Charlaine launched the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards and the book we’ll be discussing as a group – and with Charlaine! Charlaine will be video conferencing with us through Skype – and we invite all interested patrons of the library to come see and talk with her!
She wrote eight books in this series about a Georgia librarian. In 1996, she released the first in the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth—and final—Lily Bard novel, was printed in fall 2001. By then, Charlaine was feeling the call of new territory. Telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse works in a bar in the fictional northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. This series, which ended in 2013, has been released in over thirty languages, and was made into the HBO hit series, True Blood by Alan Ball. Both the Aurora Teagarden series and the trilogy based on her series set in Midnight, Texas have also been made into TV series.
Charlaine has written other series, stand-alones, and a graphic novel series – all topics we can ask her about when the group meets!