Monday, January 24, 2011

CR3 #7: Poppy Done to Death by Charlaine Harris

Poppy Done to Death is the eighth (and probably last) book in Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden series. Aurora is a librarian in a small Southern town where everyone knows one another and where paths always seem to cross. She is very petite and considered a bit eccentric by the locals, and often given a wide berth due to her habit of being in the middle of murder mysteries.

She is recovering from the death of her husband Martin, and is beginning a relationship with an old friend. Things seem to be going well and then--as always seems to happen to Roe--tragedy strikes. Her sister-in-law Poppy (her mother's husband's son's wife) is brutally murdered, and Roe takes it upon herself to help investigate the crime. Poppy was somewhat wild, which makes the investigation more difficult, since it left her with more than the average number of enemies. To complicate things, Roe's younger half-brother arrives unexpectedly to thrown a cog into the whole process.

On the whole, it's an all right book. I enjoy the character of Roe, and was satisfied with the the way things ended for her. The mystery of the book is also adequate, though I felt the solution came out of left field a bit. I am certainly going to miss Roe, but it is not a bad way for the series to end.

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