Saturday, 26 November 2011

CRIME REVIEW: Lily Bard 1: Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris

Release Date: 10/11/11


Welcome to Shakespeare, Arkansas Disguising herself with short hair and baggy clothes, Lily Bard has started over as a cleaning lady in the sleepy town of Shakespeare, where she can sweep away the secrets of her dark and violent past. However her plan to live a quiet, unobserved life begins to crumble when she discovers the dead body of her nosy landlord. Lily doesn't care who did it, but as the suspicion of the police and local community falls on her, she soon realises if she doesn't unmask the murderer, her life might not just crumble: it might also end.


To be honest with you, you can tell that this is an early Charlaine Harris novel, it has all the key things that has made her name well known with the Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connolly series such as a strong lead character alongside interesting plot lines but this one feels quite naïve and simplistic with the plot.

Don’t get me wrong, it will hit that mystery spot for a lot of readers, but when you’ve read her other series this will perhaps leave you wondering why there aren’t as many twists as you’d expect from her other work whilst remaining a testament as to how far Charlaine as advanced as an author from these early titles. That said however the setting is easy to imagine, the supporting cast is superb and the prose with the pace were admirable. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of this series.

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