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Last Scene Alive
By Charlaine Harris
Wheeler Publishing and Chivers Press, 2003
Hardcover, large print edition
$28.95 (253 pages)
ISBN: 1-58724-364-4

Almost everyone in Lawrenceton, Georgia has a touch of movie mania. After Robin Crusoe's murder thriller made the best-seller lists turning the book into a film is the logical progression in the sequence of events. The film industry wants to use the town for authenticity, the town's officials see having the Hollywood folks visiting as a way of sprucing up without having to spend any money from their own coffers, and a surprising number of residents are bit by the acting bug. 

The only person who seems immune to the mania is Aurora Teagarden. A librarian by vocation, she was involved with solving the murders alongside Robin. Recently widowed, "Roe" doesn't want any more changes in her life.  The fact that her husband's actor son, who was always ready for a handout and never eager to be polite, has been cast in one of the major roles isn't helping matters any. 

Aurora is too well-bred to be outright rude and too close to the history of the original events not to be questioned constantly about her role in solving the murders. Despite her best efforts, she's sucked into the behind the scenes machinations of movie-making. 

Last Scene Alive is the second installment of the Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris.


Pam Kingsbury
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