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.
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THE PHANTOM OF OZ by Cindy Brown | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.
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Actress and part-time P.I., Ivy Meadows (Olive Zeigwart) is excited when she learns that her best friend and fellow actress Candy Moonpie is in town as part of the touring cast of The Wizard of Ozpera. It has been a few months since they have seen one another and when they meet up, things are strained. Candy, now called Candace Moon, has lost a dangerous amount of weight, seems jumpy, doesn't look well or seem like herself. Ivy visits her on set and is caught up in an accident when the chandelier comes crashing down and injures one of the actresses. The producer/director asks Ivy to investigate and well as work as understudy for the show. Ivy finds out that there have been many accidents on this tour. She also comes up against Babette, a nasty woman who has a television show that finds the next "It Girl". When Candy disappears, Ivy not only has to find out about the accidents, but is worried that something bad has happened to Candy. Can Ivy find the answers before someone else gets hurt? Of course Ivy is also dealing with her brother Cody who is being secretive as well as a developing romance with Matt, her brother's previous caregiver. The book includes a musical that is a mash up of The Wizard of Oz being performed in Space. There are bits from Star Wars, Star Trek and more. There is humor along with the stress of working in the theatre with stage mothers. (The munchkins are child actors) Ivy also discovers a couple of things about herself that she does not like very much and she works hard to change. There is a lot going on in this story and the murder and disappearance happen later in the story. Once that occurs, the climax comes pretty quickly. This was not one of my favorite books in this series, but it was still an enjoyable read. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Cindy Brown writes a fun, clever little mystery. Her zingy Heroine works for her P.I. Uncle but Olive/Ivy is also a theater actress who works in plays and auditions. The fun begins when Candy Treat calls Ivy and asks her to meet her backstage at the famous old Deco Playhouse,The Grand Phoenician. Candy is working in The Wizard:A Space OZpera. Ivy gets hired for an understudy, as a series of incidents happen, that land one cast member in the hospital. The Lady in White, who is the resident ghost, is blamed for most of the accidents that happen. But a ghost doesn't loosen screws on a chandelier do they? The Theater is also rife with competition and ugly scenes from Babette, the Star of The It Girl. She is hunting for her new hopeful Actress, who turns out to be Candy. Olive is worried about her friend, who has been hiding secrets, and lying to her. The play is loaded with children munchkins both playing a part and trying to meet people to further their Careers. In amidst the constant activity are barbed remarks from Babette. The mix of people with jealousies, ambition and protective stage mothers furthers the plot. Add in creepy underground sets and a well- the Lady in White drowned herself in, and you have a fantastic blend of characters and plot. I laughed out loud several times reading this book. It is hard to pull off wit and mystery but Cindy Brown does both very well. Ivy is likeable and the cast of characters in the play are unique. I admit to a penchant for Theater Mysteries. This one has everything. A very enjoyable read and I look forward to the next one. I gave it five stars.
Ivy is happy to hear from her best friend, Candy. Little does she know that her life will be turned upside down. A phantom is playing havoc with the cast and crew of the show that Candy is starring in. Why is the ghostly Lady in White bedeviling them? Or is someone else responsible? Luckily Ivy Meadows is a PI as well as actress. What happens next is a wild ride filled with a murdered reality star who's hated by everyone, a ghostly presence and missing best friend. I'm glad Ivy is up to the challenge. I liked her. She's a real woman with real problems but she doesn't let that stop her. I also liked Logan, the techie, Madison, the Munchkin but most of all I liked Eden. The message that she deliveres about being comfortable in your body is powerful and timely. Cindy Brown has written a mystery filled with unexpected twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. The dialogue is sharp and humorous. I loved the setting. It's in a haunted theater with secret passages. I really enjoy the Ivy Meadows mysteries. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.