The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (#4)
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As long as you both shall live...
Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is busy planning her wedding to Martin Bartell, a successful businessman with a past he hasn't completely shared. His gift to her is a storybook house shrouded in mystery: it's owners, the Julius family, disappeared six years earlier.
Roe begins decorating and digging into the puzzle of the Julius house. But when Martin installs a couple in the garage apartment, she gets the feeling they're more than just tenants....
As Aurora discovers the truth about the Julius family, she realizes their fate may well be her own.
It took me a little while to reacquaint myself with a few of the characters in this series. I didn't really recall Martin all that well, though I did remember her previous two boyfriends, Arthur the cop and Aubrey the minister. So either Martin came into the picture late in book 3, and I haven't yet read enough about him, or else he simply didn't make much of an impression on me. Nevertheless, that was the only character I didn't remember. And I quickly warmed to the familiarity of Roe and her family and friends from the small town of Lawrenceton, GA.
This book and the next, Dead Over Heels were fairly difficult to find so I purchased them from eBay for a fair price and plan to give them to NeedSun. I'd actually planned to do that after I bought them last year, but she insisted I read the series first since I had been acquiring the majority of the early books for her. And I'm certainly glad I did. These are cute little cozies, not as dark as the Shakespeare series, but Charlaine's terrific writing style comes through just as easily in these earlier books, making them a joy to read. :-)
This is now reserved to go to NeedSun, along with book 5 when I read it, and a few other things waiting here for her.
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Mailed 20-Dec-2007 via USPS Priority Mail International in Fixed Rate envelope.
Sent books 4 and 5 of the Aurora Teagarden series, along with two unregistered RABCKs from SandDanz (The Wolf King by Alice Borchardt and Just Desserts by Mary Daheim), which she handed off to me when I met her in Columbus in July. Basically as much as I could shove in a fixed-rate Priority Mail envelope for $9. LOL
1. Real Murders
2. A Bone to Pick
3. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
4. The Julius House
5. Dead Over Heels
6. A Fool and His Honey
7. Last Scene Alive
8. Poppy Done to Death
Here are the participants and mailing order:
Not 1.Real Murders or 2.Bone to Pick)
Books 3 and 4 split up here
(Not 3.Three Bedrooms; 7.Last Scene Alive)
Return to Cheriepie
(Only needs #6 A fool and his Honey)
(Only needs #5 Dead Over Heels)
Aurora is busy planning her wedding to Martin Bartell, still trying to find out what the secrets he's keeping are. She finds the perfect gift for their wedding for Martin and he buys her the Julius House. Six years ago (and a few months) the whole family disappeared one day and Roe is curious, so she begins digging into the story.
Martin installs a couple, who also have secrets into the garage apartment.
Roe needs something to do and being a housewife is never going to satisfy her. She likes mysteries so they're always going to attract her. I can see her continue in this vein for a long time!
Not a bad read, but the mystery was about a third of the book while the wedding and Martin's past were most of the rest. Interesting but only as part of the series.
Finally got around to this and around to messaging Sunlightbub
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Nevertheless, a relaxing read.