What happens when you take a scattered, water-phobic actress/P.I. out of the deserts of Arizona and drop her on a literature themes cruise ship sailing to Hawaii? You get comedy, drama, danger, and more than a little madcap action in the form of Oliver Twisted, the third Ivy Meadows Mystery from the wickedly funny and talented Cindy Brown.
Having recently come to terms with her fear of water, Ivy and her uncle are commissioned for a case on board a Get Lit! cruise. The cruise line has a fleet that caters to literature lovers. Their particular ship is a Charles Dickens cruise to the Hawaiian islands. After a series of on board thefts, an acting pal of Ivy’s recommends the private investigative duo to cruise organizers and they are brought on board. For her part, Ivy will play a role in the ship’s adapted production of Oliver! At Sea! while her uncle will pose as a passenger.
From the beginning, Ivy runs into all sorts of obstacles; some hilarious – an annoying imp playing the production’s title character – some deadly serious – finding the dead body of her roommate stuffed into the closet of their shared cabin on night one. Along the way, troubles and worries from home come up that steal Ivy’s attention away from the matters at hand, namely the investigation and learning how to perform on the aerial silks. Friends are shaded with suspicion and even the woman who Ivy’s uncle has started seeing on board looks like someone with a possible motive for murder to Ivy. Can she trust her instincts? Or will Ivy’s somewhat questionable judgement lead her right into the path of a killer?
Fast-paced and funny, Oliver Twisted is yet another outstanding read from Cindy Brown.
(An Ivy Meadows Mystery Book 3)
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (June 21, 2016)
E-Book ASIN: B01DAPK14Q
Orphans. Thieves. Murder. And an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet!
When Ivy Meadows lands a gig with the book-themed cruise line Get Lit!, she thinks she’s died and gone to Broadway. Not only has she snagged a starring role in a musical production of Oliver Twist, she’s making bank helping her PI uncle investigate a string of onboard thefts, all while sailing to Hawaii on the S.S. David Copperfield.
But Ivy is cruising for disaster. Her acting contract somehow skipped the part about aerial dancing forty feet above the stage, her uncle Bob is seriously sidetracked by a suspicious blonde, and—oh yeah—there’s a corpse in her closet.
Forget catching crooks. Ivy’s going to have a Dickens of a time just surviving.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, private investigator mystery series.
Books in the Ivy Meadows Humorous Mystery Series:
• MACDEATH (#1)
• THE SOUND OF MURDER (#2)
• OLIVER TWISTED (#3)
About the Author
Cindy Brown has been a theater geek (musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright) since her first professional gig at age 14. Now a full-time writer, she’s lucky enough to have garnered several awards (including 3rd place in the 2013 international Words With Jam First Page Competition, judged by Sue Grafton!) and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. Though Cindy and her husband now live in Portland, Oregon, she made her home in Phoenix, Arizona, for more than 25 years and knows all the good places to hide dead bodies in both cities.
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