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2015 Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Mystery


"Who cannot have fun with a disastrous (and murderous) production of Macbeth? Cindy Brown's first novel is a delicious romp with plenty of humor and suspense. Ivy (or is it Olive) is a fun heroine." - Rhys Bowen, New York Times Bestselling


2015 Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Mystery


"Who cannot have fun with a disastrous (and murderous) production of Macbeth? Cindy Brown's first novel is a delicious romp with plenty of humor and suspense. Ivy (or is it Olive) is a fun heroine." - Rhys Bowen, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness Mysteries

Sub-Genre Tags: Humorous Mysteries, Amateur Sleuths, Women Sleuths, Private Investigator Books

Like every actor, Ivy Meadows knows that Macbeth is cursed. But she's finally scored her big break, cast as an acrobatic witch in a circus-themed production of Macbeth in Phoenix, Arizona. And though it may not be Broadway, nothing can dampen her enthusiasm-not her flying caldron, too-tight leotard, or carrot-wielding dictator of a director.

But when one of the cast dies on opening night, Ivy is sure the seeming accident is "murder most foul" and that she's the perfect person to solve the crime (after all, she does work part-time in her uncle's detective agency). Undeterred by a poisoned Big Gulp, the threat of being blackballed, and the suddenly too-real curse, Ivy pursues the truth at the risk of her hard-won career-and her life.

Praise for MACDEATH:

"An easy read that will have you hooked from the first page. It is definitely packed with surprises all the way to the end. Cindy Brown uses what she knows from the theater life to give us an exciting mystery with all the suspense that keeps you holding on." - Fresh Fiction

"Macdeath is a whodunit with a comic spirit, and Ivy Meadows has real heart. You'll never experience the Scottish play the same way again!" - Ian Doescher, Author of the William Shakespeare's Star Wars Series

"Funny and unexpectedly poignant, Macdeath is that rarest of creatures: a mystery that will make you laugh out loud. I loved it!" - April Henry, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Vivid characters, a wacky circus production of Macbeth, and a plot full of surprises make this a perfect read for a quiet evening. Pour a glass of wine, put your feet up, and enjoy! Bonus: it's really funny." - Ann Littlewood, Award-Winning Author of the Iris Oakley "Zoo-dunnit" Mysteries

"Featuring the fierce and determined Ivy Meadows, a delightful misfit with a knack for getting herself into-and ultimately out of-trouble, this gripping mystery is both satisfyingly clever and rich with unerring comedic timing. Without a doubt, Macdeath is one of the most entertaining debuts I've read in a very long time." - Bill Cameron, Spotted Owl Award-winning author of County Line

Books in the Ivy Meadows Humorous Mystery Series:

THE SOUND OF MURDER (#2) September 2015

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.

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MACDEATH 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I'd like to read more Ivy books. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute little mystery. I didn't get who did it, nor many of the twists and turns it would take until everything was revealed. The problem, for me, was I didn't feel compelled to keep reading (at least not until the last 15% or so, approximately). It wasn't bad writing, it just didn't have quite enough suspense for my tastes. Still, good book and others may well fully enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story! Easy and entertaining read! Looking for more from this author.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
If I could give it more than 5, I would.  (It's books like this that make me question other 5s I have given.) It's not very often that I sit down with a book and, when done, can't find a single thing wrong with it.  There always seems to be something that bugs me, at least a little bit.  Either there was a character that I didn't care for, something happened that I couldn't quite understand, there are more boring points than I would have liked, the ending falls flat or *cough cough* there's editing issues *cough cough*.   The ones that I love are the hardest ones to review, harder than the ones that are full of issues.  Why? Because I want to immediately start running-off-at-the-mouth about every thing that I loved, which would ruin the story for the next person.  And I am the last person that would want to do that. This is one of those books that falls into the category of perfect for me.  It's a mystery, which puts it above the rest anyways (I am addicted to mysteries and horror novels).  It's interesting, it's fun, it's creative - it blew me away.  Each page kept me reading more and it was hard for me to put down.  The characters were fantastic and I loved them all, especially Ivy and her uncle.   This is a series that I definitely want to finish and the author has joined the handful (or two) of authors that I wait in breathless anticipation for their releases, who I will put down what I'm reading to pick up their book.  HIGHLY recommended. Thank you, Ms. Brown.  Thank you. Note: I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  Please remember that this review is my opinion based on my own personal impression of the book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. Its fast paced, the main character is funny and lovable, and the mystery is intiguing and has lots of twists and turns. I've already bought the next book in the series. JB
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
While the Scottish Play Might Be Cursed, This Debut Sure Isn’t I love live theater, even participating in a couple of plays while in college. So as soon as I heard about the Ivy Meadows series, I knew I had to give it a try. Macdeath, the first in the series, lived up to my hopes. Ivy Meadows is an actress living in the Phoenix area. She’s hoping that she will finally get her career going when she lands a part in a local production of Macbeth. Okay, so giving the classic a circus setting might be a bit strange, but some of her costars are well-respected Shakespeare actors, so she’s hoping it goes well. Simon Black, one of her costars, is trying to quit drinking, and he asks Ivy to help keep him accountable while they are at the theater rehearsing. Disaster strikes on opening night when Ivy finds Simon dead in his dressing room during the second act. The police are quick to label it a tragic accident due to alcohol poisoning, but Ivy is certain they are wrong since she thinks Simon had stayed sober. Is she sharing the stage with a killer? How can she see behind the façade of her fellow actors to learn the truth? I must confess, I’ve only seen or read a few of Shakespeare’s plays, and Macbeth is not one of them. But that gives me a chance to tell you that not being familiar with the play is no reason to skip this book. Yes, references and allusions are made to the play, but anything we need to know is explained to us. The book gets off to a quick start, and the pace never lags. There are some nice twists and surprises before we reach a suspenseful conclusion that wraps everything up nicely. The characters are wonderful. As you might expect with actors, a few of them are a little over the top, but I found it fun and completely believable in the context of the book. Since actors obviously go wherever the play is, I wonder how many of the characters we met in this book will become series regulars, but I look forward to finding out. A few, like members of Ivy’s family, are definitely going to be strong series regulars. There is a wonderful sense of humor weaving its way through the book as well. Ivy’s first person narration made me laugh at times, while some of the events she found herself in were just as funny. I should point out there is a tad more language than in the normal cozies I read, which is one reason it jumped out at me. It was believable, but keep that in mind when you pick up this book. One thing I really appreciated is how Ivy’s backstory is handled. We are given hints early on, but we don’t get the full story until the second half. It’s important since it is reflected in her drive to solve the mystery, but we were not given the data dump that often slows down the pace early on in books. I am completely hooked on Ivy Meadows and can’t wait to see more of her murderous theater career. Macdeath is a fun debut that promises more wonderful adventures to come.