Tag Archives: The Lily Bard Series

Shakespeare’s Trollop

This is a review of “Shakespeare’s Trollop” by Charlaine Harris, it is the 4th book in The Lily Bard Series. It follows on from “Shakespeare’s Christmas“.

Lily Bard is still cleaning up other people’s messes. One person she cleans for on a regular basis is Deedra Dean. Deedra has been making a name for herself in the small Arkansas town of Shakespeare. The kindest version of that name would be “Trollop”.

Lily has the great misfortune of discovering Deedra, dead and violated on a deserted road in her little red car. Aware of Deedra’s nature, but also witness to many of the men she has entertained in the last few months (they are neighbours) Lily just cannot pick who would do such a thing. So it’s time to begin sleuthing again.

Jack and Lily also make some big relationship decisions, and the twist at the end is so unexpected it’s delicious!

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Shakespeare’s Christmas

This is a review of “Shakespeare’s Christmas” by Charlaine Harris. It is the 3rd book in The Lily Bard Series. It follows on from “Shakespeare’s Champion“.

In this book Lily heads home to Bartley, Arkansas for Christmas and her sister’s Wedding. She has been asked to be a bridesmaid. When her new boyfriend Jack turns up in town, she is glad for the support, but somewhat apprehensive about introducing him to her family.

However, Jack is also there to solve a case. A kidnapping case. Varena’s (her sister) lover has a young daughter who seems to share a resemblance to the young girl who was kidnapped. There are more girls around the same age, so it is up to Lily to solve a mystery yet again, and to ensure that her sister is indeed marrying the man she thinks she is.

A good read.

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Shakespeare’s Champion

This is a review of “Shakespeare’s Champion” by Charlaine Harris. It is the 2nd book in The Lily Bard Series. It follows on from “Shakespeare’s Landlord“.

Racial violence is rife in Shakespeare, Arkansas. After interceding in a fight where a black man was jumped by white teens, she hears that he has been beaten to death just weeks later. Soon after, a bodybuilder is found dead at her gym. It appears that there is a white supremacist group in town, and they are getting more violent than ever.

Lily once again uses the dirt she uncovers in her cleaning job to unravel this mystery. She shows us that women can be strong and can kick butt too.

Full of insight into racism of the South and violence against women, this book is deep and meaningful, as well as flippant and suspenseful. With a couple of love/sex scenes thrown in, it’s far from a boring read.

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Shakespeare’s Landlord

This is a review of “Shakespeare’s Landlord” by Charlaine Harris. It is the first novel in the Lily Bard Series.

Lily Bard is quiet and mysterious. She has moved to the small town of Shakespeare to escape a tortured past. She works as a cleaning lady, and likes to work out in her spare time. She wants to keep to herself, and lives her life accordingly.

She witnesses some suspicious activity late at night, and when it is discovered that the Landlord of her apartment is dead, she realises that she has information that the police want. But will telling them put an unwanted spotlight on her?

As the cleaning lady of her small town, she uses her knowledge acquired from her job to solve this murder mystery.

Lily has a wry and dry sense of humour that is very entertaining. This book is quite short, but it is a great series to read. Available as a single novel and in an Omnibus Edition, lovers of Charlaine Harris will thoroughly enjoy this series.

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