[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hough 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. (via Shelfari)
What I Thought
A cozy mystery series written by Charlene Harris of Southern Vampire Mysteries aka Trueblood aka Sookie Stackhouse fame. There is nothing paranormal going on here just a good mystery in small town Georgia. Aurora or Roe as known by her friends is a librarian and member of a Crime group that looks at old murders and either tries to solve them or looks at them like case studies. With this background she makes a great amature sleuth and I did like her. She was annoying at times – like really annoying, but it doesn’t last long and as this came out in the early 1990’s you get to read all about smart pantsuits which cracks me up.
You get a long list of possible suspects, all of which are described so well that everyone knows someone like that. Example:
Benjamin was a difficult person, one of those people who make you feel ashamed of yourself if you dislike him, while making it almost impossible to like him.
Everyone knows a Benjamin. It’s not just him everyone knows someone like one of the characters in this book which is really rare and I think it makes it so much better and almost relatable in a way.
The murder mystery itself was good, but if you’re into mysteries it might be guessable part way through the book. It’s not bad. I guessed correctly but only partially so it was fun to see how it all came into place. It was full of action, dead bodies, good characters and a solid start to a mystery series. I’ll be reading more for sure.