Title: Real Murders
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: Gollancz, 2012
Series: Book 1, Aurora Teagarden
Summary: Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side--and crime buffs. One of whom is Aurora Roe Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club. It's a harmless pastime--until one of the Club's members is killed. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: After reading the first Sookie Stackhouse book last year I was interested in reading more from Charlaine Harris. I also happened to be in a mystery mood and I stumbled upon this book on Goodreads so decided to pick it up.
I managed to read Real Murders in a few hours because it was so good. The mystery starts off almost straight away and from there I was drawn into this murder investigation which revolved around other murders that had been committed in the past. I felt like the whole premise was just highly intriguing.
Real Murders wasn't what I expected it to be. I was kind of expecting a really light-hearted cosy mystery and while it is light-hearted, there were a few more murders than what I was expecting which I actually found to be really interesting. There was a little bit more gore than what I was expecting too but that was fine. I feel like it was not what I was expecting, but in a really good way.
In terms of whether or not I managed to guess who the murderer was, I managed to. I had my suspicions after about halfway through the book and I was really excited to see that I was right when I had finished. I feel like there were quite a few really good red herrings in the book too which just made it all the more interesting.
I liked Aurora as a character. I think she has the coolest job ever as a librarian and while I felt there wasn't a whole lot of depth to her character I think that there will be more depth later as the series progresses.
I really enjoyed Real Murders by Charlaine Harris and I am definitely looking forward to read the next book in the series as it will be very interesting to see what direction the second book takes.