Buried in a Book (Novel Idea Mystery Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Buried in a Book (Novel Idea Mystery Series #1)

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Overview

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.


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Just downsized from her newspaper reporting job of 20 years, Lila Watkins nimbly rebounds and takes an intern position at a prominent literary agency. Her mother, a local psychic, sees death in Lila's tarot cards, a prophecy fulfilled on Lila's first day when a local indigent, Marlette, dies on the agency's couch. Marlette, who has been hounding the staff about his submitted manuscript for eons, turns out to have a storied past. Appalled by the staff's indifference, Lila investigates. First of all, where did his manuscript go? As Lila snoops around, she realizes a heist has taken place. Meanwhile, her teen son, Trey, has ensconced himself with the local hippie commune, which Marlette also frequented. An attractive police detective, a gal pal who owns the coffee place, and the mother with special powers ensure Lila a winning team that can beat the odds. VERDICT Cheer up, there's no middle-age malaise for Lila. This cozy debut, written by a pseudonymous duo, 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101571903
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: Novel Idea Mystery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 30,532
  • File size: 376 KB

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

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    A WONDERFUL DEBUT

    Meet Lila Wilkens, former newspaper journalist and the newest employee of A Novel Idea. She is a 45 year old intern, but she not only accepts the position because she really needs the job, but also because it is a thriving business in the Utopian town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina. Lily is an avid reader and can imagine no job better than getting paid to read.

    Her first day is quite eventful as she meets her eccentric coworkers, receives a huge stack of query letters to review, and is assigned an extremely small desk. Of course none of that compares to finding a dead body in the waiting room. Even more amazing is that none of her new coworkers seem the least bit concerned that a man died in their office. Most of them just continue on with their day leaving Lila to handle the aftermath including the police.

    The journalist in Lila can’t believe that this man died at A Novel Idea randomly so using skills from her previous job she is determined who killed this man and why.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts
    First things first, I want Lila’s job, I wouldn’t even mind dealing with the dead body. Being paid to read story ideas and novels would be absolutely awesome. Doing it in a place like Inspiration Valley would be caramel on top of my latte!

    Lucy Arlington has a winner with this debut. Readers will love to read about the beginning of the publishing process with a murder or two wrapped in a great mystery. The setting is a place everyone will want to visit, from the coffee cafe to the sandwich shoppe. I want to jump right into the cover of the book and tool around the cobblestone streets on my bright yellow scooter.

    Lila is quick to make friends, some friendlier than others, her mother is has a unique gift, her son Trey needs a little redirection that the changes in Lila’s life will help create. We are just starting to get to know all the characters and I am very anxious to see where the author takes them.

    A first-rate whodunit all cozy fans will enjoy!!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Delightfully Appealing Debut

    The town of Inspiration Valley is one that I long to visit and stay awhile. With cobblestone streets and exotically named businesses, one never expects a murder would occur. Lila Wilkins’ first day at Novel Idea is marred with the death of an unkempt aspiring writer. Puzzled that no one cares about this man’s death, Lila starts an investigation and she’ll have to move fast to stay out of harm’s way with what she has uncovered. What a great mystery that I could not put down as I quickly turned the pages to see what happens next. The novel’s background setting created an atmosphere that moved the story along in this fast-paced, action-filled and well-written drama. I adore the cast of characters, especially Lila, Althea and Makayla. The dialogue kept me entertained and the snippets of book titles excerpted throughout the story were a welcome bonus to this reader. This was a fun and enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in this charming and delightfully appealing debut series.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

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    Fantastic kick-off to a new series!

    Lucy Arlington pulled me into the world of Lila Wilkins immediately. I couldn't put this book down until I discovered 'whodunit'!

    Lila, her son Trey and her mother Althea have depth and wonderful interactions. And her co-workers! There are definitely some backstories waiting to happen there. Lucy has created a wonderfully fully-realized world for her characters to live in.

    The wait for the next mystery, "Every Trick in the Book" is leaving me anxious. An immediate pre-order book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

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    I have found another favorite mystery series! I loved Lila, her

    I have found another favorite mystery series! I loved Lila, her mother and wanted to hug Lila's son. As much as I loved the well-written mystery, I really liked how Lila pulled herself up by the proverbial bootstraps and didn't mope overly much over losing her job, having to move in with her mother and losing communication skills with her teenage son. Lila looked for, and got, a new job that she knew would be hard, but doing something she'd enjoy.



    I now have another village I want to live in. Inspiration Valley, North Carolina could easily be too precious for words (sorry), but it works here. It's a town full of creative people making a living doing what they love. I wish there was a sandwich shop nearby like Catcher in the Rye that's in the book. They have fab sounding sammies and customers are assigned book characters upon ordering their fare.



    One of my favorite characters, Amazing Althea, is Lila's psychic kind of kooky mom. She helps people solve their problems with psychic advice and chocolate banana bread. She's always there for her daughter and grandson, helping however she can.




    Five sparkly I wanna get paid to read too diamonds.....

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

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    This book falls short. Normally I am a fan of the cute mystery

    This book falls short. Normally I am a fan of the cute mystery series (Tea Shop Mystery Series, Witchcraft Mystery Series, Culinary Mystery Series, etc.), but this one falls short. Within the first page, the main character loses her job, suddenly remembers an ad she had seen, calls and has a phone interview, and is to begin a new job tomorrow. The same goes for selling her house (moved out the day she decided to do so, put it on the market and it sold a week later). The storyline could have been good, but too many scenes were too unrealistic and distracting from the actual story. There are too many other good books out there to be read instead of this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Great Book, Ready for the next one!

    I really enjoyed this book. The author was very descriptive and made me feel like I was actually there in the book watching everything happen in real time. The characters are fun and I was trying to guess the outcome the whole time. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Quirky

    I enjoyed this book. It was an engaging and plausible mystery. The author laid out the characters well. They seem quirky and fun but still real; reminiscent of the show "Northern Exposure", in a way.

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

    "Name dropping" can be fun, when the names are book ti

    "Name dropping" can be fun, when the names are book titles that become store names, and when author's names are the way people are identified in a sandwich shop.  Lila Wilkins has gone from journalism to literary agency, where she gets to read book queries from authors hoping to write the next bestseller.  As an intern at the Novel Idea Agency, her first task was not supposed to be finding a dead body, but that's exactly what happened.  




    There are many different additions that make this cozy very interesting: a psychic mom, an organic farm commune, a 17 year old son finding his place in the world, a couple of sexy men, and a scraggly homeless man who has just written a masterpiece.  Lots of fun and a good mystery. Definitely a great start for a new mystery series. 

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    This was a wonderful read!

    I found this book to be very enjoyable and easy to read. I believe its a great cozy mystery!

    A good main heroine, great back story characters and a very good plot story line.

    I look forward to the next in the series which was previewed at the end of this book....a writer's conference always brings many characters and many murder suspects....love it!

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    I apsolutely loved this book, couldn't put it down! Lila talks a

    I apsolutely loved this book, couldn't put it down! Lila talks about how books can draw you in and this one certainly did just that. I can't wait for the next one to come out!!

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Interesting characters and plots

    There are a variety of interesting characters, a good plot, and interesting sub-plots. There is drama, hints of romance, murder, mystery - a perfect combination. I'll be getting more books from this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Thoroughly Enjoyable

    Even though the mystery was quite straightforward I really enjoyed this book. Sure, a few things stretched the limits of credibility (like getting a job after a 5 minute telephone interview) but the characters were well developed and written. I am looking forward to Ms. Arlington's next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Lucy Arlington has another fan,

    My middle age fantasy come true new job new lifestyle and excitement , Lucy got it all .

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    OMG!!! This Can't be happening!!

    A secong book better then the first well it did with Due or Die. It got me at page one and I finished it that same nite couldn't put it down. What i love about this series it actually focuses on the mystery and not the budding romance of Lind and Sully and it introduces another male lead that could sweep her off her feet if she wasn't tryig to help her friend figure out who wacked a-hole of a husband, or the crazy lady trying to run her down with her car. What's a libraian to do well figure the who, what , where when in how before she becomes the next corpse. And the there is the blizzard?? Read it to find out what all the crazy is about.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Very nice!

    I liked this book; good mystery; fast read!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Very entertaining-definitely worth it.

    Can't wait for the next one in the series. Enjoyable, interesting read, mystery well-written with a bit of romance thrown in.

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