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.
An ingenious plot and sufficient flow of blood keep the pages flying in Harris's ( Sweet and Deadly ) third novel, as a series of killings patterned after celebrated murders is perpetrated on the small community of Lawrenceton, Ga. Twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden, professional librarian, belongs to the Real Murders club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes. As a meeting is to begin, Roe discovers the massacred body of a club member. She recognizes the method of slaughter as imitating the very crime she was to address that night--suddenly her life as armchair sleuth assumes an eerie reality. The murderer continues to claim victims, each in the style of a different historical killer. Roe herself becomes a target, and also attracts two admirers, Robin Crusoe, a famed mystery writer new to Lawrenceton, and club member/detective Arthur Smith. Death seems to have infused new life into her waning social calendar, an irony not lost on this pensive character. Harris draws the guilty and the innocent into an engrossing tale while inventing a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray.
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1 . A worthy character but not Sookie
Posted November 12, 2010 by C Dowell , Martinez, GABeing absolutely in love with the Sookie Stackhouse series, I figured I would try out this one. It took me a while to warm up to Roe Teagarden and I almost had to force myself to pass the first few pages. However, once the story got rolling I did really enjoy the story and the characters. Now that I've started, I'll probably read the rest of the series. Good but not great.
2 . Didnt think i would...
Posted October 20, 2009 by Kish , JacksonvilleI didn't think I would really get into this series but now I'm on the 5th book!! I'm loving Roe and the way she handles herself. Not afraid to question the biggest man or throw down for the ones she cares about.
December 03, 2007
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