Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries make their return with Lila Wilkins, literary agent and and#147;murder magnet,and#8221; planning a book signing garden party. But things arenand#8217;t coming up roses when she has to weed out a dangerous killerand#133;
The owner of the Novel Idea Literary Agency is thrilled when former local boy and popular television show host Damian York returns to Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, to launch his new gardening book. But Lila is less than excited about the hubbub when she sees her mounting to-do list. Between planning Yorkand#8217;s gala and sprucing up her yard for another event, sheand#8217;s spread too thinand#151;especially after she finds a skull buried in her flowerbeds.
As Lilaand#8217;s macabre discovery leads to other secrets hidden in Inspiration Valleyand#8217;s past, a member of the local garden club is found slumped over her prize rosesand#151;murdered. Now itand#8217;s up to Lila to dig through old mysteries and new clues to unearth a murderer before someone else is found pushing up daisiesand#133;
Praise for Buried in a Book
“An entertaining thriller.” —Genre Go Round Reviews
“Will appeal to anyone who loves reading, especially anyone who loves discovering a new author.”—The Mystery Reader
"A charming new protagonist." —Mystery Scene
“Cheer up, there's no middle-age malaise for Lila. This cozy debut excels at describing bucolic North Carolina. Think Kate Carlisle for her intergenerational ensemble style or Mark de Castrique's series for regional Tar Heel flavor.” —Library Journal
Praise for Buried in a Book
andldquo;An entertaining thriller.andrdquo; andmdash;Genre Go Round Reviews
andldquo;Will appeal to anyone who loves reading, especially anyone who loves discovering a new author.andrdquo;andmdash;The Mystery Reader
andquot;A charming new protagonist.andquot; andmdash;Mystery Scene
andldquo;Cheer up, there's no middle-age malaise for Lila. This cozy debut excels at describing bucolic North Carolina. Think Kate Carlisle for her intergenerational ensemble style or Mark de Castrique's series for regional Tar Heel flavor.andrdquo; andmdash;Library Journal
Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries
and#8220;Food fame can come at a price, as Paula Deen, Nigella Lawson, and Martha Stewart can testify. But death?...[A] suspenseful story written with delectable style.and#8221;and#8212;Richmond Times-Dispatch
and#8220;Nice plotting for the characters to work with, interesting sub-plots as well, and enough clues to make your head spin.and#8221;and#8212;Kings River Life Magazine
and#8220;Inspiration Valley is a town everyone would love to visit, from Walden Woods Circle to the Expresso Yourself Coffee Shop to the Magnolia BandB and everywhere in between. Lucy Arlington has created the perfect setting for this cozy series.and#8221;and#8212;Escape with Dollycasand#160;
and#8220;Mysteries, books, and food just go hand-in-handand#8230;A charming story.and#8221;and#8212;Lesaand#8217;s Book Critiques
and#8220;A wonderfully crafted tome that kicked up the suspense a notch as the pages progressed towards a finale worthy of this terrific noveland#8230;[A] fabulous series.and#8221;and#8212;Druand#8217;s Book Musings
and#8220;This cozy debut...excels at describing bucolic North Carolina. Think Kate Carlisle for her intergenerational ensemble style or Mark de Castriqueand#8217;s series for regional Tar Heel flavor.and#8221;and#8212;Library Journal
After losing her job as a journalist at the age of forty-five, Lila Wilkins accepts an internship at A Novel Idea, a thriving literary agency in North Carolina. Being paid to read seems perfect to Lila, although it's difficult with the cast of quirky co-workers and piles of query letters. But when a penniless aspiring author drops dead in the agency's waiting room-and Lila discovers a series of threatening letters-she's determined to find out who wrote him off.
The national bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries return with Lila Wilkins, who has just been promoted to full-time literary agent. But great new writers aren’t the only people she’s trying to catch…
Lila Wilkins has it all: the home of her dreams in the charming town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina; a perfect police officer boyfriend; and a new job she absolutely loves. At the Book and Author Festival, which is sponsored by the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila expects to discover some talented new authors, but what she finds instead is the body of an editor to whom she bears an eerie resemblance.
Trouble is, the editor’s death isn’t the only literary murder taking place. Soon a blossoming author is also killed, and Lila has a gut feeling that the two murders are linked. Now she must hunt down the dark figure who killed these women—and to her surprise, she just might find the clues hidden in a manuscript…
About the Author
Lucy Arlington is an avid reader, cook, and gardener. If she had her way, she'd divide her time between preparing delectables in her kitchen, traveling the globe on her scooter, and sitting in a comfortable chair with a cup of coffee and a paperback until her legs cramped. Lucy is devoted to her husband and children - especially when they ply her with chocolate and gift cards to bookstores.