Release Date: Sep 26, 2017
Series: Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Imprint: Minotaur Books
Aurora Teagarden is on leave from her job in the library, as she and her husband Robin adjust to life with their newborn daughter, Sophie. When Robin has to go out of town on business, Roe is grateful to have help from the highly recommended Virginia Mitchell. Virginia proves invaluable when Roe comes down with the flu. Everything changes one night when Roe wakes up to Sophie’s cries. After comforting Sophie, she searches the house for Virginia. There is no sign of her nanny, but Roe finds a dead body of another woman instead! Roe can’t help herself and finds herself in the middle of the mystery of the dead women and the investigation to determine if the death and Virginia’s disappearance are related.
I have read a few books in this series, but it has been a while. Since then, I have watched some of the Hallmark movies based on the series. As expected, there are differences between the movies and the novels, but seeing the television version of Aurora Teagarden made me eager to read this new book in the series. The book reads like a standalone, so new readers will have no problem enjoying the story. I like the depth and realism of the character of Roe. Her relationship with her husband, as well as with her younger brother, is very believable. The details of Roe and Robin learning to care for Sophie and their worries about her are also realistic and parents or anyone who has cared for a newborn will relate.
A major part of some of the prior books in the series is Roe’s participation in the “Real Murders Club, but the emphasis of this book is Roe solving the mystery surrounding the dead woman found in her backyard and the disappearance of her temporary nanny. I enjoyed seeing Roe balance her recovery from the flu and taking care of her newborn with solving a mystery. She mentions the club to her stepfather John, but it’s a very small part of the book. I think there is enough going on in the book that it doesn’t suffer without the club. The pacing of the book is even and I eagerly turned the pages to find out the solution to both mysteries.
After reading Sleep Like a Baby, I have a renewed appreciation of the author’s writing skills, as well as a reminder of how much I enjoyed this series in the past. I am hoping the author treats us to more of Roe’s adventures in the future.