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Every Trick in the Book

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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. I really really tried to like this book I enjoyed the first in the series The theme of a literary agency is one that is really interesting I like book related themes In the first book the main character was likable and I found that I could relate to her a single working mother with college aged child This book was the second in the series I ordered it from the library right after I finished the first one This outing had several issues first the culprit is obvious almost from the first ten pages so obvious that you keep thinking it must be a red herring but it isn’t Lila the protagonist rather than being a character I can relate to from the first book is almost hysterical jumping to conclusions and racing around like a chicken with her head cut off Then she veers off into hand wringing guilt that only seems attention seeking to me The reveal was a let down because there was no mystery to it The subplot about the co op just seems contrived and unnecessary as though it was just thrown in as an excuse to get rid of the co op in future books in the series Very disappointed in this outing in what I thought was going to be a great series

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Le 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 manuscrip. I found Lucy Arlingtwon's second Novel Idea's mystery rather disappointing I think it was the lack of rigour surrounding the mysteries as well as Lila's behavior The way Lila uickly went from cowering in a closet to confronting the murderer was impossible to swallow And the mysteries came across as simplistic and unoriginal Trey's problem at the co op was immediately obvious to me and the murders left me with a sense of been there done that Maybe I've read too many cozies but I expected especially after enjoying the first entry so much The Killing Of Katie Steelstock 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 manuscrip. I found Lucy Arlingtwon's second Novel Idea's mystery rather disappointing I think it was the lack of rigour surrounding the mysteries as well as Lila's behavior The way Lila uickly went from cowering in a closet to confronting the murderer was impossible to swallow And the mysteries came across as simplistic and unoriginal Trey's Birthday problem at the co op was immediately obvious to me and the murders left me with a sense of been there done that Maybe I've read too many cozies but I expected especially after enjoying the first entry so much

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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 Troub. Book #2 in Novel Idea series First read this series the end of last year and fell in love with it Usually I prefer cozies with pets but this one stood out because of the locale plot characters and writing I love the discussion of books and the process of getting them published Looking forward to reading in the series 4 stars Stage Mum 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 Troub. Book #2 in Novel Idea series First read this series the end of last year and fell in love with it Usually I A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, prefer cozies with Sweet Mandarin pets but this one stood out because of the locale Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and their Journey from East to West plot characters and writing I love the discussion of books and the The Lost Heart of Asia process of getting them The Secret Life And Brutal Death Of Mamie Thurman published Looking forward to reading in the series 4 stars


10 thoughts on “Every Trick in the Book

  1. says:

    By the middle of October the heat and lassitude of a Southern summer had finally loosed its hold over the uaint artsy town of Inspiration ValleyNovel Idea Literary Agency is holding the first Book and Author Festival in Inspiration Valley Lila stumbles across a murder victim who just so happens could pass as her sister Lila takes the murder personally and begins to investigateIt has been some time since I read the first book in this series and I had to dig through my mind about what happened I enjoyed that Lila is settling into her job as a literary agent and that she specializes in cozies I was pleased to see that she and Sean have an adult relationship without the need for the dreaded triangleI addition to the murder there are some strange things going on at the co op where Lila's son is living It's always interesting to see than one mystery evolving at a timeThe murderer was not very well concealed It was mostly a matter of tracking the culprit down The reasoning behind the murder was uite sadI really like the bookish shops and restaurants in Inspiration Valley I can picture the town nestled in the foothills of the NC mountains It sounds like a place I would want to visitI will follow up with the next book to see where the story leads Lila and her merry crew


  2. says:

    Really 25 starsWell that wasn't as good as I thought it would be In Every Trick in the Book Lila's agency hosts an author festival that's supposed to give authors and wannabe authors tips and tools to help them exceed However when one of the guest speakers is found murdered Lila inserts herself in the investigation to find the killerI was extremely disappointed in this book; it had such potential great characters an amazing job and an idyllic setting However this book left me uite disappointed To start with Lila Oh Lila She was bossy rude and purposely inserted herself in the investigation because she took the murder personally Well sorry hon but the murder had absolutely nothing to do with you The person who was killed looked like Lila and did Lila a favor but their relationship didn't go past that so I have absolutely no idea how she took the murder personally She discarded multiple warnings by those who loved her most and I'm surprised she didn't get fired for the amount of times she left work without telling anyone She also accused someone before she even knew their name because of the way they looked The way they looked She should have been sued for libel right thereAnd Sean he had so much potential in the last book but he threw it out the window in this book First of all I'm not against some under the table help from policemen in my mysteries but oh my this book was over the top Sean allowed Lila to look through some very private files to help him and he did so many things that were not only against the rules of his job and would probably get him fired but some were probably illegal It was so annoying I almost yelled outThe mystery was also a complete bust there was only one major suspect and the book followed the progress in tracking down that suspect Absolutely no surprise in who the killer wasHowever there were some redeeming ualities that brought this book from a 1 star to a 25 star read First of all I love all of the secondary characters in the book They are all funny and well thought out and I really wish we'd see of them in future books Also the sub plot at the co op where Lila's son lives was entertaining to read and I was at the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was happening The story was also a relative uick read that flew past a redeeming uality for meOverall not a very good book however I plan to stay for the next one simply because of the great setting and Lila's job Sadly Every Trick in the Book gets a low 25 star rating from me


  3. says:

    I really really tried to like this book I enjoyed the first in the series The theme of a literary agency is one that is really interesting I like book related themes In the first book the main character was likable and I found that I could relate to her a single working mother with college aged child This book was the second in the series I ordered it from the library right after I finished the first one This outing had several issues first the culprit is obvious almost from the first ten pages so obvious that you keep thinking it must be a red herring but it isn’t Lila the protagonist rather than being a character I can relate to from the first book is almost hysterical jumping to conclusions and racing around like a chicken with her head cut off Then she veers off into hand wringing guilt that only seems attention seeking to me The reveal was a let down because there was no mystery to it The subplot about the co op just seems contrived and unnecessary as though it was just thrown in as an excuse to get rid of the co op in future books in the series Very disappointed in this outing in what I thought was going to be a great series


  4. says:

    I liked the first book but this one was a little bit of a let down Lila keeps putting herself into the investigation and takes the murders personally just because she had just recently met the people who die You pretty much know who the murderer is but the reason is pretty sad The only mystery was where is the murderer and why did they kill? Lila just irked me a lot in this one Especially close to the end There is one part where she feels entitled to go on an interview with her boyfriend Sean because she has helped in the investigation UmNO Especially with the subject matter that would never be allowedI'm kinda glad about the co op I wasn't a fan of it and it just felt out of place


  5. says:

    I liked the first one in this series This one not so much It didn't hold my interest for than a few minutes at a time so I found myself skimming large parts just to be done with it Won't bother with of these


  6. says:

    Book #2 in Novel Idea series First read this series the end of last year and fell in love with it Usually I prefer cozies with pets but this one stood out because of the locale plot characters and writing I love the discussion of books and the process of getting them published Looking forward to reading in the series 4 stars


  7. says:

    Every Trick In The Book is the second book in the A Novel Idea Mystery series A wonderful addition it is too Things couldn't be better for Lila Wilkins She is moving into her dream cottage a wonderful man in her life and has been made an agent at Novel Idea Literary Agency As Lila is hanging a mirror in her new house it slips and breaks Her mother who reads Tarot cards warns her that trouble is coming hard and fast like a freight train When Lila returns to work she finds a manuscript with no uery letter attached and starts to read it Soon she realizes that this should be handled by another agent It is so frightening that the authors name Kirk Mason is firmly planted in her head He mentions that he will be at the Inspiration Valley Book and Author Festival that will start in a couple days At the festival Lila meets Melissa Blume an editor from a New York publishing house and someone who could definitely pass as Lila's twinDuring the pitch session publishing's answer to speed dating Lila notices Kirk Mason staring at her with vengeance in his eyes As he walks by her table he drops a black feather on the table As things are beginning to end for the day the body of Melissa is found in an area under renovation Lila starts to wonder if she was meant to be the victim but remembers the business card Melissa gave her had a black feather on it Also clutched in Melissa hand is a picture of a teddy bear like her son hasNext Lila is on her way to a nearby city to deliver a notebook that author Tillie Smythe had left when they were having lunch When Lila get there Tillie is extremely nervous and claims that she is being stalked That evening she is found murdered in her home with a teddy bear near her bodyNow Lila needs to convince her policeman boyfriend Sean Griffith that the two murders are relatedAlso on Lila mind is the Red Fox Co op where her son Trey lives Things have changed dramatically There seems to be college students showing up for meditation classes One new building has been opened and Trey and some of the other residents are not allowed in for sessions that are also uite expensive for a college studentAll the regular characters from book #1 are back to help Lila solve the case Lila has also hired a new internoffice manager who will be a wonderful additions I feelI am really looking forward to book #3


  8. says:

    Lila Wilkins living in Inspiration Valley North Carolina is delighted with the world in general She has a new promotion to full agent for a small but important book agency Lila also owns the perfect home a sunshine yellow Vespa has a great Mother and Son and not lastly a terrific police officer boyfriend Sean Griffiths What can possibly blight her worldmurderNot just a murder but one that happens at the agency's first big event for authors and their novelsThe Book and Author Festival Lila has a doppelgänger and when the editor is found slain in the unused area of the festivals venue Lila has no way to know just whom the victim truly was meant to be Lila's son is also involved in a secondary mystery Trey lives in a working commune while deciding where his life is heading Lila becomes concerned when Trey himself admits that something is amiss at the farm When a second death occurs Lila and Sean join forces and seek the killerThis novel is the second in the series and I recommend reading the first one first


  9. says:

    I found Lucy Arlingtwon's second Novel Idea's mystery rather disappointing I think it was the lack of rigour surrounding the mysteries as well as Lila's behavior The way Lila uickly went from cowering in a closet to confronting the murderer was impossible to swallow And the mysteries came across as simplistic and unoriginal Trey's problem at the co op was immediately obvious to me and the murders left me with a sense of been there done that Maybe I've read too many cozies but I expected especially after enjoying the first entry so much


  10. says:

    This was a uick fast enjoyable read The characters are a cute cozy group – plot well planned and rounded out nicely with a good ending


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