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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Review: POPPY DONE TO DEATH

Poppy Done To Death by Charlaine Harris
Book 8 of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries
Read by Therese Plummer
Format: audiobook
Genre: murder mystery

About Poppy Done To Death:
On the way to a lunch meeting of her local book discussion group, the Uppity Women, small-town Southern librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is shocked and dismayed to find her sister-in-law Poppy lying bloody and dead right outside her own back door. Poppy had her flaws, certainly - she and her husband were having trouble staying faithful to each other - but she didn't deserve to be so brutally murdered.

Investigating a case like this is never easy, of course, given the gossipy atmosphere of any small town, what with Poppy and her husband's extramarital affairs, the local police detective (who also happens to be a former boyfriend of Roe's) and his seemingly unresolved feelings for Poppy, and the need to protect Poppy's family. But Roe is also coping with a burgeoning romantic relationship as well as the sudden appearance of her teenaged half brother. All in all, it's a lot for one woman to have on her plate, even one as together as Roe.

Longtime readers and new fans alike will delight in Roe's exploits as she employs her impeccable knowledge of small town politics and enchanting Southern charm to solve the crime in this wonderful installment of Charlaine Harris' terrific cozy series.
Source: Info in the About Poppy Done To Death was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10153250-poppy-done-to-death on 21/03/2012.

Review:
Just another installment in the Aurora Teagarden series. Sure there are a couple or so changes in the story line which might prove interesting in future books, but overall, just another book to feed an Aurora Teagarden addiction. There isn't much distinguishing factor in this book from the rest of the books in this series. However the story telling quality is undeniably compelling that even if I got tired of Aurora Teagarden, I still kept on listening to this series. That tells you something about how good the story telling quality is. But I think, the most valuable feature of this book is the fact that it is part of a good series. And thus it would be good for a follower of the Aurora Teagarden who is planning to continue reading on, to read this book so that the reader will have a better understanding of events and characters which originates from this book and gets mentioned in future books. Having said that, it's been a while and no further Aurora Teagarden book bas been released. This seems to be the last book in this series thus far, yet in the book it seems to indicate that further books is forthcoming. And this book did not read like a finale of a series. There was no big bang and no dramatic revelations. If this book is indeed the last of this series, it seems such a lame ending!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3
Ending = 3
World building = 3
Cover art = 1
Pace = N/A (-hour listening time)
Plot = 3
Narrator = 3

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

2 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

They just seem to be so....eh

Jennifer Bielman said...

Hmm, not sure if this is my thing. But It's nice to learn about new books.

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