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Shakespeare's Trollop is the fourth in the Lily Bard series by Charlaine Harris. Lily Bard has the misfortune to discover the naked body of Shakespeare's trollop, Deedra Dean, in her car in the woods. As the new sheriff, Marta Schuster, investigates, the list of possible suspects seems daunting, given Deedra's promiscuity, and includes her own brother, Marlon, lately close to Deedra. Lily's cleaning job leads her to talk to many Shakespeare residents, and she begins to wonder if the staging of the body to look like a sexual crime is intended to mislead: is it really Deedra's wantonness that led to her death? Is the murder motivated by her family connections? Has she learned something in her job at the County Clerk's office that put her in danger? The manner of her death leads to anyone with martial arts abilities coming under suspicion. In this instalment, Lily: washes a dog; attends a funeral; kisses (really kisses) another man; watches some pornographic videotapes; rescues an old man from the work of an arsonist and attends the wedding of a close friend. Jack and Lily's relationship progresses enough for her to declare her love. Lily's character is further developed: she comes to realise she wants to stay in Shakespeare, she likes having friends and a steady relationship, she is stronger and sees herself less as a victim. Harris has created a very likeable heroine with standards and principles, wisdom and thoughtfulness. The plot had enough twists to keep the reader engrossed, and the dialogue is realistic and often humorous. Excellent murder mystery.
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I love a light read that can make you think and deliver the goods for the reader and at a time of year when you're heavily occupied with other matters and want something to entertain as well as get the little grey cells firing, then these Lily Bard titles are probably going to be the books for you.

Personally I love the characters within, I like the depth of them, I enjoy their traits and perhaps most of all I love the quaintness of the town which is how I imagine a lot of the South in the US to be. It's quirky, it has all sorts of interesting places to visit and overall it's a series that has kept me engaged and calm quite nicely with its charms and plots. Great fun all in.
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This is the fourth of the five Lily Bard Mysteries and I have to say I enjoyed it as much as I did the last three. Shakespeare's good time girl, Deedra, is found murdered in her car in the woods. It will come as no surprise that the body is found by Lily who seems to trip over dead bodies at every turn. Yet again she finds herslef investigating even though she doesn't intend to. We get to know a bit more about Lily and Jack in this book as well as some of the other regular characters. This book is as well written and plotted as the others. There are enough twists and turns to keep the most ardent of mystery fans happy and the ending when it came was a complete surpirse to me. An excellent ending which I never saw coming. A really good book I would highly recommend it, along with all the other Lily Bard Mysteries.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 November 2012
Lily Bard is a cleaning woman with a sad and notorious past. She lives in the small town of Shakespeare and the locals have no secrets from someone who checks out their drawers and washing. A notorious good-time girl called Deedra Dean is found dead in her car in the woods, with her clothing and necklace draped over various branches. Lily did the finding and wishes she hadn't. She reports it to the police and tries to forget it. A past rape victim, she takes self-defence classes and walks at night rather than have nightmares.
When a police officer discusses the scene of the crime with Lily and expresses doubts that it seems 'staged' and then all the men from the karate class are called in to the station for questioning, Lily begins to have doubts about the people she knows - some intimately.
This is a good series, full of personal detail and small concerns, rather than the author's Sookie Stackhouse vampire series which started off well but escalated beyond my caring about the characters.
Better for women than men, but great for mystery fans.
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A trollop indeed. Deedra's sexual activities were notorious, many local males involved. Her violent death means no shortage of suspects. Disturbingly Lily herself is one - not only finding the body, but later first around at an arson scene....

Like its predecessors, this fourth Lily Bard novel instantly grabs attention and keeps the reader guessing. As ever, it is Lily herself who promotes most interest. Six years earlier she was abducted, gang raped and mutilated. Ever since, she steadfastly refuses to be one of life's permanent victims. Martial arts ensure she can defend herself. Night walks help her sleep, hopefully without the dreams that used to plague.

Charlaine Harries again crams her novel with detail, ever enhancing credibility. Deftly drawn characterization remains a speciality, Lily's cleaning work a brilliant literary device for introducing as many colourful people as possible. Some may feel the climax a little contrived. Many, though, are more likely to gasp at such an unexpected turn of events.

No cosy read this, Lily still struggling with such horrendous memories. She is long overdue for happiness. Can, at last, there be hints some is on its way?

It helps, but is not essential, to have read first the earlier adventures. Recommended.
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on 18 February 2014
I really enjoyed this book. Ms Harris does mystery really well. I did not even suspect the culprit, this is a good thing for me as I usually do guess and it can be a REAL pain to guess 1/3 rd of the way through a story. I love the way Charlene Harris brings her characters alive. I like Lily and Jack and was impressed when they appeared in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
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on 5 December 2010
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.
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on 2 April 2012
I enjoy all books written by this author, True Blood are fantastic but these are equally as good - don't be put off by bad reviews just because they aren't true blood doesn't mean they're not good in their own way! I recommend this series to any Charlaine Harris fan :)
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on 13 February 2013
After the fairly readable Shakespeare's Christmas in which we seemed to have finally gotten away from all the monotonous details of Lily's life as a cleaner/at the gym Shakespeare's Trollop brings us back full-circle.

Perhaps my least favourite of all the books, it wasn't so much the awful title or that the who-dun-it (and why) side of the book was any worse/better than the rest of the series as that some of the views of the characters (and at times Lily herself) came across as so judgemental as to be offensive. Arguably good story telling but I personally found it too much.

Whilst each of the five books in the series is a self-contained mystery and therefore readable in there own right I recommend you read them in order if you are going to read the full collection.

Copyright: Petty Witter @ Pen and Paper.

Shakespeare's Trollop: A Lily Bard Mystery
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on 8 April 2013
Another great read.
Shame to kill off the good time girl living in the apartments next to Lily though.
Really think I have been to Shakespeare Arkansas now.
More Lily Bard please.
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