Shakespeare's Counselor (Lily Bard Mysteries #5)
Lily Bard has joined a group therapy session, determined finally to face her past. It sounds positively enlightening, until the murder of a fellow member sends a warning. But who was the message meant for? Why? And who's next to fall victim to a killer's head games?
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...more
After the book: T...more
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...more
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...more
I really enjoyed the strong woman, empowered woman, theme. I did not like that at first she refused to interact with or help other women except on a business level.
However, the one point which spoiled (or maybe that is soiled) the entire book for me dea...more
I have a distinct memory of having read parts of this book before, but when I did I didn't connect it this author or this series, so it was likely before I had really discovered either. I liked it then and it stuck with me somewhat but I didn't re...more
Probably the most far-fetched of all the books and yet despite this it was my favourite.
Not perfect by any means, largely unfeasible, at times lacking focus and with an ending that left me feeling a tad confused, but finally I got to know a slightly more mellow, less robotic Lily.
Also ten out of ten to Charlaine Harris who, through Lily's th...more
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...more
This one was a change of pace, because Lily isn't working her cleaning jobs. I kinda missed them, but the private investigating stuff she got to do was fun to read about.
The core mystery sat on the periphery of this one. Lily gets tangentially involved, but she never really affects the case o...more
You can read the official synopsis of the book for more on the plot. Sure, there is stalking and murders, but the characters are what I cherish about Harris' books. It's nic...more
One thing I love about these books is the low-rent setting and all the nods to reality and class difference, the opposite of glossy television shows that ignore characters' salary constraints. The characters shop at Walmart; Lily cleans houses for a living and scrapes by, without health i...more
(If this review seems familiar, that's because I had a goodreads account before that I'm copying my previous reviews from. Why did I create a new account, you ask? Well, because when I logged out of that account and then logged back in, I find that that account appears not be linked to any of my known em...more
In this final book the plot is as twisted as ever. In a tur...more
Welcome back to the sleepy little town of Shakespeare*, Arkansas*, where secrets come to hide.
Lily Bard has joined a group therapy session, determined finally to face her past. It sounds positively enlightening, until the murder of a fellow member sends a warning. But who was the message meant for? Why? And who's next to fall victim to a killer's head games?From Publishers Weekly
Harris's fifth Lily Bard mystery set in the small Arkansas town of Shakespeare (Shakespeare's Trollop, etc.) is go
Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr...more