to keep turning up in this series, to confuse and torture poor Roe. Personally, I think that's super cool and can't wait to see who else she dates. Remember how I wondered if she'd pick the blond detective or the redheaded writer at the end of the first book? Turns out she picked the wrong guy and things didn't work out, which also means the other guy actually left town. I wasn't expecting that. Which is a good thing, I like unpredictability.

Well, since I've already read the first chapter of the third book, I guess we know what I'm reading next... ;)

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries #2: Omnibus 1, December 2010, ISBN 9780575096479, Gollancz Paperback

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