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(The first book in the Ivy Meadows Mystery series)
A novel by

Agatha Award Best First Book (nominee)
"This gut-splitting mystery is a hilarious riff on an avante-garde production of 'the Scottish play'...Combining humor and pathos can be risky in a whodunit, but gifted author Brown makes it work." - Mystery Scene Magazine

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 cauldron, 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.

"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 Mysteries

"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

"Funneled through the chaotic and comical life of Ivy, actress-cum-detective, when tragedy strikes, Brown challenges us to look at motives for murder anew in Macbeth and Macdeath alike. Follow Ivy's tale to finally uncover whose lines stink of a murder most foul. Acrobatic witches, carrot wielding directors, private detectives, and several packets of Raman noodles - it's Macbeth but not quite as you know it." - The Shakespeare Standard

"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

"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

"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

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, private investigator mystery series.

Books in the Ivy Meadows Humorous Mystery Series:


Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

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Hardback Editions

January 2015 : USA Hardback

Author(s): Cindy Brown
ISBN: 1-940976-72-3 / 978-1-940976-72-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henery Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: Macdeath (An Ivy Meadows Mystery) (Volume 1)
Author(s): Cindy Brown
ISBN: 1-940976-69-3 / 978-1-940976-69-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henery Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

January 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Macdeath (An Ivy Meadows Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Cindy Brown
Publisher: Henery Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU