Sleep Like a Baby (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery) by Charlaine Harris
Description: In the latest installment of the #1 New York Times Bestselling Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden series, Robin and Aurora have finally begun their adventure in parenting. With newborn Sophie proving to be quite a handful, Roe's mother pays for a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come help the new parents for a few weeks. Virginia proves to be especially helpful when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu.One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Roe's brother Philip helps her search the house and they happen upon a body outside... but it isn't Virginia's. Now, not only does she have a newborn to care for and a vulnerable new marriage to nurture, Roe also has to contend with a new puzzle - who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia? This heart-pounding and exciting next installment of the Aurora Teagarden series will leave fans happy and hungry for more.
Why I Picked This Book: I love this mystery series and was so excited to see it was back last year.
My Impression: I'm a little biased because I love these characters. I've been with Aurora through a strange inheritance, a few failed relationships, and a whole bunch of other things. So I love seeing her becoming a mom, being happy with Robin, and with a good relationship with Phillip, her half-brother. I also loved the actual mystery here. Where did the babysitter go and just who is the dead woman in the backyard? There were several scenes in this one that just gave me chills. I was wrapped up in the mystery right from the start and didn't want to put it down.
However, there were a few flaws. I mentioned I'd been a reader of the series from the beginning but the previous book came out last year and the one before that came out almost ten years ago or so. The problem is that the book references a few events and characters from long ago. And it's not a "this character from book 3 was at the grocery store and we said hello" kind of mention. It's important to the mystery. I found myself clutching at shadows trying to remember things that had happened years ago which detracted from my reading experience. I'm not sure what it would be like reading this one if you were completely new to the series.
So while this isn't my favorite in the series it was still a lot of fun. Catching up with Aurora, Robin, and Phillip and the side characters is like catching up with old friends.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely! I'm already waiting for the next book and would love to reread this series.
Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy mysteries this is a great series. While most mysteries can be read at any order this series is one you might want to start at the beginning with. There is a lot of character development.