Shakespeare’s Trollop (#4)

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Welcome back to Shakespeare – a charming Arkansas town with endless back roads, an eclectic mix of residents, and a dollop of noir. In this installment, cleaning woman/karate expert Lily Bard 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 Shakespeare’s Trollop, the 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.


“Lily is a terrific character with dark shadings and stark fears, but learning strength and cleaving to it. A supporting cast of quirky characters fully rendered in quick strokes will hold readers as surely as the complex resolution in this cozy on the bleeding edge of noir.”


“A neat surprise ending will reward Lily’s ardent fans.”


“Her latest engaging outing […] Indeed, Lily has such an engaging voice, full of pain and redemption, that the collecting of clues and the unfolding of the crime take a back seat to her personal story.”

Publishers Weekly

“Solid entertainment.”

Library Journal

“Lily Bard is an intriguing character, and readers will enjoy her attempts to make sense of human nature in general, and men in particular.”

RT Book Reviews

“SHAKESPEARE’S TROLLOP is without a doubt one of the best books in the Lily Bard series. [...] A fantastic read.”

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