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Lily Bard is hiding from her past in the small town Shakespeare. A quiet, anonymous existance is all she wants. But when she witnesses a shadowed figure disposing of a body in the wee hours of the morning, she's unwittingly drawn into a murder investigation, and her web of secrets is starting to unravel.
Arguably some of Charlaine Harris' darker work, the Lily Bard mysteries follow our titular heroine as she overcomes a very dark, and very brutal past, all while solving a nice, tidy little murder mystery. While not without humour, Shakespeare's Landlord is darker tale than Harris' lighthearted Aurora Teagardens.
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Because of her past, Lily isn't the most relatable of characters. She's moody, reserved, private and she reacts to situations (such as discovering the dead body of her neighbour) in an almost incomprehensible way. Call the cops? NO, of course not. Place an anonymous phone call, and wash your hands of it (but not before tainting the crime scene, disposing of evidence, and actively impeding a murder investigation by not providing testimony). But truly, she doesn't think in a straightforward way. Her mind is a twisted, knotty, dark place. She's afraid, she's hiding, and she's not ready to change.
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The real joy of reading Lily's story is watching her slowly emerge from her shell, and begin to allow herself to heal. She's not all the way there at the end of Shakespeare's Landlord, but it's a realistic, satisfying journey there.
Some of Lily's actions, regardless of how much I understood where they were coming from, irritated me beyond all reason (I'd go so far as saying defied comprehension) yet I'm happy to cast my disbelief aside to enjoy another Charlaine Harris mystery, and that's what I did. It is worth it, as it's a nice, easy, rewarding little read. ...more