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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,435 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlaine Harris Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lily Bard Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781440744372
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There’s something rotten in Shakespeare…

Lily Bard was running from shattering memories when she moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas. Now cleaning houses pays her bills. Working out helps her heal. Still protecting her scars, she hides a hard body and impressive skill at martial arts under baggy sweats. And nobody knows how strong she is until racial violence has her looking behind closed doors for a killer—doors to which a housecleaner might have the key.

When Lily uses her training in goju to help a black man jumped by white teens, she does it for justice … only to hear he’s been abducted and beaten to death a few weeks later. Then a bodybuilder is killed at her gym. Both incidents jar Lily’s need for security and refuge. Looking into closets, sweeping under rugs, she soon uncovers enough dirt to confirm that something sinister is growing in her adopted town. Getting involved could endanger her life, but Lily is seeing a new man and dreaming new dreams. And no one can make this strong woman run again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lily’s…gutsy persona holds it all together.” Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) | 2/18/2014

    " Much better than the first. Lots more action. I kind of figured out most of it again but not quite all this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/16/2014

    " Good read, another Lily Bard novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 2/5/2014

    " I just INHALED this book. It was really good. I'm enjoying this series a LOT. Tight writing, engaging characters, great story...and she doesn't pull any punches. I've already moved on to the third one, lol. I'm going to be really bummed when there's no more Lily Bard to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie | 1/30/2014

    " Ok read. Not fabulous. For me, its kind of like doing basic math after pondering calculus for five straight days. Easy, fun, and a no-brainer. Perfect for coming down after a long book. It does the job, and that is all I expect of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 1/27/2014

    " Despite the cliche of the female lead character that wants all the emotional distance possible from her fellow humans until, when crisis happens, she learns to value her friends and that people are more comforting than she gave them credit for... this was good book. The mystery kept me guessing and there was lots of action. Enjoyable but forgettable. I'll get more Lily Bard books from the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/25/2014

    " I'm loving this series. This book was better than the first. The characters are fleshed out and the plot was interesting. Who can ask for more? I've already started #3! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 1/15/2014

    " I love the main character, Lily. She is tough, smart and has overcome a lot of hardship and heartache. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Goldsmith | 1/13/2014

    " Picked up this series after the main character's name popped up in a Sookie book. It's an enjoyable read, pretty quick and moves along. Liked book one a bit better, but this book wasn't too bad. I do plan to continue the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molecule96 | 1/10/2014

    " This second book in the Lily Bard series is much better than the first of the series. Not my favorite Charlaine Harris series but it will hold me over until the next Sookie Stackhouse or Harper Connelly book comes out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 1/10/2014

    " I liked this book better than the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabine | 11/26/2013

    " I enjoyed it very much. It is much mor exciting as cozy mystery normally is. It was a fun read. Can't wait to find Shakespeare's Christmas in a book store.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Rousu | 10/21/2013

    " Not as good as the first, but still good enough to make me want to read the third one right away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/26/2013

    " Not as good as the first but still ok "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dichotomy Girl | 9/23/2013

    " I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. But will read at least the next one in the series before writing it off completely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 6/22/2013

    " I liked this book a lot more than the first in the series - the pace and characters were more similar to Harris's other books and I appreciated the familiarily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roseann | 10/11/2012

    " Fun little mystery by the author of the Sookie True Blood stories. Now I have to read the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Ormrod | 8/24/2012

    " This book and the last aren't exactly edge of the seat, suspense mysteries but they are just so much damn fun, and I just plain love Lily! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angi614c | 8/22/2012

    " Great series and she should have continued it!!! There was plenty to continue to write about "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/28/2012

    " At first, I didn't think I would like this one. A female body builder/karate student didn't seem to interest me. But once I was past the beginning with the gym talk, the action and interaction became interesting. I only gave it a 3 for the slow start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 7/4/2012

    " It was ok, a bit more dangerous than Harris's other series and that I liked alot. 3 stars, although if I could have done 2.5 I probably would have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/15/2012

    " A good read to get through a very crowded plane ride! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronique | 1/16/2012

    " I have not been drawn into these books as much as I had hoped. I will not be continuing with the series at this point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaye | 11/27/2011

    " I really love this series -- I did not think I would because everyone talked about how dark it was. Although it is not like the Teagarden series it is really excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 7/26/2011

    " Started off very blah, a standard series mystery, but really kicked into high gear halfway through. I am left feeling very eager to read the next book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianna | 7/12/2011

    " Didn't love it as much as the first, but it was still good. I was kinda sad Claude was thrown to the side. Jack is okay...but I'm not a huge fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 May | 7/8/2011

    " Lily's very different from Aurora Teagarden and Sookie Stackhouse. Much more aligned with Harper Connelly. Interaction with Jared / Jack was a bit choppy, I thought. Still, this IS book 2 so I'll cross my fingers she gets a bit more rounded out in the next few books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 6/24/2011

    " 2nd in the series, character is growing, lovely little mystery "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 6/15/2011

    " Gave one more a try. Still didn't like any one in this series. I don't think I will read any more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norma | 5/29/2011

    " I enjoy the Lily Bard series, a bit of romance and mystery rolled into one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/18/2011

    " I enjoyed the first book, so I bought and read both book 2 and 3 on Saturday. Need to get the 4th book to read this week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roseann | 4/17/2011

    " Fun little mystery by the author of the Sookie True Blood stories. Now I have to read the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 4/6/2011

    " Even though this series is older, it has aged well. Really enjoyable story for the second book in the Lily Bard series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stefani | 4/5/2011

    " Another Charmaine Harris series but not as good as Sookie at all... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karissa | 4/3/2011

    " It's relaxing to read. And Lily is a very interesting character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/2/2011

    " The second in the Lily Bard series, almost as good as the first. "

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About the Author
Author Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling mystery author and editor. She has written a number of successful mystery and urban fantasy series, including the Aurora Teagarden series, the Harper Connelly series, and the Shakespeare series, among others. The first book in Harris’ Southern Vampire series, Dead until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001; the series is also the basis for the hit HBO series True Blood. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, and the International Crime Writers Association. Currently, Harris lives in Magnolia, Arkansas.

About the Narrator

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.