Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily Bard #4)
But when Deedra Dean - a local woman of ill repute - is found murdered, her lifestyle leaves more than a few suspects. ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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.
I felt like it was out of character and it disgusted me. There had been a mention in one ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
I'm unlikely to continue the series.
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
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 ...more
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” ...more
Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr ...more