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November 14, 2016

All the Little Liars: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

All the Little Liars: An Auroscreen-shot-2016-11-10-at-2-48-42-pmra Teagarden Mystery

by Charlaine Harris

The Aurora Teagarden mysteries are one of my favorite cozy mystery series.  They are a fun, relaxing way to spend an afternoon or evening (or several).  The main character, Aurora Teagarden, is a librarian who lives in a small town outside Atlanta, and is always finding herself in the middle of a mystery.  The first novel in the series, Real Murders, was released in 1990 and details how Aurora and her Real Murders mystery club, which gets together to analyze and try to solve famous historical unsolved crimes, happens upon a real mystery.  A lot happens to Aurora in the next 8 books.  Prior to the publication of All the Little Liars, the most recent Aurora Teagarden mystery was published in 2003.  I thought the series was long over so I was delighted to discover that there was a new one on the shelf!

The reason why a new novel was released is not so mysterious. The Hallmark channel premiered the Aurora Teagarden movie, Real Murders in 2015 and has since released several more.  The most recent and fourth release was The Julius House on October 16th.  The library has copies of the first 2 Hallmark movies in the series:  Real Murders and A Bone to Pick.  I have not had a chance to watch these but I know I won’t be able to resist for long!

All the Little Liars was everything I’ve come to expect of an Aurora Teagarden mystery.  It has an intriguing mystery, some suspense, characters to love and hate, and a somewhat strange ending.  It starts out with Aurora Teagarden soon after her wedding, I won’t say to who in case you are still reading the series.  She has recently discovered she is expecting so is dealing with all the issues an upcoming first pregnancy in her late-thirties entails.  Her teenage brother Phillip, who has been living with her and her husband and has recently moved from California, mysteriously vanishes along with 3 of his friends.  There is all sorts of speculation and the police and the FBI can’t figure out what has happened.  So, of course, Aurora, once again, comes to the rescue and solves the crime! The ending almost ensures more mysteries to come!   If you like cozy mysteries, especially those with libraries, I recommend the Aurora Teagarden series.  If you’ve already enjoyed Charlaine Harris’s other Aurora Teagarden mysteries, I think you will enjoy All the Little Liars, too!


Review By:  Heidi Herald