Book Review- All the Little Liars

All The Little Liars (2016)

(Aurora Teagarden #9)

by Charlaine Harris

“Cozy” Mystery


Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

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I really enjoyed having yet another adventure with Aurora (Roe); it had seriously been forever since I last got to enjoy her world.  I will say I’m a little biased with this series and author (a little bit of a fangirl), so I’m trying to keep it real.  Roe is, as always, inquisitive, stubborn, and not willing to take “No” for an answer which is something I’ve always liked about her character.  She has always been that leveled-headed heroine you absolutely love, and she is no different in this book.  I loved being able to see Roe pregnant and living a quiet family life. The circumstance with her brother Phillip was just another opportunity to showcase the type of character Roe is, and you can’t help but just love her all the time.  Plus, she’s a librarian, and books are my favorite… so, she’s got that going for her too…3 starsI give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it was short, and even with that, in some places, it still seemed like there was too much filler.  The mystery itself was not very complex; I had it solved pretty much from the get-go, and I think it was a tad unbelievable that the police wouldn’t come to that same conclusion fairly quickly as well.  They just seemed a little TOO ignorant to the whole thing, and I remember the mysteries in the first books being a little deeper than this.  Nevertheless, I’m a huge fan of Charlaine Harris, and I enjoyed reading about Roe and this world again.  My love for the past books definitely wanted me to go for that 4 star rating, but, in the end, I stayed at 3 which is probably still a little “fangirly” for some people.  I believe that anyone who reads this entire series from start until now probably will feel the same way as me, but if you just pick this one up and read it, you might a) be confused at who the people are, and b) wonder why you wasted your time.  I can’t get past that there could have been more, but I still love me some Aurora Teagarden books.  Maybe the next book will be better- still haven’t read it, but it’s on the list.

Favorite Quotes: 

“I appreciated the fact that the library was so relevant to the people it served.”

“But I’d always been a printed-word person.  I loved holding an actual book.  I loved turning the pages.  I loved carrying a novel around with me, getting it out of my purse at lunch to read for a few minutes in the break room.  I had never been able to fathom what people did with their free moments if they didn’t read.”

“The cruelty of children is more shocking than the cruelty of adults.  Not only was I shocked, I was angry.  But it felt somehow wrong, unhealthy, to be so furious with a child.”

“I wasn’t trying to throw anyone to the wolves, but I had to do the best I could for my brother.  I felt I was compromising myself right and left, and I didn’t like that.  But my moral purity wasn’t the issue.  Phillip’s life was at stake.”

If you like cozy mysteries, this is a fun series to get behind… even with all those morbid titles!

Series order:

  1. Real Murders (1990)
  2. A Bone to Pick (1992)
  3. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (1994)
  4. The Julius House  (1995)
  5. Dead Over Heels (1996)
  6. A Fool and His Honey (1999)
  7. Last Scene Alive  (2002)
  8. Poppy Done to Death  (2003)
  9. All the Little Liars (2016)
  10. Sleep Like a Baby (2017)

-The MF

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