We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Shakespeare's Christmas: The Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 3 | [Charlaine Harris]

Shakespeare's Christmas: The Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 3

Lily Bard is going home for the holidays. More comfortable in baggy sweats than bridesmaid's frills, Lilly isn't thrilled about attending her estranged sister's wedding. She has moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas, to start a new life, cleaning houses for a living, trying to forget the violence that once nearly destroyed her. Now she's heading back to home and hearth - just in time for murder.
Regular Price:$20.72
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Lily Bard is going home for the holidays. More comfortable in baggy sweats than bridesmaid's frills, Lilly isn't thrilled about attending her estranged sister's wedding. She has moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas, to start a new life, cleaning houses for a living, trying to forget the violence that once nearly destroyed her. Now she's heading back to home and hearth - just in time for murder.

©1998 Charlaine Harris; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (344 )
5 star
 (154)
4 star
 (131)
3 star
 (48)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.2 (204 )
5 star
 (89)
4 star
 (77)
3 star
 (30)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.3 (199 )
5 star
 (100)
4 star
 (66)
3 star
 (23)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Shelly Mulliken, MI, United States 10-03-10
    Shelly Mulliken, MI, United States 10-03-10 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    74
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Worth the read"

    I have read other Shakespeare books and this one is good also.. would recommend... Thanks Ms. Harris for another good mystery

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-03-13
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2014

    Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    87
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    120
    120
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lily goes home to an unlikely mystery"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was somewhat of a departure for the series in that it actually was not set in Shakespeare but in Lily's home town where she has gone for her sister's wedding. In a coincidence to challenge the suspension of disbelief of most readers, Lily's PI boyfriend just happens to get involved in a missing person's case wherein the missing person (who was taken as an infant) is likely to be one of three girls in this small town, all of whom of course know Lily's sister. That's absurd, but I have to say I really enjoyed this plot. In this one, at least Lily is actually trying to solve the mystery, actively looking for clues amid the other goings on. The down side I guess to this one is that the sub-story of the stolen infant being recovered at the age of 8 was so interesting to me that it sort of overshadowed the rest of the book. However, I did enjoy the connection to Lily's life before her attack and her ongoing development and was very caught up in the mystery. Still loving the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    anghared 07-29-15
    anghared 07-29-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    124
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nothing earthshaking, just a fun read."
    What did you love best about Shakespeare's Christmas?

    The interaction between Lily and her family - it rounds her as a character and adds to her dimension.


    What does Julia Gibson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is the voice of Lily.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just kept smiling -


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-21-15
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    546
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    537
    458
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    105
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another Great Book"

    This is a great addition to the series. As always, Lily prevails even through adversirty. In this case, the adversity comes from her family. I'm glad she returns to Shakespeare

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lou Frisenda Alexandria, VA United States 01-05-15
    Lou Frisenda Alexandria, VA United States 01-05-15 Member Since 2013

    Books are a wonderful way to find a world that you can explore and that has intellectual pitfalls, and puzzles to figure out in real life.

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another Adventure..."
    Would you listen to Shakespeare's Christmas again? Why?

    I really like the believable characters that Charlaine Harris is creating in this series. I enjoy characters with real flaws and not so easy lives but in the end, a little goodness is always there to cling to for the next adventure. A fun read, excellent for my long drive to work and I found myself really involved in the plot more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shakespeare's Christmas?

    The twist at the end and reason for what happens..its a killer :)


    What about Julia Gibson’s performance did you like?

    She isn't over the top with her character voices, she has a very even tone and brings them to life as if they could be real people you talk to every day.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A few times I was amazed at how well the plot was developed. I didn't guess ahead like I usually can. There were details that were really hidden gems for the story line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 11-02-14
    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 11-02-14 Member Since 2013

    WDW Moose

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    25
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not as good as other Lily Bard books."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because it does advance the overall story of Lily Bard and the characters are strong. My issue was with the mystery and completely improbable coincidences that are used to set up the book.
    Lily reluctantly returns home for her sister's wedding. By sheer coincidence Jack is working a missing person's case that has ties to Lily's hometown. Not only that, but the missing girl could be the daughter of Lily's soon to be brother in law. Did he kidnap an infant?
    Too convenient and too easy to figure out.


    Would you recommend Shakespeare's Christmas to your friends? Why or why not?

    As a stand alone book? No
    As a part of the Lily Bard series? Yes but only to understand the growth of Lily and her relationship with Jack.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Gibson – was your favorite?

    Lily. She has survived and is now coming back to life.


    Did Shakespeare's Christmas inspire you to do anything?

    No not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mike Murphy 09-29-14
    Mike Murphy 09-29-14

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    131
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    137
    69
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best and darkest book in the series so far"

    Don't be misled by the title, "Shakespeare's Christmas" is is not a "Christmas Special" where we get to see the people of the small town of Shakespeare acting as if they were in a remake of "It's A Wonderful Life". It is the darkest, and I think the best, book in the series so far. It's set before, not at Christmas and most of it takes place outside of Shakespeare.

    The mystery in "Shakespeare's Christmas" is not a polite "whodunnit" murder under the mistletoe, but the death of a young mother, knifed and left to bleed out in the snow, and the search for a monster who preys on children while masquerading as a family friend. It has enough twist and turns to keep you guessing and enough evil to evoke rage in the reader.

    As with the first two books, the thing I enjoyed most was the continuing development of Lily Bard. It's clear to me now that the five books in the series track Lily's evolution from someone who has isolated herself so that she can cope quietly with the task of staying alive from day-to-day, to someone who has taken the risk of creating a life that she values with people that she loves, even though she is always afraid of the vulnerability to loss and grief that this could produce.

    In "Shakespeare's Christmas", Lily has reluctantly come back to her home town to attend her younger sister's wedding. She knows that she will have to put on her company manners for the wedding showers and rehearsal dinners but what worries her are not the formal niceties but the need to show herself to the family and friends that she walked away from, after her rape and mutilation, when she could no longer live with their pity or their pain.

    There are no soft edges here, no Hallmark Moments, instead we get an honest exploration of how Lily copes with being back with people she loves but who she finds it hard to live with, not just because they grieve for who she was but because she no longer wants to be that person.

    In her mind there is the old Lily from before the rape and the new Lily she is now: someone solitary, someone vigilant, someone strong enough to protect herself, someone who's old life has been stolen from her, someone who can no longer believe that other people are fundamentally good.

    Lily struggles to connect her new self to her family and her friends. One of the things that helps her with this is her encounters with children. Lily believes that she does not understand children, yet the reader sees that her honesty, her directness and her strength mean that she succeeds in winning their trust and their admiration. Like at least some of the children around her, Lily believes in the monster beneath the bed; she believes that safety is an illusion; that vigilance and strength are necessary to survival and that men are willing to use violence to get what they want.

    What Lily learns from the children is that she has not become a cold, distant monster; she has become a dragon-slayer.

    As events unfold, Lily also learns that part of her strength now comes from being with Jack. Typically for Lily, while she knows this to be true and suspects it to be good, she worries that it will make her vulnerable.

    There is evil in this book. An evil made worse because, as Lily and Jack try to search out its source, they find too many potential candidates too close to home. There is also love in this book. As Lily does what she needs to do to make those around her safe, she finally comes to understand that she can be the new Lily, strong, honest, and wary and still be loved as a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a one-time lover, and an old friend.

    The book ends with Lily going back to Shakespeare for Christmas. It is her home now. It contains the things in her life that she most wants to celebrate.

    After finishing the book, I decided that to read the rest of the series back to back. I'll keep you posted on my impressions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 06-22-13
    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    119
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Shakespeare's Christmas better?

    If the plot made sense. The plot and ending just really don't make sense and there were many inconsistencies throughout the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Gibson?

    Yes. Julia Gibson's inflection gets tiring. She sounds almost irritated and is sing songy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 01-12-12
    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Really good"
    Where does Shakespeare's Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    A totally new story, writter is so clever


    Which character – as performed by Julia Gibson – was your favorite?

    All of them are good, Julia is an excellent narrator


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For sure and I did. I always want more


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series, Charlaine Harris is one of my favorites! The narrator is great!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 06-16-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2013

    BJS

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1311
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    628
    454
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    244
    5
    Overall
    "This is not Sookie!"

    If this is what you're looking for, don't bother. Lilly Bard is a a dark and troubled woman who suffers from PTSS. Brutally assaulted and held captive for possibly weeks, until she found a way to kill one of her captors. She was in the shed with his body for days until someone reported a smell, and went to look. Lilly had to leave her family because she couldn't take the pity and the publicity. Here in this book she has to go home to her sister's wedding. It is a trauma for her and her family. Not only that people start dieing all around this little town. Charlaine is brilliant, I hope she does continue this series past book five

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Loki
    London, UK
    3/21/10
    Overall
    "I love this series"

    Lily was a cheerful, well educated women when she was abducted and brutally raped. She survived, and built a new life and a new personality, but her relationship to her family and the people of her home town was changed and strained.
    Even though in this book she's recovered a lot and has a successful reltionship she's still super quick to pick up on people's hidden motives, and determined not to be a victim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.