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Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily Bard #4)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  11,743 Ratings  ·  368 Reviews
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 and cleaning lady who's got a particular knack for finding skeletons in closets.

But when Deedra Dean - a local woman of ill repute - is found murdered, her lifestyle leaves more than a few suspects.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published November 10th 2011 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2000)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
"But it was not her weakness that had caused her death; it was one of her strengths that had killed her."

Many readers have been turned off by the disparaging inner thoughts from the main character, Lily, about victim's lifestyles and "slut shaming." I've seen from reviews that some wouldn't even continue the series. Now, I wouldn't stop the series over something such as that since I know many books start with a character that needs to grow more into realization and knowledge. This book highlight
I was so wrong and glad I revisted this book. Thanks for all the commentators who gently advised me to ride the book out. A full review soon.

I am giving this another chance but commentators to my review has said that the comment that bothered me is actually examined further on in the book. Plus I miss Harris at her best.

Origianl thoughts:

I am not going to rate this because I am only maybe 30 minutes in to listening to this audio. But I can't finish it given the comments by the main protaganist
May 15, 2010 Starling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I've discovered that one of the things I like about all of Charlaine Harris series is that the characters change, and grow.

When we first meet Lily Bard in the first book of the series she is an almost totally isolated victim of a horrific crime. But almost without her noticing it some things have changed. She is no longer running from town to town trying to be invisible. She has created a cleaning business from scratch, even though she calls herself a maid and even though she only has one "emplo
Aug 08, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alas poor Deedra, we knew her well. This fourth book in the Lily Bard series is Deedra's story in the worst way, as Lily finds her dead and violated in her car at the beginning of the story. Since fans of the series know Deedra, town slut and one of Lily's employers, from the first three books it has an extra poignancy and the depth it adds to the mystery is another reason why I think this series is Charlaine Harris at her best. Lily Bard is a rape survivor with PTSD, making her way in a small s ...more
Although I actually correctly predicted who the killer was this time, which is unusual for this series of books as it's usually fairly well hidden, I could not have foreseen why she was killed or the other circumstances which led to her death. There were certainly many other events which took me by surprise in this one too.

I am enjoying this series tremendously. I love Lily Bard and the way her character is developing through the series. I like Jack and he is obviously the right person for Lily,
Sarah Adamson
Reread of this book.
Not my favourite in the series but deals with some very important topics. Many of the low star reviews on goodreads come from people who haven't fully understood or fully read the book. Charmaine Harris was tackling difficult issues in this whole series, writing about them almost 2 decades ago when many of the issues were viewed as secretive and closed door issues. I only give 3 stars because I like to enjoy my books throughly and this deals with such hard issues and is a bit
Dec 23, 2013 Hailey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, library-books
I hated this book. This series hasn't been a great series. Interesting enough to keep reading, and I did because I don't like to start series and not finish them

This one infuriated me.

Charlaine Harris is a survivor of rape. The lead character, Lily Bard, is a survivor of a brutal gang rape and stabbing. Yet, this character, in this book, engaged in so much much slut shaming and victim blaming.

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Mar 12, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Shakespeare’s Trollop is the fourth in the Lily Bard series by Charlaine Harris. Lily Bard has the misfortune to discover the naked body of Shakespeare’s trollop, Deedra Dean, in her car in the woods. As the new sheriff, Marta Schuster, investigates, the list of possible suspects seems daunting, given Deedra’s promiscuity, and includes her own brother, Marlon, lately close to Deedra. Lily’s cleaning job leads her to talk to many Shakespeare residents, and she begins to wonder if the staging of t ...more
"I really enjoy the Lily Bard series as a whole, and I think this is a good contribution to the series. In this one, a minor character in previous books is ""elevated"" to the status of murder victim - if you've read those books, the title will probably tell you who it was.[return][return]Due to the nature of the victim (i.e., ""trollop""), everyone simply assumes she slept with the wrong guy, and pretty much got what was coming to her. Since Lily knows at least a few other aspects to Deedra's c ...more
Yvonne Hop
I think Lily Bard is one of my favorite characters so far. She is strong, independent and in contrast to other Charlaine Harris characters, she doesn't rely on men to make her life worthwhile.

In this book one of Shakespeares frowned upon women is found murdered outside the town. Lily doesn't want to get involved, but of course she eventually is.

I love these cozies and the Lily Bard series seems darker and more believeable than the other Harris' series. Reads real well, always a nice mystery. I
Becka Gibson
Feb 17, 2014 Becka Gibson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
a LOT of victim blaming in this one. apparently sleeping with more than a dozen men in years means you're basically asking to be raped, mutilated and left dead in the woods. i'm aware that this was published 14 years ago and attitudes toward sexual assault have come a long way in that time, but there's still no excuse for the ridicule doled out by the main character and everyone around her towards the murdered girl in this novel. Lily makes the unconvincing statement at the end that because Deed ...more
The fourth outing for Lily Bard (and my fourth in three days), this was as easily readable as its predecessors, but also managed to irritate me more than some of the others thanks to Lily's constant judgement of the victim, the titular town 'trollop' (the title in itself winds me up some) Deedra Dean.

Throughout the series Lily has very much disapproved of Deedra's lifestyle, with many visits from many men, but when she finds Deedra's naked body in her car in the woods, Lily's judgement ramps up
Jul 07, 2016 Sherry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Nikinnia Smith
Mar 28, 2015 Nikinnia Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 20, 2014 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars ... because, well, just because. I actually love this series. It's an easy read, doesn't require much emotional investment. If you haven't read one of the previous books, I would suggest reading Shakespear's Landlord first (at least). Otherwise, Lily and her actions/reactions aren't going to make very much sense.

I was unsatisfied with the ending. It all wrapped up in a nice, neat little bow, but it just wasn't enough for me. There was no specific reason, it just wasn't.

Decent writing,
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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.
Sandra Turner
Jul 24, 2013 Sandra Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been a great series from this author. I would recommend this series, even if you don't like the others. This is a mystery series with no special abilities or vampires. The only monsters are the other people. And the bravery of some of the characters is inspiring. Some of it is hard to read because it is realistic. But if you like books about strong people who overcome adversity, learn how to deal with life again, and help solve crime, then you will like this series.
Mar 06, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series and will be sorry to see it end with the next book. I've grown to enjoy Lily's character and the plots involving the residents of Shakespeare. This particular book involved the citizens of Shakespeare more than the others (I thought) and it was even more fun to read.
Jun 29, 2012 Trisher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this one as much because Lily was so damn judgemental of the "trollop" that it annoyed me and took me out of the book. I see that it's true to her character but it still rubbed me the wrong way.
Feb 08, 2016 Kelli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-recommend
Difficult book to finish. lily is so judgemental and just really awful that I don't like her anymore. She's consistently horrible and snappy to everyone and obsessed about herself and her needs to the exclusion of all others.

I'm unlikely to continue the series.
Nov 15, 2007 krin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a good mystery. I liked Lily's observations about various townspeople and how she comes to terms with her preconceived notions about the victim. There was also a nice twist at the end as not everything is as it seems.
Jun 26, 2016 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2016
I didn't really appreciate the victim blaming and slut shaming going on in this one.
Meredith VanOordt
Everybody please tell Charlaine Harris we need more books from Shakespeare books.
Feb 02, 2017 R rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
The library didn't have book 3, but I didn't feel that I had missed out on too much. This was a typical Lily Bard mystery...
Nov 04, 2016 Swaypippin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little dull but I finally figured out who dunnit before the last page.
Jeff Cothern
Sep 28, 2012 Jeff Cothern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.

From Publishers Weekly

"There's nothing more revealing about people than the mess they leave for someone els

Dec 27, 2016 Isabelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think it was as good as the last one, still good but... I have some thoughts. Go check them out at
Mike Finn
Shakespeare's trollopOne of the things that I admire about Charlaine Harris is her willingness to follow the growth of her, usually broken or stigmatized, main characters, even when the venture into politically incorrect territory.

I've seen reviews of previous books in which Harris is criticised because Lily Bard, a survivor of a vicious gang rape, saw the promiscuity of, Deedra Dean, one of her customers, as a lack of self-respect. Lily cannot understand why Deedra would put herself at risk jus
Shakespeare's Trollop
4 Stars

When Lily stumbles across the dead body of Deedra Dean, Shakespeare’s most promiscuous resident, everyone assumes that her lifestyle has finally caught up with her and the suspects pile up. However, a series of seemingly unrelated incidents soon reveal that there is more to Deedra’s death than meets the eye.

To begin with, it should be noted that the strongest criticism of this installment in the Lily Bard series is that Harris appears to be engaging in “slut shaming”
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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