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

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

by Lucy Arlington

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425246191
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Series: Novel Idea Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 129,021
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lucy Arlington is the pen name of New York Times bestselling author Susan Furlong. The concept for the Novel Idea Mysteries was originally created by the New York Times bestselling authors Ellery Adams and Sylvia May. Together, they penned the first three books of the series. Susan continues their legacy with the new novels in the series.

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Buried in a Book 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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!!
Alwzreading More than 1 year ago
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!
Becky-Books More than 1 year ago
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.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
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.....
KrisSeek More than 1 year ago
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.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
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.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After 45 year old newspaper journalist Lila Wilkins is laid off she needs to find a job - fast. Luckily she finds one right away as an intern for the Novel Idea Literary Agency. Not so luckily, she stumbles across a dead body soon after she starts working there. The police investigate Marlette Robbins¿ death but they have more pressing concerns than the death of a penniless aspiring author who hadn't bathed in years. Marlette¿s death bothers Lila and she begins her own investigation. She needs to be careful, however, or she may be the next victim.There are so many things to like about ¿Buried in a Book¿ starting with Lila herself. It is always nice having someone a bit older as the ¿star¿ of a cozy mystery. One of the best parts of this book is Lila's relationship with her teenage son, Trey, who causes her more than one sleepless night; and her mother, Althea, who is a psychic - a bit eccentric but caring. These relationships are very real and interesting. It is also nice to see Lila is still interested in romance after a bad divorce - all cozy mysteries inevitably have a romance in them but I especially enjoyed this one. Another thing I really liked in this book is Lila¿s new job. Author Lucy Arlington gives plenty of samples of query letters that will catch an agent¿s attention and those that won't - in some ways this book is a gift of love for aspiring authors. As for the mystery aspects - for the most part it is well plotted with not only Marlette¿s death to solve but finding works of his he hid all over town. I did figure out pretty early on who the killer was - or at least I thought I did! There were some unexpected twists in this book that caught me off guard and definitely make it worth reading.¿Buried in a Book¿ is the nicely done first book in the new ¿A Novel Idea¿ cozy mystery series.
ffortsa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this first-of-a-series paperback up at the library this past weekend, on sheer impulse. Not awful for a first book (if that's what it is) although I almost threw it across the room when an ethereal young woman at a commune was described as walking "en pointe, like a ballerina". Oh really? Toe shoes and all through the goat pen? But it got a little better, and I give the author a half star extra for what may be a first attempt. The inevitable romance was not to be believed, at least yet, but the characters hold some promise as pleasant bubblegum for the brain.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: I thought I'd be writing articles about church bazaars and Girl Scout cookie sales until I retired, so you can imagine my surprise when, at forty-five years of age, I was handed my very first pink slip.Newly unemployed journalist Lila Wilkins needs a job-- not just because she has to keep body and soul together-- but because she has a son who will be enrolling in college very, very soon. Almost as if they heard her cry for help, the Novel Idea Literary Agency in Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, places a newspaper ad for an intern. Lila applies, she's hired, and on her first day an aspiring author drops dead in the office. No one seems to care much about the man's death; after all, he was just some smelly vagrant who came in every day and drove them crazy. Tender-hearted Lila thinks the man deserves more than this. Without really knowing what she's doing, she begins to check into a few things, and when she stumbles across something that has someone trying to scare her off, she knows she's on the trail of a killer.I jumped at the chance to read this book, primarily because I love the idea of a mystery series set in a literary agency. The setting does pay off because I did get a feel for the way such a place works. The Novel Idea Literary Agency is filled with quite a cast of characters, too, and that should lead to many interesting books in the future.I wasn't prepared for how much I liked the main character, Lila Wilkins. She's a genuinely nice person who's a hard-working single mother raising a typical (thoughtless) teenage son. She's got a rather wacky and loving mother, and when Lila moves to Inspiration Valley, she even finds a couple of handsome, intelligent men that make her heart go pitty-pat. But it's Lila's heart that really made me warm to her as a character. The woman genuinely cares about people, and she goes out of her way to see the good in everyone. I love Lila's empathy, and I find it refreshing after reading about so many characters who have jaded, sarcastic tones of voice.Although I immediately knew the identity of the book thief, it didn't put me off reading this book. Sometimes the only thing a mystery has going for it is the element of surprise. Take that away, and there's nothing left to hold your interest. This is certainly not the case with Buried in a Book. There's much more to the plot than deducing the identity of a thief and/or murderer, and the cast of characters is so engaging that I definitely want to read many more books about them.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't too sure about a literary agency making it so far out of New York, but then I realized (as does main character Lila Wilkins), that the internet and email queries make this a viable option. Lila's given a pink slip from her newspaper job and gains a internship at Bentley Burlington-Duke's literary agency in nearby Inspiration Valley. There is a body, of course, and no shortage of secondary characters willing to sleuth away with Lila. This was a fun start to a new series and the many offhand book comments were fun.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This makes two book-related mysteries I¿ve read this month ¿ and I¿m reading yet another. What gives? Maybe I need a break from reading non-fiction. (I have two of them going, too).Buried in a Book is the first in a new series, dubbed ¿A Novel-Idea Mystery.¿ Lila Wilkins, 40-something single mom of a teenage son ¿ finds a new job almost immediately after she¿s let go after twenty years on the Dunstan Herald in a cost-cutting move. Browsing the classifieds, she sees a job for an intern at a literary agency in the nearby town of Inspiration Valley (North Carolina), calls for an interview and is offered a job over the phone. Does anyone else hear the alarm bells and see the red flags? Our heroine appears not to, and she sets her sights on completing a three-month internship and becoming a literary agent, reading books for a living.Of course, it¿s the job from hell: lots of scut work and ¿ on the first day ¿ a dead homeless man in the lobby. Although Officer Sean Griffiths, first on the scene, appears conscientious enough, Lila worries that with other crime on their plate (in a town named Inspiration Valley?) police will not give the death of a homeless man the attention it deserves. Plus she¿s curious about Marlette ¿ the dead man ¿ when she discovers that he was a constant presence at the agency, trying to get one of the agents to read his book. She sets out at first to learn more about Marlette¿s book and then to solve his murder.Buried in a Book isn¿t a perfect book. Romances between amateur sleuths and police officers are beyond clichéd. And I found enough grammatical errors (and I don¿t look for them) to make me suspicious the manuscript was never in the vicinity of a blue pencil (if any are these days). But there was something compelling about the book, the characters (especially Lila), the setting that kept me going and makes me hope there are many more in the series.
dollycas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!!
ryanphoffmann88 More than 1 year ago
Buried in a Book is the first in a book series about a former newspaper journalist turned intern/agent at the Novel Idea Literary Agency. Lila Wilkens is a forty five year old newspaperwoman fired form her job in journalism that she's held for 20 years. She takes a job as an Intern at the Novel Idea Literary Agency in the small town of Inspiration Valley. She moves in with her eccentric, psychic, "hippie" mother house along with evening in toe, including troublesome teenage son, Trey,. on her first day in the office a homeless man named Marlette shows up and then after she leaves him for a few moments, he is found dead on the couch. After she calls the police including Officer Sean Griffins, the assume Marlette died of a allergic reaction and don't further investigate. Lila decides to juggle her new job, her rebellious teenage son and now a murder investigation. I like cozy mysteries and the interesting concepts they come up with. this book and the rest of the series has a good concept of being set in a office of a Literary Agency and having a Literary Agent/Intern as a protagonist. the town is very creative as well and I like it a lot. this a great story with a interesting whodunit with a cast of entertaining characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had so much pleasure reading this book! She sure has a way of making you think about the plot, there are so many people involved. Can't wait to read the next book!!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This one's more like a 3.5 for me. One of many cozies I been wanting to read for a while. Because of the theme, story and that cover makes the book seem like quite the...cozy read. Anyway, breezed through this one. The mystery throughout was interesting and liked that Lila wanted to try to solve it and kept at it. Also liked the moments when she's befriending her new co workers and what her new job's like. Also the MC I like but there's moments where I'm like, wait a sec and oh now's not the time for that. And uh oh, and ohh are you serious? Also at first I wasn't sure I was going to like some of the other characters. Beside the MC Lila, you like her mom, Trey, Sean, her new best friend Makayla, etc. Others I'm curious about as the series goes along. With the bookish theme, this sounds like my kind of series. Looking forward to reading more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great read alway looking for a fun book. Kept my attention all the way trough.
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
At 45 years of age, Lila Wilkins gets her first pink slip. As a former newspaper journalist, she accepts a position as an internship at a literary agency called A Novel Idea. When a homeless aspiring author dies on her watch, she wonders exactly what she got herself into. No one seems too concerned about a homeless person dying, but Lila is very concerned. She’s sure there is more to this story than meets the eye. Lila intends to find out exactly what’s going on. In the meantime, her teenage son has declared he’s not going to college, her mother convinces her that she’s psychic and the local cop is easy on the eyes. Lila has much on her mind, starting with who killed the homeless guy. Readers were introduced to quite a few characters but it’s all fun and all good. I enjoyed the quirkiness of each character and I loved the strength of the main character. I can’t wait to read more adventures of Lila. She looks to be a wonderful main character and amateur sleuth. I definitely need to read more of this series and I will – especially since I have them on my e-reader TBR. I can see this will be a series that I will adore and want catch up on. I have the next two in my TBR and I definitely want to know what’s happening with these characters. Many twists and turns and much drama in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
"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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Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
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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