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Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris

Shakespeare's Christmas (1998)

by Charlaine Harris

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Shakespeare's Christmas
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Returning home for her sister’s wedding, Lily is dreading the inevitable confrontation with the harsh memories of her past. All this takes a back seat, however, when Lily finds herself enmeshed in a new mystery as her boyfriend, private investigator Jack Leeds, arrives with the troubling news that Lily's soon to be brother-in-law may be a kidnapper.

While Lily is definitely not the most affable of heroines and some readers may find her directness curt and discourteous, to me she is refreshing, original and admirable. The insights into her life immediately following the attack and the reactions of her friends and family at the time, provide additional depths to her character and reinforce her amazing strength of will and resilience.

Jack and Lily’s romance is going strong and there are several entertaining scenes with the two of them trying to define their relationship and its future direction. Jack can charm the pants off anyone and the reactions of the various Bard family members to his presence are priceless.

The mystery involves a killer’s attempts to cover up a kidnapping and once again the reader follows Lily as she uncovers the clues and confronts the culprit. The actual investigation is rather slow going as the case builds against several likely suspects, but the climax is exciting and the resolution satisfying.

Although the mystery is solved and the villain is apprehended, Lily’s departure from Bartley is somewhat abrupt and there are a couple of loose ends remaining, such as What happened to Jane Osborne? and Lily’s family’s reactions to events.

In terms of the audiobook, Julia Gibson’s narration is enjoyable although there are still lengthy gaps between sections that can be distracting.

In sum, Lily has become one of my favorite heroines and the more I read of this series, the better I like it. Looking forward to the next installment. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
I enjoyed how the author took Lily out of the small town of Shakespeare and back to her small hometown, the root of her pain and issues, the family members she felt so awkward around. Of course there is a mystery thrown in when she arrives, to be solved amidst family dramas and wedding plans, Jack popping into town to stir up her loins, and Lily again getting uptight and moody if anyone tries to act normal around her.

The parents and sister don't stand out too much, but they were enjoyable written. The father wasn't in many scenes but turned out to be my favorite. Jack and Lily's relationship, again, not sure about the insta-magic when he appeared last time, see it's still going strong. I was intrigued by the cop and the back-story of how he reacted to Lily tugged on my heartstrings.

These books aren't known for their intense mysteries, but this one holds the more intriguing, complex, and twisted one of the series. Involves kidnapping, child baby switching, potential murders that may have happened offpage a long time ago, and a gross, perverted revelation at the end. Dark stuff but a happy ending after all. This is likely the best mystery of the Lily Bard series, where Lily actually has to snoop a bit on purpose. She doesn't come to by a Hercule Poirot or anything, but it's an interesting story nonetheless.

This one was a better one as, besides the story being rich, the background with her adjusting to her family and hometown made it more lively. Her raised eyebrow at her sister about strength was a little annoying though. Lily has become a bit snobby with some of her preconceptions of others, although she does come to admire some strengths with her sister.

The ending felt too abrupt to me, and I don't get how she couldn't look back at all when she eagerly left her family and hometown. They seem to be sweet people. Overall a good installment of the Lily Bard series, maybe the best yet. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Shakespeare's Christmas
by Charlaine Harris
St. Martin's Press, 1998
ISBN 0312193300 (hardcover), 214 pp.

Review date: May, 2015

Lily Bard, maid and martial artist, returns! In Shakespeare's Christmas, the third book in the eponymous Lily Bard series, she continues in her habit of becoming embroiled in murder mysteries, and in her path of recovery from her traumatic past. Now firmly settled in Shakespeare, Arkansas, and no longer running from the events that have shaped her, despite the attention it sometimes garners from her fellow townspeople, Lily has even managed to establish a lasting romantic relationship with private detective Jack Leeds. But she still has work to do; she still feels uncomfortable around her family, and she must find a way to make them see her for who she is and not merely as a victim of a heinous crime. To that end, she travels to her hometown during the Christmas season to serve as a bridesmaid in her sister's upcoming wedding.

While there, she not only must overcome the personal issues that exist within her family, but—when Jack's current case leads him to that town—she must assist in finding a kidnapper and rescuing the victim. The crime itself occurred some years before, and the case has gone cold, but recently uncovered evidence points to someone in Lily's hometown—and one of the suspects is Lily's sister's own fiance, whose daughter could very well be the kidnapped child.

Once again, Charlaine Harris spins a tale focused on interesting characters in dramatic situations, fleshing them out in three dimensions and placing them in realistic situations. And once again, she gives readers a harsh look at the realities of modern life, unafraid to confront events that shouldn't happen, yet happen every day or nearly so, in this case presenting the inescapable sadness of kidnapping and sexual abuse. She crafts a well-plotted mystery and weaves around it a compelling web of human drama.

I'll admit that as I read Shakespeare's Christmas, and shortly after I finished, I felt that it wasn't quite as enjoyable as the first two books in the series, but after some time spent reflecting on it, I realized that despite my subjective reaction at the time, it is truly just as good and maybe even better in some respects. For those who have read the previous books in the series, it's worth the time to continue on, not only for the challenge of the mystery but also for the pleasure of watching Lily as she continues her journey of healing. Always a strong woman, she shows great strength once again, not only in facing the horrors of the crime she must solve, along with its perpetrator, but also in allowing herself to open up to the possibilities of pain that come both with confronting her family and with allowing herself to be involved with Jack. A strong woman and a survivor is Lily Bard, and it's always a pleasure to see how she views the world and those around her—and how those views and interactions change as she does, and vice versa.



3 stars: It was good. Technical, conventional, and other errors are rare or nonexistent, and the work stands out among others of its kind. I would be likely to recommend the work to others. Equivalent to a 'B', or above average, grade. ( )
  tokidokizenzen | May 26, 2015 |
Third in the Lily Bard Mysteries. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Jan 31, 2015 |
Lily Bard is a house cleaner in Shakespeare, Arkansas, who is determined not to be defined by her past as the victim of a violent crime. For that reason, she has avoided visits to her family and her hometown for many years. Lily's sister Varena has planned a Christmas wedding that will finally bring Lily back to Bartley. During some of the pre-wedding activities, Lily and Varena discover the bodies of the town doctor and his nurse in the office where they had been beaten to death. Then Lily's private eye boyfriend shows up to see Lily and meet the family, but that's not the only reason he's in town. He's been hired to look for a girl who was kidnapped as an infant eight years earlier – and Varena's fiance, a widower, has an 8-year-old daughter. Lily realizes that she must help Jack solve his case before her sister's wedding.

This book is darker than most cozies, but it still retains some of the small town charm characteristic of many cozy series. I liked Lily. She's not one of those “too stupid to live” characters that populate so many cozies. She isn't impulsive; she is smart, strong, thoughtful, and aware of the risks she undertakes. The reader, Julia Gibson, seems perfect for Lily's voice. I picked this one up because I was looking for an audiobook with a Christmas setting. Now I will be looking for the rest of the books in this series. ( )
  cbl_tn | Dec 28, 2014 |
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Lily Bard heads home for the holidays.

Lily heads to her hometown of Bartley for her estranged sister’s Christmas Eve wedding. But there is something in the air besides holiday cheer—there’s murder. And Lily must work fast to clean up the messy case before her sister promises to love, honor, and obey a killer.

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"Determined to move beyond her violent past, Lily heads to her hometown of Bartley for her estranged sister's Christmas Eve wedding. But there is something in the air besides holiday cheer--murder." --Back cover.

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