Shakespeare's Counselor (Lily Bard Mysteries)
14 journalers for this copy...
I liked the first in the series 'Shakespeare's Landlord' and have now got hold of this book too! This is the 5th in the series and once I get hold of a copy of the 2nd in the series (it isn't for sale :/) and then read the 3rd & 4th in the series, I will read this one.
I will trade/relay or release this when I am done with it.
This wasn't the best book in the series but seeing as it is the last in the series I think Charlaine Harris felt the need to tie up things and give Lily one more book. It was great to catch up with Shakespeare and the people living there and I will miss it.
So it is finally over. The last 'Lily Bard' book and no hope of another one (according to Harris's FAQ on her website). I hope they will make some more cameo appearances in her other books though...they already appeared in 'Definitely Dead'. I love this author and I will be reading all these books again in the future.
This book will be going on a trip as a Bookring. It will be part of a Book sprial for the whole series. This is book number 5 and is the last book in the Lily Bard series!
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!
I would appreciate a PM from any participant who wants to leave the ring or be skipped for any reason. Please do not leave it to the last minute.
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 will send out book 4 & 5 together.
Here are the participants so far -
AgnesXNitt in the UK <-- Completed!
sunlightbub in the UK <-- Completed!
leeny37 in Australia (US/AUS) <-- Completed!
krin511 in the USA (US) <-- Completed!
tenneh in the USA <-- Completed!
Maurean in the USA (Us/Can) <-- Completed!
explorer1118m in the USA (US/Can) <-- Completed!
Cheriepie in the USA <-- Arrived 5/2/08
innae in the USA (any)
WelshHelen in the UK
wyvernfriend in Ireland (EU)
CandyDarling in Finland
morgaine77 in Switzerland
Rianonne in Austria
Received with 'Shakespeare's Trollop' (great underused term!!) yesterday in the post. Thanks Amberkatze for hosting the book spiral, I look forward to a couple of interesting evenings in with Lily :)
Aw - the last Lily Bard mystery. I shall miss her and the many varied inhabitants of Shakespeare, AK. Lily may have arrived there trying to lead a quiet life, but the fates seem determined she has not! Despite facing another corpse, councelling for her emotional troubles and once again being held up as a suspect in the murder, Lily has Jack living with her, she is training to be a PI herself and still holds a cleaning job down! The woman is amazing - my hat is off to her!
Despite experiencing more personal tragedy, at least the author, Ms Harris, ties all the loose ends up for us with this story. As Amberkatze says, it's not a strong a plot as the 4 previous novels, but Ms Harris obviously cares enough about her characters to let them have some kind of happy ending. So rare in life!
Thanks for hosting this bookspiral Amberkatze, I've enjoyed it very much.
Posted off to Sunlightbub today - though I practically had to mug the collection driver to make sure it caught the only post of a Saturday!
I'm a bit snowed under at the moment, so will be as quick as possible with this, but if I'm a little bit over time please forgive me!
I love this series and I'm so looking forward to reading these.
LOved this - Didn''t guess the end at all and i really hope Ms Harris revives this series..THanks AMber xxx
Posted to Leeny by airmail today.
Arrived safely together with its companion, thank you! :)
Ahhh... the last one in the series. Although it doesn't seem likely that Charlaine Harris will be writing another one soon -- apparently her writing schedule is filled for the next three years -- let's hope that Lily Bard has more cameo appearances, or maybe a possible Book 6 in the future! I agree with the previous journal entries that the plot in this one is a little weak, and IMO, a little loopy. I thought it started out well and it seemed like it would be an exciting one to watch develop, but the ending of the case itself was clumsy and unsatisfying. However, the overall ending was enough to keep me happy with the happily-ever-after setting (with lots of cleaning involved) for Lily and Jack, and for most of the other supporting characters of Shakespeare. Always a sucker for happy endings! Thanks Amberkatze for sharing these books, I'll get CheriePie's address and get these moving soon!
Journal Entry 10
Post office: Mailed to another bookcrosser in USA, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, October 29, 2007
Released 11 yrs ago (10/28/2007 UTC) at Post office: Mailed to another bookcrosser in USA, Bookring -- Controlled Releases
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This has now been mailed off to the next participant, krin511, via airmail. Hopefully it gets there within 7-10 days. Enjoy! :)
Arrived today - will read after Shakespeare's Trollop!
This was another good mystery featuring housecleaner/karate expert Lily Bard. I liked how she and Jack worked together as private investigators to figure out the mystery stalker/murderer.
Journal Entry 13
by mail in To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, November 23, 2007
Released 11 yrs ago (11/23/2007 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 soon!
Enjoyed this one but, as others have said, not the best of the series.
Journal Entry 15
Controlled Postal Release (Falls City) in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Nebraska USA on Friday, December 28, 2007
Released 11 yrs ago (12/31/2007 UTC) at Controlled Postal Release (Falls City) in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Nebraska USA
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going to Maurean
This one is with me, as well - thanks!
Well, as many before me have stated, the plot of this one wasn't the best of the series, but the 'happy ending' compensates for that! I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the inhabitants of Shakespeare (thank you, Amberkatze!) and I hope there is a book six somewhere in Ms. Harris' writing future...I may just have to give the TeaGarden series of hers a go, as well!
As explorer has asked to be skipped (she has already read these), I have recieved Cherie's addy, and will send these out on my next PO run. *mailed to CheriePie 1/31
arrived today with trollop. will get to these as soon as I can.
The fifth and final installment in the Lily Bard series wraps up Lily's story quite nicely.
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 leave you craving the next book. But with Lily's settling down and everything, it did have a hint of finality to it. I for one am sorry to see her go... though I hear she may be making cameo appearances in some of Charlaine Harris's other books from time to time. :)
Mailed Lily Bard books 4 and 5 to innae on 8/26/08 via Media Mail.
This has arrived safely in colorado - I actually have another ring sitting waiting, but I will get to this as soon as I can
I liked this one best out of the three I have read. And I am sad that we are done now...Maybe Charlaine will decide she needs to write some more Shakespeare's eventually?? I think this one was more serious than the first and fourth...dealing a lot more with Lily's past.
I have WelshHelen's address and will be mailing this (along with Trollop) out soon!
I was just reading this
thread, and I have already done a little repair work on Counselor (a bit of tape on the cover). I am really hoping Amberkatze is okay with this, and in the future I promise to ask. :-)
Journal Entry 23
Llanelli, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, September 18, 2008
Released 10 yrs ago (9/18/2008 UTC) at Llanelli, Wales United Kingdom
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This bookring is headed off to WelshHelen
Arrived safely today - thanks, innae. I'll add it to my ever-growing ring pile!
Another great installment in the Lily Bard series which I enjoyed even more than Shakespeare's Trollop. I was kept guessing until very near the end and I kept changing my mind about who the culprit was! This was quite an emotional ride for Lily and Jack which I thought was well-written and sympathetic (hope that isn't giving too much away!)
I've realised that I haven't read Shakespeare's Christmas yet so I still have that to look forward to but I'm disappointed that Harris has no plans to write more Lily books.
Thanks for sharing - again! - Amberkatze. I've got wyvernfriend's address and will get both books in the post to her in the next few days.
Finally posted to wyvernfriend today - sorry for the delay.
Lily is getting more and more involved with Jack and his business, and finally goes to some counselling to deal with some of her issues to do with her kidnapping and rape when she was younger. Things get complicated when one of her fellow members is killed.
It's interesting, the characters do develop but it is quite slow.
I received this and Shakespeare's Trollop in the mail today, thank you. I loved the first book and I'm looking forward to reading these.
Journal Entry 29
Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Saving this for my holidays, thank you so much!
Journal Entry 30
Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Enjoyed this, as the rest of the series too. Quite a lot happening to Lily, so the mystery didn't seem like the main thing in this book - I liked it, the personal life of main characters is always so interesting!
Journal Entry 31
Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Friday, July 31, 2015
Reserved to Annelis
Journal Entry 32
Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Friday, January 08, 2016
Sending to Annelis, finally!
Journal Entry 33
Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Thank you for the book, Chania! It is too bad I did not find the time to visit Kokkola again. Maybe later in the spring...