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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Review: THE JULIUS HOUSE

The Julius House by Charlaine Harris
Book 4 of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries
Read by Therese Plummer
Format: audiobook
Genre: murder mystery

About The Julius House:
Love at first sight turns into newlywed bliss for former librarian Aurora Teagarden— until violence cuts the honeymoon short.

Wealthy businessman Martin Bartell gives Roe exactly what she wants for their wedding: Julius House. But both the house and Martin come with murky pasts. And when Roe is attacked by an ax-wielding maniac, she realizes that the secrets inside her four walls—and her brand-new marriage—could destroy her.
Source: Info in the About The Julius House was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/140096.The_Julius_House on 17/02/2012.

Review:
Listening to this book, I got to wondering why Roe is all of a sudden having a very eventful life. She lived for 30 odd years with nothing happening at all and now events seems to be exploding in all directions. So why now? Why hasn't it happened years before? Or at any point in time in the future? Other than now? What is so special about now that all these things are occuring? I hope that Charlaine Harris would address this issue in future books... it would be nice to have an explanation other than that it suited the story...

This book is not as thin on the plot as previous books were, however, Roe is getting stupider by the minute... so much so that I stopped listening to this series for now and am listening to JD Robb instead. It is starting to irritate me and the story telling quality does not feel as compelling as it did with the the Harper Connelly series. Would I recommend this series now? Not really. The first book was promising but by this book, this series seems to be going downhill instead of improving.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 3
World building = 3
Cover art = 1
Pace = N/A (6.25-hour listening time)
Plot = 3.5
Narrator = 4

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries


Thank you to the RCT Library for letting me borrow this audiobook!!

FTC Disclosure:
This audiobook was borrowed from the library. No money received for this review.

3 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

I have no idea how you manage! She would get on my nerve for sure

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sorry to hear it's going down :(

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh wow. Sorry to hear the character is going down hill. Bummer. Thanks for the review on this one as well.

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