About the Book
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.
Books in the Ivy Meadows Humorous Mystery Series:
• MACDEATH (#1) • THE SOUND OF MURDER (#2) • OLIVER TWISTED (#3)
I always enjoy a good mystery and I am a fan of Dickens, so I was intrigued by the idea of a mystery taking place on a Dickens-themed cruise. Ivy and her uncle are an entertaining duo. In the course of investigating a series of thefts, and a murder, Ivy finds herself in tight spots and laughable situations. She’s almost a magnet for trouble but she braves on and, together with her uncle, discovers the truth. I enjoyed the glimpse into cruise life and the behind-the-scenes life of the crew, especially the cast of the on-ship musical production. The resolution came with twists and surprises, as befits a satisfying cozy mystery.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
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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.