This is Book #3 in the Ivy Malone Mysteries series. Toss together two bodies and one shaved-head survivalist. Add a flock of big-eyed, inquisitive birds, not nearly as stupid as everyone says they are. Plus a young woman with a reason every bit as good as Ivy's for being on the run and hiding. And what do you have? Ivy Malone off on another rollicking sleuthing adventure.
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Ivy Malone is on the run in a motor home. She’s trying to hide out from some Mafia thugs who want revenge. She ends up in a small town in the middle of nowhere.

Ivy has done some sleuthing in the past, so when she stumbles across two dead bodies, she feels right at home looking in to it. Only problem is the police don’t think it was murder. They believe it is a murder/suicide. Ivy is not so sure.

Abilene, a hitchhiker that Ivy befriends, and Ivy end up working together to try to figure out who the killer is. Can they do so without putting themselves at risk?

You will laugh out loud with this LOL (little old lady)! I devoured this book in two days because I just couldn’t put it down. I wanted to find out what would happen next!

Ivy is such a fun LOL and Abilene is a great addition. I hope she’ll be in future books. I think these two characters worked well together, and with Ivy traveling, she needed a “sidekick.”

I hope there’ll be many more books in this series. I can’t wait to read the next one! I highly recommend this book and series.

Dawn Dowdle

My first meeting with Ivy Malone and I will never look at the computer term LOL the same again. Many of us think of LOL as “laughing out loud” but this author has christened Ivy as a LOL (little old lady). Filled with an adventurous streak, Ivy is a senior citizen with a cat named Koop. She tries to do the right thing and ends up on the receiving end of danger. In her motor home, she is on the run. Apparently, there were nasty incidents that happened earlier and the Braxton family vowed they will get even with her. All indications point to the fact that this family has a reputation for not playing nice. Tailed by a pick up truck, Ivy knows who this might be and ends up scaring herself in the process. With a considerable amount of driving twists and turns, Dulcy, Oklahoma is the place where she may spend some time. As she explains, it has understated appeal.

A visitor, Abilene, comes to Ivy’s motor home. Bruised and battered, Abilene is also on the run. Complimenting each others’ chemistry, this pair is perfectly matched and become a pseudo grandmother/granddaughter team. There is still some mystery about Abilene and I think she may play a prominent role in episodes to come.

Two bodies are found and the search begins for the solution of this puzzle. On the premises, Ivy pokes around even though the deaths were supposed to be a suicide pact. After talking to the couple’s son, Ivy and Abilene agree to stay at the victims’ home as caretakers. This will serve their situation well; they are off the beaten path and probably safer plus there IS a mystery to solve.

Here are some teasers for you to read this book. Think emus, paintball, paranoia, Christianity, humor and romance. This book successfully works as a stand alone. It is the third in the series with the titles In Plain Sight and Invisible preceding it.

The characters are well drawn and I anticipate that there will be more activity between Ivy Malone and love interest, Mac. Enjoy the experience.

Rita Ratacheck