Book Review by Debbie Winkler
Target Age Group: adults
My Rating:4/5 stars, Uninvited Murder…
Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden’s day started out normally enough. She woke up, ate breakfast, got ready for work, greeted Darius Quattermain who was delivering the firewood, and then watched incredulously as Darius proceeded to take off all of his clothes and dance naked in the yard. After dealing with that unsettling incident, Roe is even more surprised when her husband’s niece, Regina, arrives unannounced on their doorstep with her baby, Hayden, in tow. Southern hospitality being what it is, Roe felt that she had to offer a temporary refuge to the young woman and got her settled in the garage apartment. But when Roe returned home from work, she found a dead man on the steps, a baby hidden under the bed, another man sleeping in her living room and no Regina. As Roe and Martin try to discover what trouble Regina has gotten herself into now, they are led on a madcap journey to Martin’s home town in Ohio and the small house where Martin grew up and Regina was living. Instead of solving all of their problems, however, Martin and Roe find that they have stepped into a kidnapping/adoption/murder plot and do not know who to trust. As the strain of attending to Hayden and learning more about Martin’s secretive past begin to catch up to her, Roe is unsure of everyone and everything, except the fact that Regina has ruined her life!
A Fool and His Honey is the 6th book in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series and I enjoyed it. I have to admit that the ending was a real surprise, but the darker side of the mystery did not bother me. In fact, I think it is good when characters change and mature and grow because it makes me feel that they are more like me. I still love Harris’s characters and I especially enjoyed Roe’s attempts to take of the baby because she had always wanted a child but was so clearly clueless as to what to do with one. The plot is fast paced and this is an easy, quick read. If you have enjoyed any of Harris’s other books, I think you will enjoy this one, but it does have a tear-jerker ending so be ready for it!
This is a cozy mystery so, while it contains fairly dark elements including kidnapping, murder, illegal adoptions and other illicit activities, it is still relatively clean. Appropriate for readers ages 14 and up.