Setting: Gold Bug Gulch, Arizona
- Ivy Meadows – aka Olive Ziegwart, theater actress, P.I., narrator
- Matt – Ivy’s significant other
- Cody – Ivy’s brother
- Arnie & Marge – husband and wife, friends of Ivy’s
Plot: Arnie and Marge’s pug has escaped his yard and run off with a rogue band of chihuahuas. The pet parents are devastated and ask Ivy, an actress by night, but private investigator by day, to help them find their beloved dog. In the course of her search, Ivy is roped into another investigation – this one much bigger and more deadly. Arnie’s son has pulled his father and stepmother into investing in Gold Bug Gulch, a wild west tourist town out in the middle of nowhere. During one of the town’s “gunfights,” an actor is shot through the heart – and now everyone is wondering just who is to blame. Working undercover, Ivy infiltrates the old west town, making friends – or are they enemies? – along the way. In true Ivy Meadows fashion, nothing goes according to plan. Her cover may be blown, her relationship with Matt is on the rocks, and she just might ride off into the sunset prematurely thanks to a bad guy in good guy clothing.
Wild Card: This is one of my favorite series. Ivy is such a fun character to spend time with! I always find it difficult to put down one of Cindy Brown’s books. The wild, wild West may not be my particular cup of tea, but I’ll gladly follow Ivy into trouble wherever she goes.
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About the Book
There’s a new sheriff in town—and she can sing!
When Gold Bug Gulch’s actor-gunslinger Mongo winds up shot for real, actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows goes undercover as the ingénue in the tourist town’s melodrama. Unfortunately, she’s distracted by a pack of marauding Chihuahuas, a problematic love life, auditions for Annie Get Your Gun, and a personal mission: to show people the real Annie Oakley.
What’s more, the no-good, yellow-bellied varmint who killed Mongo isn’t finished with the Gulch—or with Ivy. Will our heroine prove she can get a man with a gun—before the killer gets her?
The Ivy Meadows Mystery Series
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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