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Played by the Book
A Novel Idea Mystery #4
Lucy Arlington

Berkley Prime Crime
February 3, 2015 / ISBN 978-0-425-27663-1
Mystery/Amateur Sleuth/Cozy

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Lila Wilkins enjoys her new career as a literary agent at the Novel Idea Literary Agency, located in Inspiration Valley, North Carolina. She loves her personal life too, with her eccentric mother, her college-age son, and her comfy, cozy cottage.

When her boss, Bentley Burlington-Duke, gives her an assignment to help with a book signing for author Damian York's new gardening book, Lila's glad to help. However, when she's told she has to get her own garden in shape for the Inspiration Valley's Annual Garden Walk, she's worried about getting it done in time. She enlists her son, Trey, and some of his friends to dig up some unsightly shrubbery, only to find that trouble has taken root in her garden-- in the form of a human skull!

A murder of a garden club member serves to bring the trouble above ground, and it's up to Lila to sort through the tangled web of figurative weeds to find the true root of the evil in Inspiration Valley.

I've enjoyed every book in this series, and was excited to have the chance to review Played by the Book. It did not disappoint me in the least, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, author Lucy Arlington summed up my own feelings about this book in a description of how Lila felt about a book she was reading. "That's the thing I love most about a well-crafted story: The story line and the characters stay with me even after the last page."

This is a fun read, especially for book lovers who also love gardening. With a cast of unique characters, a dash of romance, and Lila's smooth yellow Vespa, the latest "Novel Idea Mystery" is sure to kick-start your reading pleasure!

Reviewed 2015