Charlaine Harris’ All the Little Liars begins with a wedding announcement of Aurora Teagarden.
Yes, after 13 years, the favorite librarian of Lawrenceton, Georgia, is back.
And Harris wastes no time in reestablishing her appealing character.
Since the wedding announcement is the first paragraph of All the Little Liars, we are not giving anything away.
The best man is the groom’s best friend—Jeff Abbott of Austin, Texas.
Abbott, of course, is a bestselling author, now best known for his globe-jumping Sam Capra novels.
This makes sense because Aurora’s husband, Robin Crusoe, is a mystery writer. Abbott, of course, also is an award-winning author.
Abbott’s latest novel in his Sam Capra series is The First Order.
Harris’ reference to another mystery writer is one of those little Easter eggs that readers adore.
"Jeff and I have known each other for many, many years. I picked Jeff because he is a friendly guy, and Robin is too, and they write the same sort of books. They might easily bond. Plus, Jeff is a Southerner also. But mostly because he said "yes" when I asked him,” said Harris in an email.
“I have only used names of my close friends before, to give them a fist bump," Harris added.
For his part, Abbott almost forgot about his debut in Harris’ book.
“Charlaine and I are friends; she had asked me a couple of years back if she could use my name and I said yes, but had forgotten about it until someone with an ARC posted about it on Facebook. I haven't read the book yet, it's on order but hasn't arrived. I hope ‘Jeff Abbott’ survives until the next book,” Abbott said in an email.
Read All the Little Liars to find out the fictional Jeff Abbott's fate.