Three Bedrooms, One Corpse

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Three Bedrooms, One Corpse

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, #3

This is the third book in the Aurora Teagarden Mystery series. I've read the other two books in the series but they are not necessary to understand this book.

Aurora Teagarden has quit her job as a librarian after receiving a large inheritance from an elderly friend. Aurora is considering following her mother's footsteps by going into real estate. Her first house showing goes horribly wrong however when instead of showing the potential buyers the fabulous master bedroom she shows them the darker side of Lawrenceton, Georgia with the help of an unexpected corpse.

While I enjoyed the other books in the series I feel that this book is a major step down. Aurora seems to be losing what made her such a relatable character. As I was reading this book I was very upset to read about the choices Aurora was making. In the beginning of the series Aurora was unused to relationships and while she hoped to find that special someone someday she didn't let that want rule her choices.

In this book Aurora seems to become obsessed with the thought of marriage. In the beginning of the book Aurora is dating a pastor. At the first sign of relationship trouble though Aurora jumps ship and hops into the bed of Martin Bartell. This is very out of character for the logical and sensible Aurora. The relationship between Martin and Aurora progresses so quickly that it seems unhealthy.

A good thing about the book is that the mystery is still a part of the story. The mystery is complex has twists and turns and it leaves you guessing. While Aurora was my reason for reading the past two books this time the mystery stole the spotlight from the main character.

Even though the mystery is interesting it's such a small part of the book it doesn't make up for the change in Aurora. I don't mind a character growing, developing, or changing but the change in Aurora did not feel natural. Aurora went from a sensible, relatable woman to a whiny, irresponsible child.

Book Blurb for Three Bedrooms, One Corpse

Deciding if she wants to go into real estate becomes a life-or-death choice for Aurora "Roe" Teagarden. A naked corpse is discovered at her first house showing. And when a second body is found in another house for sale, it becomes obvious that there is a very cool killer at large in Lawrenceton, one who knows a great deal about real estate-and maybe too much about Roe.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 3.00