The Sound of MurderThe Sound of Murder by Cindy Brown is the second book in the “Ivy Meadows” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, October 2015

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.

Ivy is an aspiring actress and part-time PI working for her uncle when she is handed her first case and stumbles upon something more sinister. The pacing was very comfortable making it easy to read and follow along in this amusing tale that was hard to put down. The mystery kept me glued to the pages and I enjoyed all facets as each clue got me closer to the killer’s identity with some red herrings meant to deter me from my suspicions. Ivy is a hoot as are the other quirky characters that she interacts with. This was a fun read that had me roaring with laughter with some of the antics that befalls Ivy. Bonus amusement in the title of the musical that that Ivy is performing in…”The Sound of Cabaret“ — too funny. A delightful read and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this amusingly entertaining series.

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