Shakespeare’s Landlord, by Charlaine Harris

Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard Series #1)Finished audio 11-19-11, rating 3.5/5 , mystery, pub. 1996

Unabridged audio. 6.75 hours. Read by Julia Gibson.

Book 1 in the Lily Bard mystery series

Lily has cleaned houses for four years in Shakespeare, Arkansas.  She knows things no one else does, but is careful to guard her own scarred past.  She has no friends, but is somewhat obsessed with her self-defense classes.  When she sees someone dumping a body in the middle of the night she investigates, only to find her ex-landlord dead in a plastic bag.  Not wanting to get involved she makes an anonymous tip to the police chief.

Lily was distant at first, not wanting the reader to know her own past secrets, but as she opened herself up to a few people in Shakespeare we saw a Lily that could have friends and could have a normal life.  She remained feisty and no-nonsense and easy to like.  A few months after Gage was born, after I realized that I might never have time to really clean the house again, we hired someone to come twice a month and give the floors, bathrooms and kitchen a good cleaning.  I’ve always wondered what she thinks of us based on our dirt.  Reading about Lily gave me some idea!

There were a lot of characters and that means many potential suspects.  The mystery was good and it was told nicely with Lily’s personal life and back story.  I thought Harris did an excellent job of creating a unique character and a plausible murder mystery.

That being said I am not sure it was memorable enough for me to continue on with the series.  I’m already so behind in so many series that I love that one book with Lily will probably be enough.

I checked this audio book out of the library.

16 thoughts on “Shakespeare’s Landlord, by Charlaine Harris

  1. Susan Bennett says:

    I think the book sounds okay but I wonder at the choice of title. It leads one to expect something entirely different and I was disappointed just by reading the blurb, without even getting to the book.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      It was a great book to listen to in the car, so I can’t say for sure I won’t listen to more. Just won’t be seeking them out. I look forward to reading the Sookie series (read the first one last month).

    • stacybuckeye says:

      LOL! It actually took some convincing because it was so out of my reality and I finally caved because, well, even if I couldn’t keep up, Jason deserved a clean house. I told him we could do it til Gage turned 1 and then I’d have everything under control. Sigh. Now we’ve both gotten a little spoiled and she’s become a friend.

  2. Margot says:

    So many book bloggers rave about Charlaine Harris’ writing. I had the impression they were all paranormal. This one definitely appeals to me. I’m going to see if my library has it.

  3. Nise' says:

    Hold on to that cleaning help for as long as you can. It was a sad day at our house when we no longer needed the help. ;o) I agree, it has to be an exceptional first book for me to continue with the series.

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