Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
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?
Invisible (Ivy Malone Mysteries #1) was a free download to my Ipad’s kindle and I read it in between work, while waiting endless hours at the doctor’s office, in between my short meals and even at the occasional hours I spent at the gym. I would use the word ‘Entertaining’ to describe this book but that would not be doing enough justice. The book is an outright fun read, hilarious at its best and a compelling page turner.
The plot is unique and remained that way for a long time. I liked the fact that the mystery unraveled slowly and managed to build the reader’s interest at the same pace. The vandalism element was something I did not enjoy initially but her stakeouts at the night made me want to read more of her experiences. Her friendship with the cop was honest and her match making instincts kicking in when she sees two perfectly eligible individuals reminded me of a lot of old people I know . Had it not been for the mysteries the plot would have simply introduced a very unique old lady who would have stood out in any neighborhood any day. Her sleuthing skills first appear primitive and ad hoc, but there is a method to her madness and she executes her tasks with a remarkable sincerity. At one point I thought this was going to turn into a religious read but was mildly glad that it kept its genre intact.
Ivy is not the usual characters we come across. She is not young, hot, glamorous, smart and all those adjectives you could blindly use on a lead protagonist. On the contrary she is LOL (Little old Lady) who just lost her friend and is feeling quiet invisible in this big world. Her antics are funny and laughable but her spirit and enthusiasm catchy. There were a cartload of insane situations she put herself in that would have made me cringe had my mother been in the same spot. But with Ivy it was nice – not safe, not recommended but nice. All the characters in the plot were peculiar keeping the entertainment factor very much alive.
Rated a 5 on 5. I took my own sweet time to complete this and that was because I am doing more hard copy reading these days than ebooks. I also am doing multiple reads now and I am not really great at it. In spite of all this, I enjoyed this and I surely think this is one heck of remarkable read.