Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard Mysteries)

by Charlaine Harris | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0425206866 Global Overview for this book
Registered by leeny37 of Melbourne, Victoria Australia on 4/13/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by leeny37 from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Thursday, April 13, 2006
From Amazon.com:
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.

Journal Entry 2 by leeny37 from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Saturday, April 22, 2006
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!

Released 12 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! (^_^)

Journal Entry 4 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Wednesday, May 31, 2006
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 :)

Thanks again!

Journal Entry 5 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Tuesday, June 13, 2006
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!

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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!

Journal Entry 6 by AgnesXNitt from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 16, 2006
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!

Journal Entry 7 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Saturday, August 26, 2006
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 :)

Journal Entry 8 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Saturday, September 23, 2006
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

Journal Entry 9 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Just to keep you updated..I haven't got needsun's address yet, so the book is still with me at the moment!

Journal Entry 10 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 13, 2006
Feast or famine...three bookrings arrived today. Hopefully, I will get to this one soon.

Thanks very much for sending it to me.

Journal Entry 11 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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

Journal Entry 12 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Monday, December 04, 2006
Arrived today. Thanks, I'll get to it shortly! :D

Journal Entry 13 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Thursday, December 14, 2006
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!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4676159

Journal Entry 14 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Thursday, January 04, 2007
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.

Journal Entry 15 by krin511 from Olney, Maryland USA on Monday, January 08, 2007
The book arrived today. I'll probably start reading it tomorrow or Wednesday.

Journal Entry 16 by krin511 from Olney, Maryland USA on Saturday, January 13, 2007
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 krin511 at by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Released 12 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.

Journal Entry 18 by tenneh from Verdon, Nebraska USA on Friday, January 19, 2007
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.

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going to Maurean

Journal Entry 20 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Monday, February 12, 2007
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....

Journal Entry 21 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
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

Journal Entry 22 by winginnaewing from Aurora, Colorado USA on Thursday, March 01, 2007
the book as arrived safely in Colorado!! I am finishing another book right now, but will get to this one ASAP :-)

Journal Entry 23 by winginnaewing from Aurora, Colorado USA on Thursday, March 08, 2007
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)

Journal Entry 24 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Arrived safely today, thanks innae. I have a few ring books here but I should get to it soon.

Journal Entry 25 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, May 04, 2007
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.

Journal Entry 26 by WelshHelen from Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, May 04, 2007
Posted to wyvernfriend aitmail today.

Journal Entry 27 by wyvernfriend from Lucan, Co. Dublin Ireland on Wednesday, May 09, 2007
received in the post this morning.

Journal Entry 28 by wyvernfriend from Lucan, Co. Dublin Ireland on Tuesday, May 15, 2007
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.

Journal Entry 29 by wyvernfriend from Lucan, Co. Dublin Ireland on Thursday, May 17, 2007
posted this afternoon to CandyDarling

Journal Entry 30 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, May 24, 2007
Received this yesterday, thanks!

Journal Entry 31 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, August 05, 2007
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.

Journal Entry 32 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sent the book to Morgaine77 today. Sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 33 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Thursday, September 06, 2007
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. ;-)

Journal Entry 34 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Friday, January 18, 2008
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. =)

RELEASE NOTES:

On its way to Vienna. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 36 by Rianonne from Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on Monday, March 17, 2008
Arrived safe and sound in Vienna!

Thanks so much for the chocolate Morgaine :p

Journal Entry 37 by Rianonne from Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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!

Journal Entry 38 by Amberkatze from Wien Bezirk 10 - Favoriten, Wien Austria on Friday, July 04, 2008
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.

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