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Shakespeare's Champion (Lily Bard #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  13,323 Ratings  ·  518 Reviews
Lily Bard has started over in the quiet town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, as a cleaning lady. One who works out her anger and the pain of her past in a martial arts class.

For Lily, the gym is a place to get away from her troubles, not find more of them. But when she stumbles on the corpse of a local bodybuilder, his neck broken with a barbell, the town's underlying racial ten
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Published December 1st 2006 by Berkley Books (first published December 1st 1997)
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Sep 02, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2013
I'm glad Charlaine Harris and I are pals again. I was hoping that would happen if I picked up some of her older stuff. Lily Bard is a great character: taciturn, blunt, brave and tough. In the first two books, I've enjoyed seeing her come out of her shell, befriending (or more accurately, allowing herself to be befriended by)both men and women after keeping to herself for so long. And it's all because of murder. Thank you, murder!

This time around, I didn't figure out anything before it was reveal
[Editing because I slipped into the descriptors of race used in the book, which I shouldn't have done. Not good.]

As I said in my brief write-up of the first Lily Bard book, I had to try not to be too critical just because I was comparing this series to Julia Spencer-Fleming's series. The second book was less slight as a mystery, but it had more of the problems that had bothered me in the first, as well as a whole new set.

Firstly, there was the slut-shaming, with Deanna, as before, the chief sham
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Kind of annoying when, as you're reading the first part of a book, you are thinking it's a four-star read, but in the second half it bumps itself down to three stars.

First - it's a small thing, but I was surprised and a bit bummed everyone in town found out her secret since the last book. I'm guessing it was from wagging tongues at the police department. The tension of everyone not knowing added an interesting twist.

Lily is awesome in ways, annoying in others. Unlike Sookie, she is without much
Nov 22, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2011 Birgit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Digging into my mystery book stacks, basically choosing the books by blindly picking a random one I came across this second part of a series by Charlaine Harris.
I must confess that the first couple of pages were everything but promising. Dead body in the local gym and the heroine Lily Bard is heavily into workout herself. Not exactly the kind of starting point I warm up to easily. But then, after more pages I simply couldn't put the book down. While Lily is far from being a likable person, she
Shakespeare's Champion
4.5 Stars

Still waters run deep in Shakespeare, Arkansas and when Lily Bard finds the corpse of the local body building champion, little does she know that the discovery will uncover a web of the most heinous evil in her seemingly innocuous small town.

The second installment in this cozy mystery series is just as appealing as the first, although the mystery is definitely darker and more violent with several truly sad and shocking moments. At this point, it is necessary to pr
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 14, 2011 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the second book in The Lily Bard Mysteries Omnibus, and I enjoyed it as much as the first one. It starts off with a pretty macabre murder, and things only get more dire from that point.

Lily Bard is a maid. She cleans the houses of a lot of the families around the small town of Shakespeare. She's content with her job, enjoys keeping other people's homes tidy and making money for herself. But more importantly, it's a job she can do on her own, without having to work with or for anyone. Her
Another adventure in the world of Shakespeare, Arkansas. Lily stumbles upon a fellow resident, Del Packard, dead inside Body Time. It appears that his death may have been accidental, as he is found on a weight bench with the bar fallen on his neck. She is automatically pulled into the mystery because a) she was the one who found him, and b) she can't leave well enough alone.

There is also trouble brewing in Shakespeare. A young black man by the name of Darnell Glass was murdered (his murder didn
A man is found dead in the gym where Lily regularly works out. At first it's written off as an accident (the body found suffocated under the weight of a barbell), but later it appears to be a part of a larger series of racially motivated crimes.

This is by far the worst of Charlaine Harris's books I've read. The beginning of the book feels true to the first book in Lily Bard series, but gradually the story just gets simply out of control. Church bombing, torture, hate crimes, way too much crime t
Jun 15, 2016 Elyse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book every second I could! In the car, at the grocery store, while cooking, while folding laundry so I finished it in less than 24 hours! I'm loving this series! It starts with Dell Packard but ends with sooooo much more!! This book was a maze of mystery! One thing I didn't get...there was a semi backstory about Jack but it wasn't enough for me. It so did not explain why Lily immediately felt so close to him...when he was just another scandalized Memphis-ite. I didn't see thei ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Jet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel Groves
Well I do love Charlaine Harris books it's official! I've already read the Harper Connolly series and am half way through Sookie Stackhouse (trying to pace myself through that series) and now I'm loving Lily Bard too.

Lily makes me want to get super fit so I can fight and makes me want to clean everything in my house. Another enjoyable story with Lily at the centre despite her not wanting to be and some changes in her love life too (not going to spoil that!).

It's not high brow literature but it's
Carolyn F.
I don't usually mind dark heroines, especially all that she's been through, but boy-o-boy this woman is so depressing. She rarely smiles, gives short curt answers to normal questions and still has men throwing themselves at her. I'm not sure Jack is good for her. He's so .... uber male with no sweetness. Actually now that I think about it, he's like a male Lily. Don't opposites attract? I'll just see how this relationship goes in the next book.

I'm going to take a Lily Bard break and listen to t
Another fun, quick mystery from Harris. I'm liking Lily better all the time. She's a little weird, but she beats the rest of Harris' heroines hands down, including Sookie.
Jackie Lane
Okay, so as much as I really enjoyed that last Lily Bard book, this one fell a little short for me.

For some reason, I did not connect as well with the characters and I felt like the story hopped around a little too much for me as well as things not seeming to flow as easily.

With that being said, I still enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

I'm excited to see what misadventures Lily is going to get herself involved in. She always seems to be in the midst of all
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Aug 19, 2013 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunit
I just can't get behind this series. For someone who's gone through hell like she has, and avoids people at all costs, she sure jumps into bed with people at the first opportunity.

Admittedly, I've never been in that situation, and hopefully never will, so I don't know how a victim would react. But it just strikes me as unbelievable that somebody who has no close friends, barely any acquaintances, and can't really hold conversations would immediately jump into bed with people they know, let alone
Shannon C.
This was an entertaining little (and I mean little at only 214 pages) mystery, however I didn't like it as well as Harris' Sookie Sackhouse books or even her Harper Connelly books. The tone of the book felt more depressing. It wasn't as well balanced as her other series--she usually does a great job of mixing humor and lightness with angst and trauma.

The main character Lily Bard went through a torture and rape years ago, and moved to a small town Shakespeare in the aftermath. She left her old l
2.5 stars. This book is just not good very dissapointing. I would have quit the book if I hadn't bought it. At least I did not know who the murderer was until the end, and I do enjoy how Harris writes Lily's daily task and duties. Harris has a knack for writing about daily chores -- like cleaning, cooking and exercising and making them not only interesting to read about but inspiring as well. After reading a Lily Bard mystery I always feel like cleaning, exercising and cooking! However, everythi ...more
I know I can't blame the book it was me I think - but I just did not have any interest in the book. It was like a chore for me to read it through. I had to keep telling myself it was going to end soon just finish it. I do have to say I was horribly confused with the "incident" and then taking forever to finally revel what happened. I thought I was missing a book. I can't even count how many times I checked to make sure this was the second book. I think the book might have caught my interest more ...more
In the fist Lily Bard book, the small, sleepy, secretive town of Shakespeare gets thrown into an uproar when someone is murdered. Since then, racial problems have exploded after the brutal beating and later murder of an African American teenager and subsequent retaliation. Lily Bard becomes involved when she finds one of the people murdered dead in the gym. It ends in an all out free for all when a white supremacists group tries to protect their secret of hate and murder by killing more and more ...more
Dec 19, 2012 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I officially love this series.
Lily Bard is for sure the most badass woman in the world, the only flaw she has is that she seems to be a magnet for dead bodies... and hospitals. I was incredibly happy to see a softer side to Lily and I am very pleased with the way her personal life was developed in this book.
This book also introduces a new character, a detective - Jack Leeds - that, as it seems, it's going to stay around for a while. He's also as damaged and Lily herself.
This book is packed with
Nikinnia Smith
Mar 25, 2015 Nikinnia Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book kept me on edge. A church bombing/shooting, a burglary, a mysterious woman. Lily Bard is at it again. Trying to solve another mystery. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 04, 2009 Ami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
While the murder mystery involves white supremacist group, a bomb, and torture is actually more serious then the first book, I actually find myself "lost". I mean, I cannot connect with the writing style (it feels like jumping around from one important scene to another -- I cannot keep up with characters' names), and I don't feel any empathy for those characters. Maybe I lost focus or maybe the book is just not for me. I will not continue this series because I feel like it will be wasting my tim ...more
Apr 06, 2008 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Lily Bard Mystery series. I'm really beginning to like Lily cuz she kicks ass! :P Granted, I may not always agree with her "need to be alone" attitude but I can understand where it comes from. Like the other reviewers, I liked this one a bit more than the first one as there was definitely more action here, and more setup there.
Karen ⊰✿
I quite like Lily, and I like how Harris creates these small town USA locations with a dark side.
This book was pretty slow, and there were some pretty shocking small-minded characters, but I had to keep reminding myself of the book setting and when it was written. The audio narrator does a great job, and I enjoy listening to this on the commute. A pretty solid addition to the series, and I will continue on to book 3 as I've become invested in Lily's future ;)
Lauren Fidler
is it just me or was this one...sort of...super racist?

also, holy predictable killer, batman.

i think it's time for lily and i to part ways. there's only a matter of time before they kill off the woman who has too much sex for lily's liking to punish her for being sexually liberal.


no stars (except the one i have to give it for it to count). save your energy and reread an agatha christie.
The Lily Bard books are "nothing spectacular" but are merely easy reads. If I have enough time they are easily finished in a day. But I'm not knocking them by any means. Need easy reads once in awhile. They aren't poorly written, but the descriptions of the karate and workout sessions get a bit tiresome, though, these are integral scenes to the main character.
Feb 12, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised when I realized the main topic of this would be racial ignorance, but I loved how it was handled. There were some great surprises and some really powerful visuals given. And I love the new character introduced, Jack. Seems like I love everyone who has that name.
Dec 02, 2008 Eloise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something about this book that I didn't like as much as the first. I kept wondering if I missed a book. Thing were explained later but it was disconcerting. Now I will know what to expect from the next book.
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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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