Book Review: EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK by Lucy Arlington



Series: A Novel Idea Mystery, #2
Publisher: Berkley
Released: February 5, 2013
Source: Review copy from the publisher

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 womenβ€”and to her surprise, she just might find the clues hidden in a manuscript…


Mistaken identity, ravens feathers, and murder. EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK is a suspenseful and cozy-yet-dark continuation of the A Novel Idea Mystery series.

Lila Wilkins has been promoted from query letter reading intern to full-fledged literary agent at Novel Idea. The agency is hosting its first Book and Author Festival in Inspiration Valley. Lila is hoping to find some potential clients at the event, and she does, but she also finds trouble. Two festival guests are murdered just days apart – an editor and an author. The victims don’t appear to have know each other, but Lila is certain there’s something hidden that connected them.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and breezed through it quickly because I wanted to see how the mystery played out. I do think it had a darker tone to it than most cozies. Some sad, emotional stuff in regard to the victims.

One ironic tidbit – Lila is the agent for cozy mysteries, and at one point she was lecturing an aspiring author about something to never put in a cozy because readers found it disturbing, and then this book goes and does the very same no-no! Ha. I know that was intentional, but it did make me go, “Hmm…” Was a bit unsettling!

It was good to catch up with the characters once again. Lila was her typical self, passionate about her work and the case, and perhaps overstepping her bounds a time or two (which would be easy to do, since her boyfriend Sean is the police officer working the investigation). It was great to see Sean and Lila’s relationship moving forward. We also see Lila’s son Trey’s character grow as he deals with some issues with his job at the Red Fox co-op.

This is such a clever series being centered around a literary agency, and I can’t get enough of the bookish shop talk. (Can I please have a job there?) I’m on pins and needles waiting for the next installment.

Rating: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.