Every Trick in the Book (Novel Idea Mystery Series #2)

Every Trick in the Book (Novel Idea Mystery Series #2)

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by Lucy Arlington
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Lucy Arlington's 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

Overview

New York Times bestselling author Lucy Arlington's 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…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425251676
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Series:
Novel Idea Mystery Series, #2
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
124,716
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
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

Meet 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.  

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Every Trick in the Book 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun mystery peppered with literary references featuring a heroine everyone can relate to. Set in the charming town of Inspiration Valley, Every Trick in the Book has complex characters, clever plotting, and just the right amounts of humor and romance. 
judiOH More than 1 year ago
tis story had my attention from the first page to the last. story centers on lila, a literary agent, and her life. she loves her job and has a terrific boyfriend, and a nose for finding murderers. this murdered one could be lila's twin, which un-nerves lila. could she have been the target instead? wile she is pondering tis another murder occurs. are they related? her investigation leads her to aq surprising conclusion. with all the twists and turns this story was very hard to put down. my interest was held from page one as i stated earlier. very well written, just enough humor, fleshed out characters, and just enough romance, to make you want to read the next one. i can't wait!!!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Every Trick In The Book is the second book in the A Novel Idea Mystery series. A wonderful addition it is, too. Things couldn't be better for Lila Wilkins. She is moving into her dream cottage, a wonderful man in her life and has been made an agent at Novel Idea Literary Agency. As Lila is hanging a mirror in her new house, it slips and breaks. Her mother, who reads Tarot cards warns her that "trouble is coming hard and fast like a freight train". When Lila returns to work she finds a manuscript with no query letter attached and starts to read it. Soon she realizes that this should be handled by another agent. It is so frightening that the authors name, Kirk Mason is firmly planted in her head. He mentions that he will be at the Inspiration Valley Book and Author Festival, that will start in a couple days. At the festival, Lila meets Melissa Blume, an editor from a New York publishing house, and someone who could definitely pass as Lila's twin. During the pitch session, publishing's answer to speed dating, Lila notices Kirk Mason staring at her with vengeance in his eyes. As he walks by her table he drops a black feather on the table. As things are beginning to end for the day, the body of Melissa is found in an area under renovation. Lila starts to wonder if she was meant to be the victim, but remembers the business card Melissa gave her had a black feather on it. Also, clutched in Melissa hand is a picture of a teddy bear like her son has. Next, Lila is on her way to a nearby city to deliver a notebook that author Tillie Smythe had left when they were having lunch. When Lila get there, Tillie is extremely nervous and claims that she is being stalked. That evening she is found murdered in her home with a teddy bear near her body. Now Lila needs to convince her policeman boyfriend, Sean Griffith, that the two murders are related. Also on Lila mind is the Red Fox Co-op where her son Trey lives. Things have changed dramatically. There seems to be more college students showing up for "meditation" classes. One new building has been opened and Trey and some of the other residents are not allowed in for sessions, that are also quite expensive for a college student. All the regular characters from book #1 are back to help Lila solve the case. Lila has also hired a new intern/office manager who will be a wonderful additions, I feel. I am really looking forward to book #3.
HmmmmPB More than 1 year ago
2nd winner in a series of to 2. This one every bit as good as the first and more. Well written. Well researched. Totally pulled me into Lila's life. When it was over I came right here to see if there was a #3. Not yet. So, Ms. Author! We want another one.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
It was great to catch up with Lila Wilkins as she pursues her dream job as a literary agent in Inspiration Valley, NC. The Book and Author Festival bring a lot of out of town folk to the valley and sadly, a murder ensues. Lila's blossoming relationship with a police officer helps give her a leg up on the investigation side.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
There's no sophomore slump in this second book by Lucy Arlington who delivers a wonderfully crafted tome that kicked the suspense up a notch as the pages progressed towards a finale worthy of this terrific novel. The mystery teased us not with who, but why and it was a fun ride getting there. Lila is a lovable character surrounded by a great supporting cast starting with her family, friends and co-workers. I love my visits to Inspiration Valley where every business establishment has unique and quirky names. This is a great read and I can't wait to read the next book in this fabulous series. BTW, eat before you read as the author describes delicious and appetizing dishes throughout the book.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
You have heard it said that all of us has a twin somewhere out there. What would you do if you came face to face with yours? and then they end up murdered! at an event you have helped organize!! That’s what happens to Lila Wilkens in this second installment of the Novel Idea Mysteries. She has helped organize the Book and Author Festival and she was hoping to discover some talented new authors but she never imagined there would be one dead body and then another. Lila finds herself hunting down another killer and the clues that bring everything together are found in a very familiar place for this new literary agent. Can she catch the culprit before she is written out of the story? There is so much to love about this story! A behind the scenes glimpse at book publishing from the agents point of view set in an enchanting place. Inspiration Valley, North Carolina –  sounds like a perfect escape for me. I would never want to come back. Lila’s job would delight me as well. The author has her hands full because she is not only writing the plot and sub-plots, she also has to come up with snippets of manuscripts and proposals for stories so that Lila can do her job. She does this with a precision that makes them all blend together and flow seamlessly for the reader. A lot happens in this story but it happens so naturally that before you know it you are on the last page and sad to have the story end. The characters are superb and Lila’s new hire could prove to very interesting in the next editions. The rest of the agents at Novel Idea Literary are starting to gel. Lila’s son Trey’s path is changing. Lila is getting settled in her cottage after a little moving day drama and her relationship with Sean, the policeman, is moving forward even as he wishes she would just stay out of his cases. I am excited for the next story, Books, Cooks and Crooks to be released in December. I am sure Lila will find “in the soup” again and I will devour every word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Free Sample had 1 page of the manuscript and writing didn't grab me in that one page.
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Lucy Arlington has a winner with her Novel Idea mysteries. The characters are delightful. I can't wait for the next installment.
staciTX More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Love the characters and it is just over all Great
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Inspiration Valley, North Carolina is one of my all time favorite settings for a mystery story.  With a book publishing agency set among a slew of stores with book titles for names, what more could a book lover want!  In this second installment, Lila is honing her skills as a literary agent, as the agency puts on a book fair for aspiring authors to pitch their book ideas.  Everything is going great even though one sinister looking author does nothing but drop off a crows feather at Lila's table.  Well, Lila thought it was great until one of the participants is found murdered, holding a card with a crow feather embossed on it.  Lila, and her continuing romantic interest, policeman Sean, become involved in another mystery.  Things get more heated, when a second author is found dead, clutching a teddy bear.  When this sounds too much like one of third author's "book pitch", the question becomes if and how these two murders are related.  If that is not enough, Lila's son, Trey, finds himself excluded from his community's new 'meditation house', where suspicious things seem to be happening.   Lucy Arlington blends all these mysteries together beautifully in exciting and compelling story telling.  She even furthers the romance between Lila and Sean seamlessly within the story line.  Great series gets even better with this second book.  The descriptions of the publishing industry add so much to this particular series.  Hoping for lots more in this "bookie" little town!!
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