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Also by this author: Midnight Crossroad, Indigo, Night Shift, Sleep Like a Baby, The Pretenders, A Longer Fall, An Easy Death, The Russian Cage
Brilliantly repackaged as only Prime Crime can -- the first book in the New York Times bestselling author's popular Aurora Teagarden mystery series. 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.
“Tonight I want to tell you about the most fascinating of murder mysteries, the Wallace case,” I told my mirror Enthusiastically.
What I thought of this book
Because I love the Hallmark movie based on this series I thought I would try the actual book and boy was it a lot different than the movie. The book is a lot darker cozy mystery than the movie but it was still enjoyable.
Aurora “Roe” Teagarden is a librarian who loves murder mysteries. When she finds out there are a few others in town who are the same way they put together the Real Murders Club. It’s a club that meets once a month to discuss a high-profile murder or maybe one that was never solved.
It was time for one of their meetings and Roe shows up to find Sally there but she doesn’t see Maime who was the one in charge of opening up the VFW, but her car is there. Once it looks like everyone has shown up she decides to go look for Maime and finds her in the kitchen bludgeoned to death and the crime mimics the case Roe was supposed to talk about, The Wallace Case.
Arthur one of the members is a detective though he works in the burglary division finds Roe and the body. Since he knows the people at the club he gets to work on the case with the homicide detectives. Lynn is one of the detectives and she doesn’t seem to like Roe much because she likes Arthur.
Roe seems to have a little bit of a romantic triangle going on all of a sudden with Arthur and then the mystery writer, Robin, who her friend brings to the club that night. Which was strange because I think they fast forward some things in the movie cause Arthur and Lynn are married in the movies, so that was kind of weird for me. It was really hard not to compare the book to movie since I have seen the movie probably like 5 or more times cause I love them! 🙂
Though some things are the same some of the murders and characters are a tad different and like I said it is a little bit darker. The ending is totally different and Roe has a little brother!! That so threw me off…lol. So if you have watched the movies and want to try the books just remember to think of them as two very different things with the same overall premise cause they are different in a lot of ways.
Overall, I enjoyed it but I think since I have watched and loved the movies that some of the differences in the book threw me off a bit from loving the book. I think it would be the other way around if I had read the book before watching the movies. 🙂