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Real Murders

(1990)
(The first book in the Aurora Teagarden series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Agatha Award Best Novel (nominee)
Publisher's Weekly
An ingenious plot and sufficient flow of blood keep the pages flying in Harris's ( Sweet and Deadly ) third novel, as a series of killings patterned after celebrated murders is perpetrated on the small community of Lawrenceton, Ga. Twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden, professional librarian, belongs to the Real Murders club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes. As a meeting is to begin, Roe discovers the massacred body of a club member. She recognizes the method of slaughter as imitating the very crime she was to address that night--suddenly her life as armchair sleuth assumes an eerie reality. The murderer continues to claim victims, each in the style of a different historical killer. Roe herself becomes a target, and also attracts two admirers, Robin Crusoe, a famed mystery writer new to Lawrenceton, and club member/detective Arthur Smith. Death seems to have infused new life into her waning social calendar, an irony not lost on this pensive character. Harris draws the guilty and the innocent into an engrossing tale while inventing a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray. (Dec.)

School Library Journal
YA-- Someone is killing the crime buffs of the Real Murders Society in Lawrenceton, Georgia. A librarian, Aurora Teagarden, sets out to catch the brutal murderer after fellow club members end up as victims. The uncanny resemblances to famous crimes challenge Roe and her two admirers, policeman Arthur Smith and mystery writer Robin Crusoe, to pursue the criminal. The lighthearted, witty handling of characters contrasts with the heightening suspense as Aurora seeks clues by searching past mysteries for the killer's identity--until she is caught in the sadistic web of terror herself. Clever pacing along with ample red herrings and judiciously placed clues keep Harris's story moving briskly. Let's hope for another fast-paced mystery featuring Aurora and her friends.-- Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School, Upper Marlboro, MD

Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Hardback Editions

October 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Real Murders (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-425-23968-3 / 978-0-425-23968-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: [ Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries) - Greenlight ] By Harris, Charlaine (Author) [ Oct - 2010 ] [ Hardcover ]
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-394-25268-3 / 8601405555069 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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January 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mystery)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 1-60285-099-2 / 978-1-60285-099-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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November 1991 : UK Hardback

Title: Real Murders (Atlantic Large Print Books)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-7451-8204-6 / 978-0-7451-8204-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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December 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 1)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-8027-5769-3 / 978-0-8027-5769-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Novel (AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 1-4091-4704-5 / 978-1-4091-4704-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Novel (AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-575-10370-1 / 978-0-575-10370-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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December 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 1)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-425-21871-6 / 978-0-425-21871-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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August 1992 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mystery)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-373-26104-7 / 978-0-373-26104-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harlequin Books
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May 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Real Murders (Atlantic Large Print Books)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-7451-8216-X / 978-0-7451-8216-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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November 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Book 1)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-7927-0752-4 / 978-0-7927-0752-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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Audio Editions

December 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Real Murders
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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December 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Real Murders
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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December 2010 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Real Murders (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris, narrated by Therese Plummer
ISBN: 1-4074-6813-8 / 978-1-4074-6813-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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2010 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Real Murders, Book 1 of The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 1-4407-4571-4 / 978-1-4407-4571-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Real Murders, Book 1 of The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 1-4407-4573-0 / 978-1-4407-4573-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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November 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 1
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Recorded Books
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November 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 1
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Piatkus
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August 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Book 1)
Author(s): Charlaine Harris
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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