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“This gut-splitting mystery is a hilarious riff on an avant-garde production of ‘the Scottish play’...Combining humor and pathos can be risky in a whodunit, but gifted author Brown makes it work.” – Mystery Scene Magazine (on Macdeath)

 “A definite delight…sit back, wait for the curtain to rise on this one, and then have a whole lot of fun figuring out whodunit.” – Suspense Magazine (on The Sound of Murder)

“Ivy is a delight! She’s sweet, smart, and a little zany. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud as you race through the pages.” – April Henry, New York Times Bestselling Author of Lethal Beauty (on The Sound of Murder)

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.

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Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Author Bio:  

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
June 21
Henery Press
Henery Press LLC

Customer Reviews

JenTer13 ,

Its not smooth sailing in the new Ivy Meadows Mystery

Oliver Twisted, the third book in Cindy Brown's Ivy Meadows Mysteries, takes actress Ivy Meadows/PI Olive Ziegwart to the high seas. She has landed the role of Nancy on the shipboard presentation of Oliver! At Sea! on the S.S. David Copperfield, as well as assisting her Uncle Bob in the investigation of a string of onboard thefts experienced by the Get Lit cruise lines.

However, theft isn't the only crime onboard. Within hours of sailing, a dead body is found, within days more incidents occur and Ivy becomes suspicious of all. As if the shipboard goings on aren't enough, Ivy receives a voicemail from her brother, Cody, followed by her friend Matt telling her Cody is missing from his halfway house. With iffy reception, Ivy is cut off from home with worry mounting. To take her mind off her brother, Ivy throws herself into her roles as investigator and actress, literally.

Written with good humor, twisting plot, and exposure of some serious social problems, Ms. Brown has again written an engaging and enjoyable tale. I recommend this book.

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