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on April 25, 2018
Ivy Malone, a 60-something widow, visits her niece in order to avoid the crime family which seeks revenge for her actions in book 1. She takes a housekeeping job for a very unpleasant neighbor and lands in another murder investigation. This story has essentially no "detecting" going on. Ivy cracks the case by going through life, being kind, caring, and observant. When she finally has enough information to figure things out (but hasn't actually put two-and-two together), in a surprise twist, the culprit attacks her and all is revealed.

This is more a general story than murder mystery. It is full of secondary story lines: the grand-niece and her buddy, the neighbor who helps with cars, the family with a gigantic dog, and Ivy's two gentleman friends. There are realistic details which help round out the characters and story, such as when Ivy panics and moves the dead body, or when the only good police officer is out with a toothache so Ivy doesn't pass on crucial information. Everyday acts of kindness move or resolve plot lines (example: expressing condolences to a bereaved neighbor results in excitement later). The Christian elements are believably woven into the story, as an older person gives advice to a younger, or comments on life.

The reason why this series deserves five stars is the quality of the writing. Many cozy stories read as though all the authors went to the same writing workshop, and read like a good first draft. This author presents rounded characters in each book, not requiring the reader to read multiple books to have a full character. The writing is very well-edited so there is plenty of detail but without waste.
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on March 12, 2015
I left my review about the first Ivy Malone mystery just yesterday. I had to get the second on Kindle, and you can be sure I'll have the next in a few minutes! Lorena McCourtney is a great author. I'm so glad I found this series. You wouldn't think that a little old lady (LOL) would get in this kind of trouble. She seems to have made a habit of finding bodies once in a while, or at least finding out about them and knowing the people that the bodies belonged to. While she didn't have to do as much detective work this time, this inveterate reader of mystery novels seems to know just enough to get herself in real trouble. Again, she comes close to the door of death. Ivy has been threatened with death by the family of the murderer that she testified against. So she goes to her niece's home to stay in hopes that they won't be able to find her. However, it appears that they do. Exciting, but dangerous happenings to an LOL. I don't think Ivy thinks the happenings are so much exciting as they are just plain scary! As always, though, Ivy knows that the Lord is with her. This is an excellent book. If you enjoy mysteries and being a little scared for the character, you'll enjoy this!
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on November 9, 2013
Her testimony helped put one of them behind bars. Now she's hiding from the Braxton clan because they threatened to do her some extreme bodily harm. She decides it would be wise to get out of town and leave no forwarding address. She packs her bags and goes for a long extended vacation at the home of a relative in another state. She can go for nice quiet walks, read some books and lead a quiet boring life while laying low. What could possibly happen while she stays in this nice quiet little town? Her adventures, of course, lead her into some sticky situations that are very funny while others are a bit scary.

Ivy Malone is a bit wacky, very feisty, immensely curious 70 something LOL (little old lady.) She's has insatiable curiosity, and a sometimes seemingly reckless, self destruct kind of personality. She might even be a person of interest when the lady who had just fired her, turns up murdered. But wait! It seems the not very likable murder victim had given many people reason to want her dead. OMG, Ivy is the one that found the body. Whew! She knows she didn't kill the lady, but she had best put on her big girl sleuthing shoes and "help" the police find out who did.

Her somewhat innovative handling of routine household chores, such as dusting, will probably really tickle your funny bone. If you have a stairway banister that collects dust, then you might just want to try Ivy's quick dusting technique.

This is a good book, and I would recommend it; however, there are a few typos that need to be fixed, and some dialogue that adds nothing to the plot. The characters, as a whole, are realistic and believable......but a 260 pound dog!!!!! Let's get real. This is an amusing and sometimes laugh-out-loud cozy mystery that is akin to Murder She Wrote (an old TV show) and Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. It is the second in a series, and if you like a fun read, you will no doubt enjoy this one.
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Top Contributor: Makeupon August 19, 2015
This series is my favorite for an author whom I will likely always give five stars. I am also older and Christian so I relate. I like books with the Christian culture - not preachy. The adventure is fun and has nothing to do with Christianity - but the person living it does. Hollywood is so good at showing us that Judaism is a culture, even for those who are not religious. Well, Christianity is too. The adventure itself is hilarious and intriguing. It does go on for several books - each book has closure, but there are things left hanging - much like a television series.
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on April 25, 2015
I loved the second book in this series. Ivy Malone is an interesting character and because I am a Christian and about her age, I appreciated the references to God and different thoughts about being over 60 years old! (We're not dead yet - let me put it that way!!) This book was even better than the 1st one in the series (Invisible). Moved a little faster and more of a surprise ending. Lorena - the author gives you lots of choices for villains in the plot, so you don't get bored with wondering which one "did it". You really want to read each book and find out what trouble and excitement Ivy gets into next. I have purchased all the books in this series on Kindle and am reading them one after another. Haven't got bored at all with the characters or plots, as the author keeps developing them and of course, adding continuous new people to the mix. Definitely recommend this whole series for light mystery/suspense reading. Quite refreshing compared to what is happening in the world today.
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on March 17, 2011
LOL (laughing out Loud) at the LOL (little old lady) of Lorena McCourtney's Ivy Malone Series. In Plain Sight reveals a slightly more sophisticated gum shoe than Book 1. Experience. Yep, that is what Ivy's got. I loved every word, every chapter. Lorena's personality comes through loud and clear through Ivy. She has got to be a bit of curiosity seeker and certainly has a love for the things of God. Lorena mentions Nancy Drew several times throughout the book but that was already at the forefront of my mind - being a Nancy Drew collector! (don't laugh. there are many of us out there!) Lorena has a great sense of humor that comes out in her character Ivy Malone and the way she phrases words - move over Mark Twain. I thoroughly enjoy this series and have already purchased books 3 and 4. This is a book I'll re-read over and over because of its humor and literary composition. Lorena can most certainly creatively write a sentence.
Dawn Kurtz author of the Christian novel: Secret of the Mexican Doll
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on May 31, 2012
I've read both Ivy Malone mysteries by Lorena McCourtney, both from Amazon's Kindle Store. The first (free) novel, "Invisible," is based on a common experience of aging women, the sensation of becoming invisible while store clerks, police officers, and other people look at the important men and the beautiful young people who seem to fill the world. Ivy decides being invisible is an asset, if you want to solve a mystery! Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) "Invisible" was her first adventure as an "invisible" detective, and "In Plain Sight" is her second, when invisibility does not seem quite as easy to assume. Both stories are well-written, with good, tight plots and interesting characters. While these novels are very much in the "cozy mystery" tradition, Ivy's original point of view adds both humour and philosophy. I'm hoping the third book is available soon.
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on March 9, 2012
Threatened by the brother of the man she testified against, Ivy escapes to her niece's house and takes a housekeeping job for mysterious Leslie Marcone. But Leslie is found murdered and Ivy has to help niece Sandy adjust while sticking her nose into the investigation.

Very slow start, as the murder didn't take place until almost halfway through the book, but the lead-in held my interest. I don't like stories placing children in danger, even when the children are teenagers, and the title bore no relation to the plot. The whole Braxtons-are-out-to-get-me motivation is weak, and became more annoying as it became more distracting. No heavy preaching, just a solid reliance on the Lord in everyday as well as scary situations. However, the running-from-the-Braxtons annoys me so much that I'm going to quit this series.
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on March 23, 2015
I read a lot of these "amateur sleuth" mysteries, and find most of them somewhat predictable. I still enjoy them. When I pick up one of these, I am not looking for a literary masterpiece, but just to be entertained. When the author really does keep me guessing right to the end, but the conclusion is believable, I consider that a bonus. This second Ivy Malone mystery was just as much fun as the first one, "Invisible." I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
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on October 28, 2016
In this second Ivy Malone mystery, Ivy is living at her niece's, hoping to evade the people out to kill her. Naturally for Ivy, she ends up involved in a murder investigation. Ivy is a great character: interesting, fun, nice, and caring. I love how her being an ILOL (Invisible Little Old Lady) helps in her sleuthing.
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