Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Books, Cooks, and Crooks an Empowering Read!

I have spent the better part of the last week reading the 3rd installment of Books, Cooks, and Crooks by Lucy Arlington, I per-ordered it from the book depository and anxiously awaited it's arrival. In early October I fell and hit my head twice, coming in to answer the phone from outside...books in hand as I slipped on the tile with my wet shoes. That resulted in a concussion that would impair my reading for several months. I am happy to say that now it is March and I am ready to read more regularly and with greater speed.  I am glad I choose this wet,cold and damp week this novel. Set in the Spring Books, Cooks and Crooks author Lucy Arlington paints a pretty scene of a small town in spring and a Town Festival I would love to attend.
Main Character Lila, is one I have come to love, in the first installment Buried in a Book Lila single mother in her 40's finds herself at a turning point her life, time to reinvent herself and take a chance at getting her dream job. What woman would not love to reinvent her self and Lucy Arlington's character Lila doesn't just get that new life handed to her, she well has to work for it.  Talk about putting on your big girl panties and having to deal with life! I instantly became a fan of this series and early awaited the release of her 2nd book Every Trick in the Book and her 3rd book Books, Cooks and Crooks. I can tell you I look forward to reading book 4 and will pre order it as soon as I hear it is released.
I especially loved the sub plot of this book the story line of Lila's best friend and coffee shop owner Makayla and her romance, it added so much more to the story of the towns folk and I hope it continues in book 4. The strong female characters and their diversity in this book make me love this story even more.
A constant companion in this series is Lila's Yellow Vespa. I had never ever in my life liked these things until I picked up this series, now I dream of one day getting my own, perhaps mine will be powder blue or Lilac.....
If you are looking for a fun and empowering read pick up Lucy Alrington's A Novel Idea Mysteries, you will be glad you did. You can find Lucy Alrington's Website by clicking here and check out her Facebook fan page by clicking here.
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  1. Found your blog from another site! Great blog! I love cozy mysteries. Definitely have to read that one.

  2. Welcome Viki! Thank you for taking the time to comment! Glad to have you here. I hope you will come back again soon!

  3. I really love this series as well, I would like some more on her mother in the next book as well. Though they are growing closer, I like that too.

  4. I am looking forward to reading this, and you have encouraged me to get to it as soon as I can.

  5. How wonderful Terrie! Let me know what you think of the series! Please keep in touch!