Susan Furlong  (also writing as Lucy Arlington)


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 Off the Books (Book 5)

Literary agent and amateur sleuth Lila Wilkins is back to seal the deal in the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea Mystery series.
Lila is showcasing some of her biggest authors at a bridal expo. But when the joyous event turns deadly, she’ll have to figure out who penned the perfect crime...
The Novel Idea Literary Agency has planned a wedding-themed week for Inspiration Valley, celebrating not only North Carolina’s best vendors but also some of the agency’s most popular bridal books. The fact that Lila can use the event to plan her own impending nuptials is just the icing on the cake.
But wedding bells turn to warning bells when Lila finds a dead man facedown in the frosting. Soon it’s discovered that the victim was connected to several Novel Idea authors, all of whom quickly become suspects in the case. It’s up to Lila and her fellow agents to find the real killer before one of their clients winds up scribbling stories from behind bars...

"...Arlington once again manages to successfully create an intriguing mystery in a town that should be incredibly picturesque and free of murder sprees. Packed with interesting characters that remind readers of the people they may know in their own small towns, and a complicated mystery that keeps them turning pages, the novel becomes a true pleasure to read, right until the final words. " 

~ RT Book Reviews

"Played by the Book is superbly written, full of stellar characters and intriguing twists and turns aplenty. I highly recommend Played by the Book to any and all cozy readers. This is a wonderful read that entertains from start to finish."

~ Kayt, Open Book Society

"Not surprisingly, this series is one my favorites, which I have been reading with pleasure since the first book, Buried in a Book. This entry into the series lives up to its expectations.The plot moves on to a satisfactory conclusion with an appropriate sprinkling of false leads, new surprises, and all the other ingredients that make up a pleasant cozy mystery."  

~ Richard Mann,

"The author did a great job in keeping me glued to the pages with interesting suspects, uncovered secrets and red herrings to try to throw me off in this fast-paced whodunit."

~ Dru Ann Love, Dru's Book Musings

A Novel Idea Mystery Series

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Released February 2016

Played by the Book (Book 4)

The national 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 ends up trying to weed out a dangerous killer…

The owner of A 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 the mounting to-do list on her desk. 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 with a garden spade. 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…