Sunday, 19 March 2017

February Book Review: The Julius House - Charlaine Harris

Hello and welcome to my book blog, a little glimps into my life as bookworm.  Keep reading to find out one of my guilty secrets!!!

This is the fourth book in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Series by Charlaine Harris, some of you may recognise the name if you are a fan of the Sookie novels or True Blood TV series.  If you are not a vampire fan then those books/series aren't for you, however if you like cosy murder mysteries then it's worth seeking out this series.  I borrowed all four books from the library, despite having an almost mini library of my own I do love to support the library.  I am currently waiting on the fifth book to be ready for collection, I have to wait for the mobile library to visit the village at the end of the month.  I could order it from the library in the nearest town but I actually quite enjoy the expectation and getting out to meet the librarian and the regular users, there is always some "hot" village gossip or someone with whom to share a new book or author.
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Blurb in my own words.
Aurora Teagarden, know to her friends as Roe, is a keen amateur historical murders researcher and part time sleuth, a role which Roe is more than happy to explore.  When Roe's fiance gives her The Julius House as wedding gift, she not only throws herself into renovating the property but also trying to figure out the mystery of the previous family's disappearance.  Her fiance also seems to be hiding a big and shady past, something which could destroy her new marriage.

I first came across this series when I saw an afternoon movie featuring Aurora Teagarden.  Guilty Secret Alert: I'm a closet afternoon TV mysteries watcher - there that's that guilty secret out of the bag!  I enjoyed this one so much that I did a little digging on the internet to see if I could find any others in the series on DVD.  What I found was the books by, in my opinion, the amazing author Charlaine Harris.  I was hooked from the moment I picked up the first book.

You could easily read this book without having read the other 3 but I recommend you try to locate the first one as it's the best one for giving you background on Roe.  The first three involve murders but this is more of a mystery.  I really enjoyed the twist in this particular novel.  I don't want to go into details as I want to avoid plot spoilers.  This one is a little different to the first three as Roe is no longer single which adds another dimension to her investigations as she tries to work out her role in her marriage and new life, and wonders just what her husband's past hides.

If you want to pick up the first three, they are;
Real Murders
A Bone to Pick
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse

Until next time, bookworm blessings.  x