Saturday 30 April 2011

THE AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES #6: A Fool and His Honey by Charlaine Harris

A mystery series from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels.
Lawrenceton, Georgia, was once a small town; now many people see it only as a growing suburb of Atlanta - but it's still a small town at heart, where people wander in and out of each other's homes, and everybody knows everybody's business. Librarian Aurora Teagarden - Roe to her friends - grew up there, and she should know. She's always been interested in the darker side of human nature, ever since her True Crime book club led to a real murder...

This omnibus edition contains the last four novels: Dead Over Heals (book 5); A Fool and his Honey (book 6); Last Scene Alive (book 7 ); Poppy Done to Death (book 8).

I really enjoy this series. Every time I pick up the next book, I get totally captivated by what's going on in Roe's life, and can't believe just how much trouble she gets into.

Just when Roe is sure her day can't get any worse--after the handyman dropping off some timber flips out in her backyard--Regina, Martin's niece, drops in unannounced. With a baby. When no one even knew she was expecting. If that's not strange enough, the erratic behaviour of their dinner hosts adds to her list of worries.

However, when they get home from the dinner to find a dead man near their house, Regina and her car gone, and the baby hidden under the bed, Roe's whole life gets turned upside down.

All while Roe's forced to care for baby Hayden as Martin and her travel to Ohio in hopes of unravelling some of the mystery about why Regina popped into their home in the first place, why/who killed her husband, and how the baby fits into everything.

This happens to be one of the most confusing murder-mysteries that Roe has found herself in, and it's especially harder because it deals with Martin's family. It's personal, and Roe--who's never had children around her--is suddenly forced to take care of a baby as if it was hers. This puts an added strain on her life.

A Fool and His Honey is one of the most intense books in this excellent mystery series. One strange and bad thing flows into another, and another... never letting Roe and Martin get a break. Seriously, my heartbeat sped up so much while I was reading this book, especially during the last 50 pages. I couldn't believe what was going on and didn't want to stop until I reached the very shocking, sad, and unpredictable end. :(

This is fast becoming one of my most favourite series, and I've got two more to go until I get to the end...

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Omnibus 2, April 2011, ISBN 9780575096509, Gollancz Paperback
M&SRC books read: 12/12

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