Agatha Award Best First Book (nominee)
VIVID CHARACTERS AND A PLOT FULL OF SURPRISES... "Who cannot have fun with a disastrous (and murderous) production of Macbeth? Cindy Brown's first novel is a delicious romp with plenty of humor and suspense. Ivy (or is it Olive) is a fun heroine." - Rhys Bowen, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness Mysteries Sub-Genre Tags: Humorous Mysteries, Amateur Sleuths, Women Sleuths, Private Investigator Books Like every actor, Ivy Meadows knows that Macbeth is cursed. But she's finally scored her big break, cast as an acrobatic witch in a circus-themed production of Macbeth in Phoenix, Arizona. And though it may not be Broadway, nothing can dampen her enthusiasm-not her flying caldron, too-tight leotard, or carrot-wielding dictator of a director. But when one of the cast dies on opening night, Ivy is sure the seeming accident is "murder most foul" and that she's the perfect person to solve the crime (after all, she does work part-time in her uncle's detective agency). Undeterred by a poisoned Big Gulp, the threat of being blackballed, and the suddenly too-real curse, Ivy pursues the truth at the risk of her hard-won career-and her life. Praise for MACDEATH: "An easy read that will have you hooked from the first page. It is definitely packed with surprises all the way to the end. Cindy Brown uses what she knows from the theater life to give us an exciting mystery with all the suspense that keeps you holding on." - Fresh Fiction "Macdeath is a whodunit with a comic spirit, and Ivy Meadows has real heart. You'll never experience the Scottish play the same way again!" - Ian Doescher, Author of the William Shakespeare's Star Wars Series "Funny and unexpectedly poignant, Macdeath is that rarest of creatures: a mystery that will make you laugh out loud. I loved it!" - April Henry, New York Times Bestselling Author "Vivid characters, a wacky circus production of Macbeth, and a plot full of surprises make this a perfect read for a quiet evening. Pour a glass of wine, put your feet up, and enjoy! Bonus: it's really funny." - Ann Littlewood, Award-Winning Author of the Iris Oakley "Zoo-dunnit" Mysteries "Featuring the fierce and determined Ivy Meadows, a delightful misfit with a knack for getting herself into-and ultimately out of-trouble, this gripping mystery is both satisfyingly clever and rich with unerring comedic timing. Without a doubt, Macdeath is one of the most entertaining debuts I've read in a very long time." - Bill Cameron, Spotted Owl Award-winning author of County Line Books in the Ivy Meadows Humorous Mystery Series: MACDEATH (#1) THE SOUND OF MURDER (#2) September 2015 Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all... Author Bio: 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 more than 25 years and knows all the good places to hide dead bodies in both cities.
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Used availability for Cindy Brown's MacDeath
January 2015 : USA Hardback
September 2014 : USA Paperback
January 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition