Title: All The Little Liars (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, book #9)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Minotaur, October 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 0
Violence Rating: 2
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
I am delighted that Charlaine Harris has written another Aurora Teagarden mystery. I have read all of the Teagarden books and have enjoyed every one and this one is no exception. These are “cozy mysteries” in that there may be violence but it is not graphic and gory. These are more in the who-done-it variety.
In this addition we find Aurora newly married and expecting her first child. She and new husband Robin set out to solve the mystery of her missing half-brother, Phillip. It is not too difficult to figure out who the villain is in this book. I wish we had a few more red-herrings thrown in, but it is still a page turner and also a standalone in the series.
If you like figuring out the bad guy and don’t want gore then I recommend this book for a very entertaining read.