Sunday, July 01, 2007

Shakespeare's Christmas

Shakespeare's Christmas

Charlaine Harris

Date: 01 March, 2005   —   $5.99   —   Book

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Fiction, Mystery

Lily Bard is going home for the holidays, and for her sister's wedding. Like many female mystery protagonists, she's a bit nervous about dealing with family. Like many female mystery protagonists, she had a violent rape in her past (what is it with that as a plot device?) Unlike many female mystery protagonists, the stress between her and her family is not a withdrawal due to the violent circumstances but the fact that they're so loving that she feels a bit smothered, and they still treat her like glass.

At any rate, an eight-year-old kidnapping case suddenly comes to the fore, and Lily's detective boyfriend tells her the trail leads straight to her hometown. To make matters worse, the prospective kidnapper could be one of three people... one of whom is her sister's fiancé.

Spin the wheel and play Which One's the Killer!

Oh, so cliché. But it's very well done, and I never let overused clichés get in the way of a good story.

Mediocre stories, however, are killed by the merest hint of cliché.

(Incidentally, Shakespeare is the name of Lily's town of residence, and this is part of a series. So even though almost nothing happens in that town, it gets star billing.)

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