Aurora Teagarden has always been my favorite of Charlaine Harris' protagonists (sorry, Sookie), so of course I was excited to hear that there was a new Aurora book being released, more than a decade after the last one (Poppy Done to Death, 2003).
All the Little Liars picks up shortly after Poppy, which ended with mystery author Robin Crusoe proposing to Aurora, who had just discovered that she was pregnant. It's about three weeks after the wedding, and the couple have just returned from their honeymoon.
They're preparing to share their news of the pregnancy with their families, and Aurora is adjusting to the physical changes she's experiencing. Her younger half-brother Phillip is still living with them, and will be starting at the local high school in January. Aurora is pleased with the way Phillip is adapting to life in Lawrenceville, which is considerably more stable than living with his parents ever was.
When Phillip tells Aurora he needs to talk to her about something, she's on her way out the door, but she assures him that they'll talk when she gets home. But between dealing with issues at work, appointments with the doctor, and talking to her mother, she forgets until the next day.
Phillip texts Aurora to tell her that he's hanging out with his friend Josh, so she's not worried. But when Josh's mother calls in the early evening, asking if she'd heard from the boys, Aurora feels a premonitory shiver. Neither Phillip nor Josh are answering their phones, so after Aurora and Robin drive around town and don't find them in any of the usual places, Aurora insists on calling the police.
It turns out that not only are Josh and Phillip unaccounted for, but Josh's twin sister Joss, as well as a younger girl named Liza, the daughter of the local Episcopalian minister.
Impatient with the Lawrenceville PD's lack of progress, Aurora and Robin investigate on their own, and learn some horrific things about their neighbors.
Fans of Charlaine Harris will love this book, especially those, like me, who really missed Ms. Teagarden.
FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an Advance Reading Copy of this book to review.