Picture Perfect Murders: A Hallmark Mystery Marathon

Donuts, Danger & Disappointment: My Wife Made Me Watch “Aurora Teagarden Mysteries”

Juan Álvarez
Published in
3 min readJun 10, 2024


Image: Prime Video: Aurora Teagarden

In the quaint, picture-perfect town of Lawrenceton, where houses boast picket fences and flower beds overflow with pastel blooms, resides Aurora Teagarden, a mild-mannered librarian with a rather unusual hobby: solving murders. Yes, you read that right. This idyllic paradise, where birds chirp cheerful tunes and the air is perpetually scented with lavender, boasts a homicide rate that would make Gotham City blush.

A shoutout to my wonderful wife, Claudia, for introducing me to this gem of what I initially thought would be pure cheese. Her taste in television never ceases to amaze me. Thank you, my dear, for showing me that murder, muffins, and mayhem can be surprisingly delightful.

Aurora, our true-crime aficionado turned amateur sleuth, finds herself entangled in a whirlwind of murders more bizarre than a recipe for arsenic-laced donuts. One day it’s a jealous neighbor, the next a disgraced Hollywood starlet, and then the crazy aunt of the bride at the wedding… the list of victims is as extensive as Aurora’s book collection.

A Culinary Conundrum: A Town of Secrets

One can’t help but wonder how it’s possible that in a town where the biggest scandal is Mrs. Henderson’s latest jam recipe, death roams the streets with such frequency. The answer, my friends, is simple: fiction.

“Aurora Teagarden Mysteries” presents us with an alternate reality where crime is as common as cornbread. An idyllic town transformed into a battleground where Aurora, armed with her intellect and a knack for getting into trouble, faces off against increasingly creative and outlandish killers.

Homicides with a Hallmark Flair

Forget about dark alleyway stabbings or “Mad Max”-style shootouts. In Lawrenceton, crimes are as elegant as a five o’clock tea. One murder involves poison in a cup of herbal tea, another a vintage candelabra, and the classic “choked to death by a poorly made cupcake” couldn’t be missed.

It’s as if Agatha Christie had penned an episode of “Gilmore Girls.” Violence lurks beneath a layer of powdered sugar and Southern hospitality, creating a unique blend of mystery and dark humor.

A Safe Haven or a Killer’s Playground?

As a Swedish-Colombian who grew up in Medellín, and Stockholm, it’s hard for me to accept the strange combination of idyllic charm and rampant crime presented in the series. Despite the plethora of murders and disappearances, nobody seems inclined to leave this murder-plagued town.

Imagine the headlines:

  • “Lawrenceton: The New Global Epicenter of Organized Crime”
  • “Serial Killers Flock to Lawrenceton in Search of Inspiration”
  • “Aurora Teagarden: Detective or Killer Bait?”

If Lawrenceton existed in the real world, local authorities would be on high alert. The homicide rate would far exceed that of the world’s most dangerous cities, turning the town into a magnet for criminals of all stripes. The inhabitants would likely abandon the town en masse, possibly seeking refuge in more peaceful places like Ciudad Juárez.

A Culinary Conundrum: Donuts and Danger

“Aurora Teagarden Mysteries” is a series best enjoyed with a grain of salt. It’s a light and sunday-morning-entertaining-murder-comedy, perfect for those seeking a good time without delving too deeply into the logical details.

So, grab your favorite beverage, settle in for a marathon of murders, donuts, and comical situations that will have you laughing and surprised in equal measure (If like me, you enjoy inconsistencies or paradoxes within the fictional world of a narrative). Just remember: in Lawrenceton, death is as sweet as a pie… with a hint of arsenic!



Juan Álvarez

Autor, filósofo y especialista en narrativa, creatividad, pensamiento disruptivo, y líder en servicios creativos. Story-Coach, guionista y marketer digital.