Shakespeare’s Counselor (#5)

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Cleaning woman and karate expert Lily Bard is a woman with a complicated past. Trying her best to cope with her terrifying memories and horrible nightmares, she decides to join a weekly group therapy session in her hometown of Shakespeare, Arkansas. At first, Lily can hardly believe the number of her fellow Shakespeareans that share her life experiences. 

As it turns out, the group members’ feelings aren’t the only things that need sorting out — they assemble for a session and find a woman dead, killed in bone-chilling fashion and deliberately left on display to send a twisted message. Who would commit such horrendous crime, and who is the intended recipient of the message?

Before long, Lily becomes embroiled in this disturbing murder and its aftermath, one in which the brutal killer’s motives are entirely unclear. The truth is, the situation has dredged up more than a few of her own terrible secrets, and she may not be able to rest until she can untangle the who and why of this terrible crime. But can she accomplish this before the killer strikes again, and before her nightmares send her over the edge? Shakespeare’s Counselor is the most complex and absorbing installment yet in Charlaine Harris’s engaging, original, and more than slightly dark mystery series.


“The best work in this fine series […] Strengthens a strong character and turns a wonderful series into a powerhouse.”

Midwest Book Review

“Solid, clever and quick.”

Library Journal

“Exceptionally well-plotted […] An extremely compelling read.”

RT Book Reviews

“The best book in the Lily Bard series.”

Entertainment Focus

“An excellent exploration of the problems of women and violence […] This isn’t just a dark story. Harris comes through with her typical brand of understated humor…Have I said lately how much I love Charlaine Harris? Her books are quick reads, but always worth the time, in my opinion.”

Rhapsody in Books

“Absolutely riveting […] Charlaine Harris has created one of my absolute favorite mystery series in the Shakespeare/Lily Bard tales. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!”

All Readers Review

“SHAKESPEARE’S COUNSELOR is the best work in this fine series […] The vulnerable facet of Lily’s personality emerges turning her more likable and less of an object of pity. This strengthens a strong character and turns a wonderful series into a powerhouse.”

Harriet Klausner

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