Monday, July 27, 2009

Rating : 2.5/5
Number of Pages : 262
Series : #2 Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Format : Mystery Novel
Reason for Reading : Cozy Mystery Challenge

Aurora (Roe) is back after the events in Real Murders. One of the original club, JaneEngle, has died of old age and has left her house and savings to Roe. They were not particularly close, but it seems Jane has left Roe a mystery to solve. Lawyer Bubba Sewell gives her to understand there is something Jane has been keeping from people and on investigating her house Roe finds a human skull. The house has also been broken in to which suggests that she is not the only one who knows about it's exsistance.

Roe is torn, should she move in to Jane's house but is one of the neighbours a murderer. First things first she needs to identify the identity of the skull and there are a few possibilities and missing people. She meets her neighbours including her ex lover who has recently married and his wife is about to have a baby any time now which really rubs Roe's single face in it. To even the playing field she begins to date one of the local ministers, but no one is above suspision and she is careful not to mention the skull to anyone.

I enjoyed this as a random novel but not as a murder mystery. The ending was far too rushed and was much more about Roe and her realtionships with people than about the msytery. There was also a very unrealistic scene at the end involving giving birth, but I won't spoil it here. Overall a very average book which left me very disappointed as I expected better.