Buried in a Book – Lucy Arlington

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3.5/5 Yellow Vespa Scooters

On The Back:

After receiving her first pink slip at the age of forty-five, former newspaper journalist Lila Wilkins is desperate for work, even if it means taking a pay cut. After combing through the classifieds, Lila accepts an internship at A Novel Idea, a thriving literary agency in the utopian town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina.

Lila can’t imagine anything better than being paid to read, but with a crew of quirky co-workers and a sky-high stack of query letters, she doesn’t exactly have time to discover the next great bestseller—especially when a penniless aspiring author drops dead in the agency’s waiting room.

No one else seems too concerned about the man’s demise, but when Lila uncovers a series of threatening letters, she’s determined to uncover what—or who—killed the man’s dreams of literary stardom…

My Thoughts:

In Buried in a Book Lila is fired from her job as a small-town journalist and finds herself needing a job. That job comes in the form of an internship at the Novel Idea Literary Agency in the nearby town of Inspiration Valley. With a eccentric cast of characters, a great setting, and a good mystery Buried in a Book was a strong start to a series.

I really liked Lila, she was funny, and slightly older than the average cozy sleuth, which I really liked. It seems like 40+ sleuths are prone to less ditzy moments than other sleuths, but that’s just what I’ve seen, especially recently. Lila’s mother was also a very strong character. She was absolutely hilarious, and at the same time she gave good advice, without being overbearing, which is a trend that seems to be overtaking the cozy mystery subgenre. However, ;I found Lila’s son Trey an absolutely horrible son, he crashes his mom’s car and acts like it’s no big deal, runs off without leaving a note, and acts like everything is an inconvenience, I know the authors are trying to write a “normal” teenage boy but 90% of the teenagers I know wouldn’t do some of the stupid things he did in this book.

The setting and mystery were both good, though the mystery was slightly transparent. Lila does a bit of forceful sleuthing, which isn’t my favorite, but in the end it wasn’t so bad that it made me hate the book. The killers were kind of obvious, though not glaringly so.

Overall with some really strong funny main characters, however an annoying son, a very strong setting and a wonderful plot idea, yet a semi transparent mystery, Buried in a Book gets 3.5/5 stars.

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