February 2013

ISBN-10: 0425251675​

ISBN-13: 978-0425251676

A Novel Idea Mystery Series by Lucy Arlington 

Lucy Arlington is the nom de plume for the writing team of Ellery Adams and Sylvia May, two friends who collaborated on an idea that became A Novel Idea Mystery Series. Together they wrote the first three books in the series.

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A Novel Idea Mystery, Book One


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.

February 2014

ISBN-10: 0425252248

ISBN-13: 978-0425252246

A Novel Idea Mystery, Book Two


At the Book and Author Festival, which is sponsored by the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila Wilkins expects to discover some talented new authors, but what she finds instead is the body of an editor to whom she bears an eerie resemblance. Trouble is, the editor’s death isn’t the only literary murder taking place. Soon a blossoming author is also killed, and Lila has a gut feeling that the two murders are linked. Now she must hunt down the dark figure who killed these women—and to her surprise, she just might find the clues hidden in a manuscript…

Sylvia May ​

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A Novel Idea Mystery, Book Three


Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, is bubbling with excitement for the Taste of the Town festival, and Lila Wilkins is right in the middle of it all. Along with her coworkers at the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila is organizing a grand celebrity chef event, featuring food television's biggest stars, complete with cooking demonstrations, cookbook giveaways, and even a culinary writing contest.  But just as the celebration is about to start, the demo kitchen blows up, taking one of the star cooks with it. With all the explosive egos of the cook’s colleagues, it’s hard to find someone who didn’t have a motive to eliminate the competition. Now Lila will have to scramble to figure out which of her clients is a killer—before someone else gets burned.

February 2012

ISBN-10: 0425246191​

ISBN-13: 978-0425246191

New York Times Bestselling Series