All the Little Liars Book Review
|All the Little Liars: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
|October 4, 2016, Minataur Books
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|$25.99 Hardcover, $7.99 Kindle
Aurora Teagarden is back after a decade, in the ninth installment of the popular Aurora Teagarden series by veteran, bestselling author, Charlaine Harris. Aurora (Roe)’s half-brother, Phillip, has come to live with her and her new husband, bestselling writer, Robin Crusoe. He’s doing well and has met lots of friends, so when he and some of his friends go missing, Roe is surprised as well as worried. Roe’s father comes from California, blaming Roe for the disappearance, and Roe must deal with her difficult father as well.
Harris is a good storyteller, and Roe and Robin are likeable, developed characters. Roe, a librarian is down-to-earth, and is a character most readers will be able to relate to. Phillip, who is 15, seems happy at school, but he and his friends are subjected to the typical school problems, such as popularity, social status according to moneyed and non-moneyed parents, bullies, and gender problems. There is, however, no reason for them to go missing, and since Roe is known as an amateur sleuth, she – with a bit of help from Robin – delves into the mystery, hoping to find her brother and his friends safe. Roe is a bit pushy, and makes a few enemies while asking questions. One of the girls who has been questioned commits suicide, which also complicates matters, especially since she is the girlfriend of another boy who has been apparently kidnapped for ransom.
This mystery has plenty of suspense, especially due to the dead body found at the last place Phillip and his friends were seen; Roe wonders if they are still alive, and how it is possible that so many kids could be missing at once. This is an interesting mystery, and Harris handles it well, giving readers just enough information to form their own theories on who-done-it. The end, of course, is unexpected, and all told, this is a fun mystery suitable for all readers.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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