Quickie Review: Shakespeare’s Landlord

Quickie Reviews are a new feature where I highlight a recently read (by me) backlist book and give it a quick review. I would like to highlight books you may have missed and those that never landed on your radar.

Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris

Title: Shakespeare’s Landlord

Author: Charlaine Harris

Series: Lilly Bard Mysteries #1

Publisher: Dell

Publication Date: July 7, 1997

Source: Library



Lily Bard is a loner. Other than the day-to-day workings of her cleaning and errand-running service, she pays little attention to the town around her. But when her landlord is murdered, Lily is singled out as the prime suspect, and proving her innocence will depend on finding the real killer in quiet, secretive Shakespeare.


I read this book in a sitting because I had to know who the killer was. (My guess was completely wrong, which is always good in a mystery.)  Lilly Bard is complex, tough, and has a really interesting back story. A few hot romantic scenes and tons of action, Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris makes for a great week-end read.

Cover image and summary from goodreads.


  1. I really liked this series when I read it several years ago. I had just discovered Charlaine Harris via the Sookie Stackhouse series. Book 1 and 2 were the only ones out and I loved them. So I headed down to my local library and found everything else Ms. Harris had ever written. The Lily Bard series and Aurora Teagarden series were great, if slightly dated reads. And for all those burnt out Sookie fans like myself? These other two series ended while I still liked the characters.
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    • I have not read the Aurora Teagarden series yet but have it on my TBR list. I have read the Harper Connelly series (which is a manageable four books) and it is really great.

      I am so burnt out on Sookie and have still not read the last book in the series. I really should get to it, am ready to be done with that world.

  2. I loved this book! I think Lily Bard and Aurora Teagarden are my favorite mysteries from Charlaine Harris. Much more so than the ever popular Sookie Stackhouse books.

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