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Shakespeare's Champion ❴PDF❵ ✅ Shakespeare's Champion Author Charlaine Harris – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 prote 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 keyWhen Lily uses her training in goju to help a black man jumped by white teens, she does it for justiceonly 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.

    Free Unlimited eBook 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 keyWhen Lily uses her training in goju to help a black man jumped by white teens, she does it for justiceonly 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."/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 214 pages
  • Shakespeare's Champion
  • Charlaine Harris
  • English
  • 26 February 2019
  • 0425213102

About the Author: Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty five years A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distanceThough her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college Rhodes, in Memphis Charlaine was writing poetry and plays After holding down some low level jobs, her husband Hal gave her the opportunity to stay home and write The resulting two stand alones were published by Houghton Mifflin After a child producing sabbatical, Charlaine latched on to the trend of series, and soon had her own traditional mystery books about a Georgia librarian, Aurora Teagarden Her first Teagarden, Real Murders, garnered an Agatha nominationSoon Charlaine was looking for another challenge, and the result was the much darker Lily Bard series The books, set in Shakespeare, Arkansas, feature a heroine who has survived a terrible attack and is learning to live with its consequences When Charlaine began to realize that neither of those series was ever going to set the literary world on fire, she regrouped and decided to write the book she d always wanted to write Not a traditional mystery, nor yet pure science fiction or romance, Dead Until Dark broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who simply enjoy a good adventure Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic Louisiana barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, was very successful in many languagesThe Harper Connelly books were written concurrently with the Sookie novels Following the end of Sookie s recorded adventures, Charlaine wrote the Midnight, Texas books, which have become a television series, also The Aurora Teagarden books have been adapted by Hallmark Movie MysteryCharlaine is a member of many professional organizations, an Episcopalian, and currently the lucky houseparent to two rescue dogs She lives on a cliff overlooking the Brazos River.



10 thoughts on “Shakespeare's Champion

  1. Jilly Jilly says:

    There are certain books that haven t appealed to me because of the descriptions of the main character s hobby or job because in order to make the character real , we need to see them doing these things with details on the activity That is the case with Lily Bard She does two things a lot cleaning and working out I have no problem with these things, exactly, but I find it dull to read about the minutia of doing them It s a sickness..So, get used to the idea of reading about every rep she doe There are certain books that haven t appealed to me because of the descriptions of the main character s hobby or job because in order to make the character real , we need to see them doing these things with details on the activity That is the case with Lily Bard She does two things a lot cleaning and working out I have no problem with these things, exactly, but I find it dull to read about the minutia of doing them It s a sickness..So, get used to the idea of reading about every rep she does at the gym and the order in which she cleans houses every few pages and you will be good.This story is super racially charged It was written a while back so there are a lot of politically incorrect attitudes and words used I was actually kind of surprised to think that attitudes were still so backwards back then I feel like I rarely encountered racism during that time period in California, so I wondered if it was a regional thing Of course, being the whitest white person around, maybe I just didn t notice and POC were struggling a lotthan I knew in my area Maybe that was my white privilege, to be able to be unaware of problems Anyway, it sucked to be black in this town Even the people who weren t outwardly racist assholes still held some pretty stupid beliefs including Lily Preach Lily is trying to figure out how a guy died at her gym, and then she finds herself being exploded I hate when that happens Again, stay away from the gym, kids I can t stress this enough Nobody likes this guy Hmmm, well, we like him We just don t need to know how the sausage was made.Lily also addresses her love triangle from the last book by dumping both of them I have to say that I really like that method More book characters should follow this example Except, then she gets a new guy right away Since I like him, I ll allow it This time Aww, don t be jelly old guy Overall, the story was pretty good There was a lot of action and our girl gets her ass handed to her several times, but I was entertained Unfortunately, I knew who the bad guy was and a few details because one of the characters, Bobo WTF Who names their kid Bobo is here in his younger days and he is later a main character in Midnight, Texas Still, it was okay

  2. Hallie Hallie says:

    Editing because I slipped into the descriptors of race used in the book, which I shouldn t have done Not good As I said in my brief write up of the first Lily Bard book, I had to try not to be too critical just because I was comparing this series to Julia Spencer Fleming s series The second book was less slight as a mystery, but it hadof the problems that had bothered me in the first, as well as a whole new set.Firstly, there was the slut shaming, with Deanna, as before, the chief sham Editing because I slipped into the descriptors of race used in the book, which I shouldn t have done Not good As I said in my brief write up of the first Lily Bard book, I had to try not to be too critical just because I was comparing this series to Julia Spencer Fleming s series The second book was less slight as a mystery, but it hadof the problems that had bothered me in the first, as well as a whole new set.Firstly, there was the slut shaming, with Deanna, as before, the chief shamee It s not just her though, and there s a really odd bit with Pardon s niece, who appears in the karate class, where she s I don t even remember her belt level but she s the most highly qualified in the class, and immediately after saying something about how she respects her for it, Lily is talking about her overly heavy make up, her long, long blond hair, and her too tight exercise clothes which are attracting all the guys attention Give me a bloody break I was thinking about it after and there are two women of roughly Lily s age who aren t dismissed as slutty, and one of them is view spoiler another rape victim hide spoiler , and the other the never described as in any way sexy but certainly dedicated town doctor, Carrie Then there s Lily herself, who is irresistible to all the decent men in the town, of course, and is leered at by the others The distinction between the two isn t quite as solid as it might be, though, especially when Mysterious Stranger s first real conversation with Lily contains I get a hard on every time I see you It was especially messy as Lily had just figured out who he was from the pictures of him in the news a few years ago , and he d also figured out who she was, and this implied that he was turned on by her past abduction rape torture I don t think this was actually the case, but the whole scene just went very wrong His story is hardly one that seems likely to make her trust him, but hey sexy times with no longer mysterious still stranger were apparently irresistible to her too So, these were not good elements of the book, but then there s the racial question I do understand that the book was published in 97, and that levels of awareness of white and class privilege were even lower than they are today It s also got to be difficult to write a book at least in part about racial tension and hatred without giving excessive voice to the racists I m still not okay with the use of the n word, which happens several times There sthat s problematic here though, starting with Lily s saying something about how she had been comfortable with the slow pace of change in Shakespeare, as things were pretty okay some of the black people had good jobs and even nice houses I do have to rely on memory, meaning I m probably not quoting accurately, as the app for listening to library digital loans is woeful Ouch This is pretty basic privilege stuff, but while Lily herself is clearly not racist, and the book shows the real racists as despicable in every way, there snegative than positive in the overall effect Again, I am not saying that the author herself is bigoted, just because I feel that the book kind of fails in this area The thing that happens very near the end, which really pulls together everything I think makes this aspect of the book a fail, is spoilery in just about every way it can be view spoiler I could think of no reason for Mookie to die, except for her to be hanging onto life just in order to talk to Lily That is offensive There s nothing suggesting that Lily should be that important to Mookie, except of course for the fact that Lily went running to ask for Mookie s help she has a rifle and the targets to prove she s a good shot to save Jack, which led to her death But Mookie says it s okay, as she got to kill some of the guys who d murdered her brother So really Lily has yet another installment of pain, injury, near death, before getting back to her life, her sexy times with Jack, whatever while Mookie s dead before Lily gets back to her own hospital bed Look the least bit like the characters of colour areprops to Lily s story than much else Yeah, to me it does hide spoiler I might have given just oneof the books a try, but then I saw that book 4 is called Shakespeare s Trollop , and the blurb indicated just who gets killed in this one, and no

  3. Emily Emily says:

    I m glad Charlaine Harris and I are pals again I was hoping that would happen if I picked up some of her older stuff Lily Bard is a great character taciturn, blunt, brave and tough In the first two books, I ve enjoyed seeing her come out of her shell, befriending oraccurately, allowing herself to be befriended by both men and women after keeping to herself for so long And it s all because of murder Thank you, murder This time around, I didn t figure out anything before it was reveal I m glad Charlaine Harris and I are pals again I was hoping that would happen if I picked up some of her older stuff Lily Bard is a great character taciturn, blunt, brave and tough In the first two books, I ve enjoyed seeing her come out of her shell, befriending oraccurately, allowing herself to be befriended by both men and women after keeping to herself for so long And it s all because of murder Thank you, murder This time around, I didn t figure out anything before it was revealed except that Jared view spoiler Jack was probably a detective of some kind and not a baddie hide spoiler This is another twisty turny one The mystery is better plotted than the romance, which plays out at a dizzying speed view spoiler I m glad Marshall didn t last long, I felt briefly sorry for Claude Claude and Marshall are not good names for the male romantic lead anyway that was bugging me Although this was written in the 90s maybe that s when the name Marshall was having its heyday I don t know that the name Claude ever had a heyday Even though things with Jack moved alarmingly fast, I did like him as a love interest hide spoiler Even that doesn t really bother me to any great extent, because I like Lily so much, and the mysteries have been good so far It s nice to see that CH can writethan one female protagonist although the number of times Sookie and Lily get the crap kicked out of them in one novel is disturbingly similar, and Lily seems to bounce back almost as soon as Sookie does with supernatural help.On to the next

  4. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    Kind of annoying when, as you re reading the first part of a book, you are thinking it s a four star read, but in the second half it bumps itself down to three stars.First it s a small thing, but I was surprised and a bit bummed everyone in town found out her secret since the last book I m guessing it was from wagging tongues at the police department The tension of everyone not knowing added an interesting twist.Lily is awesome in ways, annoying in others Unlike Sookie, she is without much Kind of annoying when, as you re reading the first part of a book, you are thinking it s a four star read, but in the second half it bumps itself down to three stars.First it s a small thing, but I was surprised and a bit bummed everyone in town found out her secret since the last book I m guessing it was from wagging tongues at the police department The tension of everyone not knowing added an interesting twist.Lily is awesome in ways, annoying in others Unlike Sookie, she is without much emotion Considering her past and stuff, this makes a good deal of sense BUT I do think some of this is due to author weakness and not just character portrayal I think when she does have emotion, it s coming across a wee bit too distant because of Harris writing technique She didn t have that issue with Sookie, so not sure what that issue is.This book took a strange turn in the romance department Book one set up a potential, subtle love triangle Book two buried both Unsure how I feel about that, especially with one I was rooting for And then enters a third guy who Lily is actually interested in, while I myself am sitting there thinking, what the bloody hell Where did THIS guy come from Who IS he Why does she have this huge connection with him but didn t with others she knew already that had actual development cough Micah in Anita series, anyone cough Dislike.The mystery wasn t strong force because it involves a large group of evil doers, and they re pretty obvious about it I don t think the pull of this one was a genuine mystery, but insteadwell, not sure, I guess just a good story Racism is prelevant in this one and works well with small southern town un charm The race issues were some of theinteresting areas of the story.Overall a good book but nothing special I m already forgetting it Have the next few to read so I hope they re better

  5. Lauren Lauren says:

    Shakespeare s Champion4.5 StarsStill waters run deep in Shakespeare, Arkansas and when Lily Bard finds the corpse of the local body building champion, little does she know that the discovery will uncover a web of the most heinous evil in her seemingly innocuous small town The second installment in this cozy mystery series is just as appealing as the first, although the mystery is definitely darker andviolent with several truly sad and shocking moments At this point, it is necessary to pr Shakespeare s Champion4.5 StarsStill waters run deep in Shakespeare, Arkansas and when Lily Bard finds the corpse of the local body building champion, little does she know that the discovery will uncover a web of the most heinous evil in her seemingly innocuous small town The second installment in this cozy mystery series is just as appealing as the first, although the mystery is definitely darker andviolent with several truly sad and shocking moments At this point, it is necessary to provide a warning that the book deals with issues of race, which some readers may find offensive Personally, I believe that these topics should be faced head on and treated realistically which they are here for to deny that prejudice and evil exist, or to conceal them out of misplaced sense of political correctness, is to allow them to grow and to fester Now that that is out of the way Charlaine Harris is a very skilled writer who makes even the most mundane of activities, such as house cleaning and gym workouts seem exciting Her character development is also excellent and each of the residents of Shakespeare, good, bad or ugly, is fleshed out well and contributes to both the small town atmosphere and the message inherent in the story In terms of the romance, there is a significant improvement as Lily parts ways with her uninspired love interest from book 1 and closes the door on another potential beau which was a little disappointing as he is quite sweet Instead, she becomes involved with a rather mysterious stranger who turns out to have scars of his own and is a much better fit for Lily s tough and stalwart persona It is obvious that she would eat any other less dominant man alive Julia Gibson s narration makes for pleasant listening and she does a good job with the male and female voices There are still some gaps between sections albeit shorter than in book 1 and Gibson does swallow audibly one or two times, which is distracting In sum, this is a very enjoyable sequel and Lily with her mix of strength and vulnerability is a lovely character

  6. Wanda Wanda says:

    I would rate this book just a touch below the first book, maybe 3.5 stars, perhaps because I am now familiar with the setting and with Lily I still like Lily a lot and she continues to surprise me Harris introduced a love triangle at the end of the first book and I was anxious to get reading to see where it went Boom view spoiler Lily dumps them both Gotta like a girl who s decisive like that Plus, she s no dog in the manger She is quite happy to see her exes move along with other women I would rate this book just a touch below the first book, maybe 3.5 stars, perhaps because I am now familiar with the setting and with Lily I still like Lily a lot and she continues to surprise me Harris introduced a love triangle at the end of the first book and I was anxious to get reading to see where it went Boom view spoiler Lily dumps them both Gotta like a girl who s decisive like that Plus, she s no dog in the manger She is quite happy to see her exes move along with other women quite different from Sookie Stackhouse, Harris other small town gal, who always seemed to resent any women that her men took up with after their break ups hide spoiler It s a treat to read about a woman who can protect herself and develop her strength to overcome past trauma However, I m a bit disturbed by her current love interest, who also has a traumatic past, knows Lily s situation, and seems drawn to her because of it I will be interested to see if he lasts in the relationship forthan one book I m also hoping that Lily can come out of her hard, protective shell a bitAt least in this book, she is starting to allow people into her life gradually, even if she has mixed feelings about it There is true potential for this series to pass the Bechdel test.On the other hand, after protecting her personal secrets in book one, all of a sudden it seems that everyone and their pet cat knows about Lily s past in this book Which is an uncomfortable situation if you re still sensitive about the details it seems Lily is, though it was no fault of her own and you live in a very small community Lily has been a discreet cleaning lady ever since she came to Shakespeare, but suddenly people are questioning whether they want someone like her to clean for them Another way of blaming the victim, something we can read about in the current media.An enjoyable sequel and I shall look forward to the next installment when I have the time to read it

  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Lily Bard is my least favorite Harris creation mostly because of her ludicrously violent backstory and Harris s dull descriptions of weight training and martial arts , but I decided to give her second book in the series a try nonetheless This mystery waspromising andentertaining than the the first, but I found myself deeply troubled by Harris s creation of a strong female character who has the desire to do right and who always ultimately does the right thing , but has fundame The Lily Bard is my least favorite Harris creation mostly because of her ludicrously violent backstory and Harris s dull descriptions of weight training and martial arts , but I decided to give her second book in the series a try nonetheless This mystery waspromising andentertaining than the the first, but I found myself deeply troubled by Harris s creation of a strong female character who has the desire to do right and who always ultimately does the right thing , but has fundamental problems with being labeled an activist Certainly, when Lily intervenes to save a young African American man who is being publicly beaten by a gang of white supremacist boys she acts knowing that the beating is racially motivated Thus she begins her journey to becoming Shakespeare s champion But when her heroic acts become labeled activism, Lily backs down and attempts, unsuccessfully, to fade back into the margins of the town And of course, she gets badly beaten in the process.Harris, of course, deals with civil rights issues of another kind with a similarly metaphorically scarred heroine in Sookie Stackhouse But again, Sookie s interest in vampire rights stems primarily from her love of a vampire though in private company, she frequently professes her belief in equal rights for vampires Sookie would also shy away from radical labels like activist It s a small itch, but I still have to scratch it I find it problematic that our fictional heroines, our strong female characters can maintain that strength only if it is circumstantial and situational

  8. Birgit Birgit says:

    Digging into my mystery book stacks, basically choosing the books by blindly picking a random one I came across this second part of a series by Charlaine Harris I must confess that the first couple of pages were everything but promising Dead body in the local gym and the heroine Lily Bard is heavily into workout herself Not exactly the kind of starting point I warm up to easily But then, afterpages I simply couldn t put the book down While Lily is far from being a likable person, she Digging into my mystery book stacks, basically choosing the books by blindly picking a random one I came across this second part of a series by Charlaine Harris I must confess that the first couple of pages were everything but promising Dead body in the local gym and the heroine Lily Bard is heavily into workout herself Not exactly the kind of starting point I warm up to easily But then, afterpages I simply couldn t put the book down While Lily is far from being a likable person, she is an amazingly deep and real character, a rare finding in your plain old mystery book these days And the engaging and truly thrilling plot and the fabulously developed characters work together so well I finished the book in one sitting and after I put the book away I simply had to run to the computer and check on other works by Charlaine Harris Imagine my surprise to find out she s the one behind True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse books In short The Lily Bard Omnibus with all five books of the series will have to go on my wishlist Definitely

  9. Karen ⊰✿ Karen ⊰✿ says:

    I quite like Lily, and I like how Harris creates these small town USA locations with a dark side.This book was pretty slow, and there were some pretty shocking small minded characters, but I had to keep reminding myself of the book setting and when it was written The audio narrator does a great job, and I enjoy listening to this on the commute A pretty solid addition to the series, and I will continue on to book 3 as I ve become invested in Lily s future

  10. Melissa Cochrill Melissa Cochrill says:

    This is the second book in this series and the author has brought up difficult subjects in both books It was a quick read, but not a very surprising ending.

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