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Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily Bard #4)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  10,542 ratings  ·  312 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.
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2000)
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
"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
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
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
Nikinnia Smith garcia
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Rebecca Gibson
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
"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
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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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 think it's no secret that I love Lily Bard. She never fails to amaze me with her strenght, both physical and psychological.
Although this book seemed less packed with action in comparision with the previous ones, I still loved it. I found particularly sad that one of the characters had to die in such a gruesome way, mainly become I was expecting this character to change through out the last two books in this series.
Lily Bard has been struck by the cupid's arrow in the previous book and she cont
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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Lynne Macdonald
Lily reluctantly finds herself investigating the murder of one of her employers, Deedra Dean. Lily's discovers Deedra's violated body in her car on a deserted road, the apparent victim of a tryst gone sour upon one of her walks. . Lily, who already knows more than she wants about the promiscuous young woman's habits since she cleans her home, the details don't add up. Since many of her other clients are related to Deedra, Lily endures their catty, sometimes malicious gossip. Lily helps Deedra's ...more
I'm having trouble with this book series. I really like the concept, so I'm trying to like it anyway, but it's becoming increasingly more difficult. the main character devolves time and again into a misogynistic diatribe against women who "allow" themselves to be victimized, and I'm having a really tough time getting past it. When it was happening in the first book, it made sense considering what Lily herself had been through; it's fairly common and from a characterization standpoint, even thoug ...more
Sandra Turner
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.

Lily Bard is a cleaning woman in the town of Shakespeare. Among the homes she cleans is that of Deedra Dean, the local woman of ill repute (hence the title, Deedra takes no money for her 'services', she just likes it).

When Lily finds Deedra dead, it raises half the town (the male half) as suspects, and a few of the females in town since Deedra was killed by a karate blow, and many people, including Lily, enjoy training in the martial arts in Shakespeare. Who killed Deedra, and why?

I like this se
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.
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
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.
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.
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Shakespeare's Trollop is the fourth book in the Lily Bard Mystery series. I thought the first book was okay, the second and third I really liked, but this one was a little disappointing. I pretty much knew who did it right from the start and even though I didn't put everything together for why, I got the gist of it.

Lily is out one day and finds a car in the woods with Deedra dead in it. Deedra sleeps around and Lily is quite critical of her for that. There was a lo
Meredith VanOordt
Everybody please tell Charlaine Harris we need more books from Shakespeare books.
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”
I start this review by noting that I found the premise of this book quite a bit sad. The magic behind Charlaine Harris' books is often wrapped in the depth of the characters she creates, and this edition finds the town of Shakespeare mourning a woman who was quite visible in the early parts of the series. Even when it's fiction, its difficult to watch a young person's life end at the point when they may have been finding their way.

Shakespeare's Trollop, Book #4 in the Lily Bard series is a chara
Featuring cleaning woman/karate expert Lily Bard, Charlaine Harris's series puts a unique spin on the traditional cozy to create mysteries that "work on every level. The writing and plotting are first rate [and:] Lily is appealing in her own prickly way" (Washington Times).In the latest installment, Lily discovers lifelong Shakespeare resident Deedra Dean murdered inside a car parked in a woodsy area outside town. Determined not to get involved, Lily wants to leave the police work to Sheriff Mar ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is the fourth book in The Lily Bard Mysteries Omnibus, and I once again really enjoyed it. This series is very cool. I really like Lily. She's not your conventional heroine and doesn't hide her flaws, or sugarcoats how she really feels. Although, I have to say that there's been a huge change in her attitude towards other people since the first book... which is awesome. Character growth is always an awesome thing. :)

Deedra Dean enjoys the company of men. A lot of different men. She lives in
In the fourth book of the Lily Bard series, another murder has taken place in Shakespeare, Arkansas. Lily moved to the sleepy town of Shakespeare to escape the spotlight after her brutal rape in Memphis four years earlier. But Shakespeare turns out not to be so sleepy, after all.

Lily finds the body of Deedra, a local “trollop” for whom she used to clean, and is pressured by the police to try to help find the killer. Since it looks like a crime of sexual passion, the suspects are legion, and Lily
This books started with an almost poetic opening. It was different than any of the other books, which gave me really high hopes. It didn't take long for me to figure out who was behind the killing, but I kept hoping I was wrong. Reading mystery books is a lot more fun when you're still guessing right up until the end. Even at the end, I was saying to myself "There are five more pages! Hit me with something unexpected!" Nothing ever happened like that.

This is the 4th in the Lily Bard series and
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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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