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Every Trick in the Book

(Novel Idea #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,409 ratings  ·  192 reviews
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.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Berkley (first published February 1st 2013)
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By the middle of October, the heat and lassitude of a Southern summer had finally loosed its hold over the quaint, artsy town of Inspiration Valley.

Novel 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 investigate.

It has been some time since I read the first book in this series and I had to dig through my mind about what happe
Really 2.5 stars.

Well, 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 killer.

I was extremely disappointed in this book; it had such potential, great characters, an amazing job, and an idyllic setting. However, this book left me quite d
May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 fi ...more
Christine (KizzieReads)
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 ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014
I liked the first one in this series. This one, not so much. It didn't hold my interest for more than a few minutes at a time, so I found myself skimming large parts just to be done with it. Won't bother with more of these. ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2019-may
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 more in the series. 4 stars
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 world...murder!

Not just a murder but one that happens at the agency's first big event for authors and their novels...The Book and Author Fe
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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 quickly 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 ...more
Lynn Demsky
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This was a quick, fast, enjoyable read! The characters are a cute cozy group – plot well planned and rounded out nicely with a good ending!
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-book
Things are going pretty well in Lila's world, she has been made permanent at her job (reading books and partial books for a living - brilliant!), she has her new home and her new boyfriend (in the form of Officer Sean Griffiths), the only downside seems to be that Trey (her son) is still living at the commune/Co-operative and whilst she has been able to delay his college start date by a term, any more and he would have to start the whole application process again.  As part of her job she is invo ...more
Aurian Booklover
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
When the book starts, Lila is very busy with the organization of the Book and Author Festival in town this weekend, and she just hired a new intern. Now she has been promoted to literary agent, some one else has to tackle the query letters, and all the other jobs that needs to be done. And this woman, 69 year old Vicky Crump, is perfect for the job: a former librarian, and not afraid to get her hands dirty with cleaning as well. In no time she organises the office, and makes sure everything runs ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
This took me a while to finish. I had taken a break from it, went back to reading it then took another break from it. While I didn't mind the first one, I thought it was okay.

With this one, it was okay. It does have its moments but wow did Lila seem different than she did in the first book. I do like some of the characters to give the series a chance. Same goes for the mystery.

Overall, an okay installment but still liked reading it. And I like the cover for these cozy books. It fits the theme a
Another fun installment in this series! I really enjoy the details about Lila’s job and the book blurbs throughout. The mystery was a little darker and more twisty than the last. Overall, still a fun series.
Joy Gerbode
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Early in this book I wasn't enjoying it very much; there was an awfully lot of detail about things I wasn't interested in. Once the actual mystery got going the story was very good, and there were certainly a few surprises. ...more
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Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is a 2.5 star read. I read the first book in the series and there was a lot to like in it, but this one has proved to be a disappointment.

What I didn't like? Well, Lila, the main character, has started to morph into a Lifetime television movie character: "I am righteous and I am angry and I will avenge the deaths of these innocent people!" LOTS of melodrama. Then she's hiding in the back of a wardrobe, shivering in fear and making an ass out of herself. THEN she's walking into a decrepit, r
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, don-t-own
I'm not entirely sure what happened to this series. I really enjoyed the first book, and I kept hoping while reading this one that the author would find her groove again but everything in this book smacked of trying too hard and it made it truly hard for me to suspend my disbelief and go with the main character on her journey.

From the very beginning the stereotype of a "bad guy" to Lila's insistence she knew who he was to the exclusion of all else grated on me. And little things like that kept g
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
You have heard it said that all of us has a twin somewhere out there. What would you do if you came face to face with yours? and then they end up murdered! at an event you have helped organize!!

That’s what happens to Lila Wilkens in this second installment of the Novel Idea Mysteries. She has helped organize the Book and Author Festival and she was hoping to discover some talented new authors but she never imagined there would be one dead body and then another. Lila finds herself hunting down an
Cheryl Landmark
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved the first book in this series. The setting of Inspiration Valley was idyllic and picture-perfect, and Lila Wilkins was a character I thoroughly liked and respected. She was an intelligent, sensible and responsible woman, who was able to solve a mystery using her smarts and gain justice for the victim.

Well, the setting in this book was still charming and unique and Lila's dream job as a literary agent working for A Novel Idea was very interesting with all the queries and sample manuscript
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Inspiration Valley, North Carolina is one of my all time favorite settings for a mystery story. With a book publishing agency set among a slew of stores with book titles for names, what more could a book lover want! In this second installment, Lila is honing her skills as a literary agent, as the agency puts on a book fair for aspiring authors to pitch their book ideas. Everything is going great even though one sinister looking author does nothing but drop off a crows feather at Lila's table. We ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I had a difficult time decding between 2 or 3 stars. While the beginning chapters drew me right in, the story then fell apart. There was no reason for the agent and editor to look alike because one was killed right way. there was no reason for the subplot of Jasper and the farm. It appeared the author wasn't sure what to do woth this book. And I find it totally ridiculous that Lila shows up the police over and over again. Just not sure about this one. ...more
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm in love with Lucy Arlington's characters. The story was a thoroughly enjoyable read on a quiet afternoon. I'm looking forward to book three and have already noted the title on my advance release list to keep track of it. ...more
Tracy Weber
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a solid book, but not as good as the first in the series. I didn't believe the plotline changes with the son character, and liked the protagonists struggles better when she was an intern versus an agent. Still, a solid series! ...more
Denise Louise
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Did anyone edit this book? The writing seems so uneven. Flowery sentence structures that are way over the top and really unnecessary. I didn't care for the main character or her zippy Vespa. Surprised a real literary agent ever picked this one up. ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
I wanted to like it because of the premise, but it was boring and poorly written, a double sin in my book. The main character was also very unlikeable and nearly hysterical in her reactions. Throw in that it had an obvious conclusion and, well, I had to push myself to finish.
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
Hmmmm I was not a fond of this one as the first in the series but I still like the setting and the writing enough that I will give book three a read when it comes out.
Mona Green
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. This town is a place I still want to visit. Ready to read the next book in this series.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Lila Wilkins finally has the life she’s been dreaming of - a job at a literary agency, a new home, and a new boyfriend. She should be content, but she’s not. She’s worried about her son Trey whom she’s allowed to live in a commune, hoping he’ll want to eventually go to college. But she has a lot on her plate right now; the agency is hosting a book and author festival and Lila is going to be busy for the weekend.

What she doesn’t expect is to come face-to-face with someone who resembles her so clo
Sep 01, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
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