Shakespeare's Counselor
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Shakespeare's Counselor

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In this Lily Bard mystery from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, Shakespeare, Arkansas' favorite sleuth has to clean up after a clever killer. Cleaning lady Lily Bard is a pro when it comes to keeping the exteriors of her small town absolutely spotless. But it's the dirt below the surface that really keeps her busy. Even Lily herself has her share of secrets... That's why she's joined a weekly group therapy session--to open up and finally face the past. That sounds positively enlightening, until the gruesome murder of a fellow member sends a terrifying warning. But which person in the group is the message meant for? Why? And who next will suffer the consequences of a killer's head games?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 108.71 x 173.74 x 18.03mm | 122.47g
  • Berkley Prime Crime
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0425201147
  • 9780425201145
  • 31,227

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Praise for the Lily Bard Mystery series

"The writing and plotting are first rate."-The Washington Times

"A seamless story...In her Lily Bard novels, Charlaine Harris blends a noirish atmosphere with a traditional mystery."-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Lily Bard brings new meaning to the term 'strong woman.' She's the equal of Kay Scarpetta, Kinsey Millhone, and V.I. Warshawski."-Library Journal

"[Lily Bard is] one of the best-drawn and most compelling characters in contemporary mystery fiction-complex, smart, streetwise, tough."-Booklist
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Praise for the Lily Bard Mystery series "The writing and plotting are first rate."--The Washington Times "A seamless story...In her Lily Bard novels, Charlaine Harris blends a noirish atmosphere with a traditional mystery."--Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Lily Bard brings new meaning to the term 'strong woman.' She's the equal of Kay Scarpetta, Kinsey Millhone, and V.I. Warshawski."--Library Journal

"[Lily Bard is] one of the best-drawn and most compelling characters in contemporary mystery fiction--complex, smart, streetwise, tough."--Booklist
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About Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO's True Blood, NBC's Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.
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Rating details

11,829 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 27% (3,170)
4 41% (4,862)
3 28% (3,297)
2 4% (446)
1 0% (54)

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Shakespeare's Counselor is the fifth in the Lily Bard series by Charlaine Harris. Lily Bard, Shakespeare's first-rate house cleaner, has decided to train as a Private Investigator, so is working for Jack Leeds. She has also finally admitted that she needs counselling for the trauma she suffered some years ago in Memphis, so joins a group of rape survivors moderated by therapist Tamsin Lynd. But Tamsin has some problems of her own, in the form of a persistent and dangerous stalker. When one of the group members is found, just prior to a therapy session, impaled by stake on the noticeboard in Tamsin's office, Lily wonders if it is a case of mistaken identity, or a message, and if so, for whom. In this instalment, Lily works in a gym, takes part in a stake-out, lands in the hospital, does quite a bit of sleeping and learns the effects of a stun gun, firsthand. Lily Bard is a very human heroine, acknowledging her faults as well as her strengths, and with each book, she becomes less prickly and more sociable. Whilst I would love to read more of Lily Bard, in a way I am grateful that Harris has seen fit to stop before she has done a Jessica Fletcher and killed off everyone in Shakespeare. The Lily Bard series were my first taste of Charlaine Harris, but I will certainly read more of her work. A fitting ending to the series.show more
by Marianne Vincent
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