Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mystery Author of the Month: Lucy Arlington

Join literary agent, Lila Wilkins, as she rides her yellow scooter through the enchanting hamlet of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, where she spends her days discovering new writing talent and solving crimes…

PLAYED BY THE BOOK (Available for Pre-order Now! Release date: 2/3/2015)

The New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries make their return with Lila Wilkins, literary agent and “murder magnet,” planning a book signing garden party. But things aren’t coming up roses when she has to weed out a dangerous killer…

The owner of the Novel Idea Literary Agency is thrilled when former local boy and popular television show host Damian York returns to Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, to launch his new gardening book. But Lila is less than excited about the hubbub when she sees her mounting to-do list. Between planning York’s gala and sprucing up her yard for another event, she’s spread too thin—especially after she finds a skull buried in her flowerbeds.

As Lila’s macabre discovery leads to other secrets hidden in Inspiration Valley’s past, a member of the local garden club is found slumped over her prize roses—murdered. Now it’s up to Lila to dig through old mysteries and new clues to unearth a murderer before someone else is found pushing up daisies…

Lucy Arlington is the pen name of Susan Furlong.

Lucy Arlington was originally conceived by the writing team of Ellery Adams and Sylvia May. Together, they wrote the first three books in the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea series: Buried in a Book; Every Trick in the Book; and Books, Cooks, and Crooks. Susan has taken over the series with the fourth installment, Played by the Book.

For the past twenty years, Susan has worked as a translator, an academic writer and a ghost writer. Four years ago, she entered into fiction writing with the publication of her first short story. Since then, she has published two novels and several additional short stories, including numerous mysteries with Woman’s World Magazine. In addition to writing as Lucy Arlington, Susan is the author of the upcoming mystery series, The Georgia Peach Mysteries—a cozy mystery about an ex-humanitarian aid worker who returns to middle Georgia to help run her family peach farm. The first book in this series, Peaches and Scream, will release in July of 2015.

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