Title: Buried in a Book Author: Lucy Arlington Published: February 7, 2012 by Berkley Publishing Group Format: Mass Market Paperback, 285 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: Novel Idea #1
This book seems to have taken forever to read. Each character that was introduced by Lucy Arlington came across as flat. There was no depth or interest in seeing what would happen and the death of Marlette was so inconsequential that if it were not for the fact that his name was mentioned repeatedly I would have forgotten what it was.
Lila Wilkins is a mid-forties woman who has recently been let go from her journalist job. She wants to remain in the publishing industry and the only thing that is available to her is an intern position at A Novel Idea that is a town over from where she currently lives. Due to financial constrains she must move in with her mother, the local psychic, and with her son they are determined to make this move work out for both of them.
Yada, Yada, Yada, the first day at the job, Marlette the local bum, dies in the reception area of the literary agency and Lila decides to take up the investigation herself. An unrealistic relationship blossoms between Sean the police investigator and Lila the intern, and it is up to Sean to protect this hapless damsel, before she gets herself killed or solves the crime for him.
I understand that cozy mysteries are supposed to be easy reads, but this one was teetering on boring. Ms. Arlington tried to make the story twisty with the interpersonal relationships, but they were ridiculous. Some revelations as to relationships were not needed and I wonder if she was trying to go for shock value. The names that she gave the characters were even worst. Maybe it is a southern thing, but Marlette being a man and Bentley being a woman just hit me wrong.
This is not a series that I will be continuing, but on a side note, I decided to check out this author. Yet again, it is another pseudonym for Jennifer Stanley, Sylvia May and Ellery Adams which all may boil down to the same Jennifer Stanley, but I was too confused.