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    Review of LAST SCENE ALIVE by Charlaine Harris


    St. Martin's Minotaur, August 2002

    Aurora Teagarden is still recovering from the death of her husband when she learns that a movie crew is descending on her hometown of Lawrenceton, Georgia to make a film--largely about her life. Worse, an ex-boyfriend is the author of the novel on which the film is made and will be coming with the crew. When one of the film's stars is found murdered (by drugging, suffocation, and beating), Aurora finds herself the center of attention of not one but two ex-boyfriends, and a stepson with whom she has a definitely mixed relationship.

    With her focus on getting her own life back together, Aurora doesn't have much time to spend solving mysteries. Fortunately, the mystery has a way of coming to her.

    Author Charlaine Harris (see more reviews of novels by this author) writes convincingly of Aurora's journey from mourning back to life. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, Aurora begins to break through the protective shell she built around herself. Unfortunately, this does give something of a short shift to the development of the mystery itself. Aurora seems to become and stay involved in the mystery through coincidence rather than through any action of her own. Still, Harris's engaging writing keeps the reader involved and makes reading this short mystery an enjoyable experience.

    Two Stars

    Reviewed 9/21/02

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