Favorite Books #10, Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris

IMO this book is one of Charlaine Harris’ finest works. A very dark heroine who is trying to find her way after life shattering events, this book is about surviving and moving forward.

The write up on Amazon:

Harris, author of the Aurora Teagarden series, now introduces Lily Bard, resident of Shakespeare, Arkansas, a woman fiercely protective of her privacy, determined to succeed as a one-woman cleaning agency, and just as fiercely determined to excel in karate. When the unpopular and very nosy owner of the apartment building next door is murdered and the body dumped in the local park, Lily reports the body to the police–anonymously. The local police chief, however, is nobody’s fool and quickly discovers Lily’s involvement and her own past, which makes her a possible suspect. Given the situation and, since she cleans for many of the other possible suspects, some opportunities, Lily decides that the only way to clear her name is to find the real killer. Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story. Expect more from crime fiction’s first cleaning-lady series.

I love flawed heroines who are doing their damnedest to make their way in the ‘normal’ world and it doesn’t get much better than this book.