Shakespeare's Christmas (A Lily Bard Mystery, #3)
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Shakespeare's Christmas (Lily Bard #3)

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Charlaine Harris's unique spin on the traditional 'cozy has garnered high praise and dedicated fans for her first two books set in Shakespeare, Arkansas. Harris has added a touch of noir to this typical charming Southern town and given a dark past to her heroine, cleaning woman and karate expert Lily Bard. The series debut, Shakespeare's Landlord, was named one of the top...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Minotaur Books (first published 1998)
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Katreniah
Normally, I do my homework, check and see if the book is part of a series, double-check to learn what type of book it is, do some research on the author, but I didn't do any of that for this book, and I won't make that mistake again. I had been given this book, I read the back, and I plowed right into it one day. I didn't even look for the author's name until I was finishing chapter 3, so imagine my surprise when I learned it was Sookie Stackhouse's Charlaine Harris. I'd read the entire Sookie s...more
Jim
Another good mystery, although the story got a little convoluted & confusing at a couple of points. May have been my fault for not following all the character names closely enough, but there were a fair few. Lily goes back to her home town, so she knows everyone & seems to meet half of them.

This has added depth to Lily's character & I like her more with each page. Very admirable lady. On to the next!
Emily
I've gotten very attached to Lily Bard. It was interesting this time around to see her outside of the Shakespeare setting and interacting with her family. (view spoiler) I like how Lily, even though there seems to be a murder every time she turns around, has gradually started to enjoy life again. She's beginning to...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
I've enjoyed every one of Charlaine Harris' 'Shakespeare' mysteries. These are much darker than her other series with the exception of the 'Harper Connelly' series. If you're expecting anything like her 'Dead' series...don't. But if you like a gritty mystery with a kick-ass heroine with a dark past...you'd be doing yourself a favor to try this series out. These were originally written in the 90s, but have been reprinted in the last couple of years.

Lily has to return to her hometown after all thi...more
Vickie
This was a perfect-for-me holiday read. Murder and mystery as written by Charlaine Harris. Yep, perfect. And it's still good. Above was written 23 Dec 2008. Read it again as a holiday favorite.
Tracy Terry
The third in the Lily Bard/Shakespeare Mystery series. At last a plot that has some substance to it, a whodunit that though the reason why is fairly obvious the perpetrator is less so.

Interesting that the author chose this, the third book in the series, to really explore the aftermath of Lily's assault not just through the eyes of those closest to Lily but also through Lily herself's eyes, though this works ok as a stand alone novel it is because of this that I think the books are probably best...more
Sesa38
This was my first book in the Lily Bard series. I was looking for Christmas books so read this out of order. I'm not a huge Charlene Harris fan - I don't care for the vampire series at all- but loved this one. I immediately downloaded and read books 1 and 2 in the series next. The main character is a woman who had been brutally attacked in the past and goes on to learn self defense and get very strong. Because of her experiences, she has as hard time relating to people but is making friends in t...more
Mira
I have a love/hate thing with Charlaine Harris. While I have come to tire of the relentless damsel in distress that is Sookie Stackhouse, the protagonist of this novel was a strong woman more than capable of taking care of herself. I approve of this heartily.

The pacing of this novel is good, it keeps the interest up and it gives enough clues to the plot that you can keep up. A great relief that there is no magical deus ex machina to save this heroine.

I'm not sure that I'd seek out other books i...more
Jan C
Kind of interesting. What happens where someone who left home because of neaucoup scandal when she was raped has to go back home when her sister gets married. Plus, boyfriend Jack is working on a case about a girl who was snatched and there are three possible girls in Lily's home town of Bartley who could be it and one of them is her future brother-in-law's daughter. Another belongs to the local minister.

And, of course, once Lily and Jack show up the bodies start falling.

But, oooooooh, the ten...more
Cherie
Another great entry in the Lily Bard Mystery series. In this one, Lily travels home during the holidays to be a bridesmaid in her sister's wedding, and of course trouble follows her... as does her sexy new boyfriend Jack! ;)

We learn a bit more about Lily's background in this one as she stays with her family during her homecoming. This is really the first time she's been home since the incident which scarred her both physically and emotionally.

I'm looking forward to reading more of this series!
Meigan
Lily Bard is going back home. With trepidation, of course, but it's unavoidable since her only sister is getting married. It was really good to finally see where exactly Lily comes from, see her with old friends, and finally meet her parents. Naturally, because this is Lily Bard we are talking about, there is murder and mayhem.

Lily's sister, Varena, is finally getting married to her longtime boyfriend, Dill Kingery. Lily is thrust in to all of the pre-wedding happenings, much to her chagrin. Sh...more
Ronda
This one has been my favorite so far. It takes place outside the comfort of Lily's new home and life in Shakespeare and finds her revisiting her childhood home for her sister's wedding. Lily doesn't want to be there, but it seems the visit might be cathartic for both her and her family--so long as her brother-in-law to be doesn't turn out to be guilty of kidnapping and murder.
Amy
I'd always been very careful with makeup, with my hair; I keep my legs shaved as smooth as a baby's bottom. I like to know what I look like; I like to control it. But I don't want people to turn to look at me, I don't want people to notice me. The jeans and sweats I wore to clean houses, to bathe dogs, to fill some shut-in's grocery list, acted as camouflage. Practical, cheap, camouflage.

People would look at me when I wore my new clothes.


I love, love, love Lily Bard. She is my new favorite myste...more
Ilean
Shakespear's Christmas was soooo good. I wanted it to keep going when suddenly Lily finally put two and two together and the suspect shows up. Keep it going Charlaine Harris!!!
Jennifer
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Another great Lily Bard Mystery. I love Lily. She is so much fun to read and see all the things she just happens to find. I also really like Jack and am glad he is still a part of the story. I think Lily and Jack are great together. They both are kind of prickly at times, they both have some dark in their past, they so cute together! They both kind of back off when things get too real and close and it is so much fun to read.

In this story Lily goes back home for her...more
Elizabeth
I love this series. I'm getting to know Lily and Jack much better. Their adventures are a little quirky and amusing.
Gloria Schwarting
Out of curiosity, I tried one of Charlaine Harris's other series. Sookie Stackhouse is so popular and that's the only one I knew. I liked this gutsy character much better than the plethora of beings that inhabit the Stackhouse books. She is a house cleaner, survivor of an attack trauma, girlfriend of a private detective, and not a slouch at discovering secrets herself. In this book, she returns home for her sister's wedding and finds herself uncovering a years old kidnapping. I'll look for the o...more
Kayeb
I truly chuckled with this one....weddings can bring lots of options for the comical.and the serious. This is my favorite of the 2 I have read so far.

Even in a sleepy Arkansas town, the holidays can be murder.

Lily Bard is going home for the holidays. More comfortable in baggy sweats than bridesmaid's frills, Lily isn't thrilled about attending her estranged sister's wedding. She has moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas, to start a new life, cleaning houses for a living, trying to forget the violence t...more
chris
Lily hides a traumatic past under a prickly exterior, but, in the series' third book (after Shakespeare's Champion, 1997), this karate expert lowers her defenses just long enough to reconcile with her family and help solve a series of grisly murders. Returning to her home town of Bartley (a stone's throw from her residence in Shakespeare, Ark.) for her sister Varena's wedding, Lily is plunged headlong into an eight-year-old kidnapping investigation after her lover and confidant, Jack Leeds, a PI...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is the third book in The Lily Bard Mysteries Omnibus, and I'm really enjoying this series. I have to admit that I'm a little sad, because I only have two more books left to read. :(

Lily Bard is a very tough cleaning lady. She lifts weights, knows how to fight, and can take care of herself just fine. She likes to keep to herself and is really looking forward to spending Christmas with her new beau, Jack Leeds. She's also decided to expand on her business. There's not much she's afraid of and...more
Tam
I loved this series. In my opinion, it's Harris' best work.

I love the complexity of Lily Bard throughout the series. We neet her years after she was brutally attacked and when the story starts we see her trying to live after she was so brutally violated. I found her survival tendencies to be very interesting.

This book tackles the topic of going home after you've been victimized. Lily's working towards healing and leaving her tragic incident in the past, but when she goes home she has to face be...more
Jill
Lily Bard, 31, now lives in Shakespeare, Arkansas, having fled to this sleepy town in search of solace and anonymity after a brutal rape four years earlier. Her family still acts awkwardly around her, so she dreads returning to Bartley for her sister Varena’s Christmas wedding.

As it turns out, an eight-year-old cold case of a missing girl, Summer Dawn Macklesby, gets hot again, and the suspects are all in Bartley. Lily’s boyfriend, Jack Leeds, who is a private investigator, ends up in Bartley wo...more
Trendhater73: S. Bledsoe
Before reading this book, I had read several reviews. Most of them were negative, because I always like to start with the one-stars. The biggest complaint was the setting of this book. It is the third in the Lily Bard series, which takes place in the fictional small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas. However, this one mostly takes place in a town called Bartley which is a three hour drive from Shakespeare. The other complaint is that changing the setting, we don't get to see the characters we know a...more
Bianca
This stage of Lily's life is trying to read. Firstly, Lily is stress out about returning to her hometown to visit her family for her sister's wedding. She has had a strained relationship with her family since the attack. She is pleasantly surprised when her boyfriend Jack turns up in Bartley for moral support.

However, then things get serious. There are three murders in the tiny town and Jack investigates an eight year old abduction of a baby girl - the evidence points to the little girl living i...more
Jenn Bragg
I flew through Shakespeare's Christmas. This story was written at a much faster pace than the previous two in the series, and the leap forward in Lily's healing made for a much more enjoyable reading experience!

Jack is still around, and still hanging tough. I love that he doesn't take Lily's passive aggressive behavior as lightly as everyone else in her life...the man fights back! Her family, however, tend to sit around like whipped puppy dogs every time she has a "moment". I can't help but feel...more
Aude
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Plus ça va, plus j'aime cette série et plus j'accroche avec Lily comme personnage principal ! Elle est totalement badass ! :D Enfin une héroïne qui ne pleurniche pas à toutes les pages, ça fait du bien franchement, ou alors je n'ai vraiment pas eu de chance jusque maintenant. Pour l'instant, ce tome 3 est le meilleur des trois sorties en français d'après moi.

Lily retourne à Bartley pour célébrer le mariage de sa soeur, cela fait des années qu'elle ne l'a pas vue. Les relati...more
Doris
The flawed heroine of our story is Lily Bard, rape survivor, who now has to face her family and her childhood friends and neighbors as she heads 'home' to Bartley for her sister's Christmas Eve wedding. Lily has agreed to Maid of Honor, but even before she arrives she gets a premonition that something isn't right.

Lily cleans houses, along with a few other mini business adventures, in order to make ends meet. While cleaning a business for a friend, she stumbles across a newspaper featuring old s...more
Kel
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Jeff Cothern

Lily Bard heads home for the holidays.

Lily heads to her hometown of Bartley for her estranged sister’s Christmas Eve wedding. But there is something in the air besides holiday cheer—there’s murder. And Lily must work fast to clean up the messy case before her sister promises to love, honor, and obey a killer.

From Publishers Weekly

Harris, author of the Aurora Teagarden cozies, adds a touch of grit to her books featuring briskly efficient, 31-year-old Arkansas cleaning lady Lily Bard. Lily h

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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...more
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