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    A definitive cozy mystery

    This is the fifth installment in the "Novel Idea Mysteries" series and by far my favorite of the five. Lucy Arlington has written "the" definitive cozy mystery with this installment. This book stands alone for those that have not read the entire series. The setting is Inspiration Valley in the Balsam Mountains of North Carolina which is described to perfection and a enjoyable part of this lovely cozy mystery . Lila Wilkins, the book’s protagonist character, is one of The Novel Idea Agencies literary agents. She is also engaged to be married in the near future to a local detective, Sean Griffiths. Their romance has been building through the previous four books. Lila and her agency are involved in planning a key wedding event for the area that will include their wedding mystery theme authors as well as bridal events. Lila hope to include some of her own wedding planning during the event as well as showcase her favorite authors. The event occurs during a driving snowstorm which adds suspense to the event from the beginning. The event promises to be a great success as they plan to include cozy mystery authors with wedding theme books to do readings . Some of their best novelists are going to share readings from their current books and sell autographed copies. Some brides-to-be will be able to view gowns, taste elegant cake attend wedding seminars, sip wines or champagne as they meet authors of fiction and non-fiction books with a marriage theme. Lila has a new author who will read from her cozy mystery soon to be published, whose bridegroom gets killed off early in the book. The suspense begins along with the fun of the event and the surprises are many as clues begin to add up. The new author is the prime suspect and Lila must work to clear her name and find the read killer. As a amateur sleuth Lily is portrayed perfectly as she begins to find clues that lead her in different directions. She enlists the help of her agency to assist her which only adds to the fun. The author has written all the characters and situations to perfection with great interest to the reader as each character has a important part to play in the solving of the mystery. The mystery has the perfect blend of suspects and suspense. Each character is perfection and adds to the story. Their is a perfect balance here of plots and suspects which only add to the fun of this book. The writing is fast paced which makes this all the more fun to read from cover to cover. I was unable to put this book down and reading it felt like a great indulgence for the afternoon. I enjoyed the aspect of learning about producing a book and the process authors go through. Its a nice addition to this series to learn more in each book about the protagonists career. I found this book highly entertaining. I loved the descriptions of the Literary agency, the character development and the mystery which will kept me guessing until the end. The location is beautiful and a nice balance to the story. It is somewhere we would all like to visit and the characters are people you wish were friends. I look forward to the next in the series. I highly recommend "Off The Books" for your reading delight.
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