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Marianne (Australia) (2012/03/03): Shakespeare’s Landlord is the first in the Lily Bard series by Charlaine Harris. Lily Bard has lived in Shakespeare, Arkansas for four years, working as a cleaning lady, trying to sweep away the secrets of her dark and violent past. But when Lily finds the body of her irritating, gossipy former landlord in the local park, she draws the attention of the rather shrewd local police chief, Claude Friedrich, and her history in Memphis threatens to put her under suspicion. She soon realises she will have to solve the murder if she is to save her own life. As the list of possible suspects lengthens, it seems that Lily and Claude are the only ones in Shakespeare not on it. Lily Bard is a feisty if reluctant heroine, reminiscent of Kinsey Millhone, V.I.Warshaw and Claudia Valentine. Harris skilfully captures the small town Arkansas feel, her characters are interesting and their dialogue makes for some laugh-out-loud moments, as does, at times, Lily’s inner monologue. I was kept guessing to the very end. A very enjoyable read that had me looking forward to the next in the series, Shakespeare’s Champion.