The Sound of Murder

The Sound of Murder

by Cindy Brown
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InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Sound of Murder - Ivy Meadows Mystery Book 2 Author: Cindy Brown Published: 10-6-2015 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 268 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths; Police Procedurals ISBN: 13: 9781943390014 ASIN: B0117YNQPS Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.5 Stars I received a copy of "The Sound of Murder" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Decription from the Publisher: All Ivy Meadows wants is to be an actor. And a private investigator. Plus she’d really like a pair of clean underwear, a place to stay since her apartment burned up, and to overcome her fear of singing in public. Also, she’d really like to knock the socks off the big New York producer who’s coming to Arizona to see her in the world premiere of The Sound of Cabaret—featuring singing nuns and Berlin burlesque—at Desert Magic Dinner Theater. Ivy’s cast mates come through with singing lessons, a pair of granny pants, and a housesitting gig in a retirement community. And her P.I. uncle even assigns her a real case. But all is not raindrops on roses. During her investigation, Ivy clashes with the local posse, stumbles upon a firebug and a snoring pug, and finds herself smack in the sights of a serial senior-killer. Books in the Ivy Meadows Humorous Mystery Series: MACDEATH (#1) THE SOUND OF MURDER (#2) OLIVER TWISTED (#3) February 2016 My Review of "The Sound of Murder": I was afraid that the second book would not live up to the quality of the first, "MacDeath", but was pleasantly surprised when it did. Ivy returns more developed having grown from her experiences in "MacDeath" The plot still revolves around her acting aspirations and part-time job as a private investigator. While getting back on her feet Ivy has managed to invite the attentions of a serial killer. Cindy Brown astounds the reader with her vibrant descriptive writing style. The plot as always is laid out well and flow smoothly and quickly. A truly delightful read. My rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Magnificent!!! As much as I enjoyed the wonderful MacDeath, The Sound of Murder is even better!! The characters are the stars of the novels as they should be, and they are great!!! I especially love Marge who is a modern day Ethel Merman. Dementia touches all of us so most people will be able to identify the with fear that Marge, and those who care, for her face when she suddenly can't remember her lines and the problem goes much further than that. Ivy is her usual, not always there self and this time is creates a real problem for her when she sets her kitchen on fire. While the fire is a really bad thing, she finds her silver lining quickly with a truly hot fireman! Finding a temporary place to live seems like great luck until a bit of confusion leads her to find a another body which also leads her to her first very own investigation! I love that even with her excitement at the opportunity it provides, she never loses sight of the fact the a man lost his life. I won a copy of the book during a Facebook party and voluntarily wrote this review. As much as I appreciate the prize, the review represents my true feelings about the book; I already bought the next one! Great books deserve reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Sounds Like Another Winner to Me When I tried the first Ivy Meadows book a few months back, I loved and I couldn’t wait to start the next one, so I’m a little surprised it took me until now to get around to reading The Sound of Murder, her second mystery. The wait was worth it, however, because this was another fabulous read. Ivy Meadows is trying to divide her time between two interests, acting and learning to be a PI. On the acting front, she has landed a gig in The Sound of Cabaret, a new musical that combines The Sound of Music with Cabaret as Mary, a postulant nun, helps a bunch of Jewish dancers flee the Nazis while falling in love with the Captain Vaughn Katt, the owner of the club where they dance. This show is at a dinner theater in the community of Sunnydale, outside of Phoenix proper and large enough to really be its own town. Unfortunately, Ivy has just had a small fire in her own apartment, and she is looking for a place to live while it is being renovated. Fortunately, she lands a housesitting gig for a resident of Sunnydale. But she’s barely arrives when one of her new neighbors dies in his garage, an apparent suicide. The man’s daughter doesn’t buy the suicide angle and hires Ivy’s uncle, a licensed PI, to learn the truth. Ivy takes on the case as her very first assignment and is determined to do a good job. But is there more to the suicide than meets the eye? Can she balance the investigation with her acting schedule? Now if you didn’t figure it out from the description of the play, this is definitely a humorous cozy. I dare you to read the description of the scenes and the songs without getting a smile on your face. There is plenty of humor from the characters and situations as well. And yet this book has a depth to it. While we may be laughing at certain things, the death that starts the investigation is treated very seriously. There are also things that Ivy is facing that are serious as well. This is never awkward; the book finds the perfect balance between the funny, the sometimes absurd, and the serious. This results in some fantastic characters. There is a richness and depth to them and makes them truly shine. While I already knew I loved the series regulars, there were some great new characters in this book, and I wouldn’t mind seeing them pop up again in the future. There are several sub-plots in this book, and at times they push the murder investigation to the back stage. But you know what? I didn’t mind because I was having a fabulous time hanging out with the characters. As the book progressed, some of those sub-plots actually did begin to tie in to the murder, and the mystery took center stage more and more. The climax brought us a logical and fun solution to the mystery. I’m thrilled the third Ivy Meadows mystery is already out and you’d better believe I plan to read it soon. If you are looking for a fun mystery set in the world of theater, The Sound of Murder is definitely for you.
GrannyfromBrooklyn More than 1 year ago
The title caught my eye and lived up to my expectations. Wacky, hilarious with a little mystery thrown in. We all read for pleasure, but never have I laughed out loud while reading a mystery. Kudos to Cindy Brown. I look forward to the next Ivy Meadows adventure!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! This was my second book in the Ivy Meadows series. I can tell that the author is definitely getting into her Ivy groove. This one flowed so much better than the first one. I really liked it a WHOLE lot better! It was a very entertaining and a fun, fun, fun read. I laughed out loud several times. Who would have thought of using duct tape as strapless bra holders? Ha!!! The characters were quite amusing and some were down right quirky. And some you would just like to strangle (you know who you are Bitsy!). I truly thought the military dude did it, unfortunately, I was wrong. As usual, but that's a good thing. Who really wants to know who did it? That's not a good book. Duh! Thanks to Henery Press (they have the best authors) and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly and sincerely recommend this book!
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the second book in the An Ivy Meadows Mystery series by Cindy Brown. Ivy Meadows wants to be an actor and a private investigator. She needs to overcome her fear of singing in public because a big New York producer is coming to Arizona to see her in the premiere of “The Sound of Cabaret”. Her friends come up with singing lessons and her uncle assigns her a real PI case. She somehow finds herself in the sights of a serial senior killer. If you are looking for a great mystery with humor then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. 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.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Great Read. I was a First Read Winner of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the second book of the Ivy Meadows Mysteries and I really hope that there will be many more to come. I had a really hard time putting it down and read way passed my bedtime more than once. As with any series I am always worried that I will be lost if I jump in the middle of it, but this was not the case with this book. I found the characters delightful and relatable and it had me guessing until the end. I can't wait to find out what will happen next in the series, so in the meantime I will have to read the first book, Macdeath, to tie me over. Cindy Brown has a new fan in me for sure.
SarahSmith More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the Ivy Meadows Mysteries. I did not read the first book, but after reading this I am going to make a point of going back and reading the first. Ivy Meadows is a budding P.I working for her uncle Bob, while pursuing her passion of acting. This is a great cozy mystery that has great characters, and my favorite part zany-hilarious antics. Highly enjoyable. I will be looking for more from Cindy Brown in the future.