Friday, November 9, 2012

Follow Friday and Review: "Real Murders"

Glorious Friday to you, my readers!

Phenomenal birthday yesterday, I'm still tingling with newness!

Today we have a REVIEW of "Real Murders" by Charlaine Harris.

For those of you who don't know (living under a rock, are you?) Charlaine Harris is author of the SOOKIE STACKHOUSE series which the HBO series "TrueBlood" is loosely based on. The "Aurora Teagarden" mysteries were part of her first series of books written back in the 90's.

Not paranormal and not as interesting as the Sookie Stackhouse series, but if you enjoy her writing style as I do then these books will work for you. 

Anyway, on to the review! Followed by a "FOLLOW FRIDAY".

*"Real Murders"*
*Charlaine Harris*
Title: Real Murders
Charaline Harris
  December 1, 1990


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.

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating


To start off, this rating might be a little higher than what it would have been normally based on content and character dimensions... but Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors and I pretty much love her work regardless. Yeah... that's what happens.

Anyway. Aurora Teagarden is NOT Sookie Stackhouse, but that's refreshing. Roe is a bit more on the dull side but she can still be a spitfire and she's just as independent as her literary sister Sookie. The other characters in the book were not really up for getting to know. The reader catches just a glimpse of the surface of each of these characters because Ms. Harris focuses all the attention on the main character, who in all honesty seems kinds of frumpy. 

I can not deny, though, that I read through this book and enjoyed it. The mystery was not epic, but it kept you guessing and thus kept you reading.

Roe is a young woman living under the shadow of her mother, quietly working as a librarian and acting as a landlord to her mother's townhouse tenants. Her best friend is gorgeous and spunky... and miles and miles away and her love life is defunct. The only thing interesting happening in Roe's life now is her meetings with "Real Murders", a club that focuses on true crime.

The motley crew is turned on their heads when Roe discovers the body of one of their members, killed in a too familiar way. 

Suddenly Roe's life is turned upside down and within pages there's a handsome cop and a famous writer vying for her romantic attention. She must not be THAT frumpy after all!

There are definitely some moments where you have to give Ms. Harris credit for going there. You know where there is. That place that makes the reader's muscles draw up somewhere.

Anyway. All in all this book kept me reading and I must admit...normally would have gotten a 3/5 for lack of super spunk, but I just can't do it. I'm riding on the fumes from the last Sookie Stackhouse Novel.

Anyway it's a good read ESPECIALLY if you're a Harris fan! 

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by parajunkee and alisoncanread! I hope you'll join this great little Find and Follow party!

Q: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?

I normally don't enjoy fanfiction, usually because it's poorly written or based on sexual encounters between particular characters. However, books that are off-shoots of other stories or are twist stories that give the original a bit of a new color are fantastic to me. It takes creativity to take an already awesome original and turn it into something ELSE like "Pride Prejudice and Zombies". Though I haven't read that book, and don't really plan on it, it's a novel concept to change a classic up with paranormal modern-ness to make it new.

Books with similar ideas to other books? Well, take Harry Potter. I love those books. Millions around the world love the Harry Potter books. There were some concepts in Harry Potter that were very very similar to stories previously written by Diana Wynne Jones, years before Harry was even a twinkle in Ms. Rowlings eye.

I do get tired over particular concepts being used over and over and over again, but then there's always that one person that manages to do things a little differently.

You also have to consider the writing style. Sometimes just the style of writing is enough to make a difference between two similar books.

All in all I would say that this is a very GRAY area, and that there is no 'Yes' or 'No' answer that covers all the bases.


That's all for this Friday my dears!

Everyone have a happy end of the week and I'll see you tomorrow for STARDUST SATURDAY!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



  1. I agree with you on the fanfiction being sexual driven!

    New Follower!
    Kristen @OCA

  2. Thanks for popping by my WW. Your book review sounds like my kind of book... I'm heading to amazon to download a sample. It looks like you just found me my next read! Thanks you

  3. Hi new follower! I really enjoyed your review.

  4. I agree that there's no yes or no answer. I actually gave four answers.

    My follow friday. Please visit!

  5. I agree.
    And I also don't read fanfic. I'd love to spend my time reading original books.
    Here's my FF.
    Have a great day!
    *New GFC follower. :)