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Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris
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Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris
Advantages: lots and lots and lots
Disadvantages: none I don't think
After reading the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series entitled "Dead Until Dark" (see review), I realised that this author is an author for me, and that I should read more of her books, so thanks to bookcrossing.com I got this book and the 2nd book in the series, and found them both amazing! This is one author I shall frequently add on my wish list!
Charlaine Harris is soon becoming an author on my top 15 favourite authors, although there is no list around as of yet, I reckon I should make one soon, as there may be more than 15 in that list. She is a really good author, and so far I have read 3 books of hers which are: "Dead Until Dark", "Shakespeare's Landlord" and "Shakespeare's Champion", I have also read a short from her called "Tacky" which can be found in "My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding" anthology. I know that in the near future I would have read tonnes more of her books, as this is one author that I will always keep in my mind as her writing style is unique and that makes the book ever so gripping, that it's unbelievable.
I am going to copy and paste the book description from "Fantasticfiction.co.uk" because I cannot make a better plot outline than the one described!
"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 a pure relaxing kind of book; it is a "summer read" sort of book, one to take on holiday with you, where you can sit on the beach, basking in the sun, while reading the upper-most perfect detective / murder mystery book. Or you could just sit in doors with a fresh can of cool coke or something else, with a fan to keep you cool. This book is perfect anywhere and it is definitely one when you feel like you want to be somewhere else and escape reality for a little while!
This book is blatantly a detective / murder mystery book, put in the most perfect of settings. However some people would disagree and say that it's just like any normal book. And to some extent I would agree since the fact that the whole concept of the book makes you feel relaxed which usually makes this book perfect for everyone. But considering that the landlord is murdered it does actually make it into a murder mystery / detective novel. And if you hate those sorts of books it's best to keep away, but at least try reading a bit of it if you ever get the chance, you may even surprise yourself!
There is a lot of debate going around which says that Lily Bard is almost like Sookie Stackhouse, and although there are similarities, I have to admit that this is totally not true, considering they are two different people and they act differently and considering one has vampires in and the other doesn't, I really don't see many similarities, although, if you totally enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series and you are looking for something else that you'll enjoy, this is definitely the book you should go out and buy! I'm currently trying to work out if any books are similar to this one, and to be totally honest, this book (along with the rest of the books in the series, I think) stand all by their selves. You could say that it is similar to a lot of detective novels, but the only books that come to my mind that are slightly similar are the point horror novels (which are teen fiction, whereas the Lily Bard series are adult fiction), so in theory it's pretty difficult.
I fully enjoyed this book, it was really interesting and if anyone knows of a place that is similar to Shakespeare (the town in the book) please let me know, as this is definitely the sort of place I want to live in, I think it's the sort of town most people want to live in to be honest! If you are looking for an easy book to get into, this is the book for you considering the fact that it had me gripped right from the start and I just couldn't wait to finish it as I wanted to know what was going on and what will happen. I totally found the ending fascinating and surprising, and I fully loved the ending! It is a pure fun read, and one I would love to re-read if given the chance!
Well that's all people; I hope I have helped you out, and thank you very much for reading and rating, thank you!
Summary: an amazing detective novel