The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries are a series of 11 books written by Charlaine Harris. Each has now been adapted into a movie, five of which are currently available on Amazon Instant Video and included with the Prime subscription. The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries were made by Hallmark so while they are crime based, they're very mild – like Murder She Wrote for the 21st Century.
The main character is Aurora Teagarden, known as Roe. Played by Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House), Roe is a 28-year-old librarian who is also a member of the local ‘Real Murders Club'. With a deep love of all things crime and murder related, it comes as no surprise that she soon finds herself involved in a local murder when she discovers a skull in the house she inherits from one of the club members.
Using all of her detective skills, much to the annoyance of the actual detectives investigating the case, Roe whittles down the suspects to track down the killer. This is basically the theme for all five of the movies on Amazon. But while the murder plot of each stays the same – murder, Roe investigates, puts herself in danger, gets rescued, case solved – the story of each character does evolve throughout the series. For that reason, it's probably best to watch them in order. And to clarify, the order of the books is not the same as the order of the movies!
The first movie is no longer available so you'll have to dive straight into the second one.
Order Of Movies On Amazon
- 2. Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
3. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
4. The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
5. Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
6. A Bundle of Trouble: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
The thing about the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries is that they are very easy to watch. They have Hallmark stamped all over them. Everybody looks great, not a hair out of place and they all live in beautiful homes and have lovely lives – except for the occasional murder that is. So there's nothing even mildly threatening or gritty about them. Very similar to Good Witch in look and feel but with the crime aspect akin to Agatha Raisin or Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. These movies will either be right up your street or you'll avoid them completely.