Lila Wilkins has lost her job at the newspaper and is desperately searching for something new when she hears of a job as an intern for a literary agency. Dreams of becoming a literary agent for “A Novel Idea” blossom in Lila’s head as she accepts the job to review query letters from aspiring writers. On her very first day, Lila meets Marlette, an impoverished writer, who ends up dead in the middle of her office. No one seems to care that Marlette has died under suspicious circumstances, but Lila makes it a point to learn more about the young man’s life. What she finds puts her own life in jeopardy and has her believing that one of her new coworkers may actually be capable of murder.
This is the start of a new series by Lucy Arlington and it has great potential. As a fan of cozy mysteries, I enjoyed this book about the crazy cast of characters at a literary agency. Lila was an interesting character since she had just been laid off from a job that she worked for many years and had to find something immediately to support her teenage son. She was a little whiny in the beginning but as the story progressed she seemed to find her way and did things for herself instead of just complaining about it. The only complaint that I had about this book was there seemed to be too many characters at one point to keep track of. I understand that this is the beginning of a series so as a reader we will be able to get to know these characters more later on. I absolutely loved Makayla and Big Ed and can’t wait to read more about them in future installments of this series.
After losing her job as a journalist at the age of forty-five, Lila Wilkins accepts an internship at A Novel Idea, a thriving literary agency in North Carolina. Being paid to read seems perfect to Lila, although it's difficult with the cast of quirky co-workers and piles of query letters. But when a penniless aspiring author drops dead in the agency's waiting room-and Lila discovers a series of threatening letters-she's determined to find out who wrote him off.