Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).
Review: It’s by Charlaine Harris. Need I say more?
How about this….SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
I’m NOT one to squee. Not a squeer (should that be squee-er?!?). I love to read, but I rarely fangirl. Except.
What’s more? It’s Aurora Teagarden! It has been SUCH a long time, and I didn’t expect there to be anymore. From what I’ve read, Ms. Harris didn’t expect it either. But then a TV movie was made and drew fresh interest to the series, and the win for those of us who love it (the books, not the tv movies) is more Aurora Teagarden. Yay!
And All the Little Liars is as good as ever. Makes me want to go back and reread the rest of the series to verify my feeling that, yes, this is the best one yet.
Other awesome news? From what I read, there is at least one more in the works! I. Can’t.
But I digress, I’m supposed to be reviewing the book, not spouting my love for Ms. Harris. And I suppose I shouldn’t assume that you are a Charlaine Harris fan or that you are familiar with this series, so….
Aurora Teagarden is a smart, somewhat quirky, book-loving librarian in a small Southern town who manages to get herself entrenched in all of the towns murder mysteries (and there are a lot for the small town of Lawrenceton!). Through the books we get to know and love a host of increasingly familiar characters, see Aurora through relationship ups and downs (family, friend and romantic), spend a fair amount of time at the library, all while enjoying some of the most clever and entertaining murder mysteries ever written.
In this installment, we see Aurora newly married, expecting and caring for her 15 year old half-brother who suddenly goes missing along with several other local kids. Eventually a body is found and the mystery deepens. Because of Aurora’s direct tie to this mystery, it’s a given that she would pursue it intensely, and the fact that her half-brother is missing brings all the disconnected facets of her family together, leading to some redrawing of family boundaries.
You’ll be so entrenched that you’ll be shocked to find you’ve finished the book when you’ve only just started.
For those of you who love Charlaine Harris and/or this series, you will not be disappointed. The wait has been long (I believe it’s been roughly 13 years since #8 – Poppy Done to Death – was published!), but it was time well spent. All the Little Liars is all that and a bucket of chicken. You’d be a fool not to read it.