Book Review: Shakespeare's Trollop by Charlaine Harris

Title: Shakespeare's Trollop
Series: Lily Bard Mystery #4
Author: Charlaine Harris
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Published: 08/14/2000
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre(s): Contemporary Mystery


Welcome back to Shakespeare - a charming Arkansas town with endless back roads, an eclectic mix of residents, and a dollop of noir. Featuring cleaning woman/karate expert Lily Bard, Charlaine Harris's series puts a unique spin on the traditional cozy to create mysteries that "work on every level. The writing and plotting are first rate [and] Lily is appealing in her own prickly way" --Washington Times

In the latest installment, Lily discovers lifelong Shakespeare resident Deedra Dean murdered inside a car parked in a woodsy area outside town. Determined not to get involved, Lily wants to leave the police work to Sheriff Marta Schuster and her team of deputies, and concentrate on cleaning, high kicks, and her boyfriend Jack's impending visit. But when Deedra's notoriously promiscuous lifestyle provides an extensive list of suspects but very few clues, Lily has no choice but to resume the roll of amateur detective and join the investigation.

In this fourth book in Charlaine Harris's highly acclaimed and darkly compelling series, Lily Bard delivers a hard-hitting mix of Southern charm and street smarts, a combination so alluring that long-time readers and newcomers will be dying to visit Shakespeare again.


There was a certain comfortable familiarity reading things from Lily Bard's perspective since reading the previous book almost a year ago.

Her methodical and practical nature doesn't make for a thrilling narrative, but she gets things done.

This insight was particularly accurate: "But it was not her weakness that had caused her death; it was one of her strengths that had her killed."

I'll be saying goodbye to Lily with the next book, and I'm betting I'll miss her.

(Note: I read the paperback version represented by the above cover.)