Not too long ago,
Lila Wilkins was an intern at a literary agency. Now, the
forty-something, second-career woman has been promoted to
the position of literary agent, and she needs an intern of
her own. Finding the right candidate seemed problematic until
retiree Vicky Crump decides to come out of retirement. Vicky
fits right in and has the entire Novel Idea Literary Agency
running like a tight ship.
Vicky came just in time, as the agency is
about to host its first Book and Author Festival at the Town
Hall. There will be panel discussions and chances for new
writers to pitch their story ideas to agents. During the first
day, Lila is taken aback when she meets a woman who could
be her body double. The woman, Melissa Plume, is a senior
editor for Doubleday Books. They share a friendly chat, and
the next day share cappuccino and a snack at the food area
of the festival. However, when Lila finds Melissa dead, she
has to wonder if the killer mistook Melissa for herself! After
all, a menacing man had tried to attack her in the very same
hallway where Melissa was murdered.
With a backdrop of Halloween, and a masquerade ball, the murder
sets nerves on edge. When a second person is killed, Lila
is sure the deaths are connected. Although Lila’s beau
is a police officer, it may fall to her to follow the clues
to the identity of the killer- before he strikes again.
“Every Trick in the Book” is an entertaining and
comfortable mystery. The story is well written, and it is
nice to get to know Lila and her cohorts better. If you are
a reader who likes reading about books and authors, as well
as delving into a clever mystery, you’ll enjoy this
book, and also the first in the series, Buried in a Book.