This is Book #1 in the Ivy Malone Mysteries series. Ivy has a wry sense of humor, a powerful faith, a feeling that she's aged into invisibility and a sometimes troublemaking "mutant curiosity gene." Ivy sets out to find the culprits vandalizing a nearby rural cemetery, but soon finds herself entangled in murder. And it's going to take all the nerve and ingenuity she can muster, as well as invisibility, to bring the guilty to justice and save her own neck.
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Ivy’s best friend, Thea, has just died. Before her death, she discovered that tombstones in the Country Peace Cemetery, where her aunt and uncle are buried, have been vandalized. Ivy and Thea had reported it to the police, but it didn’t appear that they were going to do anything about it. So, now Ivy decides to investigate for herself.

She stakes out the cemetery at night, waiting for the vandals. She doesn’t think about being in danger. She’s just hoping to get a license number to give to the police. One night she seems something ominous happen, and she finds herself unable to stop investigating.

Then Thea’s tenant, Kendra, is found murdered. She had never given out much information about herself, and when Ivy begins to look into Kendra’s past, she finds more questions than answers.

Soon Ivy realizes that she is invisible. Oh, she can be seen, but most people just look through her as if she isn’t there. She begins to use this to her advantage in her investigations.

The authorities try many times to get her to stop investigating for her own safety, but she doesn’t listen.

I really enjoyed Ivy. She is such a spry senior citizen, and she does things I wouldn’t do. She always makes me laugh! It’s a great Christian mystery and very much a cozy. I highly recommend it! I can’t wait to read the next one.

Dawn Dowdle

Blurb: She's not your average crime fighter! Senior Citizen Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it's only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation. Despite her oddball humor and unconventional snooping, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can't resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities' attempts to keep Ivy out of danger and her nosy neighbor's match-making schemes can't slow her down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, quirky sleuth threaten her very safety?

My Comments: I really enjoyed this book! Ivy Malone has a wonderful sense of humor and McCourtney really brings her to life in this series. I am looking forward to reading the next one, In Plain Sight which picks up where this one left off. I felt the plot and the characters were quite believable.

Kathryn van Rooyen