Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Kindle Shelf and Book Review (May 17)

Each Thursday, I will showcase three picks from my Kindle Shelf. Let me know if 1) You’ve read the book and highly recommend it or not, 2) Your book reading friend whom you trust has read the book and they highly recommend it or not, or 3) the summary description sounds amazing and that is your pick for the week. The one with the most recommendations and valid reasons why, will be my Kindle read of the week.

Here are my three choices for this week:

The Abandoned (Graveyard Queen) by Amanda Stevens
When her favorite patient at a private mental hospital passes away, psychology student Ree Hutchins mourns the elderly woman's death. But more unsettling is her growing suspicion that something unnatural is shadowing her.

Amateur ghost hunter Hayden Priest believes Ree is being haunted. Even Amelia Gray, known in Charleston as The Graveyard Queen, senses a gathering darkness. Driven by a force she doesn't understand, Ree is compelled to uncover an old secret and put abandoned souls to rest—before she is locked away forever....

Everywhere that Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
Judgement day will come...
It's just a matter of time.

Maryhas been slaving away for the past eight years trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She's too busy to worry about the crank phone calls that she's been getting-until they fall into a sinister pattern. The phone rings as soon as she gets to work, then as soon as she gets home. Mary can't shake the sensation that someone is watching her, following her every move. The shadowboxing turns deadly when her worst fears are realized, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than partnership -- her life.

Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James
It could only happen in a fairy tale.
Lady Lucy Towerton:
Plain and tall. (According to the lady herself.)
Titled and irreproachably proper. (According to her fiancé.)

Until, overnight, she becomes
Lady Lucy Towerton:
Heiress. (Thanks to an aged aunt’s bequest.)
Belle of the ball. (So say the fortune hunters of the ton.)

In charge of her own destiny (finally!), Lucy breaks her engagement and makes up her mind never to be proper again…

Kindle Shelf
Book Review

Title: Invisible (Ivy Malone Mysteries #1)
Author: Lorena McCourtney
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: August 2004
Personal Rating: 3 stars
Amazon | Author’s Website | 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?

My Review:
This story had an interesting concept in that the amateur sleuth is an older woman. Ivy looses her best friend which in my opinion did not help the story. I found that as soon as Thea dies, there is very limited involvement with the other characters.

I enjoyed all the characters for the brief time Ivy was involved with them, but then she ends up doing so much by herself that there isn’t much conversation. I think I’ve figured out why in other cozy mysteries they sleuth ends up having a buddy and/or friend that tags along.
The mystery story was fine, in its clues and leads to the end. I was just disappointed in the additional plot and interactions with the characters.

I did enjoy the reasoning of the title and how it fit into the story. That was pretty clever and did make me grin. Kind of made you think about elderly people as well.

I was also intrigued with the film in the camera and the one hour photo shop. It seems like it has been ages since this was how we took pictures, but maybe it was the author trying to also portray the age of the characters.

“This had to be it! I'd get the film developed tomorrow afternoon at that one-hour photo developing place. Having to wait that long was frustrating, but right now it meant I could go back to the barbecue.”
Lorena McCourtney. Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) (p. 102). Kindle Edition.

Verdict: This is the first of a series, but I don’t know that I will continue reading any further. This was just not my type of cozy. The book is still a free download for the Kindle if you think it may be a read for you.


  1. I haven't read any of these but Winning the Wallflower and the Abandon both sound good. Thanks for sharing your thought on Invisible.

  2. The Abandoned sounds good, and nice review of Invisible. Yes, it seems like so long ago since I've taken film to the one hour drop off :)

  3. I'm going to pick Winning the Wallflower because I'd like to get another opinion on it. It really didn't rock it for me but it's a novella for James' Fairytale series and I hadn't yet met the characters.

    I'll be curious to see what you think!