Robin and Aurora have finally begun their adventure in parenting. With newborn Sophie proving to be quite a handful, Roe’s mother pays for a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come help the new parents for a few weeks. Virginia proves to be especially helpful when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu.
One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Roe's brother Philip helps her search the house and they happen upon a body outside… but it isn’t Virginia’s. Now, not only does she have a newborn to care for and a vulnerable new marriage to nurture, Roe also has to contend with a new puzzle -- who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia? This heart-pounding and exciting next installment of the Aurora Teagarden series will leave fans happy and hungry for more.
Series: Aurora Teagarden # | Publisher: Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press | Release Date: September 26, 2017 | Genre: Cozy Mystery| Source: | Rating: 4 Cups
Another Aurora Teagarden mystery? Yes, please! I cannot get enough of this series. Every time I pick up another addition to this series, it’s like visiting old friends and I am so pleased that she’s decided to write more.
In this one, Roe and Robin are not only adjusting to life as newlyweds but also to life with a newborn. And to make matters more complicated, Robin has to leave town for work and poor Roe has the flu. Thankfully Roe has help from Virginia, but that soon ends when dead body is discovered in Roe’s backyard and Virginia is nowhere to be found.
There was a lot going on with Roe in this one—a new marriage and a new baby—so she and Robin are definitely feeling the strain, which only gets worse when a dead body is found in the backyard.
So I figured out most of the mystery early on but I still found the process enjoyable. And Roe wasn’t as hands-on in the investigation aspect as she has been but it worked because we got to see more of Roe as the wife and mother and, honestly, while I enjoy the cozy mystery aspect of this series I truly read it to see what’s going on with the characters, and not just the main characters.
Overall, I could not put this book down and I had half the book read before I had even realized it. I love being back in Roe’s world and seeing what’s happening with friends and family.
Series alert. This one is the tenth novel in the series and it does work as a standalone. Although I highly recommend reading Last Scene Alive and All the Little Liars just to get a sense of who’s who.
Aurora Teagarden Series
2-A Bone to Pick
3-Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
5-Dead Over Heels
6-A Fool and His Honey
7-Last Scene Alive
8-Poppy Done to Dead
10-Sleep Like a Baby