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Shakespeare's Counselor (Lily Bard #5)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  8,717 ratings  ·  295 reviews
Cleaning lady and karate expert Lily Bard is a woman with a complicated past. Doing her best to cope with her terrifying memories, she decides to join a therapy group in her adopted hometown of Shakespeare, Arkansas. As it turns out, the group members' feelings aren't the only things that need sorting out, as they assemble for a session only to find a woman dead, left on d ...more
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Published (first published November 6th 2001)
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Starling
I'm giving this book 5 stars. The others in the series only got 4 stars, but this one has something extra.

Charlaine Harris writes the best final books for a series I've ever seen. Her characters grow and you can see them moving on from where they were in the first book. Whatever the threads were that moved from one book to the other, get tied up, while making it obvious that life did go one even if we didn't get to see it do that. As with the Harper Connelly series, there could easily be more bo
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Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
3.5

Besides the first, this closing book is probably the best of the series.

Lily Bard may still be stiff and socially awkward, but she's grown on me more. A lot of her past gets explored as she attempts a help support group after attacking Jack in her sleep during a routine nightmare. The women's group meetings were interesting - I do think they should have been followed up with a bit more in the second half, but they dropped off the radar page completely. I also wish we could have witnessed the
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Angela
The fifth (and to my knowledge, last--I don't know if any more are forthcoming) Lily Bard book is almost more about developments in Lily's life than it is an actual crime. This is not to say that there isn't one in Shakespeare's Counselor, because there is, and a pretty warped one at that. Our heroine, now that her relationship with her lover Jack has progressed to a point where she's willing to take his suggestion to start addressing some of the issues in her life, joins a rape survivor therapy ...more
Stephanie
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Vanessa
This, alas, is the last of the five Lily Bard mystery novels that Charlaine Harris wrote before the Sookie Stackhouse gold mine arrived at her literary doorstep. And they are probably my favorite series of hers. The main character is a housekeeper who is living somewhat off the grid in small town Arkansas after a brutal gang rape a few years before. She fills her spare time taking karate lessons and working out with near obsessive fervor. She is also trying to make room in her solitary life for ...more
Cherie
The fifth and final installment in the Lily Bard series wraps up Lily's story quite nicely.

In addition to finally settling down with Jack, Lily has decided to face her past and begin attending group therapy sessions. Of course, these sessions become the scene for yet another murder in cozy little Shakespeare. And as usual, Lily is right smack in the middle of the action.

As others have said, this wasn't the best in the series. I think some of that was because there weren't any loose ends to lea
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Amy
"So you have a stalker, and Janet doesn't. I got raped, you didn't. Saralynn was murdered, Carla wasn't..."

"So you don't believe a divine plan runs the universe?"

I just laughed. Some plan.

"Don't you believe that most people are innately good?"

"No." In fact, I found the fact that some people did believe that to be absolutely incomprehensible.

Tamsin looked really horrified. "You don't believe that we're only given the burdens we can handle?"

"Obviously not."

She tried again. "Do you believe in the e
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Trendhater73: S. Bledsoe
This is one of the highest ratings I have given a Charlaine Harris book. It is the final book in her Lily Bard series and by far the best. It took me two books to really like Lily, because she reminded me a lot of myself. In fact, she embodied a lot of the things I wish I could change and move past. We are not identical by any means, but share similarities. Half way through this books, I knew that I had really grown to love and sympathize with her, because I found myself shedding a few tears ove ...more
Anna
I listen to audiobooks every night, but lately I've been listening to them in the day as well, because I love these readings of Charlaine Harris' Lily Bard series so much. They are firm favorites of mine and I bring them to the top of my iPod frequently. The voice is flatly southern & matter of fact, perfect for tough Lily, a rape survivor with PTSD who has moved to the small town of Shakespeare to try to make a new life for herself. She sees the world as a harsh and unfair place, she doesn' ...more
Bonnie Randall
The series finale for Lily Bard ranked a disappointing 'ok' for me; Lily had been such a well-constructed heroine up to this point - she had a brutal backstory that shaped her into the person she was: wary, distrustful, solitary and standoffish. I truly believed this novel would provide her the opportunity to complete her character arc. I was not expecting a fairy godmother-like transformation but hey - a likeable Lily would have been nice. Instead she's standoffish, at times openly churlish (an ...more
James
This is a poorly written book about a cleaning lady with a traumatic past who solves crimes on the side. From the description above I can only blame myself really for having wasted the time it took to read this book. I love a good crime novel and expect (Kate Atkinson and William Boyd aside)that writing will take a backseat to the plot and thats the deal. Sometimes though the writing is so bad as to be virulently distracting. The whole story is written in the same way a seven year old would desc ...more
Emily
Well, the series didn't exactly end with a bang. I like Lily and Jack enough that it was worth the read, but this particular plot(especially the resolution) didn't do it for me. Felt like she was trying to pack too much into one book and ended up with kind of a haphazard result.

More like a 2.5 star book for me, but I'm rounding up since I liked the series overall, mainly on the strength of the Lily Bard character.
Mike Finn
"Shakespeare's Counselor" is the final book in the Lily Bard series. I was surprised to find that I took great pleasure in this series. In some ways it is one long novel, charting Lily's journey from isolated, insomniac, night-walker, to a woman with a life that she has built through her strength, her integrity and finally by being courageous enough to allow herself to have something to lose.

The final book thankfully doesn't go down the path of unlikely happy endings. Bad things happen to Lily i
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Edith
J'ai finalement bien aimé cette série. Dans le genre pas trop léger et qui se lit rapidement. L’héroïne connait une réelle évolution au travers des 5 volumes. Rendue au 5e volume, je l'aimais bien et je lirais volontiers d'autres aventures avec elle.
Jennifer
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Shakespeare's Counselor is the last in the Lily Bard Mysteries series. Lily is working for Jack now, but also has a few of her cleaning customers left. She also is starting to try to deal with what happened to her and starts going to group therapy. Her counselor ends up having issues of her own, and there are two new cops in town. Of course Lily gets tangled up in all of the murders and stalking of the counselor.

There was also a lot of Jack and Lily in this book. I
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Jim
Another good one. Very convoluted mystery this time. It's the last one I have, thank goodness. These books are like candy. Very hard to quit reading, but not especially fulfilling. Still, they're fun.
Bethany
Of all the heroines in Charlaine Harris' books, I like Lily Bard the best. She is believable and grows emotionally throughout the books. I sure hope Charlaine will be writing more Lily Bard mysteries.
Michelle
This may be the most frustrating and unrealistic of the Lily Bard series. The characters and story were not particularly well-developed, and Lily seemed even less likable than normal.
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I was a little disappointed in the end of the series. It just seemed to end with no really epilogue as to how Lily's life turns out.
Elizabeth
This has been a very fun series! I've loved the characters and their adventures. I highly recommend it - read from the beginning.
Nancy
This is the fifth book in this series. I have read three others in the series. I like the character of Lilly, who was a rape victim, and she is learning to deal with the aftermath, and to become a stronger person. In this book, she has married her boy friend in secret. One night she attacks her husband in her sleep, and breaks his nose. Jack talks her into going to a group meeting for victims of rape. This move puts her into more danger, and more people are murdered. Lilly is a critical thinker, ...more
Jasmine
I finally finished the last of the Lily Bard series. I'd been holding out for a while because I like Lily Bard as a character and I'm not ashamed to admit that simple truth. This last book was an odd for me because it really delve into Lily's past and her trying to move forward from her trauma. But like most things in her life nothing can ever be simple.

Unfortunately, I feel this may have been the weakest book of the series and possibly proof that it needed to end. The same formula is followed
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Michele
Shakespeare's Counselor is the final chapter in the Lily Bard series and I for on am going to miss her terribly. We have watched as Lily has gone from being a silent resident in Shakespeare to truly being a part of her community.

The mysteries in this series have all included a murder, but Mrs. Harris has managed to make the stories fresh by mixing up the situations in diverse ways, (racial crimes, missing child, stalking, etc.) I've truly enjoyed the ride. This episode in the series finds Lily
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Rebekah Johnson
Shakespeare's Counselor - the 5th book in the Lily Bard series by Charlaine Harris.

Picked up this book after reading the Sookie Stackhouse series by the same author. While it's a fairly enjoyable read with plenty of action and twists that left me guessing right up until the end it's also pretty dark, with very little humour. The main character Lily is a strong woman who is working to overcome her trauma and while she's got plenty of depth I couldn't really say the same for the rest of the cast.
Arow
Nov 18, 2011 Arow rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
What to say about the Lily Bard series? I read all five books in a short time span (week and half); they all read quickly and flow together nicely over roughly a year time span. At least from what I can gather it is roughly a year. This is why I have decided to post one review for all of them.

My favourite by far was the fifth novel, Shakespeare’s Counselor. I am not sure if it was due to the fact that the story finally reached it climax and I felt satisfied after it was finish or if I had becom
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Martha van Zyl
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Bea
Shakespeare, Arkansas, is the town in which Lily Bard, a housecleaner, lives. This is the fifth book in the series (A Lily Bard Mystery). In this book, the reader is finally told about the kidnapping trauma that Lily experienced when younger. To handle the feelings that are still below the surface (and which are starting to show in her relationship with her husband), she joins a therapy group. One night, she arrives to find the door locked. When Lily and other members of the group finally get in ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is the fifth--and final--book in The Lily Bard Mysteries Omnibus.

After waking up one morning and almost strangling her husband, Jack encourages Lily to attend a therapy group for rape victims. No matter how much time goes by, Lily can't shake the terrible nightmares of what happened to her. The dark incident that changed her life, changed who she was, is a dark stain constantly haunting her, especially when she's asleep. So she agrees to go.

To her surprise, she actually doesn't mind it. She
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Bianca
Harris is truly a visionary when it comes to writing book series. Through this 5 book series Lily has been on a personal journey of growth. At the beginning she was focused on surviving one day at a time, keeping to herself and earning enough money to get by from week to week. As the series progressed Lily started to open up to people and was not as closed to the idea of friendship. Simultaneously, Lilt started to live, not simply exist.

In this final book the plot is as twisted as ever. In a tur
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Dlora
Shakespeare's Counselor has nothing to do with Shakespeare (unlike the last book I read). Shakespeare is a small town in Arkansas where Lily Bard has settled down to try to overcome the effects of a horrific rape in her past that has irrevocably changed her life and personality into someone she barely recognizes. This series is one of Charlaine Harris's darker stories because of the psychological damage her main character is dealing with, trying to just to survive each day. In this story, Lily r ...more
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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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