It’s been awhile since I dabbled on what I have been doing in my off time from WoW – mostly because I’ve not had a lot of down time lately. When we last left Beru’s book club, I was working my way through the Sookie Stackhouse series. I devoured every last one of them, and the were fabulous! I certainly maintain my prior statement that they are well worth the read.
However, after I finished the last one (while I was travelling nonetheless), I was left with needing something new to read, and fast because I had a plane ride to catch! I had noticed in the covers of my Sookie books that Charlaine Harris had a number of other series that she wrote, and so I did what any good bookworm would do, and googled the nearest bookstore to my hotel. I went in and browsed through a few of the selections and ultimately decided that I’d try her “Aurora Teagarden Mystery” series, and purchased the first three books.
The protagonist in these stories is a quiet librarian with a bit of spark and a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the books progress she becomes more and more spunky, and it’s enjoyable to watch her progress. The books all have some sort of murder that occurs and invariably draws Aurora into their web, and she feels obliged to solve them…and usually gets hurt in the process. They are filled with a bit of southern charm and giggles, and are generally quite adorable. I wouldn’t go as far as to call them “cute”, but they have a good amount of amusement about them.
I think that at least the first handful of the books were some of Charlaine Harris’ early work, and are certainly pre-Sookie. The first ones, while enjoyable, are a little thin in character development and some of the plot is fairly predictable. However, as the series progresses (I’m currently on book 6 of 8) they have gotten much, much better, and you can tell that the author has grown as a writer. They’ve gone more from frivolity to nail biters that are harder to put down. I have also found myself very attached to the characters as they evolve, so I think it is safe to say that the flat characters I saw in the first few books have definitely been given some shape :)
If you are looking for something to read, I’d strongly recommend taking a look at the series, but wait until you are a few books into it before giving up on it and rendering judgment.
Anyone else have any good reads to recommend?!?!
Bits of Friday Randomness:
Currently Reading – A Fool and his Honey (ATM Book 6)
Currently Watching – NCIS Season 6
Weekend Plans – The Traveling Broadway Show of Wicked
Naz’s Val’anyr Countdown: 25 – 5 more fragments until we can stop full Ulduar clears! /cheer
Current Grilling - Corn on the Cob! mmmmmmm