The Sound of Murder

With The Sound of Murder author Cindy Brown proves that her hilarious debut mystery MacDeath was no fluke In this second novel to feature fledgling actress Ivy Meadows the stage name for a young wo

With The Sound of Murder, author Cindy Brown proves that her hilarious debut mystery MacDeath was no fluke. In this second novel to feature fledgling actress Ivy Meadows (the stage name for a young woman with the more prosaic name of Olive Ziegwart), Ivy gets ensnared in a mash-up of The Sound of Music and Cabaret. Called The Sound of Cabaret, it’s making its world premiere at the Deseret Magic Dinner Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, and Ivy gets the chance to play one of the nuns. Featuring both singing nuns and Weimer Berlin burlesque, the play’s just as over the top as you might imagine. Unfathomably, a big-shot New York producer is coming to opening night for this monstrosity, so Ivy sees The Sound of Cabaret as her chance at Broadway — if only she can learn to conquer her stage fright about singing in public in time!Meanwhile, poor Ivy finds herself without a place to live when her apartment burns up. Since semi-professional acting gigs never pay a living wage, Ivy finds lodging and makes extra dough by house-sitting at a retirement community called Sunnydale. But staid, uneventful Sunnydale is suddenly struck by a string of so-called suicides. When Ivy tries to find out what’s really behind all of these elderly deaths, she puts herself into more danger than she bargained for. Like Ivy, The Sound of Murder is a triple threat: a great plot, and brilliantly scripted characters (especially a good-hearted, if flawed, heroine), and great swaths of good humor throughout. Cindy Brown, you’re a star!In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Henery Press in exchange for an honest review.Good The Sound of Murder Creat Cindy Brown Viral Ebook All Ivy Meadows wants is to be an actor And a private investigator Plus she d really like a pair of clean underwear, a place to stay since her apartment burned up, and to overcome her fear of singing in public Also, she d really like to knock the socks off the big New York producer who s coming to Arizona to see her in the world premiere of The Sound of Cabaret featurAll Ivy Meadows wants is to be an actor And a private investigator Plus she d really like a pair of clean underwear, a place to stay since her apartment burned up, and to overcome her fear of singing in public Also, she d really like to knock the socks off the big New York producer who s coming to Arizona to see her in the world premiere of The Sound of Cabaret featuring singing nuns and Berlin burlesque at Desert Magic Dinner Theater Ivy s cast mates come through with singing lessons, a pair of granny pants, and a housesitting gig in a retirement community And her P.I uncle even assigns her a real case But all is not raindrops on roses During her investigation, Ivy clashes with the local posse, stumbles upon a firebug and a snoring pug, and finds herself smack in the sights of a serial senior killer.. Cindy Brown has been a theater geek musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright since her first professional gig at age 14 Now a full time writer, she s lucky enough to have garnered several awards including 3rd place in the 2013 international Words With Jam First Page Competition, judged by Sue Grafton and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop Though Cindy and her husband now live in Portland, Oregon, she made her home in Phoenix, Arizona, for than 25 years and knows all the good places to hide dead bodies in both cities.. Popular Book The Sound of Murder Ivy Meadows whole world is up in flames. She’s still trying to prove she has what it takes to be a PI, yet can’t seem to get to work on time. She’s been cast in a new musical mashup of The Sound of Music and Cabaret but has a terrible fear of singing in public. Her car has finally ran it’s last mile and she’s accidentally set fire to her apartment. If that wasn’t enough, her first real PI case seems to be leading her and her costars right back into the path of danger. If Ivy wants to come out of this alive she’ll need to overcome her fears both on and off stage.Another delightful Meadows novel from Cindy Brown. Just like the first, this is a quick, easy read with fun characters and enough humour and intrigue to keep you interested. 3.5/5*Thank you Henery Press and Netgalley for this review copy.

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  1. Cindy Brown has been a theater geek musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright since her first professional gig at age 14 Now a full time writer, she s lucky enough to have garnered several awards including 3rd place in the 2013 international Words With Jam First Page Competition, judged by Sue Grafton and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop Though Cindy and her husband now live in Portland, Oregon, she made her home in Phoenix, Arizona, for than 25 years and knows all the good places to hide dead bodies in both cities.

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  1. Ivy Meadows whole world is up in flames She s still trying to prove she has what it takes to be a PI, yet can t seem to get to work on time She s been cast in a new musical mashup of The Sound of Music and Cabaret but has a terrible fear of singing in public Her car has finally ran it s last mile and she s accidentally set fire to her apartment If that wasn t enough, her first real PI case seems to be leading her and her costars right back into the path of danger If Ivy wants to come out of this [...]


  2. With The Sound of Murder, author Cindy Brown proves that her hilarious debut mystery MacDeath was no fluke In this second novel to feature fledgling actress Ivy Meadows the stage name for a young woman with the prosaic name of Olive Ziegwart , Ivy gets ensnared in a mash up of The Sound of Music and Cabaret Called The Sound of Cabaret, it s making its world premiere at the Deseret Magic Dinner Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, and Ivy gets the chance to play one of the nuns Featuring both singing nu [...]


  3. 4.5 stars This was my second book in the Ivy Meadows series I can tell that the author is definitely getting into her Ivy groove This one flowed so much better than the first one I really liked it a WHOLE lot better It was a very entertaining and a fun, fun, fun read I laughed out loud several times Who would have thought of using duct tape as strapless bra holders Ha The characters were quite amusing and some were down right quirky And some you would just like to strangle you know who you are B [...]


  4. This was a pleasant surprise I enjoyed reading about Ivy Meadows her antics as a new P.I small town actress She was funny and a very relatable character I even enjoyed the side characters, especially her Uncle Bob I m really loving cozy mysteries I love the humor, characters seem like real people, and I like the mystery w o the heaviness of regular mysteries I didn t know this was the second book, so I ll definitely be going back and reading the first Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for [...]


  5. There s a line from Shakespeare that occasionally runs through my head at appropriate intervals I am amazed, and know not what to say Midsummer, Act 3, scene 2 This book was one of those about which, six seconds after I hit request , I thought Oh, that was a bad idea Despite some of the reviews I wind up writing, I really don t choose books in order to bash them I want to like books I want to love books And, after all a mystery set around a production of a musical combining The Sound of Music wi [...]


  6. The Sound of Murder is book 2 in the Ivy Meadows mystery series Actually its called a humorous mystery series, and from the beginning with her setting fire to the kitchen, which we find is something common for her, the laughs start coming.When a mistaken address causes her to find a man who possibly committed suicide things start to heat up and there s a mystery to solve, along with a musical to put on Ivy is involved in a mash up called The Sound of Cabaret But erm, she can t sing in public, al [...]


  7. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book Rated 4.5 of 5Following up her big debut in MacDeath see my review here , Ivy Meadows actor and investigator has a role in the new show, The Sound of Cabaret a mash up of The Sound of Music and Cabaret But in her role with her uncle Bob s detective agency, Ivy real name Olive Ziegwart has a difficult task to determine whether or not the recent rash of suicides is actually the work of a serial killer to catch the killer or solve the rea [...]


  8. I would like to thank Henery Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.Another terrific bit of cosy crime and a new series to add to my list of must read Although this is the second book in the series An Ivy Meadows Mystery , the author has written it well and I was able to enjoy it as a stand alone book having not read the first book in the series Yes there were some references to the first book, some obvious character building and introductions done in the first b [...]


  9. In The Sound of Murder, Book Two of An Ivy Meadows Mystery, Ivy returns for another fun show Okay so the murder part isn t really a fun matter but Ivy and her uncle are so very much a fun performance This second in the series adds to, not repeats, details of Ivy s world for a continuous peek into what s behind the curtain of local theatre Cindy Brown skillfully sets the story off and running right from the first paragraph I am immediately involved in the chaos of theatre business, the forward mo [...]


  10. I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley I thank them for their generousity In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising You ve got to realize something about the theater, Ivy Roger turned to look at me If you really want to make it, you ve got to g [...]


  11. 4.5 starI have read a few months ago the first book in this series, I was so excited that I could not wait to start this one It s a mystery full of fun and humor, with many twists and intriguing mysteries to solve It s so well written that I had a hard time putting it down.Ivy wants to be an actress and in the meantime helping her uncle in his office of a private investigator Now she is going to begin with a new show inspired by The Sound of Music, The Sound of Cabaret Perhaps it may be the turn [...]


  12. ARC review for Henery Press via Netgalley.All Ivy Meadows wants is to be an actor And a private investigator Plus she d really like a pair of clean underwear, a place to stay since her apartment burned up, and to overcome her fear of singing in public Also, she d really like to knock the socks off the big New York producer who s coming to Arizona to see her in the world premiere of The Sound of Cabaret featuring singing nuns and Berlin burlesque at Desert Magic Dinner Theater.Ivy s cast mates co [...]


  13. This is the second Ivy Meadows mystery that I ve read Both of them are a lot of fun Ivy is an aspiring actress, but she really wants to be a Private Investigator too She works for her uncle at his PI agency, and also is in various local theater productions She believes that she can do both, in fact she thinks that her acting ability will make her a better PI I think that she s right.Ivy has plenty of amusing things happen to her Fire plays a big part in this book Her VW bug catches on fire regul [...]


  14. Arizona actress Ivy Meadows is performing in The Sound of Cabaret, a mash up of The Sound of Music and Cabaret, at the same time that she s learning to be a private investigator When an accidental fire leaves her without a place ti live temporarily, Ivy s cast mate gives her the chance to house sit for a neighbor who will be travelling abroad But Ivy s stay gets off on a horrible step she finds a dead man At first, Ivy is doubtful of the death being suspicious, but the man s daughter insists tha [...]


  15. Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review I rattled through this at speed and enjoyed it a lot There are significant I think improvements from the opening book in the series as well which make the book feel like a smoother and engaging story So looking back at my review of the first book, I said that Ivy needed a bit of tweaking to make her likeable, and her backstory needed explaining sooner Both of these seem to have come to pass in the Sound of Murder There are nice touches of humo [...]


  16. The Sound of Murder, by Cindy Brown, is the second of the Ivy Meadows mystery series Olive Ziebart, stage name Ivy Meadows, has aspirations of being an actress, but also of being a private investigator She is exploring both, working in her Uncle Bob s detective agency by day and acting in a small dinner theater by night As the story begins, Ivy has had a fire in her apartment displacing her while repairs are made Her uncle s home is in the midst of a renovation with no room for Herron stay, but [...]


  17. I received an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.Ivy Meadows wants to be an actress AND a private investigator She works part time for her Uncle doing office work and learning the PI business She s also in the Sound of Cabaret, a mix of Cabaret and the Sound of Music at the Desert Magic Dinner Theater When her Uncle gives her a real case to investigate, things turn deadly Someone is killing senior citizens in a retirement community and making it look like suicide And it loo [...]


  18. I hadn t read the first book in this series at least according to , but the character sure felt familiar I will be looking for McDeath to read though because I quite enjoyed this book There were issues didn t see a lot of character development part of the first book , story was a big convoluted, took some time to but I overall liked Ivy Meadows real name Olive Ziegwart and her zany antics car catches fire No problem, that s why she carries a fire extinguisher The mystery is that several resident [...]


  19. The Sound of Murder is the second book in the Ivy Meadows mystery series It is a well written full length novel This ARC had some editing proofreading errors which is unusual for an ARC from Henery Press Since it is an ARC I didn t factor the errors into my review rating.Ivy Olive is investigating the suicide of an elderly resident of a 55 community for her private detective uncle She is trying to juggle her PI job and her acting role in a dinner theater musical Soon she realizes that the commun [...]


  20. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Ivy Meadows works for her uncle s private investigator agency because she wants to be a private investigator but her heart wants to be an actress Ivy has a case investigating suicides in a retirement community Turns out they aren t suicides but murder She is always in a play with a few of the seniors called The Sound of Caberet which combines the sound of music with Caberet which sounds crazy but actuall [...]


  21. Great Book This is a great book this is the second book in the An Ivy Meadows Mystery series by Cindy Brown Ivy Meadows wants to be an actor and a private investigator She needs to overcome her fear of singing in public because a big New York producer is coming to Arizona to see her in the premiere of The Sound of Cabaret Her friends come up with singing lessons and her uncle assigns her a real PI case She somehow finds herself in the sights of a serial senior killer If you are looking for a gre [...]


  22. Ivy Meadows is trying to handle 2 career s a she wants to be an actress and PI She planning on doing both Ivy is in musical play given at a Dinner Buffet She agrees to house sit for a friend Arriving at the house she finds the owner dead of an apparent suicide The story has several changes of paces that holds your attention Ivy has discovered a plot to earn money a new way and must find an answer before deaths occur including hers I will this author again.Disclosure I received a free copy from [...]


  23. I was a First Read Winner of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it This is the second book of the Ivy Meadows Mysteries and I really hope that there will be many to come I had a really hard time putting it down and read way passed my bedtime than once As with any series I am always worried that I will be lost if I jump in the middle of it, but this was not the case with this book I found the characters delightful and relatable and it had me guessing until the end I can t wait to find out what [...]


  24. I received an ARC from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This is the second book in the Ivy Meadows Mysteries I did not read the first book, but after reading this I am going to make a point of going back and reading the first Ivy Meadows is a budding P.I working for her uncle Bob, while pursuing her passion of acting This is a great cozy mystery that has great characters, and my favorite part zany hilarious antics Highly enjoyable I will be looking for from Cindy Bro [...]


  25. This was a lot of fun to read and quite an entertaining cozy murder mystery Although the second book in the series, The Sound of Murder can be read as a stand alone The adventures of Ivy Meadows aspiring actress Private investigator was fantastic with a wide range of secondary characters that don t clutter the story but does add that wonderful extra something to the tale The solving of the mystery had a surprising end as well Entertaining and engaging, I am looking forward to reading Ivy s next [...]


  26. I enjoy books where even though it s a mystery it has a sense of humor, this one made me chuckle a couple of times main character seemed sort of scatter brained to me I enjoyed the book enough that I did get the 2nd in the series already Took me a long time to read because it s that hard cover paper back printed book and you really can t haul it around with you and or read in bed, but was good


  27. The setting is irresistible, the mystery is twisty, and Ivy is as beguiling as ever, but what I really loved was the depth and complexity of painful human relationships right there in the middle of a sparkly caper Roll on Ivy 3 Catriona McPherson, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award Winning Author of The Day She Died


  28. Hapless, hysterically funny, and always lovable, Ivy Meadows bungles her way through another murder And, yes, what kind of genius does Cindy Brown have, to do a mash up of the Sound of Music and Cabernet Brilliant A totally fun read.


  29. I received an ARC from NetGalley, to read and review.This was a delightful cozy mystery The characters were entertaining and the story kept me engrossed in the book The behind the scenes look at theater life was also entertaining I will be catching up on the other books in the series.


  30. I really enjoyed this book It was a lot of fun to read about Ivy and all of her antics The mystery is quite good and the characters were funny and interesting An all around great book.


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