Title: Real Murders Author: Charlaine Harris Published: December 4th 2007 by Berkley Prime Crime Mystery Format: Mass Market Paperback, 290 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: Aurora Teagarden #1
Aurora Teagarden is a librarian in the small town of Lawrenceton, Georgia who enjoys hosting a monthly Real Murders club consisting of a dozen true crime buffs that study and discuss famous unsolved crimes. What they never expected, was to be in the middle of their very own.
On the evening of the meeting, one of their own goes missing; Aurora discovers her body laid out in a very familiar pattern. Now she is trying to explain this to the local detective and when he is not quite on board, another murder happens and this too is reminiscent of a real unsolved murder that is decades old. Roe is beginning to look more like a suspect than the helpful person she is trying to be.
Aurora is getting too close and someone is out for her. This time it is too close to home. She knows that the true killer has to be a member of her club, but who could it be. Maybe it is the newest visitor, a crime writer, but she is not sure since her own feelings for him might be getting in the way. This is a bit confusing for this staid librarian since she also seems to be capturing the interest of the police detective.
As the deaths pile up, Aurora is determined to find out who and why old crimes are copycatted and why she is being set up as the scapegoat. What comes out in the end is somewhat surprising since the whole book was rather sedate, by Harris standards, and then the realities appear. Who knew that the mildest amongst them could be hiding such darkness?