Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Poppy Done To Death - Charlaine Harris

Poppy Done To Death
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Charlaine Harris
Berkley Prime Crime


It’s a big honor in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to be inducted into the Uppity Women club. The club has certain standards in dress and behavior. Aurora (Roe) Teagarden enjoys the meetings, which include a book discussion and lunch, generally. This meeting, though, was to be special. Poppy, Roe’s step-sister-in-law was supposed to be inducted. It’s not something that anyone would miss. But Poppy calls Roe that morning and says she’ll meet Roe and Melinda (the other step-sister-in-law; it’s complicated) at the meeting.

When Poppy doesn’t show up, the mood grows decidedly cool. Roe and Melinda leave the meeting, determined to find out just what Poppy thinks she’s doing. When they arrive at Poppy’s house, Roe finds her, lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen. It’s quite possibly the only acceptable excuse for missing the meeting. And it’s not long before rumors of infidelity on both sides of Poppy’s marriage start swirling around the small town. Roe wants to save her in-laws’ reputations – if that’s even possible – and, more than that, find out who killed Poppy and why.

This cozy series (see list, below) has a real Southern flavor to it. As the narrator, Roe gives us the inside scoop on what it’s really like to live in a small town. Pretty much, it means that everyone knows everything about you since you were born and quite possibly before that, too. People are closely connected, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t secrets. Some are kept better than others. Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries with a dash of humor from the amateur sleuth/narrator, will love this series.

Rating: 7
July 2009
ISBN# 978-0-425-22807-4 (paperback)


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