Rainer Maria Rilke

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Octo-Genarian Mystery

Invisible:  An Ivy Malone Mystery by Lorean McCourtney
(Mystery)
Maybe Ivy isn't an octo-genarian but she's pretty darn old.  Her age certainly doesn't stop her from running around all night, mixing it up with the bad guys and sharing a trailer with someone other than her husband. 

This first-in-the-series novel features retired librarian Ivy Malone who is stunned when her next door neighbor and best friend, Thea, dies unexpectedly.  Ivy has a hard time adjusting to her loneliness and old age, something she'd never even noticed before.  That's when she decides to stop sitting on the sidelines and join in the chase for Thea's killer.

Ivy isn't a  detective in the true sense of the word.  She's just an LOL (Little Old Lay) who is nosier than she should be and gets carried away.  The story ends with a cliffhanger that made me want to just keep on reading.

This cozy Christian mystery had a friendly, conversational tone and was very easy to read.  While I am nowhere close to retirment age (sigh!), it was a story that still appealed to me because of the moxy of the main character, an endearing trait at any age. Reading about Ivy'e life is just as intersting as finding out about the mystery itself.  Coming to grips with old age, new romances and friendships, dealing with dreams deferred, meeting and failing new challenges--these are common experiences for men and women of any age or circumstance.  Ivy is one old chick I could definitely hang out with (you know, if she were real and all!).  I look forward to the next installment!

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