Shakespeare's Champion (Lily Bard Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 1998
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"Full of surprises... Harris plots an engaging puzzler that's propelled smoothly along by Lily's easy, no-frills narration." - Publishers Weekly
"Wheels within wheels in a suspenseful story... Lily's stubborn, moody, gutsy persona holds it all together" - Kirkus Reviews--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The second Lily Bard novel from the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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To save his town from the dangerous schism and to protect his father, who he feels has fallen in with nasty individuals, the town's leading citizen hires an outsider, Jack Leeds, to identify the ringleaders. The detective, from the same hometown that Lily is from, has his own scandalous past. Jack and Lily develop a deep emotional bond that may be the only thing that could save both of them from a rising threat to their very lives.
The sequel to SHAKESPEARE'S LANDLORD (which was named as one of "Mostly Murders'" top 10) is as good and, in some ways, better than its predecessor. SHAKESPEARE'S CHAMPION embodies a first rate mystery, but this time also includes a special relationship drama about two wounded soldiers who heal each other through their love for one another. Charlaine Harris' newest entry deserves top ten consideration again.
At times uncomfortable reading (one chapter in particular). Throughout there is no denying the author's skills - everything so firmly grounded, a wealth of detail forever adding to credibility. It helps to have read the first novel - all the better to understand why Lily is how she is. A gang rape four years earlier has made her wary of relationships. Never again will she be a victim - self-defence an obsession, solitary walking at night clearing her mind and helping her sleep. Cleaning work around Shakespeare brings in the money needed - this a brilliant Charlaine Harris device for introducing a wide range of deftly drawn characters, Lily knowing far more about them than they realize. How many will still be around by the end of the book?
Involving, disturbing, unputdownable.
Shakespeare's Champion started off very much like the first book, with Lily going about her training and cleaning routines and keeping the local men at a distance. However it soon becomes a lot more gripping and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. It feels a lot more like the Sookie stories and I think even if you're disappointed by the lack of supernatural you would still enjoy this series.
Finally add to this a great sense of prose and dialogue that some writers can only dream of and this is a cracking title for the crime fan.
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