Second in the "New York Times"-bestselling series. Aurora "Roe" Teagarden's fortunes change when a deceased acquaintance names her as heir to a rather substantial estate, including money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat.Second in the "New York Times"-bestselling series. Aurora "Roe" Teagarden's fortunes change when a deceased acquaintance names her as heir to a rather substantial estate, including money, jewelry, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat.Read Less
Fine in very good dust jacket. Still crisp. Clean, tight square, sharp corners. Unmarked except embossed pos title page and small initials ffe. Unclipped DJ shows one closed tear front bottom flap fold 5/8", some wrinkling at top. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 168 p. Audience: General/trade. Imagine: you move into a house you've inherited only to learn there's a skull in it. You've got to do the right thing...but your first job is to find it. Meanwhile, your ex-boyfriend moves in across the street. Alas, he's just married someone else. Very, very awkward. Perhaps Aurora can assist?
Very Good in Fine jacket. Inscribed By the Author. 0802712452 First Edition. Price intact. No remainder mark. Inscribed by Charlaine Harris on the title page, 'For Karen, Charlaine Harris. ' Full number line on copyright page. This is the true First Edition from Walker & Co published in 1992 (not a later reprint). Previous owner's raised ex-libris stamp on the dedication page, else a nice-looking copy. Dust jacket in a mylar protector.
A Bone to Pick is the second Aurora Teagarden mystery. Although Roe, her friends, and fellow Lawrenceton, Georgia denizens continue to grow as characters, her sleuthing abilities remain strictly passive in this installment.
As the story begins Roe learns that she has been bequeathed the not insignificant estate of Jane Engle, a recently deceased member of the now-defunct Real Murders true crime club. In addition to inheriting Jane's bank account, Roe has also come into possession of a small house, a mean cat, and a skull in the window seat.
Although Roe's curiosity about whose skull it is and why it's in Jane's window seat is boundless, her investigative skills, once again, sit firmly in the right-place-at-the-right-time arena. Once again, however, that's all right. The neighbors are quirky, in some cases to the point of near-insanity, establishing the series firmly, if mildly, as Southern Gothic.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-12-24 In the second Real Murders club novel starring diminutive, busty librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, our heroine is smarting from a breakup and resentful at having to attend her ex's sudden wedding (along with that of her long-divorced mother) when she learns some astounding news: elderly solitary spinster Jane Engle has left Roe her house in their sleepy Southern town of Lawrenton and a cool $553K. Roe, who hardly knew Jane, though both were members of the amateur sleuthing Real Murders Club, wonders why, until she finds a human skull hidden in her new house's window seat and a cryptic note declaring: "I didn't do it." The eligible Episcopal minister Aubrey Scott comes calling for a date, and neighbors drop in at Roe's new digs with strange tales of break-ins and diggings in Jane's backyard. Harris's latest is chockfull of colorful local names and background chatter, and fans of this intrepid young private eye will be curious to learn how her new independence unfolds. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-09-28 Aurora Teagarden, who made a strong series debut (in Real Murders ) as a southern librarian turned amateur sleuth, suddenly finds herself very rich when elderly spinster Jane Engle dies and leaves her a fortune. When Aurora goes to take possession of Miss Engle's home, she finds the place ransacked. Poking around, she turns up a ghoulish artifact the intruder missed: a bashed-in human skull hidden in a cleverly disguised window seat. Fearing that her mild benefactor was actually a vicious killer, Aurora is relieved to find a note the deceased left behind pointing her suspicions elsewhere. She delves into the lives of her new neighbors, masking her scrutiny with Southern charm, and discovers that over the years two men have disappeared from the neighborhood. Harris provides some genuinely funny scenes as Aurora breezily unravels the murderer's identity, but the plot is just too farfetched, even when supported by an appealing cast of Southern gothic characters. Harris, who struck the right note in Real Murders , here unfortunately goes beyond the humorous social satire that is her metier, striving for a wildly exaggerated parody of southern life. But with three solid novels behind her, this talented mystery writer will surely regain her focus the next time out. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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