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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (June 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413777503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413777505
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,088,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't wait to read more books by this talented writer.
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His characters are all well-developed and believable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary T. Wagner on April 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Remember that iconic scene from "Jerry Maguire" where Renee Zellweger tells Tom Cruise that "you had me at 'hello'?" Randy Richardson had me at the second paragraph of the "author's notes" before the novel even started. Seriously!! I'm not a baseball fan, and I remember often seeing Wrigley Field through a bus window on my way to high school, wondering what mysteries and rituals lurked within, But I DO appreciate obsession, and hopeless devotion, and rabid fan-dom, and hopeless causes, and quixotic faith. And I also DEEPLY appreciate seamless writing and intriguing characters and plot twists that catch me off guard. Without divulging too much, this tale of an amnesiac returning Chicago newspaper reporter who may or may not have murdered a call girl during one of his blackouts is wry, endearing, and thoroughly enjoyable. And filtered through the lens of die-hard, eternally hopeful yet brutally realistic Chicago Cubs fan Richardson, it's also a fascinating window into a game, and a neighborhood, and a passion, and a yearning that is so much more than just a wooden bat hitting a ball, or a set of championship dreams deferred.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John H on July 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's hard to give a detailed review of this book without giving some of it away. In fact, that comment may give too much away. I'll stick with the 10,000 foot view.

The text drips of Chicago. The primary locale - Wrigleyville. The Drink - Goose Island Honker's Ale. The people - Chicagoans. And of course, The Cubs.

While I make no claim at literature scholarship, Mr. Richardson tells a good tale and includes a few surprises. There's deception. There's intrigue. There's a love interest. There are interesting characters. There's even a getaway scene. I was interested until the very end.

His characters are all well-developed and believable. Even the soft-hearted Chicago cop. Unless you're a real bad guy, most of them are softies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on August 12, 2005
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This is the perfect contemporary mystery. It has three-dimensional characters, innovative plot twists, cryptic hints, and an unpredictable, nail-biter of a conclusion. Not to mention the love/sex/profession subplots, all against a highly detailed backdrop of Chicago and Wrigleyville from someone who clearly knows and loves them well. An outstanding first novel, and I hope not the last from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Kovash on July 16, 2005
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Lost in the Ivy was an excellent mystery, especially for a first book--believeable hero, interesting plot and twists, and it kept me going to the end. I particularly appreciated the added information about Wrigley Field and the Cubs. I'm old enough not to want to waste my time, so will be buying Richardson's subsequent books, knowing I'll get my time and money's worth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Demarest on August 16, 2005
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This book has it all, a love story, murder mystery and even sports trivia. I loved the way the story began with the judge in the chamber, and then flowed through to the big scene at the courthouse. The characters introduced in the beginning were very well developed as the book went on. The best part was that I had no inkling until the last chapter, who was actually doing what to whom. A true mystery and expertly written. I would reccomend this book to all of my friends, whether they are sports fans or not. A truly great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Jaranowski on August 2, 2005
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I've never been an avid reader...after the first 30 pages I usually become bored and never finish a book. However, this was not the case with "Lost in the Ivy." I started reading the book and couldn't put it down until I read the entire book. The story flowed from chapter to chapter introducing a new character or mystery and, therefore, at times I felt I was lost in the ivy. I can't wait to read more books by this talented writer. He has given me a reason to read again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Cripe on August 15, 2005
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This is a great mystery. The story is suspenseful and it keeps you guessing. Like the other reviewers, I found it hard to put the book down. The writer does an excellent job of helping you visualize the settings and the characters. I love the Cub innuendos (i.e. reporter Grace Marks). Great book for the avid Cubs fan---I know there are a lot of you out there! When is the movie coming out? John Hughes can direct and I see John Cusack as Charley.
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