Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO's True Blood, NBC's Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.
This author's delightful addition to the ``Aurora Teagarden'' series enmeshes the ex-librarian in numerous murders that occur in empty houses for sale. Since the receipt of an inheritance, Aurora has considered joining her mother's real estate firm; instead, she discovers corpses and begins investigating almost without realizing it. Her love life, meanwhile, explodes when she meets an older man new to the area. Clearly focused plot, animated description of character and real estate, and sparkling prose commend this breath of fresh air to all collections
At loose ends after her adventures in A Bone to Pick , former librarian Aurora Teagarden pitches in to help her mother Aida, a busy real estate agent in Lawrenceton, Ga. On her first unofficial showing of a house, Aurora discovers the naked corpse of a rival realtor in the master bedroom. Somewhat daunted, Aurora and her no-nonsense mom determine that the culprit must be another real estate agent--someone who could have gotten the key from Aida's office without raising suspicion. Then the body of another broker is discovered in another house for sale. Adding to Aurora's distress is her growing attraction to mysterious Martin Bartell, whose company has transferred him to Lawrenceton to reorganize its plant. Plucky, charming Aurora must choose between the dependable, uncomplicated Episcopalian minister whom she has been chastely dating and Martin, whose responsibility for laying off workers makes him dangerous to know. Meanwhile she and her mother question Aida's staff, other brokers and friends to determine who killed the realtors. With the disbanding of the Real Murders Club (which informally rehashed true crime cases), Aurora has time to sleuth to her heart's content in this high-spirited Southern cozy. Mystery Guild alternate. (Apr.)
"Delightful...Clearly focused plot, animated description of character and real estate, and sparkling prose commend this breath of fresh air to all collections."--Library Journal
"Quite entertaining...a very talented author."--AllReaders.com "[A] high-spirited Southern cozy."--Publishers Weekly