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Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  21,380 Ratings  ·  1,112 Reviews

When cleaning lady Lily Bard discovers the dead body of her nosy landlord, her plan of starting a quiet new life may end in her death.

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Published October 15th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 1996)
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Tera It can be a good novel, especially when focused around the main character. But I did find that there was too much telling, rather than showing, which…moreIt can be a good novel, especially when focused around the main character. But I did find that there was too much telling, rather than showing, which can detract from the reading, as you have to picture what is going on in the author's step by step telling, rather than be able to draw your own picture.(less)
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Apr 05, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a fan of Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series and having just finished reading the first book in her Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight, I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. Expecting fluff, I was very impressed with this book, which, while being a lot darker than her other books, had so much more depth and character than I was expecting.

I love the main character, Lily Bard, who after living through a very traumatic past, which scarred her both physically and emotionally, is tryin
Jan 15, 2011 AH rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Charlaine Harris fans
There’s a nice little comforting feel I get when I enter one of Charlaine Harris’ worlds. I know that her characters will be realistic – even her paranormal characters have a touch of the mundane. I know I will be in a nice, down home, small town world.

This down home comfort feel is most evident in her Lily Bard series. Shakespeare’s Landlord seems to be a novel about ordinary people living their ordinary lives in a small, ordinary town. Well, at least until someone gets murdered.

Somehow betwee
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
When I read Dead Until Dark and fell madly in-love I began scouring the internet for other books by Charlaine Harris. I found a couple of mystery series she'd written. This is the first book in her Lily Bard series. In some ways, these books are amongst my favorites. They're darker than her Sookie Stackhouse books but explore her themes to perfection: the outsider trying to make her way through the hypocrisy of self-satisfied conventional society, the flawed heroes and understandable villains, t ...more
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
This is not my favorite Charlaine Harris novel. However, it is a good and quick read if your looking for something light and are a fan of the author (as I am). I really wanted to love this one because I really love the Sookie Stackhouse series AND the Harper Connelly series. But this one was just lacking a bit. I couldn't really connect with the heroine, Lily. She is drab and dark. And while I can appreciate WHY she is the way she is, there was just a disconnect there. Anyway, I will continue th ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: us-rural-crime
I read this book in order to count it for Arkansas in my US state challenge. I enjoyed it and give it 4 out of 5 stars. The author uses a familiar formula: A private citizen, in this case, Lily Bard, cleaning lady, is suspected of murder and decides to solve the murder herself. The subtitle is "Introducing Amateur Sleuth Lily Bard." Lily Bard runs a 1 woman cleaning/errand service in the small town of Magnolia, Arkansas. She witnesses something suspicious, and discovers a dead body. She doesn't ...more
Shakespeare's Landlord is really short; a combination of this and the shortcomings in Harris's writing makes the mystery in this particularly boring and without climax.

Lily Bard, on the other hand, is a powerfully written character. Her past is haunting and scary and her convictions and personality that emerge within this story are actually heartbreaking. Lily Bard (spoilerz) is a past victim of random acts of sexual and other physical violence. Her particular story might not be extremely commo
Kavita Ramesh
This is a good series (5 books, total). All the books are relatively short and quick reads.

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Shakespeare's Landlord
4 Stars

Working as a housekeeper in the sleepy town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, Lily Bard only wants a life of peace and quiet. Unfortunately, chaos and turmoil rain down when she witnesses a body disposal in the local park and nasty gifts begin arriving on her doorstep.

Not only is Charlaine Harris a new to me author (yes, I am one of the few who has yet to read Sookie Stackhouse), but cozy-mysteries are not my usual fare. Consequently, I was pleasantly surprised to discover
Carolyn  Storer
3.5 Stars

"Shakespeare's Landlord" is a really good start to what I hope will be a fun, addictive mystery series. It has all the elements to be so, with a great heroine and supporting cast, and a cosy town where they all live weaving in and out of each others lives.

Lily Bard has a dark past that Harris only hints at, by the end of the book I still really didn't know what had happened to Lily to make her run and set up home in a small town like Shakespeare. But she's managed to create a little ni
JSA Lowe
Jun 05, 2013 JSA Lowe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Racist despite trying not to be which just seemed terrible and sad.
Jan 26, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-uns, mystery
A few years ago I was twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the new Sookie Stackhouse book to come out, when I decided to see what else Charlaine Harris had written. Turned out she'd written a lot of other books, including three other mystery series featuring similarly intrepid heroines. My eye immediately settled on the Lily Bard series of mysteries also known as the "Shakespeare" mysteries because main character Lily lives in the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, and because each book has the wo ...more
I am going to reveiew the entire 5 books series with one review. I have enjoyed all of them. I like Lily Bard better that the Aurora Teagarden character. And I think this series is better written that the previous one. I like the relationship Lily has (books 2 - 5) with Jack. As well as how she fits into the Shakespeare community.

I really like how strong Lily Bard is (both physically and emotional). What she overcame is pretty amazing. I've read that this was a hard series for Charlaine Harris t
Apr 20, 2010 Wendi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a fan of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books because I think Sookie is an annoying character - a tease and always a damsal in distress and then argues when someone tries to save her but wonders when someone will save her. Stupid.

But not so with Ms. Lily Bard. At first I wasn't really sure about Lily Bard. She was completely not what I was expecting. I mean, who writes a series based on the extremely private life of a cleaning lady?

Lily is the complete opposite of Sookie Stackhouse
Feb 10, 2011 Dominika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,75 stars ;) I had a 1-6 grading system at school and 3 still sounds kind of bad to me :P

I really liked this book :) I'm just gonna repeat after someone else's review, but yes, this book is way darker than other works of Charlaine Harris.

I like Charlaine Harris's writing, the way she describes everything up to small details, I like the small towns - so it definitely did not bother me that there is a repeating pattern she seems to use. That's exactly what I want from her :) As for the mystery,
BJ Rose
I chose this book because Charlaine Harris is the author chosen this month for the Featured Author Challenge, and I wanted to find something other than Sookie Stackhouse. I'm so glad I picked this up! This has much more depth than the Sookie series, and Lily Bard is a character the reader can empathize with. Lily is a flawed character, not because of anything she did but because of what was done to her. Because she cleans houses, she knows a lot about the people around her, but she keeps them at ...more
I really enjoyed the characters in this book and definitely want to learn more about them. I loved the way Lily's mind worked to figure things out. I also liked how she dealt with her nightmares and remembering what happened to her by walking or going to the gym. I think the martial arts really enabled her to be more confident that she could take care of herself if necessary. The mystery didn't keep my interest though. I will be continuing the series and am curious about the next case.
Carolyn F.
Sep 11, 2014 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. It took me a long time to warm up to Lily and her relationship with Marshall was on the verge of skanky. I had no idea until the end of the book who the actual murderer was, which is a nice surprise. I've been reading mysteries for a long time and I usually have an idea. I have the paperback and listened to the audiobook. Narrator did a pretty good job.
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
Shakespeare's Landlord is a cozy mystery set in the sleepy town of Shakespeare, with Lily Bard doing almost as much detecting as she did cleaning.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Lyn (Readinghearts)
May 05, 2014 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sue Grafton and those type of mysteries
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Wendy Catalano
3.5 out of 5 stars

A great beginning to a new (for me) mystery series. I really enjoyed Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books, and these books promise to be good, too. The main character is Lily Bard, a person who is trying to hide from her terrible past. She has been living in the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas for four years when the landlord of the apartment building where she works as a cleaning lady is murdered. Lily becomes involved in the hunt for the murderer, and thus sets the s
Victoria Martin
I picked this up from the library hoping it would be as good as the first few books from the Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka True Blood novels).

Harris' style isn't as polished as in the Sookie books. The plot is a little thin with the story focused far more on the main character, Lily's, journey recovering from her difficult past rather than the pesky murder she witnessed.

Lily, however, is quite difficult to like: gratuitously rude to others, extremely judgemental, a little racist, and a fan o
Cheryl Landmark
This was yet another enjoyable cozy mystery from the prolific pen of Charlaine Harris.

I liked Lily Bard quite a lot. She was a strong, brave, resilient woman, who managed to overcome her haunted past to start a new life in the little town of Shakespeare. Instead of letting the terrible events drive her into depression or self-pity, she determinedly thrust those memories aside and took up self-defense classes so that she would never be a victim again. Her new life was quiet and uneventful as she
Sue Smith
These middle of the road books are really the hardest to comment on. They're neither bad nor astounding, so you don't want to pan it nor do you want to overly praise them either. I have to admit, mind you, that I was expecting something a little more ......what's the word here.....something that I could have sunk my teeth into (sorry for the really bad true blood pun there....... I couldn't resist). Anyways, I know I'll have to continue on with more of the books just to be sure it's not a 'first ...more
Lily Bard is a series Charlaine Harris started before the Sookie Stackhouse series. Lily had suffered from a random, violent assault years ago and has since spent time keeping people from getting close and living a quiet and nearly anonymous life as a cleaning woman and karate student in the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas. Harris has said the series (she has written five) is likely on permanent hiatus as she found them too difficult to write given the assault in her own past. Don't let that ...more
This was a light easy to read mystery. It took me about 1 chapter to get pulled in, but once I did I read it straight through. Harris is great with characters, developing them and making the reader fall in love with them. Lily Bard is the lead character in this mystery, if you have read Harris' other series, she is unlike Harper and Sookie. Lily has a dark past and is trying to move on. She is self sufficient and not optimistic about the nature of people. Similar to Sookie and Harper, Lily is a ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
I'm relieved I enjoyed this one so much. Besides the Sookie novels, I haven't ventured far into other Charlaine Harris worlds. Lily Bard is an unusual character who is scarred both mentally and physically. She's an unusual main in a mystery but that only adds to the storylines. The small town element always intrigues, and with this one set in her own apartment building with all the suspects living next door, it makes it more interesting. In cozies and such, usually people randomly stumble on mur ...more
This was the first audio download I got from my library, and I'm glad I got it that way, as it wasn't good enough to take up a full month's credit on Audible. I thought at first that listening just after my big glut of Julia Spencer-Fleming reads might be unfair, as the resolution of the mystery felt so very unsatisfying in comparison. I did know that I was unhappy with the way the book/Lily indulged in quite a bit of slut-shaming, though. This is mostly about Deedra (think that's the spelling), ...more
It seems all Charlaine Harris' series follow the same pattern: female protagonist involved in a crime who at the same time becomes suddenly attractive to several men; mystery set in a small southern town; books filled with details of everyday life of its residents.

Lily Bard series is no different. Lily lives in a small Arkansas town of Shakespeare, runs a cleaning business and practices self-defense in her spare time. One night she witnesses a murder and that's where this first book in the serie
Sep 04, 2010 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book is about a women who is hiding herself in the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas. She finds the dead body of her former land lord in a park and calls the police anonymously, not wanting to blow her cover. She soon realizes the suspicions are turning to her and in order to save herself needs to find the murderer.

I have to be honest, I am not much of mystery fan. I know this, but, I do love Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly books so I decided to try this one as we
Aug 30, 2014 Viktoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2014
Lovely crime novel, very interesting characters! Harris is just very good with inventing characters and a setting for them. I'm hooked with this series, I may continue reading it.
Jul 27, 2014 Antonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, american, 2014
it's always comfortable to read ms harris' books. her heroines seem to be pretty similar in their "down-to-earthedness", and the very grounded heroine somehow acquires more than one love interest if not straight at the beginning throughout the book. which is not to say that this is something bad - oh no... just ... comfortable ... "routine-ish".
which also means as always it was enjoyable to read. the mystery was nice, the writing was nice, the characters were nice, the small town american world
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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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