Tuesday, January 30, 2018

PHANTOM OF OZ An Ivy Meadows Mystery by Cindy Brown


The Phantom of Oz (An Ivy Meadows Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 5th in Series
Henery Press (January 30, 2018)
Paperback: 268 pages ISBN-13: 978-1635112924
E-Book ASIN: B0772Z1CSP

Creepy munchkins. A mysterious phantom. And a real Wicked Witch. Are you ready for it?
Actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows has been hired to uncover the cause of the creepy accidents that plague the roadshow The Wizard: A Space OZpera and find out who dropped a chandelier on the Wicked Witch of the East.
Was it the ghost who haunts the Grand Phoenician Theatre? A “wicked witch” in the cast? Or is it someone—or something—more sinister?
It’s Ivy’s most personal case so far.
Her best friend Candy, who’s touring with the show, is caught in a downward spiral of self-destruction, and is in more danger than she knows.
To save her friend and the show, Ivy must answer even tougher questions: Do spirits really exist? What is real beauty? What does friendship mean?
Ivy needs to learn the answers, and fast—before Candy reaches the point of no return.


 Part cozy mystery, part behind the scenes, and 100% about friendship.
There is so much in this story that will appeal to book clubs. Thankfully the author includes some discussion topics at the end of the book. With its discussion about body image and body shaming and more, this is a very timely novel. And if you could care less about social issues, this is a wonderful mystery and action packed adventure. Plus we get Toto and the Lady in White!
The plot moved at a decent pace, but this was not a quick read. There is so much here to devour and absorb. A theatre production, a haunted showhouse, real, engineered or imagined accidents, and more than one wicked witch. Anyone who has ever participated in theatre, on any level or in any capacity, will enjoy this series. As mentioned, this is about friendship, the ups, downs, misunderstandings, and tested strength. How well do we know people around us? Who can be trusted? What are we teaching our children by example?
Ivy Meadows is in a state of transition and figuring out where her life is headed. Does she want to be a P.I. or should she take her shot with a nationally recognized touring company? Follow along and see how she deals with what life throws at her!
Books in the Ivy Meadows Humorous Mystery Series:

MACDEATH (#1)

THE SOUND OF MURDER (#2)

OLIVER TWISTED (#3)

IVY GET YOUR GUN (#4)

The Phantom of Oz (#5)

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.

  Author Links Website & Blog: www.cindybrownwriter.com
  Twitter handle: @friendlybrown
  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cindy-Brown-author/288210721356802?ref=hl
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much! Really glad you liked "Phantom." I hope it does spark some conversations (& BTW, I love to talk to bookclubs, even via Skype).

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