Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Landlord (Lily Bard Mystery #1)


publisher: Penguin Group
published 2005
pages 214

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Disguising herself with short her and baggy clothes,Lily Bard has started over in the sleepy town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, where – working as a cleaning lady – she can sweep away the secrets of her dark and violent past…

When Lily discovers the dead body of her nosy landlord, her plan to live a quiet, unobserved life starts to crumble. Lily doesn’t care who did it. But as the unwanted attentions of the police chief and a suspicious community fall on her, she soon realizes if she doesn’t unmask the murderer,her life might do more than crumble…it might end.

In (Very) Short:

+ good book with an intriguing main character
+ not so much classical crime story
+ a lot of story pressed into the small amount of pages
+ I enjoy Charlaine Harris writing style

My Opinion:

Since I enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse novels and enjoy Charlaine Harris writing, I decided to try another of her series. Since the detective like aspect of her vampire books is one reason I took to them so quickly, I was intrigued by her Mystery Series.

Lily Bard discovers the dead body of her landlord and while she tries to stay away from the dead body and the subsequent investigation, her past slowly unravels in front of the reader and part of the town. Trying to keep her life, that she has created for herself, together, she inadvertently starts to investigate the crime.

This is not a traditional crime story. The mystery of the murder stands back in order for Lily’s mysterious past and her attempt to keep it under wraps take center stage. The main characters is intriguing and interesting and a reason I will continue this series

Still, the story seems a little pressed into these 200 something pages and it could have been a little longer for my taste. But now that some of Lily’s past has been revealed I am interested to see how the next narration develops.

Bottom Line:

A good and entertaining read. Not so much a crime story but a story about the mystery that is Lily Bard.


rating 3


5 thoughts on “Charlaine Harris – Shakespeare’s Landlord (Lily Bard Mystery #1)

    • Well, yes in a way it is. The idea and the story are interesting and thrilling, but it all seemed a bit rushed. There were a lot of different narrative strands that the author could have elaborated more for my taste. A few times it felt like the narrative flow was missing something. But since there are more books in the series, maybe I have to view them as a whole. I’ll see.

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