Shakespeare’s Landlord (#1)

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#1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris’s Shakespeare series returns to print in this stunning mystery.

Welcome to Shakespeare, Arkansas.

Lily Bard came to the small town of Shakespeare to escape her dark and violent past. Other than the day-to-day workings of her cleaning and errand-running service, she pays little attention to the town around her. So when she spots a dead body being dumped in the town green, she’s inclined to stay well away. But she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and despite her best efforts, she’s dragged into the murder case.

Lily doesn’t care who did it, but when the police and local community start pointing fingers in her direction, she realizes that proving her innocence will depend on finding the real killer in quiet, secretive Shakespeare.


“Lily’s an ingratiating heroine, and the author’s easy style makes this one an engaging breeze.”


“Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story.”


“Harris’ finely tuned, colorful and suspenseful tale, filled with vigorous and unique characters, will leave readers hoping it’s the start of a series.”

Publishers Weekly

“Charlaine Harris ventures into new, darker territory […] A memorable character, Lily brings new meaning to the term strong woman. She’s the equal of Kay Scarpetta, Kinsey Milhone and V. I. Warshawski even on a bad day.”

Library Journal

“Harris had done an incredible job launching her new character [...] A well-constructed psychological study that moves at a steady pace, SHAKESPEARE’S LANDLORD also takes a look at how society often views victims of violent crimes.”

Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel


Albuquerque Journal

“Harris has down pat the laid-back atmosphere, country friendliness and occasional sordid secrets of small-town South. SHAKESPEARE’S LANDLORD is a satisfying introduction to a fascinating, complex set of characters. Just keep ’em coming.”

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“Harris writes about Lily with a quiet compassion that is compelling. A fine writer has written her best book yet.”

The Dead Beat

“Low-key and entertaining […] exactly what you need from a mystery.”


“The story is riveting, and Lily’s triumphant progress from scarred loner to fierce fighter is very rewarding. Bravo, Ms. Harris!”

Pen & Dagger

“The charm of this book lies not in the plot but in its characters, particularly enigmatic Lily whose unfolding history will draw you in.”

The Poisoned Pen

“Lily is as human and likeable as her new town. This is a sparkling series debut.”

Tulsa World

“This book feels light and warm. It also has a full complement of the eminently realistic eccentric characters with whom Harris peoples her books. Reading a book by Charlaine Harris is like meeting with your favorite neighbor in a small Southern town over coffee and cookies in her kitchen and having a cozy chat with lots of juicy gossip. I look forward to reading other books in the series.”

Rhapsody in Books

“Harris’s writing is vivid but also easy going […] SHAKESPEARE’S LANDLORD is a fun cosy mystery. Harris weaves her writerly magic once again and has captured my imagination.”

Book Chick City

“This is a short, well-written mystery that will hook you on the Shakespeare/Lily Bard series, written so ably by Charlaine Harris […] I found the book to be quite humorous as Lily has a wry, dry sense of humor that is very appealing. I highly recommend this book to mystery buffs and for those who enjoyed any of Mrs. Harris’ other books.”

All Readers

“Charlaine Harris leads us expertly to the discovery of the murderer of Pardon Albee with a taut climax where Lily gains some scars and bruises to add to those she already has. Like Hansel and Gretel, Harris has carefully distributed breadcrumbs of suspense and intrigue throughout the narrative, titbits about the residents featured and vignettes of delight when interacting with Lily and these all serve to invite readers to return safely to Shakespeare and the adventures of its heroine, Lily Bard. And it won’t be long before this reader does.”

Rachel Deeming

Awards & Accolades


Mostly Murder: “Year's Best”