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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: 0.4 x 6.3 x 9.2 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: #4,067,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on August 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Intl Johnny 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sgalley on May 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Since this book is set in Chicago, and the area around Wrigley Field, it was a must read for me. I LOVE Chicago. If I had to leave Texas, it would be my first choice of places to live. LOST IN THE IVY was like taking a trip there and getting to live in the neighborhood for awhile. Poor Charley Hubbs is a reporter who has lost his memory. There are crazy things happening all around him. People are dying, and it looks like he may be the perpetrator. What to do? Since he IS a reporter, the only way to clear his name is to investigate the murders. Since he has no memory, he's not sure what he's been up to. What an exciting and fast paced trip through the streets of Chicago his investigation takes us on! I felt like I was right there with him every step of the way. It held my interest, and I never figured out the mystery throughout the book. That really kept the pages turning! I totally fell in love with the interesting and quirky characters that Charley got to know as his investigation progressed. It was actually fun getting to meet these folks! I don't think it was as much fun for Charley, though.

This is a crazy, funny and suspenseful mystery. I loved every minute of it, and hated to see it end. I'll miss you, Charley! Great book Randy Richardson!

* ARC provided by NetGalley and Eckhartz Press.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary T. Wagner on April 17, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J. DeMaria on December 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Though based in a comfortable setting for Chicago familiar readers (bars, Cubs, Honker's Ale and a very, very large hole in the ground), Lost in the Ivy folds in intriguing characters and steamy romance to keep the reader on the edge as the mystery slowly unfolds. A great read further demonstrated by the amount of sleep I skipped to read it...
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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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