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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
Published: Baker Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9781585585199
List price: $6.99
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Fun adult book about a grandmothery type woman whose her best friend dies and the mystery that she solves. Nice writing, good storyline. Enjoyable book.more
This story had an interesting concept in that the amateur sleuth is an older woman. Ivy looses her best friend which in my opinion did not help the story. I found that as soon as Thea dies, there is very limited involvement with the other characters. I enjoyed all the characters for the brief time Ivy was involved with them, but then she ends up doing so much by herself that there isn’t much conversation. I think I’ve figured out why in other cozy mysteries they sleuth ends up having a buddy and/or friend that tags along. The mystery story was fine, in its clues and leads to the end. I was just disappointed in the additional plot and interactions with the characters.I did enjoy the reasoning of the title and how it fit into the story. That was pretty clever and did make me grin. Kind of made you think about elderly people as well.I was also intrigued with the film in the camera and the one hour photo shop. It seems like it has been ages since this was how we took pictures, but maybe it was the author trying to also portray the age of the characters.more
A good story. Too much religious leaning for me.more
Cozy little mystery about Ivy, a petite, little old lady who because she's disregarded by young people feels that she's invisible. She inserts herself into the missing person's case of her late best friend's tenant much to the warnings of the police. Also, she's staking out the Cemetery late at night to learn who's knocking over the tombstones.It's preposterous the way she is oblivious to the danger facing her by as an example -- hiding out in the jjunkyard.more
Another new series I’m trying and it might be a winner. It was a Friday freebie on Nook a couple of weeks ago and the blurb compared the heroine to Miss Marple. In my opinion Ivy is more like a geriatric Nancy Drew—always blundering into dangerous situations as she tries to figure out two mysteries—vandalism in an old cemetery and the murder of a young friend. I enjoyed the characters, the antics, and the humor. She also gives a new meaning to LOL—Little Old Ladymore
Ivy Malone is an elderly woman whose best friend dies. Her best friend rents an apartment to a young woman going by the name of Kendra. When Kendra disappears and a body is found matching her description, Ivy comes forward to identify the body. The woman had been using the identity of someone deceased. Ivy is not satisfied that the police are being thorough and sets out to investigate. There were parts of this story I enjoyed. The opening chapter has Ivy and her best friend in a cemetery and appalled by the vandalism that had taken place there. Having seen cemeteries in this condition, I can completely identify with the outrage. Ivy, however, has some neighbors who are obsessed with genealogy. Unfortunately the author seems to be making fun of their avocation. Genealogical research is not pictured in a favorable light, and the author's unfamiliarity with professional genealogical standards is quite apparent. This is a minor plot line, but it marred my enjoyment of the book. There is a problem with believability. I really cannot picture an elderly woman such as Ivy crouching all night in a cemetery behind tombstones hiding out or being willing to do so. There are also other things that just do not seem that plausible. Ivy is a likable sleuth. This is a work of Christian fiction, and at times I felt that the author was being evangelistic rather than allowing testimonies to take a natural course. All this said, Ivy is likeable, as is one of the detectives, and I would probably read the second book if it is offered as a free Kindle download as this first one was.more
Ivy Malone is elderly and feels invisible - and as I read this novel, I considered how the elderly fit into our society and though Ms. McCourtney captures Ivy's experience in a very realistic way. There is an element of faithful Christianity written into the story, but it sort of feels layered on, instead of an integral part of the story. The mystery was interesting I enjoyed getting to know Ivy.more
Cute read, mystery was ok, the characters were likable.Ivy is a LOL (little old lady) who has some spunk that leads her into dangerous places.Definetely gutsier than Mrs. Marple.Most definitely Christian literature trying to pretend it's mainstream. It was forced in many places, but if you skim over those bits it's not so bad.more
Nice enjoyable read. Ivy is an older widow that feel like she is invisible because she old and short. Her friends die. she decides to find out out who is vandlizing cemetary even stays thier at nights waiting to find out. she cares for people and meets a lot of good friends. but she keeps trying to help find out who her neighbor really was and why she was using a different identy and who murdered her. Ivy takes a lot of risks. I look forward to reading another book about ivy.more
"Invisible" is an easy and fairly entertaining read, albeit a bit of a lightweight for the genre. Some of Ivy's actions stretch credulity, but as a whole the story hangs together. A strength is the author's insight into how society often views senior citizens, if society sees them at all; hence, the title "Invisible."more
Great book, great main character.more
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Fun adult book about a grandmothery type woman whose her best friend dies and the mystery that she solves. Nice writing, good storyline. Enjoyable book.more
This story had an interesting concept in that the amateur sleuth is an older woman. Ivy looses her best friend which in my opinion did not help the story. I found that as soon as Thea dies, there is very limited involvement with the other characters. I enjoyed all the characters for the brief time Ivy was involved with them, but then she ends up doing so much by herself that there isn’t much conversation. I think I’ve figured out why in other cozy mysteries they sleuth ends up having a buddy and/or friend that tags along. The mystery story was fine, in its clues and leads to the end. I was just disappointed in the additional plot and interactions with the characters.I did enjoy the reasoning of the title and how it fit into the story. That was pretty clever and did make me grin. Kind of made you think about elderly people as well.I was also intrigued with the film in the camera and the one hour photo shop. It seems like it has been ages since this was how we took pictures, but maybe it was the author trying to also portray the age of the characters.more
A good story. Too much religious leaning for me.more
Cozy little mystery about Ivy, a petite, little old lady who because she's disregarded by young people feels that she's invisible. She inserts herself into the missing person's case of her late best friend's tenant much to the warnings of the police. Also, she's staking out the Cemetery late at night to learn who's knocking over the tombstones.It's preposterous the way she is oblivious to the danger facing her by as an example -- hiding out in the jjunkyard.more
Another new series I’m trying and it might be a winner. It was a Friday freebie on Nook a couple of weeks ago and the blurb compared the heroine to Miss Marple. In my opinion Ivy is more like a geriatric Nancy Drew—always blundering into dangerous situations as she tries to figure out two mysteries—vandalism in an old cemetery and the murder of a young friend. I enjoyed the characters, the antics, and the humor. She also gives a new meaning to LOL—Little Old Ladymore
Ivy Malone is an elderly woman whose best friend dies. Her best friend rents an apartment to a young woman going by the name of Kendra. When Kendra disappears and a body is found matching her description, Ivy comes forward to identify the body. The woman had been using the identity of someone deceased. Ivy is not satisfied that the police are being thorough and sets out to investigate. There were parts of this story I enjoyed. The opening chapter has Ivy and her best friend in a cemetery and appalled by the vandalism that had taken place there. Having seen cemeteries in this condition, I can completely identify with the outrage. Ivy, however, has some neighbors who are obsessed with genealogy. Unfortunately the author seems to be making fun of their avocation. Genealogical research is not pictured in a favorable light, and the author's unfamiliarity with professional genealogical standards is quite apparent. This is a minor plot line, but it marred my enjoyment of the book. There is a problem with believability. I really cannot picture an elderly woman such as Ivy crouching all night in a cemetery behind tombstones hiding out or being willing to do so. There are also other things that just do not seem that plausible. Ivy is a likable sleuth. This is a work of Christian fiction, and at times I felt that the author was being evangelistic rather than allowing testimonies to take a natural course. All this said, Ivy is likeable, as is one of the detectives, and I would probably read the second book if it is offered as a free Kindle download as this first one was.more
Ivy Malone is elderly and feels invisible - and as I read this novel, I considered how the elderly fit into our society and though Ms. McCourtney captures Ivy's experience in a very realistic way. There is an element of faithful Christianity written into the story, but it sort of feels layered on, instead of an integral part of the story. The mystery was interesting I enjoyed getting to know Ivy.more
Cute read, mystery was ok, the characters were likable.Ivy is a LOL (little old lady) who has some spunk that leads her into dangerous places.Definetely gutsier than Mrs. Marple.Most definitely Christian literature trying to pretend it's mainstream. It was forced in many places, but if you skim over those bits it's not so bad.more
Nice enjoyable read. Ivy is an older widow that feel like she is invisible because she old and short. Her friends die. she decides to find out out who is vandlizing cemetary even stays thier at nights waiting to find out. she cares for people and meets a lot of good friends. but she keeps trying to help find out who her neighbor really was and why she was using a different identy and who murdered her. Ivy takes a lot of risks. I look forward to reading another book about ivy.more
"Invisible" is an easy and fairly entertaining read, albeit a bit of a lightweight for the genre. Some of Ivy's actions stretch credulity, but as a whole the story hangs together. A strength is the author's insight into how society often views senior citizens, if society sees them at all; hence, the title "Invisible."more
Great book, great main character.more
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