I’ve been boring Twitter senseless with my updates on loving the Aurora Teagarden books by Charlaine Harris. They are Harris’ first series and aren’t her best books but she does touch on the themes which make the True Blood so fascinating: feminism, racism, manners, homophobia and constraining social structures which punish those who don’t fit. The character of Aurora Teagarden isn’t quite as fun or feminist as Sookie Stackhouse who, above all else, is a real fighter and an incredible woman who knows herself. Aurora Teagarden is still stuck in the marriage/baby rigamarole, despite her interest in solving old murders and subsequent accidental involvement in solving current murders. They are both strong female characters though and there can never be enough strong, quirky, intelligent and interesting women characters in books.
Some of my favourite characters in book series, in no particular order, are:
- Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum
- Dorothy Gilman’s Mrs Pollifax: elderly widow gets bored and joins the CIA. As you do.
- Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple
- M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin via LeBof
- Charlaine Harris’ Lily Barb [there is a pattern to this one!]
- Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple
- J.D Robb’s Lt Eve Dallas
- Elizabeth Peters’ Vicki Bliss
- Alison Gordon’s Kate Henry