Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington
When Lila Wilkins loses her job as a newspaper journalist, she finds a job as an intern, reading query letters, at the Novel Idea Literary Agency in Inspiration Valley, North Carolina. She's hoping she has her dream job, hoping to discover an author. She wasn't expecting her first day of work to turn into a nightmare when a decrepit, dirty man appeared in the office. She learned Marlette had appeared there every day for almost a year. No one would read his query letters. And, once Lila found him dead on the couch, she regretted that no one ever gave him any consideration.
Although Officer Sean Griffiths took Marlette's death seriously, the police had higher priorities than the murder of a shabby recluse. However, Lila didn't. She saw him as a person, a person who had been shunned and cast aside. Together with a new friend from the coffee shop, Espresso Yourself, Lila went looking for the clues to Marlette's life that he left in birdhouses and other hiding places. Although her mother, Amazing Althea, a psychic, warned her, Lila was determined to find justice for Marlette.
Arlington has created wonderful characters, beginning with Lila, her mother, the eccentric psychic, and Makalya from the coffee shop. There's a whole cast of eccentric characters at the literary agency, with great potential for future books. There's a spark of romance in the book. And, there are issues with Lila's son, Trey, who is drawn to the co-op in Inspiration Valley. The setting, both the town and the co-op, are fascinating. Arlington's Buried in a Book has likable characters, an original, attractive setting, and an intriguing mystery. Cozy mysteries offer so much more than many readers expect. I can't wait for the next book in the Novel Idea Mystery series.
Lucy Arlington's website is www.lucyarlington.com
Buried in a Book By Lucy Arlington. Berkley Prime Crime. 2012. ISBN 978042546191 (paperback), 285p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.