2012: #32 – A Bone to Pick (Charlaine Harris)

Title: A Bone to Pick
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Aurora Teagarden #02
Format: Audio
Audiobook length: 6 hrs 7 min
Release Date: November 1992
Publisher: Walker & Co
Source: personal copy
★★★☆☆ 

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.

My thoughts:

I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first one. I still liked Roe, and her inheritance does make for some interesting plot twists, but the basic plot just didn’t connect with me. I think the problem is that if I were to inherit a house, snoop around, and find a skull hidden somewhere, my thoughts wouldn’t immediately jump to “murder!!!”. I’d think, “Cool, I wonder where they got that?” Unless, of course, there was a big ole knife sticking out of it or something.

My like of Roe is what pulled me through. She’s found that her love life has taken a couple of unexpected turns. I’m interested in seeing what new adventures her inheritance allows her to undertake.

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Other reviews:

  • “In terms of mystery books, this one was a real dud.”The Novel World
  • “This book deviated from the normal murder Mystery, in the fact that no one was actually killed during the span of the story.  I have to say, as demented as it sounds, that was a little disappointing for me.”Cozy Book Reviews

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