Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard Mysteries)
15 journalers for this copy...
While on a late-night job in tiny Shakespeare, Ark., Lily Bard, 31, sees a furtive figure placing large plastic garbage bags in the local park and, untying one, discovers the body of her former landlord. In a quick but anonymous phone call (she is determined to avoid any questioning), she reports it to the police chief. With skill and wry wit, Harris, the author of the Aurora Teagarden series, soon reveals the horrific facts in Lily's background that explain why she is solitary, confrontational, obsessed with self-defense?and why she chooses, despite a first-rate education, to eke out a living as a cleaning woman. Realizing, however, that her fingerprints on the body of the dead man might make her a suspect, Lily subtly and insightfully queries her customers, some of them tenants of the murdered landlord, in the process meticulously evaluating their closets, drawers and motives. The renters are a well-defined lot: a happily promiscuous idler; a sanctimonious and hypocritical reverend; and an aging couple with much to grieve about. As Lily investigates, she develops a wary but cordial relationship with the police chief and forms a warmer tie with her karate instructor. But at the same time, someone has discovered the unspeakable facts about Lily's past and has begun stalking her. Harris's finely tuned, colorful and suspenseful tale, filled with vigorous and unique characters, will leave readers hoping it's the start of a series.
Overall, this book is okay - it wasn't great, but it wasn't awful either. I guess after reading many favourable reviews on Amazon.com, I had expected more from the book. There were so many characters introduced in the start, it took me a while to remember who was who, which I found annoying. It didn't help that I didn't have the time to polish it off in one setting so I had to recall the characters each time I picked up the book. It's a simple whodunnit, a few back stories here and there (like Lily's past), but definitely nothing complex like an Alex Kellerman novel. I am still interested in the rest of the Lily Bard series, but they won't be must-reads - the fluffy Sookie Stackhouse books are more my cup of tea!
Journal Entry 3
Post office: Mailed to another bookcrosser in Austria, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, May 06, 2006
Released 14 yrs ago (5/6/2006 UTC) at Post office: Mailed to another bookcrosser in Austria, RABCK -- Controlled Releases
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I mailed this off this morning via airmail to Amberkatze
as part of the Reverse Wishlist Relay
on BookRelay.com. Enjoy! (^_^)
Big huge thanks leeny37 for this book! It took a little longer to get to me because the custom guys wanted to open it and had to send me a letter to ask permission!! Never had that before :) Anyway I was on holiday so the book was actually here about 2 weeks ago but sitting in customs!!!
Well I can't wait to read it but I have so much on my tbr pile and also Living Dead in Dallas turned up this morning as well so I need to read that first as it is a ring. However I will be reading this one as soon as possible :)
I really enjoyed this book. It is quite different from the Southern Vampire Mysteries because it has no vampires or anything supernatural. However it was a good mystery and I really didn't get the full story until it started to unfold.
I will be looking out for more of the books in this series. Charlaine Harris is a good author and I will be interested to see what else she has written!
Thank you again Leeny37!
Please make a journal entry as soon as you recieve the book and also when you send it to the next person. Then we know where the book is!
Please try and read and send this book on within a month. If you need longer please make a new journal so we know the book is still in action!
When you are finished with the book please PM the next person on the list and ask for their address so you can send it on to them!
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Also let us know what you thought of the book but don't give too much away!
The order may change to accommodate for the postal preferences of the ring members.
Lastly if you have nicer bookcrossing labels or stickers then decorate the book a little! Also stick a postcard from your country in with a message! Could be fun :)
I am going to spiral ring this book with the others. I am still waiting on the 2nd book (coming as a rabck from a really nice Bc'er because it isn't actually avaliable to buy!) but I have the 3rd, 4th and 5th ready and waiting.
Here are the participants so far -
AgnesXNitt in the UK <-- Completed!
sunlightbub in the UK <-- Completed!
Needsun in Canada (any)<-- Completed!
CheriePie in the USA <-- Completed!
krin511 in the USA (US) <-- Completed!
tenneh in the USA (Us pref but can int) <-- Completed!
MandaJo in the USA (any) <-- No contact
Maurean in the USA (Us/Can) <-- Completed!
explorer1118m in the USA (US/Can) <-- Found own copy
innae in the USA (any) <-- Completed!
WelshHelen in the UK <-- Completed!
wyvernfriend in Ireland (EU) <-- Completed!
Candydarling in Finland <-- Completed!
morgaine77 in Switzerland <-- Completed!
Rianonne in Austria <-- Next!
Back home to me!
Received on Monday - going to start reading today at lunch. Sorry, this one had to wait till I'd finished 'Yes Man' by Danny Wallace (another ring book) - but now I'm ready to crack on!
Thanks for the stickers and postcard Amberkatze - the guys I work with reckon its 'nose art' and should be gracing the side of a fighter jet!
Once again, I have more bookrings on th go than I know what to do with..lol..Perhaps I should read them , eh..
I have 3 of the SOuthern Vampire series in my tbr, so I'm interested to read this alternative series by Ms Harris. THanks to Amberkatze for all these lovely bookrings, and to Agnes for sending on to me..NAd the card is beautiful btw :)
I quite enjoyed this, and would read another in the series if it came my way. What i was gpomg tp type wpuld have been a spoiler so I'd better shot up now!!!
THanks Amber and leeny xxxxxxx
Just to keep you updated..I haven't got needsun's address yet, so the book is still with me at the moment!
Feast or famine...three bookrings arrived today. Hopefully, I will get to this one soon.
Thanks very much for sending it to me.
This book grabbed me from the first page to the last. As always, Harris' writing is easy to read and flows off the page. I love murder mysteries so I am certainly looking forward to the rest of this series.
I am sorry it took so long to get this book moving again but I just haven't had the reading time I usually do. It is in an addressed envelop for Cherie and I will edit this post once I actually get it into the mail.
Thanks again for sharing, Amber. You ROCK!
Edit Nov 29: Sent by air today
Arrived today. Thanks, I'll get to it shortly! :D
Just a note for all you 'Shakespeare' lovers :)
The 2nd book in the series was finally released this week and I have it!!!! So the Book spiral for this series can go ahead!
I intend on reading 'Shakespeare's Champion' (the 2nd book) asap and will send it off in the same order as this ring after Christmas. If you DONT want to take part please let me know!!!
Here is a link to the 2nd book!
This was a good start to the Lily Bard Mystery series. This is Harris's second cozy mystery series, so at first I was afraid it'd be too similar to the Aurora Teagarden series, but that isn't the case at all.
In this first book of the series, we're introduced to Lily Bard, who's moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas, to escape her past. While trying to hide herself among her neighbors, she accidentally witnesses the dumping of a body, and someone is using her own garbage cart to do the deed! Unlike Roe in the Teagarden series, Lily is tough as nails with a scarred background (and body to go along with it). I look forward to reading more of this series.
This is on it's way to krin511 in Friday's mail (05-Jan-07) via First Class.
The book arrived today. I'll probably start reading it tomorrow or Wednesday.
A very nice mystery with engaging characters. I especially liked the way Lily observed her neighbors and employers.
I've PM'ed tenneh for an address and hope to mail the book on Tuesday.
Journal Entry 17
by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Released 13 yrs ago (1/16/2007 UTC) at by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases
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Mailed to tenneh.
Received today - will get to it asap!
I really enjoyed this book! I have her vampire series but haven't read them as yet. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Awaiting the address for the next person.
Journal Entry 19
Controlled Postal Release (Falls City) in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Nebraska USA on Thursday, February 08, 2007
Released 13 yrs ago (2/9/2007 UTC) at Controlled Postal Release (Falls City) in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Nebraska USA
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going to Maurean
Arrived today...I love Harris' "Sookie" series, so I expect her writing of this mystery series to be just as good! Will journal again as soon as I've finished....
This was a satisfying little cozy. I am already a fan of Harris' writing, and her easy style is appherent in this book. I thought the characters were interesting, and I enjoyed this introduction into Shakespeare. I'll look forward to reading more about Lily Bard.
Thanks for sharing these, Amberkatze. I am on my way to request explorer1118m's addy, and this will go out on my next PO run.
2/21 ~ explorer1118m has asked to be skipped, as she has found another copy, so I am now PMing the next in line...
on its way to innae on 2/23
the book as arrived safely in Colorado!! I am finishing another book right now, but will get to this one ASAP :-)
A fairly quick read, tho it took me longer than it should have. I liked the story, but I like the sookie series better. I think I would like to read a couple more in the series before I make a definite decision on whether I like them ALOT or not. Anyway, Lily is a likable character, as are her men. Charlaine Harris is a good writer :-). I will be passing this on as soon as I get an address (which means really, as soon as I PM WelshHelen)
Arrived safely today, thanks innae. I have a few ring books here but I should get to it soon.
What a fun, fast read. I really liked Lily, especially the way she dissected the lives of her clients. I also liked both Marshall and Claude - wonder who's going to win there :-) I thought the way that Lily dealt with her past was great - not ignoring what had happened but also not wallowing in self-pity, either. All in all, a great main character and a great story-line. I didn't guess the murderer until the very end :-)
Thanks for sharing - again - Amberkatze :-) I have wyvernfriend's address and will get the book in the post today.
Posted to wyvernfriend aitmail today.
received in the post this morning.
Lilly Bard has a past, this past has left her with emotional and physical scars and a determination to succeed in life. It's also left her with a determination not to get too involved with things. Not wanting too much attention from the police or too much prying into her past. But when her landlord turns up dead and she finds the body she's sucked into the mystery, because she's a prime suspect!
Fun, light, undemanding but interesting.
posted this afternoon to CandyDarling
Received this yesterday, thanks!
I loved Shakespeare''s Landlord, and I can''t wait to read the rest of the books in the Lily Bard series. It looks like I''m going to love everything Charlaine Harris has written, although I haven''t tried the Aurora Teagarden series yet. :)
I''ll mail the book to Morgaine77 as soon as I get her address.
Sent the book to Morgaine77 today. Sorry for the delay!
Arrived safely in Switzerland, thanks! I'm afraid it'll be awhile until I get to this book, but seeing that it only goes to Rianonne after me and then back to Amber, I think it won't be too bad, since I know Rianonne always has enough to read. ;-)
I love a good mystery and this is most definitely one. A quick, enjoyable read, the kind of book for rainy Sunday afternoons to be enjoyed wrapped in a blanket on the couch and a cup of tea on the table. :-)
I would love to read the rest of the series and learn more about the residents of Shakespeare.
Thanks so much for sharing! Goes into a big parcel for Rianonne. =)
Journal Entry 35
BookRing in UTILISER 'Libération contrôlée' > Pays > Province > Ville, .---controlled release---. Switzerland on Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Released 12 yrs ago (3/5/2008 UTC) at BookRing in UTILISER 'Libération contrôlée' > Pays > Province > Ville, .---controlled release---. Switzerland
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On its way to Vienna. Enjoy!
Arrived safe and sound in Vienna!
Thanks so much for the chocolate Morgaine :p
For me this series is better than Aurora Teagarden. The character and the plot are much darker and Harris lets issues of violence and rape into the story line.
The Sookie Stackhouse books are more my cup of tea!
This bookring has made it back home! Thank you to eveyone who took part in this successful ring!
This book is going into my PC.