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Aurora Teagarden: Something New Review

Skyler Samuels as Aurora Teagarden

Aurora Teagarden: Something New Overview

We hopped in the time machine and went back to 2008 when it all began for our favorite librarian sleuther. Rather than deciding to recast Aurora or worse, cancel the popular Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series, Hallmark made the bold decision to create a prequel. 

In this fun mystery, we are transported back to Aurora (Skyler Samuels) as a grad student poised to solve her first case. Arthur is new on the police squad and played perfectly by Evan Roderick.

In this mystery we have a dead body, a missing fiancee/suspect (Madison Smith), and a young Sally in love. 


Aurora Teagarden: Skyler Samuels

Arthur: Evan Roderick

Aida Teagarden: Marilu Henner

Sally: Kayla Heller

Matt Walker: Madison Smith

Detective Cook: Steve Bacic


Teena Booth


Jessica Harmon


The Killer Thesis

A yellow cocktail in a martini glass


  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 cup sugar

  • 1 lemon wedge

  • 1 1/2 ounces spiced rum (We recommend Captain Morgan’s)

  • 3/4 ounce orange curaçao

  • 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • Garnish: orange spiral

How to Make a Killer Thesis:

  • Rub the rim of a chilled martini glass with the lemon wedge and dip the rim in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. 

  • Add the spiced rum, orange curaçao, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  • Strain into the glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.

  • Garnish with an orange spiral.