Saturday, January 21, 2012
Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris
This is the synopsis from Fantastic Fiction:
Lily Bard is a loner. Fiercely protective of her independence, she concentrates on her karate skills and her work as the proprietor of a cleaning and errand-running service, and pays little attention to the town around her. When her landlord is murdered, though, she looks like the prime suspect. Uncovering the real killer may be the only way to prove her innocence, and Lily realizes that she must focus on the other residents of tiny Shakespeare. Her job gives her easy access to people's private lives, and she begins to snoop, finding plenty of skeleton-filled closets, and exposing herself to the unwanted attentions of a murderer.
This is the first book in the Lily Bard series. I love Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books so I had to try this one. Lily has her own cleaning service and lives in an apartment building with a quirky group of neighbors. It has all the ingredients I enjoy in my cozy mysteries - A strong heroine who feels compelled to stick her nose into a local murder mystery as she can't trust the police to do their job, a cast of characters that send her on one wild goose chase after another and an intricate mystery that can go in all different directions until the case is solved. Lily even has a few secrets in her own past that she's determined to keep hidden. What a great idea for an amateur sleuth to be the local cleaning woman. She gets to come and go into everyone's house without drawing too much suspicion so she can snoop.
I listened to this one on audio and plan to listen to the rest of them on audio. This made for fun listening on my way to work. I can't wait to hear all about Lily's next adventure.
For Reading Challenges:
Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge
Merely Mystery Reading Challenge
Audio Book Reading Challenge
Where are you reading? challenge (Arkansas)
A to Z Reading Challenge