Oliver Twisted

Oliver Twisted

by Cindy Brown

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Oliver Twisted by Cindy Brown

AGATHA AWARD-NOMINATED SERIES

"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.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, private investigator mystery series.

Books in the Ivy Meadows Humorous Mystery Series:

• MACDEATH (#1)
• THE SOUND OF MURDER (#2)
• OLIVER TWISTED (#3)

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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157948146
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Series: An Ivy Meadows Mystery , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 401,088
File size: 520 KB

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.

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OLIVER TWISTED 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Ivy Must Solve another Twisty Case I really didn’t intend to go so long before I returned to the Ivy Meadows series. After all, I enjoyed the first two books in the series, and I know that book 4 is coming soon. In fact, it was that knowledge that prompted me to pick up Oliver Twisted, the third adventure of this part time actress and part time PI. Her worlds are combining perfectly for this adventure as Ivy and her uncle Bob, her PI mentor, are taking on an assignment together. They are going undercover on a Get Lit! cruise to find a thief. People have been robbed of items on multiple cruises recently, and the owners want the thieves found. Ivy and Bob are boarding the S.S. David Copperfield, a ship that is themed around the works of Charles Dickens. Bob is going under cover as a rich rancher and Ivy is joining the cast of the current show – Oliver! At Sea! However, the ship has barely left the port when Ivy discovers her new roommate’s body stuffed into a closet in their room. Meanwhile, Uncle Bob is sidetracked by a woman he’s met – a woman Ivy doesn’t trust because she is sure the woman is hiding something. Have the thieves escalated to murder? Is Uncle Bob in danger from his new friend? Things really do jump in that quickly, and the pace never lags until we reach the climax. There are some fun distractions along the way that Ivy has to separate from the clues that actually pertain to the case. As things come together at the end, I was left in awe at how author Cindy Brown wove everything together. I was a little worried that, with this book set on a cruise ship, we would miss some of the characters I’ve already come to love from Ivy’s life. They managed to make some nice appearances mostly via texts and phone calls as Ivy tried to stay on top of a sub-plot taking place in her native Phoenix. (Having gone on my first cruise last summer, I’m not sure I bought the cell phones working even sporadically at sea thing, but I was willing to let that go since I enjoyed the rest of the book so much.) Since Ivy spends the book on the ship, we get to know her cast mates very well. Those cast mates are, conveniently, the suspects, which makes the plot strong. They are wonderful suspects as they kept me guessing until the end. And really, how can you go wrong with the cruise ship setting? It’s the next best thing to actually being on a cruise. (If only I didn’t have to work to earn money for fun things like vacations, right?) I can’t leave out the humor. Ivy manages to get herself into some interesting situations over the course of the book that keep the story fun. You’ll smile if not outright laugh at several of the situations. Author Cindy Brown does a wonderful job of juggling all the elements of the plot and bringing them in for a satisfying ending. If you haven’t met Ivy yet, be sure to do so today. And if you already love Ivy, be sure to check out Oliver Twisted.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Oliver Twisted - Ivy Meadows Mystery Book 3 Author: Cindy Brown Published: 6-21-2016 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 288 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths; Police Procedurals ISBN: 13: ASIN: B01DAPK14Q Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.75 I received a copy of "Oliver Twisted" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description Form the Publisher: 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. Books in the Ivy Meadows Humorous Mystery Series: MACDEATH (#1) THE SOUND OF MURDER (#2) OLIVER TWISTED (#3) My Review of "Oliver Twisted" When Olive Zweigart aka Ivy Meadows goes undercover on a cruise to scout out a thief she gets more than she bargained for. Murder can be found anywhere even on the S.S. David Copperfield in the middle of the ocean. With her usual style of using her words to pull readers into her story and bringing the characters and scenes to life Cindy Brown takes us into the middle of a search for not only a thief, but also a murderer. Smell the ocean breeze and have the taste of the sausage on your tongue. Full of interesting characters and an intriguing story line. My rating of "Oliver Twisted" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Ivy Meadows Mystery Series and the first one I have read. I give this book 4.5 stars. I am definitely going to check out the other two. Even though there were things mentioned that I had obviously missed from the first two books, I was able to follow the story easily. Cindy Brown has written a funny mystery that kept me guessing right to the end. The fact that there was more than one death/murder as well as thievery going on it was easy to send up red herrings and keep the story moving well. Ivy Meadow and her Uncle Bob have accepted a PI job on the cruise ship S S. David Copperfield "Get Lit!" They have been hired to find and locate a group of thieves who have been robbing passengers on various "Get Lit!" cruises. Because Ivy is an actress, she finds herself playing the part of Nancy in the ships version of Oliver Twist. Once onboard, she finds out that she is supposed to do a performance using silks dangling 40 feet over the stage. This adds some of the humour to the story. On her first night on the ship, she discovers her roommate, Harley, dead stuffed in her small closet. As the investigation progresses, there are many surprises that do not seem to have anything to do with the case. Uncle Bob has fallen for a passenger that Ivy suspects is a gold digger, Ivy's brother has left the group home where he is living and contacts Ivy a couple of times, but hangs up on her before she can find out where he is, Ada her roommate is not very friendly and actually threatens her, and now she has to keep an eye on the young actor playing Oliver who seems to relish getting into trouble and playing practical jokes. All this while Ivy tries to get over her fear of water. Will Ivy and Uncle Bob figure out who the thieves are before the ship reaches Hawaii? This was a fun light-hearted read with a lot going on to keep the book moving quickly. I really enjoyed the character of Ivy as well as some of the supporting characters. I am not sure about Uncle Bob, he seemed to doubt Ivy a lot, but perhaps there are reasons from the previous two books. It does look like there is going to be romance in Ivy's life coming up in the next book in this series. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers.
HubbardJeanette More than 1 year ago
It really isn't Ivy Meadows fault that bodies are dropping, in some cases flying, all around her. Really. Ivy has come a long way in developing her detective skills. She's bright, funny, caring and an all round delightful female character. The plot in Oliver Twisted is clever and twisty and you will thoroughly enjoy the journey, or, in this case, the cruise. Sail on Ivy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] “Earth to Ivy.” “Hang on. I’m thinking, and I can’t think and talk at once.” “No comment.” In this book, the second of the three Ivy Meadows' books books I have read, Olive and Uncle Bob have been hired, with the promise of a substantial bonus, to investigate a series of fairly high-end robberies connected to the Get Lit cruise line. So they go undercover as an actor and a rich business man in order to figure it out. Things are going well, when.... Olive finds a body stuffed in her closet! Now what? I like these characters. However, like the first book, I wasn't thrilled with the plot, which is plodding and tiresome. What does it say when I looked forward to the sidebar interactions with "Olive-y"' s brother Cody over what was going on shipboard. This is not my favorite author in the Henery Press lineup. I appreciate the effort, but Ms. Brown tries too hard
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the third book in the An Ivy Meadows Mystery series by Cindy Brown. 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. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
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.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I think this was my favorite out of the Ivy Meadows series. I loved the little Dickens of a brat kid, his final scene was the best. Ha!! The story was a good one and I definitely share Ivy's fear of the water. And who knew there would be so many suspects? This is certainly a fun, entertaining and just relaxing and enjoyable cozy series. There's lots of chuckles and being in the theater/PI business, you just never know what Ivy will have to get herself into. Silk aerial dancing? Oh, no way I could do it. Thanks Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.