One of my favorite byproducts about this site and research project is when friends and family send new reel librarian titles my way. It’s like I’ve got a network out there, looking out for me and my research interest of librarian portrayals in film. Thank you all, and please keep those titles and suggestions coming!
Last week, a colleague sent me the name of a new TV movie that she received word about through a cataloging list-serv. The TV movie in question is from the Hallmark channel (more specifically, in my area, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel) called “A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery,” starring Candice Cameron Bure as the title character — who happens to be a young librarian!
I love the write-up on the Hallmark site:
A librarian with a sharp mind for murder, Aurora Teagarden is known around her small town as a master sleuth.
Remember this post about Nancy Drew, in which I opined that she would have been an AWESOME librarian?! It’s so meta… ;)
It turns out that this TV movie is an adaptation of a book series by Charlaine Harris, who also wrote the Sookie Stackhouse books (which were adapted into the True Blood TV series)! Harris wrote eight mystery novels in the Aurora Teagarden series from 1990 to 2003. Here’s how the series is described on its Wikipedia page:
In the first book of the series, twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden is a professional librarian and belongs to the Real Murders club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes.
Sounds like fun! I haven’t been able to watch the TV movie yet, but I was able to record it during one of its repeated showings. So this means I will have a follow-up analysis post for you soon!
In the meantime, there’s a couple of videos on the Hallmark site for the Aurora Teagarden TV movies, as well as more info, photos, and upcoming showtimes.
Have you watched this TV movie and/or read the books? Please leave a comment and let me know!