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The Julius House

The Julius House
Charlaine Harris
Berkley, 1995
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Love at first sight turns into newlywed bliss for former librarian Aurora Teagarden-until violence cuts the honeymoon short.

Wealthy businessman Martin Bartell gives Roe exactly what she wants for their wedding: Julius House. But both the house and Martin come with murky pasts. And when Roe is attacked by an ax-wielding maniac, she realizes that the secrets inside her four walls—and her brand-new marriage—could destroy her.

Normally, I’m not much of a Hallmark Movies person. I do watch the channel because I like some of the shows they re-run, which is how I found out about the Aurora Teagarden movies. I had grown tired of the books, but I watched and enjoyed both movies. After seeing the second movie, I was suddenly determined to pick up where I left off in the series.

Once I picked up The Julius House, I remembered why I wasn’t too excited about it. This book was slow going. The first half is all about Roe getting married and moving. Once she’s settled, she abruptly decides to solve the mystery of the Julius family’s disappearance. After that, she starts nosing around, so naturally threatening things begin to happen to her. That’s when the story really starts to pick up. The ending was interesting, and there was a little twist that i didn’t see coming. I enjoyed it, and I’ll keep going with the series. Now when is the next movie?