Review: The Julius House

The Julius House
The Julius House by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I love the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series. I would classify The Julius House as a conventional mystery, although I find it along the lines of cozy-ish. Charlaine Harris knows how to assemble intricately contrived, yet plausible murder scenarios that definitely excite and entertain the reader. I’ve been astounded by the outcome of the murder mystery each time I’ve read one of the books in this series. Thankfully, she’s adding new books to the series and I eagerly await what she will cook up in the ones that are to come. And now a synopsis of The Julius House…

Aurora (Roe) Teagarden’s new husband, Martin, has bought her The Julius House as a wedding present. But this is no ordinary house. The Julius House was home to a family of three that disappeared approximately six years before. It’s like they just vanished into thin air. The only relative who can relate what happened on that fateful day is Melba Totino, the mother of one of the occupants, Hope, who was married to T.C. Julius. The two lived in the house with their teenage daughter, Charity. Melba lived in a little apartment above the garage adjacent to the house. On the morning the family vanished, Melba had stepped over to the house to cook breakfast for the family as usual. According to her statement to police, when she went there that morning nobody was in the home. The couples’ vehicles were in the garage, the house was undisturbed, but the family was gone. Six years later they’re still missing.

Roe feels unsettled and determined to find out what happened to the Julius family. Could they be dead somewhere on or around the property? She’s determined to do some digging to put her mind at ease. Unfortunately, the Julius family is not the only mystery she’s interested in solving. It seems her new husband has got some secrets of his own. For instance, just who is the mysterious, odd married couple that Martin has informed Roe will be living with them in Melba’s old apartment over the garage? Why is he vague about who they are and why they’re there? It becomes clear that Roe just might have her work cut out for her as she goes on a mission to uncover both mysteries.

I can always count on being fully immersed in an Aurora Teagarden murder mystery. I enjoyed this book immensely. Most definitely recommended.

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Review: Real Murders

Real Murders
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THIS WAS AN AUDIOBOOK. Mamie Wright, a member of the Real Murders discussion group, which meets periodically to talk about past murders, has been found dead by Aurora Teagarden, another one of its members, just before a meeting is about to start. What’s odd about this murder is that it parallels the one that the group was set to talk about that very night. Whoever killed Mamie was mimicking an old murder. As additional details are discovered, and more bodies found, it appears that the perpetrator is a member of their very own murder club, but will the evidence lead to the correct member?
I enjoyed this audiobook immensely.  The narrator brought life to the characters, and the story was one that kept me guessing and intrigued to the very end.  The story centers around Aurora’s  life and interest in the various killings that are taking place. I liked her character. I’m not sure if I’d consider this mystery of a cozy nature, but it wasn’t over the top either; at least not to me. Overall, I listened with pleasure, and since it thoroughly entertained me, I’m giving it 5 stars. This audiobook was an Audible Daily Deal that I snagged at a deeply discounted rate.

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