Description (from cover):
‘The national bestselling 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…’
I love cozy mysteries with a bookish theme. This one is also set in my home state of North Carolina and that makes me like it even more. Lila Wilkins is a literary agent, who loves books and loves to read. She enjoys her job because she gets to help authors create their ‘masterpieces’ and deal with a behind-the-scenes approach to publishing books. She is a quirky character who has a life of her own and she has to struggle with being a single mom to a teenaged son. Her boyfriend also happens to be an officer on the local police force and she uses her connections with him to help try to solve the murders in her small hometown.
This was a delightful book to read. I really have come to enjoy picking up books in this series and I can’t wait to read the next one. Lucy Arlington has a hit cozy series on her hands that I think will appeal to all types of cozy mystery lovers. Most readers tend to have a love of books or reading and will appreciate the bookish theme of this series. I love Lila’s character because she is passionate about books and it really shows in her character throughout the story. I feel like I can relate to her because we have a love of books and reading in common.
The mystery aspect of this story was well-developed and had a multitude of suspects. It wasn’t the hardest thing to figure out, but it still was pleasing and kept me occupied for the most part. Of course, there is always room for improvement, but nothing really stood out to me while reading this one. Normally, I will find something that bothers or irritates me while reading a book, and this one didn’t make me do that. I guess that is a good sign. A cute cozy read that is a wonderful addition to an already excellent series. Highly encourage you to pick this one up and its predecessor immediately!!
Overall Rating: 4.5
Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.