I think I m just reading these to say I finished the series at this point This book finds Roe s husband s niece showing up at her front door with a baby no one knew she had The niece disappears, leaving the baby and a dead body behind Roe and Martin then head back to his hometown to try to give the baby to some relatives Any relatives, I think.There were lots of deaths in this one, an implausible story and again with the final explanation right at the end Also, a lotof Roe feeling sor I think I m just reading these to say I finished the series at this point This book finds Roe s husband s niece showing up at her front door with a baby no one knew she had The niece disappears, leaving the baby and a dead body behind Roe and Martin then head back to his hometown to try to give the baby to some relatives Any relatives, I think.There were lots of deaths in this one, an implausible story and again with the final explanation right at the end Also, a lotof Roe feeling sorry for herself and being mad at Martin For someone in her 30s, she doesn t seem very mature.Twoto go then I can move on with my life Man, I m just too stubborn sometimes I m shocked to report that there is a large number of very obvious typos in this eBook edition I read I m not sure if this is poor editing, or maybe errors introduced when it was converted to an eBook Maybe the original publication from the 90 s wasn t easily converted The typos give the story an amateur feel Charlaine has been writing books for a very long time, and I m enjoying reading her older work, but I can definitely say her writing has improved Spelling aside, there are parts of thi I m shocked to report that there is a large number of very obvious typos in this eBook edition I read I m not sure if this is poor editing, or maybe errors introduced when it was converted to an eBook Maybe the original publication from the 90 s wasn t easily converted The typos give the story an amateur feel Charlaine has been writing books for a very long time, and I m enjoying reading her older work, but I can definitely say her writing has improved Spelling aside, there are parts of this story that seem incomplete The scenes aren t rushed, they just sometimes stop There will be a great passage painting a very vivid scene with great dialogue and then it just moves on without finishing their conversation This is a short book, so there is room for the scenes to be fleshed outBeing a new mother myself, I quite enjoyed the parts with the newborn Though after a few rough nights and the baby slept through, I snorted and exclaimed loudly yeah, right, as if This absurd little story was believable except for that one line lolI did get a little kick of enjoyment seeing Aurora mention Stephanie Plum, another 90 s mystery series I m reading through That was very much an inception moment Overall I didn t guess the ending, but it wasn t really thrilling or shocking Just the usual Aurora style ending where everything is resolved Still interested in continuing the series, if only because they are a quick easy read and good as a break between heavier books I don t think I liked this book The people are all unlikeable, most particularly the main character She really is just selfish and whines a lot I appreciated one of the characters actually saying this to her face, but it doesn t seem to have helped as the author kept her very unpleasant Also, how incredibly stupid to not go to the police with everything You find someone you don t know in your house after someone is killed on your property Call the police You figure out the baby you aren t I don t think I liked this book The people are all unlikeable, most particularly the main character She really is just selfish and whines a lot I appreciated one of the characters actually saying this to her face, but it doesn t seem to have helped as the author kept her very unpleasant Also, how incredibly stupid to not go to the police with everything You find someone you don t know in your house after someone is killed on your property Call the police You figure out the baby you aren t particularly enjoying caring for may have been taken Call the police Just, stupid decision after stupid decision Plus, nobody really knows anybody else in this book how can they be that emotionally invested And the end just seemed a convenient way for the author to get out of a corner she had boxed herself into Local, part time Librarian Aurora Teagarden is about to be pulled into a mystery that is almost too close to home In fact, that is where the adventure starts With winter setting in, Roe and her husband Martin have ordered some wood The gentleman who was hired to bring in the wood seems to totally go nuts while doing so After being led away by the police, it becomes clear that someone spiked his asprin.And that is just the start of it After Martin heads into work to do a couple of things bef Local, part time Librarian Aurora Teagarden is about to be pulled into a mystery that is almost too close to home In fact, that is where the adventure starts With winter setting in, Roe and her husband Martin have ordered some wood The gentleman who was hired to bring in the wood seems to totally go nuts while doing so After being led away by the police, it becomes clear that someone spiked his asprin.And that is just the start of it After Martin heads into work to do a couple of things before they have to go to a business dinner, Roe is visited by Regina, Martin s niece Regina comes with a little surprise a baby, and the little one is hers After settling Regina and the newborn in the apartment over the garage, Martin and Roe head off to their dinner and return to an evenbizarre scene than the one that took place earlier Regina is missing, the baby s father Craig is lying dead on the stairs to the apartment after getting hit by an axe, and the baby, named Hayden, is all alone under a bed in the apartment.Roe, who has been wanting to have a child for years and is unable to, now finds herself responsible for taking care of little Hayden while also trying to figure out what really happened with Martin s family Their only clue walks out of their house a short time after they have come home Rory Brown comes out in a daze It turns out that he is a friend of Craig and Regina, and he clearly knowsthan he is willing to say.The three of them end up heading north to Martin s family farm with the hopes of finding out some information that might have caused all of this trouble They findthan they could have ever expected after some money turns up in Hayden s diaper bag.Upon arriving in Martin s hometown, readers are introduced to a whole new set of country characters All of them seem to have a history with Martin and his family In fact, that proves to be evenso than it seems at first glance.The story builds into an exciting conclusion on a cold, dark, and wintry night that uncovers all the secrets that everyone needs to know to know what really happened to Regina, Craig, and poor little baby Hayden It won t come to a conclusion withoutdeath and danger for everyone involved.To this day, I am not quite sure why this series has been overlooked until Harris recent super success with the Sookie Stackhouse series Roe is an interesting character, though I have to admit that I am not a fan of her husband Martin I keep wanting her to seek out her beau, an Atlanta horror writer, from the first book With that said, the mysteries and Roe s relating adventures rarely disappoint She would give Jessica Fletcher, from Murder She Wrote a run for her money This sixth volume in the series doesn t disappoint Warning This review contains spoilers for this and the previous book in the series, Dead Over Heels Dead Over Heels was definitely not one of my favorites in this series The mystery seems contrived a body is pushed out of a plane to land in Roe s yard, and the fact that a couple of murders and assaults have arisen from someone s unrequited love for Roe feels artificial Roe s complete obliviousness, meanwhile, is not at all Roe like A whole array of core characters have emerged out of Roe s Warning This review contains spoilers for this and the previous book in the series, Dead Over Heels Dead Over Heels was definitely not one of my favorites in this series The mystery seems contrived a body is pushed out of a plane to land in Roe s yard, and the fact that a couple of murders and assaults have arisen from someone s unrequited love for Roe feels artificial Roe s complete obliviousness, meanwhile, is not at all Roe like A whole array of core characters have emerged out of Roe s new married life, and most of them seem strange and artificial not at all organic to Roe s life, despite her marriage to Martin.That problem is pretty much taken care of in the subsequent book, A Fool and His Honey, where the appearance of Martin s niece, Regina, with an unexpected baby in tow, and then the murder of Regina s husband and concurrent disappearance of Regina leads Roe and Martin on a road trip to locate Regina and deposit the baby in an appropriate home The removal of Roe from her usual surroundings, her unexpected transformation into an unwilling baby minder, and the new dynamic this creates with Martin all very effectively refresh what had become a rather tired series The denouement, a shootout that leaves Martin and a friend gravely injured and results in Roe being taken hostage is adequately unexpected and effectively brutal But this pales next to Roe s post rescue reunion with Martin in the hospital where relief turns to wrenching grief as Martin rather matter of factly dies from a heart attack The every day ordinariness is devastating in its truth and relatable ness For isn t this how so many of us find ourselves suddenly transported from our ordinary lives to a grief stricken alternate but permanent reality I read this book to fill the Cozy Mystery square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.I ve been slowly but surely working my way through this Charlaine Harris cozy mystery series over the last several years This is the sixth installment in the series and in my opinion it is the best so far.I m not the biggest fan of cozies For me, they have too much emphasis on things like what the heroine is cooking for supper or everybody s showering schedules Spare me those details I like a bit less domesticit I read this book to fill the Cozy Mystery square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.I ve been slowly but surely working my way through this Charlaine Harris cozy mystery series over the last several years This is the sixth installment in the series and in my opinion it is the best so far.I m not the biggest fan of cozies For me, they have too much emphasis on things like what the heroine is cooking for supper or everybody s showering schedules Spare me those details I like a bit less domesticity and a bitdastardly murder However, Harris ends this one with a bang and that elevates it for me Usually I can wait many months before picking up the next book, but this one makes me want to pick up Last Scene Alive right away A great beginning to this year s Halloween Bingo on Booklikes Charlaine Harris has charmed audiences recently with her noirish cozy series starring Lily Bard Now she returns to her cozy roots with her first Aurora Roe Teagarden mystery since Dead Over Heels Roe and her new and considerably older husband Martin are settled into their new life quite nicely when everything changes with the arrival of Martin s niece Regina The flighty Regina lands on their doorstep with a baby no one knew she was expecting, then disappears a few hours later leaving both the baby and her husband s brutally murdered corpse in her wake Roe and Martin must try to answer all the questions in this sticky case whodunnit, why, and where as in, Where the heck did this baby come from Fans of Roe s earlier exploits and of Lily Bard will be delighted by Harris reprisal of the Teagarden series Another lackluster Aurora Teagarden book The best part was when Aurora s friend Sally tried to gently tell her that she was being selfish and Aurora flies off the handle and describes herself with harsh but appropriate language Not that she learned anything from the conversation The book seemed a little disjointed, with the majority of it focused on the disappearance of Martin s niece Regina and Aurora and Martin trying to take care of Regina s baby Despite having friends who have plenty of Another lackluster Aurora Teagarden book The best part was when Aurora s friend Sally tried to gently tell her that she was being selfish and Aurora flies off the handle and describes herself with harsh but appropriate language Not that she learned anything from the conversation The book seemed a little disjointed, with the majority of it focused on the disappearance of Martin s niece Regina and Aurora and Martin trying to take care of Regina s baby Despite having friends who have plenty of kids, and despite having batted around the idea of having kids of her own, and apparently not absorbing anything from TV, books, or radio about babies, Aurora acts like she has zero knowledge of how to take care of the kid.The whole book was rather unsatisfying, and the ending felt like the book had reached a certain length and had to be ended, so it was finished off as quickly as possible I began to wonder during the book if even Charlaine Harris liked Aurora Another good mystery, better than the previous book Surprisingly, after 4 books, she suddenly got over her sudden wrap up, which I found annoying Instead, she s added a bitcomplexity with a second mystery along the way then stretched out the finale Still tied up as neatly, but not all in a single page I liked it much better Another good mystery, better than the previous book Surprisingly, after 4 books, she suddenly got over her sudden wrap up, which I found annoying Instead, she s added a bitcomplexity with a second mystery along the way then stretched out the finale Still tied up as neatly, but not all in a single page I liked it much better Well, I am starting to recover from the shocking ending which I sure did not expect She gives plenty of hints but I totally failed to pick up on them It may take me awhile to get over this I felt so sad for Aurora.