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Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily Bard Mysteries) (original 2000; edition 2004)

by Charlaine Harris

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Title:Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily Bard Mysteries)
Authors:Charlaine Harris
Info:Berkley Prime Crime (2004), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 194 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:fiction, read, 2009, january, mystery, murder, vb, gr

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Shakespeare's Trollop by Charlaine Harris (2000)

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This was a decent read, typical of the series. This one was a little less satisfactory to me and I found the ending also somewhat unsatisfactory. I find that Lily is to me becoming too self involved and I get tired of hearing endlessly about her past. I know one could not get over such an incident, but constantly replaying it over and over to herself (and the reader) is counter-productive. Also, I thought it was obvious "who did it" about halfway through the book.
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
Another good one, builds on the previous 3, so this is definitely a series to read in order. The mystery is a bit more convoluted, though. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Jun 19, 2013 |
I'm recommending the whole of the Lily Bard series to anyone who likes books with strong female characters. Lily has her problems, but she doesn't let them keep her from getting on with the job of solving crimes that come her way. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
An ok mystery. Not sure why Lily Bard was so involved--she didn't like the woman who was killed so her intense involvement just didn't make a lot of sense. Also, the emotional stuff with this character is just awkward. ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
I know, you're thinking it's just another cleaning lady who solves mysteries on the side...

Don't know how involved the rest of the stories get into the background of the heroine, but there's just barely enough explanation to make the character believable. She may be even too believable for comfort, as events in her past make romance difficult, which in turn makes the romantic scenes a bit flat. In general, actually, Lily Bard is a bit lacking in color. Detectives don't have to be colorful. Kinsey Millhone and Matthew Scudder, for example, get on with their jobs without much fuss, but Lily Bard is so tightly in a shell that she's hard to relate to.

That said, the other characters are drawn out nicely, the town of Shakespeare is colorful and interesting, and the obligatory violent confrontation at the end had enough surprises to keep me guessing. So it has its good points and bad points. Worth spending some time on. ( )
  benfulton | Jul 13, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425196992, Mass Market Paperback)

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 the local woman of ill repute is found murdered, being familiar with her dirty laundry could make Lily the next Shakespearean to die.

 

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When the local woman of ill repute is found murdered, being familiar with her dirty laundry could make Lily Bard the next Shakespearean to die.

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