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.
My Thoughts :
A decade after the last installment in the Aurora Teagarden series, Charlaine Harris has delighted and surprised us all with a new story! This ninth book in the series starts a few weeks after the last book finished but the author manages to bridge the ten years difference very well making this one feel more up to date but not too advanced. Aurora is as pleasant and inquisitive as always and all the regular cast of characters are either mentioned or play a part in the story. All The Little Liars was a reunion and an update of sorts and it was a wonderful read.
I have read and enjoyed every single book in the Aurora Teagarden series and then, like all of Charlaine's other books, I read them again via Audible book. So when I saw All The Little Liars pop up I couldn't believe that fans of her series were being so blessed! It was always a little annoying how the series ended. A nice happy cliffhanger but not the place I felt it should have been left. Thankfully it seems many more readers of the series also had the same attitude and the author managed to make something happen.
The mystery was a complicated one that wasn't too confusing but mostly mind-boggling. This is just the way Harris does things. A great twisted plot that keeps you guessing until the end. You may think you know what has happened but you really only get there when the amateur sleuth does. The author does a great job of keeping the reader hooked and offers up a good amount of information to keep you in the know and not confused or overwhelmed. This series is one of the best cozy mysteries out there and it shows even in this new release years after what we thought was the end.
So many things could be said about the plot and I could write a lot more about the story. However I don't want to give away all the surprises to fans who have been waiting for this new addition or spoil things for anyone who haven't gotten this far into the series yet. All I can say is that it was worth the wait. All The Little Liars was not a disappointment and I read it all in a few hours. I was completely and utterly hooked from the first chapter.
Now I hope that there will be more Aurora books. It would make me really happy to have a few more stories but maybe one more would be enough. However if there aren't any more I could handle it. After all this ninth book was a surprise I wasn't expecting and am very grateful for. I wonder if the author has plans for any other of her series to get new installments. I wouldn't mind catching up with Lily Bard or Harper Connolly but for now I will just say thanks and well done for All The Little Liars.