Shakespeare's Trollop

Shakespeare's Trollop

Paperback - 2000
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Small town amateur sleuth Lily Bard investigates the murder of a woman with a scandalous reputation in this compelling mystery from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris.

Shakespeare, Arkansas, is home to endless back roads, historic buildings, colorful residents—and the occasional murder. It is also home to Lily Bard, the local karate expert/cleaning woman with a particular knack for finding skeletons in closets.
But when Deedra Dean—the local woman of ill repute—is found murdered, her promiscuous lifestyle leaves more than a few suspects. And being familiar with Deedra’s dirty laundry could make Lily the next Shakespearean to die...

Baker & Taylor
Amateur sleuth, cleaning lady, and martial arts expert Lily Bard searches for a killer after she stumbles upon the body of Deedra Dean, the promiscuous tramp of Shakespeare, Arkansas, in her car on a deserted back road. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425196991
Branch Call Number: F HAR
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 23, 2018

This is a review by a man. I mention that because this is largely female fare, if i'm allowed to say that without the PC police knocking on my door) who normally sneers at soap opera whodunits.
But C. Harris has the writers equivalent of the gift of gab: the natural ability to spin yarns, to invent characters that you care about and get sucked into their world's, even if you normally sniff at such characters and such worlds.
Her latest, Lily Bard, is a rape victim, whose experience has toughened her considerably, to the very edge of bitterness, which will turn off some people (one is not simply allowed to say things like, "I realized all women aren't my sisters!"). Being misanthropic myself, i loved this character, and, male, loved the insight into this mostly female problem (rape).
Maybe such books/characters are very common, and men don't realize it, but hers are the first i've found. This series, and her "Secret Rage" are recommended to possessors of 'the dangly bits".
For lighter fare her Sookie Stackhouse series is a delight. Before them i would've sworn that nobody could force me to read a gimmicky and cartoony alt-vampire series, but i'm (abashedly) a devotee.
Check out her Harper Conolley series too- the most original psychic sleuth i've ever found.
(not psychic- just finds corpses).
PS: My only quibbles with her: her new Midnight Texas series feels like a misfire to me. Somehow the chemistry just doesn't work. And her Teagarden series seems generic, lacking a hook (heroine isn't a feisty rape victim, or corpse-finder, or vampire-buddy etc.).

May 31, 2017

Very entertaining, if a bit too short. I'm loving the Lily Bard series from Charlaine Harris!

Aug 14, 2012

Another great read! I really enjoyed the other books in this series, and this one didn't disappoint me. It was nice to see Lily developing more as a character.

LaimaA Jan 12, 2012

The fourth Lily Bard Mystery is probably the weakest of the bunch. The mystery itself was interesting, but the antagonist let us in on the secret far too easily and with no good reason. I'm sorry, but if I committed a crime, I wouldn't ask people, "Hey, would you let me know if you find anything in the victim's possessions which implicates me?" Lily is still a fascinating character and Charlaine Harris' writing is brisk and lively as always.


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