2 ** While on a late-night job in tiny Shakespeare, Ark., Lily Bard, 31, sees a furtive figure placing large plastic garbage bags in the local park and, untying one, discovers the body of her former landlord. In a quick but anonymous phone call (she is determined to avoid any questioning), she reports the murder to the police chief. Ms. Harris soon reveals the horrific facts in Lily's background that explain why she is a solitary, confrontational young woman who is obsessed with self-defense, and why she chooses, despite a first-rate education, to eke out a living as a cleaning woman. Lily subtly and insightfully queries her customers, some of whom were tenants of the murdered landlord. As Lily investigates, she develops a wary but cordial relationship with the police chief and forms a warmer tie with her karate instructor. But at the same time, someone has discovered the unspeakable facts about Lily's past and has begun stalking her. **** I refer to mysteries like this one as my "brain candy". I know they are not "literature", but they are usually fun and create a mystery that is intriguing enough to keep me reading until the end. Given that description, if you simply want quick, entertaining read, I recommend.
I really loved the Sookie books, so I wanted to read more from Charlaine Harris. I tried the Aurora Teagarden series and liked it well enough. Then I tried this series. I love it! A lead character who is strong and interesting, despite her past trauma.
The mystery is good, but really, Lily Bard's character is what drew me in. She is very endearing. So glad I gave this series a shot!
A good wee murder mystery by Charlaine Harris However, Lily Bard is not such as an engaging protagonist as Aurora Teagarden and this story held nothing new - although there were a few surprises.
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