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  • A Fun Cozy Mystery

    This is the first in the Ivy Meadows Mystery series and it is a great start. I love the character if Ivy (real name Olive Ziegwart). "My name is Ivy Meadows, and I am an actress" is her affirmation statement as she is getting ready for her audition for Macbeth. Little does she know a new chapter in her life is about to begin. Ivy gets the part of witch #3 in this adaptation of Macbeth set in a circus. When the name of the play is uttered in the theatre on opening night, the curse is set. This is known as the Curse of the Scottish Play and something bad is going to happen. What happens is that one of the actors dies that night and Ivy is sure that he has been murdered. When she loses her day job as a waitress at Olive Garden, her uncle, a Private Investigator offers her a job. This gives her ample time and opportunity to do some digging regarding the death of Simon. She finally convinces her uncle to investigate the death and this sets in motion danger to others. With this being the first in the series, we learn some background about Ivy/Olive and her family situation. We meet her brother, who will appear in future books. Ivy also is involved in a budding romance with another character in the play, but I do not know if this will continue in future books or if it has run its course. Personally, I hope it is finished. The characters of Uncle Bob and "Pink" the detective were great characters for Ivy to play off. There was quite a bit of humor in this story, I mean, Macbeth in a circus as well as situations in Ivy's personal life. The mystery was well plotted and I did not guess the culprit at all. I understand why this person did it at the end, but was not on my radar during the story. I enjoyed this story with spunky Ivy and look forward to seeing what she gets herself into next. If you enjoy humorous cozy mysteries, pick this one up.

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  • Great Reading for the Green Room

    This is perfect for theater folk. Central character, Ivy/Olive, has her ups and downs both onstage and attempting to solve mysteries. In addition to the usual miscues, there's a play on the "Scottish play" and that looks to be expected in future books.

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