Shakespeare's Christmas (Lily Bard Mysteries #3)
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 that once nearly destroyed...more
Lily has to return to her hometown after all thi...more
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!
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
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
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
Lily is growing, coming out of her shell, and becoming more confident in herself, and others. She is willing to see that opening yourself up to others and their feelings SOME times does not end in pain, and is trying, once more.
Lily went to be in her little sister's wedding, and helped Jack...more
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
Lily left Bartley after being raped and tortured years earlier. While it was clear the people in town cared about her, she just couldn't live with their constant...more
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
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
Shakespeare's Christmas adds more drama to Lily'...more
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
See my review on the previous two books in the series.
*The Gush...and the Rant*
Let me state while this might be my least favorite of the stories, that does not mean it is not a very good book. I just don't think it can completely compare to the others in the series.
Lily Bard is facing a situation she wishes she was cold enough to turn her back on. Her younger sister is getting married on Christmas Eve and she is heading home for the first t...more
At the risk of sounding like I'm blaming the victim, Lily does seem to get in a lot of situations where she needs to use her karate skills, bu...more
It's odd to have read the series out of order, and dealing with the oddity of seeing Lily's relationship with Jack Leeds in non-sequential stages; i...more
Another good mystery from Charlaine Harris. I did think Lily's family were going to be horrible when compared to...more
Lily has to go home to Bartley for the holidays and be her sister's maid of honor. It was a sweet surprise for Lily to find Jack in town as well. Coincidently, Jack is helping a friend find an 8 year old missing girl. An anonymous person mailed a page from a yearbook of 3 girls in a playground, one of the girls is her sister's fiancé's daughter. This...more
Lily is a fascinating character; a mysterious woman with a painful past. I like the way you can see that she is strong and fearful at the same time -- it ma...more
Lily's Sister is getting married and Lily needs to go home to participate in all the pre-wedding celebrations because she is the maid of honor.
Since the rape/torture that happened to her over seven years ago, Lily has remained largely apart from her family. They simply didn't know how to react to her trauma and in the aftermath Lily simply did no...more
Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr...more