Monday, February 1, 2016

Off the Books (Novel Idea #5) by Lucy Arlington

It takes a lot for a mystery to surprise me, so when I say that Off the Books (Novel Idea #5) by Lucy Arlington is full of delightful surprises, I mean it! Pick it up today. 

From the back of the book:

Literary agent and amateur sleuth Lila Wilkins is back to seal the deal in the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mystery series.

Lila is showcasing some of her biggest authors at a bridal expo. But when the joyous event turns deadly, she’ll have to figure out who penned the perfect crime...

The Novel Idea Literary Agency has planned a wedding-themed week for Inspiration Valley, celebrating not only North Carolina’s best vendors but also some of the agency’s most popular bridal books. The fact that Lila can use the event to plan her own impending nuptials is just the icing on the cake.

But wedding bells turn to warning bells when Lila finds a dead man facedown in the frosting. Soon it’s discovered that the victim was connected to several Novel Idea authors, all of whom quickly become suspects in the case. It’s up to Lila and her fellow agents to find the real killer before one of their clients winds up scribbling stories from behind bars... 

My thoughts:

It isn't often a book catches me off guard on more than one level. I definitely read a lot of mysteries, as you know. This book seriously caught me off guard on several points. The murder itself, the unfolding of turns, and the conclusion. It was so wonderfully written that I enjoyed having more questions than answers until the time was right and then, wow.

In addition to the brilliant mystery, the description is lovely and makes for an immersive read. I also found the characters easy to relate to and drawn in a way that makes them come to life in my mind. There was a real sense that these people were working together and everything toed together perfectly. I look forward to reading the next installment and recommend you jump in this series now. I have some catching up to do! 

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