Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery


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.


Real Murders was a really boring read. I kept putting it down, reading something else, then trying to finish it again. All of the characters were so one dimensional and just....there was something off about Aurora but I can't figure out what exactly it was. She was so strange, but I don't know why. There was no reason for her to be so odd, and I just couldn't figure her out. I didn't care about her at all. I got to the point where I was just like I wish someone would kill her or do something so that maybe something exciting would happen. Yes, there are many murders in the book but it was just not good.

Aurora is in the real murders club. People start being murdered like old murders so she tries to figure out who it might be. But not really. She kind of plays with the idea, but doesn't really accomplish much. She is also dating Robin, the strange author who just moved to town, and Arthur, the cop who is also in the real murders club. Those parts were strange as well as it never even seemed like Aurora liked them or they her. It was just like well there is no one else so...I couldn't figure out Robin either. He was so strange in a way that didn't make sense to me. I didn't get him. I wish the characters would have been flushed out more so the way they acted would have made sense.

So Aurora and Robin end up discovering a lot of the bodies/evidence. They always seem to be on the scene, and it seems like Robin is just hanging around Aurora for someone to talk to about what is happening. The ending, who did it, was just confusing. Really Aurora was incredibly stupid and I just thought I don't really care what happens to her, or anyone. You don't really find out why the killer killed everyone or anything. It is just a quick hey here is the killer! The end. It was just not good. After reading the authors Lily Bard series and really enjoying it I was quite disappointed. I feel like this was like a rough draft for that series. It had a similar feel, but nowhere near as good. This book couldn't hold my attention and I won't be reading any more of the series.

Rating: 1/5

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