Thursday, February 06, 2014

Lucy Arlington, Guest Blogger

Ellery Adams and Sylvia May team up to write the Novel Idea mysteries under the pseudonym Lucy Arlington. The stories feature Lila Wilkins, a forty-five-year-old unemployed journalist who finds her dream job working at a literary agency in Inspiration Valley, North Carolina. in the latest book in the series, Books, Cooks, and Crooks, Lila ends up in a story involving one of Arlington's favorite subjects. Today, I'd like to welcome Lucy Arlington as guest blogger.

One of my favorite kinds of books to read is a cookbook. Reading a recipe allows my mind to envision the dish it will produce, almost taste and smell it too! I love to see the photographs and can picture myself making whatever delectable cake or casserole or cookie is depicted. To me, reading a cookbook allows me to dream about food without consuming the calories!

In light of that, it seems like a foregone conclusion that I would give my character, Lila Wilkins, a murder to solve that involves cookbooks, chefs, and food. My love of food is certainly evident Lila’s personality. She loves to cook and is an avid fan of the celebrity chefs she sees on television.

In “Books, Cooks, and Crooks,” Lila gets to meet some of those chefs. They are clients of A Novel Idea
Literary Agency, and have come to Inspiration Valley for a food festival. Lila and the agency have organized a celebrity chef event, cooking demonstrations, cookbook giveaways, and even a culinary writing contest.

But before the festival gets underway, one of the chefs dies in a kitchen explosion. When it becomes evident that this was a murder, Lila is determined to help her boyfriend, Police Officer Sean Griffiths, figure out which of the agency’s clients is a killer.

“Books, Cooks, and Crooks” is the third mystery in the Novel Idea Mystery series, set in the idyllic town of Inspiration Valley in the foothills of North Carolina. Other books in the series are “Buried in a Book” and “Every Trick in the Book.”

Lucy Arlington is the nom de plume for the writing team of Sylvia May and Ellery Adams. As an amalgamated personality, she 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. Lucy’s third novel, “Books, Cooks, and Crooks” has just been released. Her first two novels in the Novel Idea Mystery Series, “Buried in a Book” and “Every Trick in the Book” were both New York Times Bestsellers. Visit her website at
Sylvia May is the author of “The Unraveling of Abby Settel” and the soon to be released “Breathing Space.” Visit her website at

Ellery Adams is the author of Books By the Bay Mysteries and the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries and the forthcoming Book Retreat Mysteries. Visit her website at
Once again, we're lucky enough to have a copy of Books, Cooks, and Crooks for a giveaway. Email me at Your subject heading should read "Win Books, Cooks, and Crooks." Please include your name and mailing address. Entries from the U.S. only, please. The giveaway will end Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6 PM CT. 
Books, Cooks, and Crooks by Lucy Arlington. Berkley Prime Crime. 2014. 9780425252246 (paperback), 304p.


jan godown annino said...

I've enjoyed the Books by the Bay series so this is a tasty post to savor.
Hope there is lots more in your kitchen, Team Lucy Arlington. Brava!

Jane R said...

Since I devoured the first two books in the Novel Idea Mystery series, I'm looking forward to this third installment. I'm so glad Lucy paid you a visit, Lesa!

NoraA said...

Love Ellery's writing and have devoured the Lucy Arlington books. They make very nice weekend reading.

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing with us!

Lesa said...

I haven't read it yet, but like all of you, I'm looking forward to it. I like this series.