Saturday, January 26, 2013

Are Cozy Mysteries Seasonal?

By Ellery Adams

When Lucy Arlington (also known as the writing team of yours truly and Sylvia May), discovered that the second installment in the Novel Idea mystery series wouldn't be released in November as we originally thought, but in February, she got a little worried.

Okay, I got a little worried. I mean, look at the title. It's Every Trick in the Book. That was supposed to be a clever word play calling to mind trick-or-treating. Why? Because the novel is set between Halloween and Thanksgiving. The cover was supposed to depict fall foliage and a charming, but slightly spooky atmosphere.

But things change in the world of publishing and authors need to learn to be flexible. Sylvia and I liked the title too much to change it. Besides, it really fit with the novel's plot. We asked the art department to tone down the autumnal details and make the cover less season specific. I think they did a wonderful job.

So here's my question to you. Are you a seasonal reader? Is the book on your nightstand set in winter? Do you actually prefer reading books set in an opposite season (for example, you want to pretend you're at the beach right now, so you might be plowing through a Books By the Bay mystery instead - LOL!)

Or does the time of year matter not at all? Will you read a Christmas book in July, for example? Or a fall book like Every Trick in the Book in say, February? Here's the blurb:

The national bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries return with Lila Wilkins, who has just been promoted to full-time literary agent. But great new writers aren’t the only people she’s trying to catch…
Lila Wilkins has it all: the home of her dreams in the charming town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina; a perfect police officer boyfriend; and a new job she absolutely loves. At the Book and Author Festival, which is sponsored by the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila expects to discover some talented new authors, but what she finds instead is the body of an editor to whom she bears an eerie resemblance.

Trouble is, the editor’s death isn’t the only literary murder taking place. Soon a blossoming author is also killed, and Lila has a gut feeling that the two murders are linked. Now she must hunt down the dark figure who killed these women—and to her surprise, she just might find the clues hidden in a manuscript…

Lucy Arlington hopes you'll love her latest Novel Idea mystery! To preorder, click on one of these links:
Barnes and Noble ~ Nook
Amazon ~ Kindle