published: Reprint 2008
Death comes calling on a small-town librarian whose life is passing her by.
Aurora “Roe” Teagarden’s fortunes change when a deceased acquaintance names her as heir to a rather substantial estate, including money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat. Roe concludes that the elderly women has purposely left her a murder to solve. So she must identify the victim and figure out which one of her new, ordinary-seeming neighbors is a murderer-without putting herself in deadly danger. (Amazon)
In (Very) Short:
+ an Aurora Teagarden mystery
+ light and easy read more reminiscent of chick lit
+ not a mystery not a crime story
Aurora “Roe” Teagarden inherits a fortune, a house, and a skull. After an acquaintance dies and leaves Roe money and a house, she is delighted until she finds the skull. Now she has to decide what to with all that she has inherited and she is left with the task of solving the mystery of the dead person hidden in her new house.
The story was an easy and breezy read. Charlaine Harris has a writing style that will draw you in and not let you go. The story was anything but a mystery. Roe was neither investigating nor doing anything really. She just happens to be at the right place at the right time. She looks what happens around her and asks herself some questions, but basically she does nothing really.
If you don’t read it under the premise of a mystery novel (which I haven’t because I already read another book and I have identified the primary pattern), it is a really enjoyable and quick read. It is more of a chick lit – dealing with her ex, dating another, discussions and problems with her mother – kind of book. It is at least for me.
I enjoyed the read, the characters are quite flat but that doesn’t mater since again I did not expect anything else and was looking for exactly that when I started reading. Something that washes over me.
Good read, but nothing to pick up if you really want to read a mystery novel.