Cozy Mystery · Reviews

Lucy Arlington – Buried in a Book (A Novel Idea Mystery #1)

I’m digging through my TBR pile, and this is a second title from my “cozies” list featuring books. So from book restoration, we now move on to a book agency.

lucy arlington - buried in a book

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.

Lila Wilkins, a former journalist, becomes the newest intern at A Novel Idea, whose job is to sort the voluminous query letters. She has a psychic mother and a teenage son, hangs out with an ultra-cool barista, and finds romance with the local police chief. Then the local hobo gets murdered inside the office while Lila’s boss is having a meeting with a big-name author.

I love the sandwich shop, the coffee shop, how cool Lila was with her Vespa, Lila’s psychic mom and Lila’s job. The book makes working for a literary agency sound so cool, even if you’re just an intern. I was really rooting for Lila in this one. And I find the victim’s murder sad because it turned out that he had an amazing talent and he could have ended up as a famous author. Again, I didn’t know who the culprit was until the very end, and all of my guesses kept dying. Although I kind of had a hard time connecting the real murderer to the crime because of a somewhat iffy motive, and I don’t know if it was deliberate. But all in all, I enjoyed this title, seeing as at the end, something really, really good happens to Lila. Well, make that two things.

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