Shakespeare's Christmas (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 3)

by Charlaine Harris | Mystery & Thrillers | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780425224977 Global Overview for this book
Registered by FrancesinSA on 2/8/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by FrancesinSA on Monday, February 08, 2010
Ordered and received today from

Amazon Editorial Review:
Lily Bard heads home for the holidays.

Lily heads to her hometown of Bartley for her estranged sister’s Christmas Eve wedding. But there is something in the air besides holiday cheer—there’s murder. And Lily must work fast to clean up the messy case before her sister promises to love, honor, and obey a killer.

From Publishers Weekly
Harris, author of the Aurora Teagarden cozies, adds a touch of grit to her books featuring briskly efficient, 31-year-old Arkansas cleaning lady Lily Bard. Lily hides a traumatic past under a prickly exterior, but, in the series' third book (after Shakespeare's Champion, 1997), this karate expert lowers her defenses just long enough to reconcile with her family and help solve a series of grisly murders. Returning to her home town of Bartley (a stone's throw from her residence in Shakespeare, Ark.) for her sister Varena's wedding, Lily is plunged headlong into an eight-year-old kidnapping investigation after her lover and confidant, Jack Leeds, a PI with a questionable past, arrives to follow up an anonymous tip that the kidnapper and the missing girl are both in Bartley. When the town's beloved family practitioner, his nurse and a young mother are bludgeoned to death, suspicion falls on Varena's fiance—a widower who just happens to have an eight-year-old daughter. The investigation intensifies, and Lily uses her family connections and her impeccable cleaning skills to ferret out some crucial information. Harris tells a forceful story with a complex, flawed heroine who is wary of emotional attachments. The denizens of Bartley—the shrewd sheriff; old high-school classmates with long memories; Lily's loving but overprotective parents—form a memorable gallery of secondary characters. Harris's blend of cozy style with more hard-boiled elements isn't always smooth, but it's interesting to see her working toward a deeper complexity.
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From Booklist
At the first appearance of the maid Lily Bard in Shakespeare's Landlord , we predicted crime fiction's first cleaning-lady series. It's nice to be on the money (at least once in a while), for here is Lily in her third adventure. And she's in rare form, too, as she steels herself to visit her family on the occasion of her sister Varena's wedding. Lily, physically and psychologically scarred by a horrifying sexual assault years before, still finds it hard to attend social events as she struggles with her wariness and distrust of all people. But she is overwhelmingly happy when her PI friend Jack Leeds shows up for the prenuptial festivities. Jack is on a case--an unsolved kidnapping of a small baby some years back, a baby that might very well be the eight-year-old daughter of Varena's fiance . Lily does the only thing she can--help Jack resolve the case before the wedding. Lily Bard is one of the best-drawn and most compelling characters in contemporary mystery fiction--complex, smart, streetwise, tough. Add tight plotting and a smooth style, and it's no surprise that Harris has reached a new high. Don't miss it. Stuart Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Journal Entry 2 by FrancesinSA on Monday, February 22, 2010
In this 3rd book in the series, Lily Bard returns to her home town. Varena, Lilys sister, is getting married and Lily is to be her maid of honor. Lily gets herself involved in a murder and kidnapping case when she stumbles across two bodies in a doctors office.
There is very little about Shakespeare in this book but we learn more about Lily's family and there is a lot of reference to the Bad Time in her life and how it affected her relationships with her family members.

Journal Entry 3 by FrancesinSA on Saturday, February 27, 2010
Book 3 of the Lily Bard book spiral

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Book 1: Shakespeare's Landlord
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Journal Entry 4 by FrancesinSA at Sasolburg, Free State South Africa on Thursday, March 18, 2010

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Journal Entry 5 by nediamnori87 from St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Just got back from home (down south) didn't realise I'd be there that long or be without internet. I've got another ring book to read before this one but should get to it soon!

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