Shakespeare's Landlord: The Lily Bard Mysteries 1

Friday, May 29, 2009

Teaser: Lily Bard makes her living by cleaning houses in the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas. She isn't your ordinary maid. She works out religiously and takes karate several times a week. Underneath it all are scars etched in her skin from her past in Memphis that made worldwide true crime news. With all this, Lily has become one tough 30-something and knows how to take care of herself. As she finally starts getting a routine together in Shakespeare, she finds herself swooped up into town drama--even murder.

Short Thought: Short, uncomplicated mystery targeted to female readers.

Expanded Thoughts: So, I decided to read some more of Charlaine Harris' work after I finished the available Sookie novels. This is one of her older series, and it doesn't have any supernatural overtones in it. It's just pure chic lit mystery.

Lily is a very strange character. She is a victim of a severe trauma (as seen by her many scars) and worked through it by putting herself in the best shape possible. She works out like crazy, and is very good at martial arts. She is very rigid and independent.

This is an average short, summer read. If you want a chic lit mystery that doesn't try to be anything else, then this is your book.

Additional Notes: This book contains some mildly dark themes.

Additional Notes (2): This is the first novel in the Lily Bard Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.

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