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Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) [Paperback]

By Lorena McCourtney (Author)
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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2004
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0800759532  
EAN  9780800759537  

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A mysterious disappearance fuels the curiosity of Ivy Malone, whose sleuthing skills are put to the ultimate test in this contemporary story of suspense and intrigue.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lorena McCourtney is the "New York Times" bestselling and award-winning author of dozens of novels, including "Invisible" (which won the Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), "Dying to Read," and "Dolled Up to Die." She resides in Oregon. Learn more at

Lorena McCourtney currently resides in the state of Oregon.

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A spunky sleuth in the tradition of Miss Marple...  Nov 12, 2006
With the creation of her super-sleuth Ivy Malone, McCourtney brings new meaning to the acronym LOL. After the death of her best friend, Ivy (aka the Little Old Lady) feels at loose ends. Without her best friend to laugh at life with, Ivy begins to feel ignored and, well, invisible. Then she gets the brilliant idea to use her newfound invisiblity to investigate vandalism at the local cemetery. Only when her neighbor turns up murdered, the stakes are raised for Ivy's investigations...

I'm kind of a picky mystery reader (okay, make that really picky). Too often attempts to write "cozy" mysteries or to create quirky, memorable sleuths (like Miss Marple or Nero Wolfe) fall terribly flat. Thankfully, McCourtney succeeds in creating an engaging, fun heroine and a whole cast of quirky, memorable characters that makes Invisible quite an enjoyable read. The character of Ivy has quite a bit of depth, and it's an enjoyable read cheering for her as she reassesses her place in the world. A book worth checking out, and I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series at some point.
How Can Murder Be This Much Fun?  Jun 1, 2006
Ivy Malone is facing transition. Should she take up a little old lady (LOL) like craft? Not only is she now alone in the world, she realizes she is often invisible. She's not even needed to teach Sunday school.

But then she discovers and embraces a mutant gene - the overactive curiosity gene - and, well, fortunately for mystery lovers everywhere - she sets out to solve a murder.

Ivy's sweet, feisty and funny. Whether she is discovering that sometimes invisibility pays off in mochas, or that digging into details is addictive, she's consistently lovable.

There are moments of heavy suspense, and the bad guys mean business, but the feel of Invisible is a nice mix of mystery with a lot of granny-lit tossed in. There is an underlying Christian thread that is realistic and well-done.

I highly recommend this book. It's a well-written, clever and fun read.
Alot better than I thought it would be...  Feb 20, 2006
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.

Lorena McCourtney does a good job of implementing comedy into her mystery. This comedy keeps the reader entertained while also making the reader anxious to continue to get a good laugh. Some examples of this humor are when she finds the Hound of the Baskervilles in a junk yard, when she envisions Nixon in a tomato patch, and when she has a race with flying bullets. The humorous tone of the book made me really enjoy it.
Ironically, a humorous tone is not the only thing included in Invisible, but also deep topics that make you think. For example, one deep topic is when Ivy Malone feels as though she is no longer important to society because she is an elderly lady. Is that necessarily true or not? Another is during the book, Ivy Malone still continues to praise God although all these bad things start happening in her life. Some people always speculate if there is a god then why do bad things happen to good people, and this shows another case of that. This attribute of the book makes it more versatile and attracts an even wider audience than the usual mystery and comedy fans.
The main reason I liked this book is because of the story of the mystery itself. I thought it was pretty cool how the author used Ivy Malone's old age as a way to go unnoticed through her investigations. I also liked how the motivation for the protagonist is set up, by having her uncle's and aunt's tombstones vandalized and her feeling inspired and vengeful.

Invisible uses a good mix of humor, mystery, and description that keeps the reader interested. In addition, it discusses deep topics that include religious beliefs and the difference between right and wrong. Overall, Lorena McCourtney's book is a well rounded mystery, while also incorporating in other genres such as comedy and religious writing to make it even more interesting and better.

Not your average senior citizen sleuth  Jun 10, 2005
Ivy's best friend, Thea, has just died. Before her death, she discovered that tombstones in the Country Peace Cemetary, where her aunt and uncle are buried, have been vandalized. Ivy and Thea had reported it to the police, but it didn't appear that they were going to do anything about it. So, now Ivy decides to investigate for herself.

She stakes out the cemetery at night, waiting for the vandals. She doesn't think about being in danger. She's just hoping to get a license number to give to the police. One night she seems something ominous happen, and she finds herself unable to stop investigating.

Then Thea's tenant, Kendra, is found murdered. She had never given out much information about herself, and when Ivy begins to look into Kendra's past, she finds more questions than answers.

Soon Ivy realizes that she is invisible. Oh, she can be seen, but most people just look through her as if she isn't there. She begins to use this to her advantage in her investigations.

The authorities try many times to get her to stop investigating for her own safety, but she doesn't listen.

I really enjoyed Ivy. She is such a spry senior citizen, and she does things I wouldn't do. She always makes me laugh! It's a great Christian mystery and very much a cozy. I highly recommend it! I can't wait to read the next one.
A romping good mystery.  May 19, 2005
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 - Magazine

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