Shakespeare's Champion (Lily Bard Mysteries #2)
When Lily stumbles upon the well-built corpse of a local body builder-his neck broken by a barbell-the town's underlying racial tension begins to boil over. The white victim was somehow connected to two unsolved murders of black residents of Shakespeare-and a dogged policeman is determined to stop the killing. But it is Lily herself who may have to decide whether to stay a...more
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...more
When Lily stumbles upon the well-built corpse of a local body builder-his neck broken by a barbell-the town's underlying racial tension begins to boil over. The white victim was somehow connected to two unsolved murders of black residents of Shakespeare-and a dogged policeman is determined to stop the killing. But it is Lily herself who may have to decide whether to stay and fight for justice, or run away one more time.Amazon.com Review
No steel magnolia, Lily Bart is one blunt, tough Southern
I am a serious fan of Charlaine Harris' work. I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and even the Aurora Teagarden series. While the Sookie boo...more
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...more
I like Lily Bard. Like all of Harris' heroines she is damaged. She is damaged much more than any of the others, but like all of them we meet her in the first book right at the point where she has licked her wounds just enough that she is ready to pick her head up and start looking at life again.
She has built stability. She has a business that is going well. She has begun to make friends agai...more
The trouble starts one morning when she arrives at the gym and finds one a fellow member dead, having had his throat crushed under some equipment. At first people believe it might have been an accident, but it quickly becomes clear that there is more going on as other incidents...more
Lily Bard was running from shattering memories when she moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas. Now cleaning houses pays her bills. W...more
I enjoy the quickness of this series. A reader can get the books them fast, as there isn't a ton of back story to drag them out. Rather, the story is written much like Lily's character...blunt and straight forward. There is a ton of action, and a fair amount of realistic romance. N...more
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...more
En effet, l'auteure s'attaque ici à un sujet assez difficile : celui du racisme. le thème de ce tome va tourner autour tout en restant relativement en surface car il s'agit avant tout d'un roman policier. Or, dès le début l'héroïne fait allusion à deux enquêtes policières en cours en apparences sans lien entre elles.
Mais ce n'est qu'un début car très vite, Lily tombe sur un cadavre. Comme d'habitude notre chère lily a...more
Lily Bard has been trying and failing to have a quiet life. Her workouts at the local gym are a great release of all the anger and hurt in her life; a safe haven from the daily grind. Until one morning she stumbles onto the body of a local body builder. There is also racial tensions in area and Lily Bard has either stay in Shakespeare and fight or start her life all over again.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous one. There was a massive jump between the events of both books, which l...more
Lily: So, Man I Do Not Even Have a Close Friendship With, here is my matter-of-fact story of why I have boundaries and won't let you push. I was kidnapped, restrained for days, gang raped and tortured. I'm only telling you this because you're making it impossible for me to get on with my life until I do.
Man: Huh. Let's have sex. *begins touching without asking*
Seriously. And I want Lily to be all, OMG, are you...more
I did not enjoy this one as much as the first book in this series because I di...more
I bought the MP3 audiobook and borrowed the paperback from the library. I guess I just gotten used to having a paperback to read together with my audiobooks... I know, I know, I'm awkward kind of reader... or picky... depends on your point of view...
After reading/listening to this book, Book 2 of the Lily Bard mysteries, one distinct feature comes to mind... I can say that the main difference between this series and that of Charlaine Harris's more popular series, the Sookie Stackhouse o...more
Lily Bard thought moving to Shakespeare, Arkansas meant a quiet life--meaning no murder, please. But she's in for a rude awakening when two murders happen back to back. The awakening becomes even ruder when Lily stumbles upon the third dead body in her safe haven--the gym. A dark-haired man starts appearing everywhere and Lily needs to find out who the killer is before more people end up dead. Things are definitely getting weird in Sh...more
See review for previous volume for more about author, etc. Review for Shakespeare's Landlord
*The Gush...and The Rant apparently*
This second in the series continues Harris' excellent work I spoke of on the first book. We see many old faces in this one as well some new ones. Lily continues her friendship with the Chief of Police, but only after rebuffing his attempts to make it more. This is in some ways a very disturbing book as it deals with watching a town slowly degenerating into raci...more
Perhaps a little stronger (but not much) than the first offering (Shakespeare's Landlord), I'm afraid at this point in the series I find Lily a totally confusing, non too believable character, some of her actions rather dubious and, well, convenient.
Something of an amateur super sleuth OR simply a martial arts loving cleaner who just happens to be in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time OR one of those individuals who just happens to have people, lots of people, she knows die around ab...more
I gave this only two stars because although it was entertaining enough, my biggest problem with this series is with the main character - Lily Bard. Specifically, it is how similar that character is to Harper Connelley, the main character of one of the author's other series. Both are young women with tragic pasts, both are 'outsiders', both are cautious, stand-offish, serious minded women, into fitness. One has some supernatural type of powers whilst the other...more
Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr...more