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Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) [Kindle Edition]

Lorena McCourtney
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Book Description

She's not your average crime fighter!



Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it's only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation.



Despite her oddball humor and unconventional snooping, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can't resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities' attempts to keep Ivy out of danger and her nosy neighbor's match-making schemes can't slow her down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, quirky sleuth threaten her very safety?



"I laughed out loud. McCourtney's charming mystery debuts a voice both enchanting and startling."-Colleen Coble, author of Without a Trace



"McCourtney's skill at blending whimsy, quirks, and questions into a lead character makes Invisible a must read."-Lois Richer, author of Dangerous Sanctuary



"Invisible is a treat! Ivy Malone is a heroine with spunk and determination!"-Carol Cox, author of A Stitch in Time


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She's not your average crime fighter! Meet Ivy Malone, an inconspicuous older woman who has a mutant curiosity gene that often lands her in trouble. Unlike most women her age, she snoops and pries her gray-haired self into one hilarious escapade after another. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, Ivy can't help but put her snooping eyes to work as she launches her own unofficial investigation. Despite her unconventional sleuthing, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can't resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities' attempts to keep her out of danger and her nosy neighbor's match-making schemes can't slow Ivy down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, spunky sleuth threaten her very safety? "I laughed out loud. McCourtney's charming mystery debuts a voice both enchanting and startling."-Colleen Coble, author of Without a Trace "McCourtney's skill at blending whimsy, quirks, and questions into a lead character makes Invisible a must read."-Lois Richer, author of Dangerous Sanctuary "Invisible is a treat! Ivy Malone is a heroine with spunk and determination!"-Carol Cox, author of A Stitch in Time

About the Author

Lorena McCourtney is the award-winning author of Whirlpool, Riptide, and Undertow (the Julesburg Mysteries) and dozens of other novels, including Searching for Stardust and By Invitation Only. Her best-selling work has drawn acclaim from both the Romance Writers of America and the American Library Association's Booklist. She resides in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2708 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002B3YBZO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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409 of 428 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! August 25, 2004
Format:Paperback
"I'll just read the first few pages."

Or so I thought as I began Chapter One of INVISIBLE at 11:30 PM on a Tuesday night. But I hadn't figured the heroine-spunky Ivy Malone-or her humor-laced story, into my plans.

Four hours later, I was reading the last lines of the book through gritty, but determined eyes, wishing very much that I could claim Ivy Malone as my grandmother, or at least my next-door neighbor.

To say this book is delightful is hardly sufficient. Written from a first person point of view, which is a different voice from McCourtney's past offerings, INVISIBLE is an absolute triumph. Wit and wisdom, pathos and perseverance, and downright eccentricity flow from Ivy's first vision of Nixon in her tomato patch, to her race with flying bullets, really bad bad guys, and the Hound of the Baskervilles in a grungy auto wrecking yard.

And while the tone of the story is humorous from start to finish, a number of deep questions are also addressed. Questions about the goodness and reality of God in the face of death, loss, and injury. Questions about what's right and what's wrong when justice must be served. Questions about where and how to belong in a world that seems to have forgotten you, or perhaps never noticed you in the first place.

In Ivy Malone, readers will find a combination of wacky humor, endearing stubbornness, and unconventional sincerity. In Ivy's story, readers will slink through torn up gravesites, take a dive inside a murdered woman's closet, and watch the stars with a cute guy named Mac. And that's just the beginning!

INVISIBLE is a wild and highly entertaining ride from the first chapter to the last word.

I can't wait for the release of the sequel, IN PLAIN SIGHT, where I'm sure Ivy, and her big white Thunderbird, will cruise into more mayhem, mischief, and maybe even some good old fashioned romance.

Ivy, you go girl:)
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1,014 of 1,113 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a secular reader who was just looking for a light-hearted mystery, I found the religious content rather distracting and a bit heavy-handed. The writing is breezy and humorous, but this book is very much geared toward a Christian reader. I find it a bit irritating that the description completely omitted this significant aspect, I suspect to attract a wider audience. My reading time is limited and I don't like feeling misled. Please just be honest in the description, as the book seems like a fun read for its intended audience.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, Christian or not March 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked this up as a kindle freebie, just looking for an easy an entertaining read. The writing is very good, the character (Ivy Malone) is fun and well developed, and the supporting characters are varied and interesting. The plot is pretty good too. It's nice having a main character who is an older woman -- there are thoughts and observations that would not be possible for another type of character. I'm glad I got the book, and I enjoyed it very much.
I was surprised at the Christian slant, as that was not obvious from the kindle search -- although I would have seen that if I'd been shopping on Amazon's website instead. I'm actually glad I didn't know that, because I would have avoided the book. So I'm glad I read it, and I might even read another by this author. I think the Christianity fit very much with the character, and provided some of her motivations for thinking and doing certain things. It was a part of the character. Very credible, and the religion is not preachy but just used to describe the character. Not offensive, even if you're not religious, but by the end of the book I felt it was just a little over-used. Still, I'm definitely not a Christian, and I am easily put off by such, and I was not put off. Don't avoid the book over it. Read it anyway. It's a good read, and very enjoyable.
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97 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A romping good mystery. May 19, 2005
Format:Paperback
Ivy Malone, a spunky, grey-haired widow, realizes the world is passing her by, leaving her unnoticed and invisible. She, however, has no intention of silently growing old and passing away.

Deciding to put this newfound inconspicuousness to good use, she determines to snare some local vandals, who have been violating the cemetery. Little does she know that there are more forces at work than mere vandalism. Throw in the murder of a neighbor and soon danger is knocking at Ivy's door as well. Will Ivy's snooping land her in trouble too deep for her to handle? Or will the resourceful Ivy Malone be clever and "invisible" enough to not only save herself, but apprehend the bad guys, as well?

There's nothing invisible about McCourtney's irresistible humor, clever story-crafting, or delightful characters. After having read Invisible, one can't help but hope that this new series will be a long one. A romping good mystery.

Craig Hart - CraigHart.net/ChristianLit Magazine
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alot better than I thought it would be... February 20, 2006
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Format:Paperback
As a senior citizen most of the time society pays you little attention; to most elderly people this is peaceful, but to some like Ivy Malone, it is a great advantage to get want she wants. In Ms. Malone's case, it's useful for going unnoticed (hence the title "Invisible") during any of her investigations. So when a local cemetery where her aunt and uncle are buried is found vandalized, she plans to avenge her relatives and decides to spring into action.
Thea, the next door neighbor and best friend of Ivy Malone has just died. Before she went she rented part of her home to a young lady by the name of Kendra Alexander. During this time Ivy feels as though everyone in the world is passing by her, or as if she really has no importance in life. However, as soon as she learns of the police deciding not to investigate a local cemetery being vandalized she feels a great breath of inspiration and starts taking action by herself. Soon the investigation seems to get more and more dangerous for Ivy Malone, as shortly after deciding to take the case young Kendra Alexander is reported missing and eventually found murdered in a nearby river. Using her "invisible" status, Ivy Malone does some great sleuthing until she eventually finds the vandals and they are apprehended by the police.
There are many things that make Invisible good book. One of them is the fact that although it's a mystery, it uses a humorous tone all throughout. So not only are you pulled in by the captivating tale of the mystery, but also by the comedy that will keep you even more entertained. In addition to those reasons, the book also discusses deep topics on things such as religion and about where you belong in society. I would recommend Invisible to anyone willing to have a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great mystery
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book i have read by Lorena McCourtney and look forward to reading the next in the series.
Published 17 hours ago by phil
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
A hapless Agatha Christie type, who still gets the job done. I could do without all the faith stuff though.
Published 5 days ago by Rachel Punter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, quite entertaining!
This is a nice story, well written, and quite entertaining. It has me hooked, now I can't wait to get started with book two.
Published 6 days ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspective - L.O.L.
Intriguing easy read. Will be looking into another book like this - would be great as a series! Will look for more from Lorena.
Published 7 days ago by Ceia Whitelaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
This is a well written, enjoyable, easy to read, page turner. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Published 8 days ago by Deborah Dossey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
I can relate to the "LOL" (Little Old Lady) jokes that she made throughout the story. Appreciated her comments about being "invisible" as an older person. Read more
Published 9 days ago by B. Karr
5.0 out of 5 stars I am simply hooked. A great mystery!
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I love that this older lady doesn't wait around for the law to handle her suspicions, but takes matters in her own hands and ends up with... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, fun, absolutely loved it!
I absolutely loved Ivy! It was so refreshing to read about an older woman who could solve crimes. Since I am older too I appreciate the author for giving us a heroine who is... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Chris Creech
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
The book was truly enjoyable. It was a great escape, couldn't put it down. It was a fast read. Very funny
Published 14 days ago by Angela Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that little old lady Ivy!
Once again, Lorena McCourtney wrote a great little story. Ivy is clever and the story was a joy to read. Read more
Published 19 days ago by whannie
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More About the Author

Lorena McCourtney is a long-time resident of Southern Oregon and enjoys using Oregon settings in her books. She wrote numerous short stories for children before moving on to romances and now to mysteries, often with a bit of humor. She won the American Christian Fiction Writer's Mystery "Book of the Year" and twice won the Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence.

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