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review 2018-09-16 03:02
Real Murders
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Book 1) - Charlaine Harris

This was not a good book. At all.

 

The characters were as flat as paper dolls. Except paper dolls are less boring and more likeable.

 

I found the main character, Roe (short for Aurora), the least likeable of them all. Just as bland as the others, in addition to being the stereotypical mousy librarian. She also came off as kind of preachy and was jealous of any woman who had a romantic relationship...including her own mother. She was far too self-pitying for my tastes as well.

 

All of the other characters, including her two "love interests," were so one dimensional, that it was impossible to work up any caring about any of them.

 

Roe didn't really seem to do much detecting, either. Things happened, and she either just happened to be there or stumbled upon them soon after.

 

The reveal of the killer was a complete flop, and it was resolved way too quickly.

 

And then there was this:

 

"At least this would be a unifying election for Lawrenceton. None of the candidates was black, which always made for a tense campaign and a divisive one."

 

Alrighty then.

 

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text 2018-09-16 02:44
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Book 1) - Charlaine Harris

Well...at least I finished it.

 

Using it for:

 

 

It would also work for:

 

Amateur Sleuth

Murder Most Foul

Terror in a Small Town

Terrifying Women

 

And I think due to the multiple victims you could also use it for Slasher Stories.

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text 2018-09-16 01:23
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Book 1) - Charlaine Harris

I'm going to finish this since it's a pretty fast read, but ugh. These characters are so flat and boring.

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text 2018-09-15 21:50
Reading progress update: I've read 17%.
Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Book 1) - Charlaine Harris

It's early days yet, but my feelings about this book so far can best be described as, "Meh."

 

Using it for:

 

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review 2018-09-03 16:52
Midnight Crossroads by Charlaine Harrie
Midnight Crossroad - Charlaine Harris

I picked this up at some random point because it was really cheap. I've actually read very little by Charlaine Harris, I avoided all of the Sookie Stackhouse excitement completely - never read the books, never saw the HBO adaptation. In retrospect, that might have been a mistake because I'm not sure that this would qualify as her best work.

 

Midnight, Texas is a small town where things are not quite what they seem, including most of the inhabitants. The basic story relates to Bobo, the pawn shop owner (and frankly, I could never get over that STUPID name), whose girlfriend, Aubrey, has disappeared without a trace. Aubrey is also not what she seems. There is the local witch, Fiji (why, Charlaine, why?), the local psychic, Manfred (OMG, these names. Kill me) and the local nubile high school graduate, Creek, (OK, that name is actually quite good). And a vampire, Lemuel (we're back to stupid names, again).

 

In honor of Lemuel, I'm slotting this one in the Deadlands category. Vampires are not a favorite of mine, so I figure I'd better fill that category now or it may not happen later.

 

Anyway, I actually liked the town, and I even liked most of the characters, their stupid names notwithstanding. The problem with this book is that it went nowhere. And on the road to nowhere, it traveled sloooooooow. The ending was out of the blue, and left me thinking what the actual fuck just happened?

 

I may be willing to give Midnight, Texas another go, but I'm thinking that I should probably dip my toe into one of her other series first. The Lily Bard series is the most appealing to me, starting with Shakespeare's Landlord, but I think I will check it out of the library in case it is also a miss for me.

 

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