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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 od 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?


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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 od 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?

30 review for Invisible

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A good old-fashioned mystery with a LOL protagonist, LOL being Little Old Lady. There were a few LOL (laugh out loud) moments, too. The mystery is not too difficult to follow, the crime is gruesome but not described graphically, and there is no cursing or sex. The potential love interests for our LOL, Ivy, are both very "grandpa next-door" kind of guys. There was a little too much religion in this for my tastes but Ivy is a Christian lady who's faith in God guides her through solving this myster A good old-fashioned mystery with a LOL protagonist, LOL being Little Old Lady. There were a few LOL (laugh out loud) moments, too. The mystery is not too difficult to follow, the crime is gruesome but not described graphically, and there is no cursing or sex. The potential love interests for our LOL, Ivy, are both very "grandpa next-door" kind of guys. There was a little too much religion in this for my tastes but Ivy is a Christian lady who's faith in God guides her through solving this mystery. Not bad, will probably look for the next in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    This was a fun little whodunit with a convoluted plot.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 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 new found anonymity and it's unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation. I quite enjoyed this book. I liked Ivy, she's funny and feisty. Ivy is really just an old busybody who thinks that she's invisible as she's ignored b 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 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 new found anonymity and it's unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation. I quite enjoyed this book. I liked Ivy, she's funny and feisty. Ivy is really just an old busybody who thinks that she's invisible as she's ignored by other people. There's some lough out loud moments and some talk about religion. Ivy is in her sixties where curiosity gets her caught up in the murder of a young woman. #FreeKindleBook.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wealhtheow

    Ivy Malone's husband and son are dead, and she herself is in her twilight years, but she's got irrepresible spunk. She spends her days chatting with friends and going to church. It's a low-key, quiet life. But when her mysterious neighbor disappears, Ivy investigates, and turns up murders, conspiracy, and a lot more excitement than she'd planned for. It's not bad. The mystery itself is pretty obvious: no red herrings or kindly faced villains here. The style is similar to Charlaine Harris's, where Ivy Malone's husband and son are dead, and she herself is in her twilight years, but she's got irrepresible spunk. She spends her days chatting with friends and going to church. It's a low-key, quiet life. But when her mysterious neighbor disappears, Ivy investigates, and turns up murders, conspiracy, and a lot more excitement than she'd planned for. It's not bad. The mystery itself is pretty obvious: no red herrings or kindly faced villains here. The style is similar to Charlaine Harris's, where every day's events and chores are detailed (which can be either excrutiatingly boring or a good way to get a feel for the character) and all the side characters are one-dimensional. It didn't hook me, though. Plus, there's an unexpected subplot that kept throwing me out of the story. Every.single.time Ivy meets someone, she asks them if they go to church (doesn't even ask if they're Christian or not--just assumes) and then badgers them to go every time she sees them from then on. It's weird, because there really isn't much discussion of faith or actual biblical passages--just a lot of talk about the importance of going to church. And the dialog is so ham-handed and clunky when the characters are talking about religion that it really feels out of place and artificial, like a poorly done PSA.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is a book that is about a LOL (little old lady) who uses LOL disguises to investigate a murder. Who would ever suspect an old lady? I think that it was a great book considering that I got it for free off of the kindle store.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I'm not rating this because I've discovered that I don't really like strong Christian based fiction. Let me clarify, where all the bad guys don't go to Church and all the good guys do, don't like that. That's me, not the writer. However, HOWEVER, the idea behind this is great. McCourtney can write. It's great that her lead is a mature, older woman. Love the invisiblity idea. Inventive. I'm not rating this because I've discovered that I don't really like strong Christian based fiction. Let me clarify, where all the bad guys don't go to Church and all the good guys do, don't like that. That's me, not the writer. However, HOWEVER, the idea behind this is great. McCourtney can write. It's great that her lead is a mature, older woman. Love the invisiblity idea. Inventive.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I downloaded this for free while sitting in the doctor's office. There are books that transcend their story and make the experience of one (say, a elderly christian woman feeling "invisible") applicable to any reader. Ahem. THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK. Forgive my bluntness, but, for instance, having your protagonist say, "I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was ten years old, and the Lord has been my guide, companion, and comforter ever since," while chatting up the detective helping her out doesn't I downloaded this for free while sitting in the doctor's office. There are books that transcend their story and make the experience of one (say, a elderly christian woman feeling "invisible") applicable to any reader. Ahem. THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK. Forgive my bluntness, but, for instance, having your protagonist say, "I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was ten years old, and the Lord has been my guide, companion, and comforter ever since," while chatting up the detective helping her out doesn't exactly a. keep you in the thrill of the mystery or b. appeal to an audience outside of the expected one. As I currently work in a convent, one cannot say I am not a friend of elderly christian women, and as I am unabashedly a great fan of Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax, one cannot say I am not a voracious reader of elderly women solving murders, but I can say rather confidently that this book is probably appealing to a particular group of people but not very appealing to me. Also it's not that good of a story and the ending was dumb. How do these things get such good reviews? argh.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I'm glad I didn't pay for this book. It was a free Kindle read. Widow and senior citizen Ivy Malone has just lost her best friend and confidante, and as she goes about her daily life she discovers that to most of the world she's "invisible." Nobody pays attention to LOL's (little old ladies). She decides to use this to advantage however, as she tries to find out who's responsible for the vandalism at a historic cemetery and investigate the mysterious disappearance of a former neighbor. I rather I'm glad I didn't pay for this book. It was a free Kindle read. Widow and senior citizen Ivy Malone has just lost her best friend and confidante, and as she goes about her daily life she discovers that to most of the world she's "invisible." Nobody pays attention to LOL's (little old ladies). She decides to use this to advantage however, as she tries to find out who's responsible for the vandalism at a historic cemetery and investigate the mysterious disappearance of a former neighbor. I rather enjoyed Ivy herself, an intrepid and plucky woman. I enjoyed the humor - Ivy spending nights in the cemetery, searching under the bumper of a car for a possible key in a used car lot. But the constant proselytizing for Christianity really interfered with the story. Faith-filled novels don't bother me (think of Father Tim in the Jan Karon series, for example), but out and out evangelizing does. I belong to the "show me, don't tell me" school of writing and real life action. By the end of the book I wondered what the author's true purpose in writing had been - to write a cozy, humorous mystery or to create Christians. Although I really liked the premise of the novel and its main character I was completely turned off by the rest of the package. (And yes, I am actively involved in a church and have been so my entire life.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Norma Budden

    I picked up this book and didn't want to put it down. Because sleep beckoned, I had no choice - but I picked it up and finished it the following day. I really fell in love with Ivy Malone and her spunk, not to mention courage. After all, who would sit up alone in a graveyard all night - let alone get up and do jumping jacks trying to stay awake? To be honest, she reminds me of the person I would likely be if I didn't have kids depending on me because, like Ivy, I have a mutant curiosity gene for I picked up this book and didn't want to put it down. Because sleep beckoned, I had no choice - but I picked it up and finished it the following day. I really fell in love with Ivy Malone and her spunk, not to mention courage. After all, who would sit up alone in a graveyard all night - let alone get up and do jumping jacks trying to stay awake? To be honest, she reminds me of the person I would likely be if I didn't have kids depending on me because, like Ivy, I have a mutant curiosity gene for getting answers to my questions; thankfully, murder has never been the subject of the day. I certainly did empathize with her plight of feeling invisible, though; it's sad when people have the sense that they just blend into the woodwork, that no one notices them. The story made me laugh out loud sometimes and had me on the edge of my seat at others. At one point, I thought, "This is it; only a miracle will get her out of here." Even so, Ivy surprised me yet again... This is a story you will definitely want to read and I can't wait to read the sequel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    With the creation of her super-sleuth Ivy Malone, McCourtney brings new meaning to the acronym LOL. After the death of her best friend, Ivy (aka the Little Old Lady) feels at loose ends. Without her best friend to laugh at life with, Ivy begins to feel ignored and, well, invisible. Then she gets the brilliant idea to use her newfound invisiblity to investigate vandalism at the local cemetery. Only when her neighbor turns up murdered, the stakes are raised for Ivy's investigations... I'm kind of With the creation of her super-sleuth Ivy Malone, McCourtney brings new meaning to the acronym LOL. After the death of her best friend, Ivy (aka the Little Old Lady) feels at loose ends. Without her best friend to laugh at life with, Ivy begins to feel ignored and, well, invisible. Then she gets the brilliant idea to use her newfound invisiblity to investigate vandalism at the local cemetery. Only when her neighbor turns up murdered, the stakes are raised for Ivy's investigations... I'm kind of a picky mystery reader (okay, make that really picky). Too often attempts to write "cozy" mysteries or to create quirky, memorable sleuths (like Miss Marple or Nero Wolfe) fall terribly flat. Thankfully, McCourtney succeeds in creating an engaging, fun heroine and a whole cast of quirky, memorable characters that makes Invisible quite an enjoyable read. The character of Ivy has quite a bit of depth, and it's an enjoyable read cheering for her as she reassesses her place in the world. A book worth checking out, and I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series at some point.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Krysty Sullivan

    The only mystery here is how this got published. The story was predictable, formulaic, and lacking in depth or style. At the start of the book, the main character, Ivy Malone, an elderly childless widow loses her best friend. Afraid that she may be at risk of losing her faculties (she starts seeing images in her tomatoes)she throws herself into investigating a young neighbor's murder. The course of the investigation is painfully predictable and clues are divulged in a clunky (hit you over the he The only mystery here is how this got published. The story was predictable, formulaic, and lacking in depth or style. At the start of the book, the main character, Ivy Malone, an elderly childless widow loses her best friend. Afraid that she may be at risk of losing her faculties (she starts seeing images in her tomatoes)she throws herself into investigating a young neighbor's murder. The course of the investigation is painfully predictable and clues are divulged in a clunky (hit you over the head) style. This book is best described as proselytizing propaganda masquerading as fiction. The main character, like the author, is a devout Christian and many scenes in the book are written specifically to lecture on these beliefs. There is one more mystery though, does Amazon give this away for free to help spread Christianity or just to see how many of us will waste our time?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a new favorite author! I will be reading the entire series and she is a Christian author which makes me feel good about recommending her books. Ivy Malone is a great character and a complete crack up! I laughed out loud on numerous occasions. One of many of the funny lines is when she goes to visit a man in the hospital who is under guard and has to get patted down, "Me, I got patted down! I felt rather flattered that he thought I could have an AK-47 concealed in my pants leg or a bomb s This is a new favorite author! I will be reading the entire series and she is a Christian author which makes me feel good about recommending her books. Ivy Malone is a great character and a complete crack up! I laughed out loud on numerous occasions. One of many of the funny lines is when she goes to visit a man in the hospital who is under guard and has to get patted down, "Me, I got patted down! I felt rather flattered that he thought I could have an AK-47 concealed in my pants leg or a bomb strapped to my Wal-Mart bra..." Anyway, plan to read this series! She is right up there with the best elderly sleuths!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This book is cute, but SO heavy-handed on the religious talk. I wouldn't mind it if it had something to do with the story, but it doesn't. It almost feels like propaganda disguised as a mystery novel. The main character is very cute, and while the book is a nice light read, just be warned that if you're not big into copious amounts of out of place Christian jabber, to include judgement and guilt, then this might not be the book for you. This book is cute, but SO heavy-handed on the religious talk. I wouldn't mind it if it had something to do with the story, but it doesn't. It almost feels like propaganda disguised as a mystery novel. The main character is very cute, and while the book is a nice light read, just be warned that if you're not big into copious amounts of out of place Christian jabber, to include judgement and guilt, then this might not be the book for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Krysti

    It's a "who dunnit" ... with a Christian twist. I haven't figured out the ending yet, so I guess it's pretty good. If it keeps me guessing, then the author has done a good job so far. :-) It's a "who dunnit" ... with a Christian twist. I haven't figured out the ending yet, so I guess it's pretty good. If it keeps me guessing, then the author has done a good job so far. :-)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chaitra

    It’s a hoot when Ivy isn’t trying to give random somebodies grief about how they practice faith. It’s a funny mystery, and Ivy is suitably self-aware. She’s not a super woman and she knows that about herself. There’s a rather convoluted plot that ends up in an odd place, but I also mostly liked how it got there. I don’t relate to organized religion, but I’ve liked faith based books before. But Lorena McCourtney is not Shusaku Endo or Marilynne Robinson and the Christian messages in the book felt It’s a hoot when Ivy isn’t trying to give random somebodies grief about how they practice faith. It’s a funny mystery, and Ivy is suitably self-aware. She’s not a super woman and she knows that about herself. There’s a rather convoluted plot that ends up in an odd place, but I also mostly liked how it got there. I don’t relate to organized religion, but I’ve liked faith based books before. But Lorena McCourtney is not Shusaku Endo or Marilynne Robinson and the Christian messages in the book felt misplaced. Ivy is compassionate enough to not judge people based on their actions (i.e., Kendra), but she does judge them based on their church attendance (i.e., Dixon and Mac). And a church itself because it’s empowering and is trying to reach younger people with a less fundamental attitude. All this while also doing some serious snooping and contaminating evidence. That’s kind of superficial no?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    LOL little old ladies rock A surprisingly suspenseful cozy mystery with a little old lady who has spunk and way too much curiosity. Excellent read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

    Genre: Mystery/Suspense Series: 1st book in the Ivy Malone series Series Order: 1. Invisible (2004) 2. In Plain Sight (2005) 3. On The Run (2006) 4. Stranded (2006) First Line: "The sign arched over the gravel driveway proclaimed Country Peace in rusty wrought iron." Synopsis: Ivy Malone isn't your typical mystery solver. She's a retired librarian enjoying a quiet life although with her curiosity and spunk she finds herself in the middle of trouble. She has learned that as a LOL (Little Old Lady Genre: Mystery/Suspense Series: 1st book in the Ivy Malone series Series Order: 1. Invisible (2004) 2. In Plain Sight (2005) 3. On The Run (2006) 4. Stranded (2006) First Line: "The sign arched over the gravel driveway proclaimed Country Peace in rusty wrought iron." Synopsis: Ivy Malone isn't your typical mystery solver. She's a retired librarian enjoying a quiet life although with her curiosity and spunk she finds herself in the middle of trouble. She has learned that as a LOL (Little Old Lady) she is often not seen by others and dismissed as old and unimportant ... so she uses that to her advantage. When a cemetery is vandalized Ivy decides to use her 'invisibility' to hide out and find out who the thugs are. Suddenly, armed only with her faith and spunky attitude Ivy finds herself in the middle of a murder of one of her neighbours. My Thoughts: While I liked this book I don't plan to read more in this series and I'll tell all y'all why. I think the main reason is that there's not a lot of energy in the book. The main reason for this is that half way through the book the mystery takes a back seat to Ivy's Christian faith. Personally and as a Christian myself, I have no issue with Ivy's faith being part of the storyline but it kind of surprised me because there was no mention of this being a Christian book in the book write-up. I've never read a Christian mystery before and I'm always open to reading new genres so I dove into this book. I respect and like the fact that Ivy's faith is important to her and greatly influences how she solves the mystery. I just wish the momentum of the mystery was upheld as well as the religious aspect. Her faith is mentioned in the first half of the book and is shown to be an important part of Ivy's character. But it isn't until the second half of the book that the author, I think, focuses too much on Ivy's faith even when it doesn't pertain to the mystery at all. The religion becomes the focus and the mystery is only secondary. One issue I had with this book was that I found the 'invisibility' issue a little odd. I understand that some seniors may feel invisible to others and not taken seriously, respected etc ... but I felt like this author took it a little too far. For the first half of the book Ivy was a funny, spunky senior but when she started thinking she was actually invisible it went from spunky to odd pretty quickly. Plus, some of her actions didn't fit with how I view seniors (which may be a negative about me). I just cannot picture my Nana or Grandma jumping junkyard fences or hanging out in cemeteries on their own in the middle of the night. Just a little too unbelievable. One of the main things that I did enjoy about this book is Ivy. I pictured Ivy as a "Betty White-type" character --- spunky & quirky, with a good sense of humour. Wonderful, I love Betty White! The other secondary characters were ok but fairly one-dimensional and cliched. Sadly, as I mentioned above, the mystery was just mediocre and I never felt like I was on the edge of my seat at any point in this book. That being said, if you're the kind of person who hates reading profanity or gratuitous sex scenes, like a quirky character in a very light read, then this is a book for you. My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dalene

    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 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stellans

    I was talked into reading this by someone I used to consider a friend. Suffice it to say I feel I lost roughly 2 hours of my life I will never get back. I was expecting a cozy-type mystery. If I want to be proselytized, preached to, and otherwise subjected to Jesus/God rants, I can always go to the evangelical church up the street. This author portrays Christians (her main character) as precisely the type many of us avoid: judgmental, harsh, proclaiming their love for their fellow humans while pe I was talked into reading this by someone I used to consider a friend. Suffice it to say I feel I lost roughly 2 hours of my life I will never get back. I was expecting a cozy-type mystery. If I want to be proselytized, preached to, and otherwise subjected to Jesus/God rants, I can always go to the evangelical church up the street. This author portrays Christians (her main character) as precisely the type many of us avoid: judgmental, harsh, proclaiming their love for their fellow humans while persecuting them, and outright hypocrisy. This author will not get a second chance from me. My 'friend' might, one day. But not any time soon. "Mystery," my foot.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    If you can overlook the blatant proselytizing nature of the book (I'm a Christian and I wanted the god-stuff to just STFU already), the mystery is ok. I found Ivy Malone a little too out of touch but I can empathize with her feeling invisible. Not bad, but I won't be checking out the rest of this series. If you can overlook the blatant proselytizing nature of the book (I'm a Christian and I wanted the god-stuff to just STFU already), the mystery is ok. I found Ivy Malone a little too out of touch but I can empathize with her feeling invisible. Not bad, but I won't be checking out the rest of this series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    bex

    A well-written first person cozy mystery starring a little old lady with guts. I would definitely enjoy more of this author and more adventures of the invisible little old lady.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Knipfer

    Retired Ivy Malone wonders if her age has made her invisible. Feeling washed out and with a risk of fading into the background, Ivy takes up sleuthing, trying to find out who has been pulling over gravestones at a local cemetery. In the meantime the mysterious disappearance of her young neighbor, Kendra, has Ivy scouring out clues of her whereabouts. Ivy gains the confidence of a young man in the police department and feeds him what she’s discovered. When a body is uncovered, the danger deepens. Retired Ivy Malone wonders if her age has made her invisible. Feeling washed out and with a risk of fading into the background, Ivy takes up sleuthing, trying to find out who has been pulling over gravestones at a local cemetery. In the meantime the mysterious disappearance of her young neighbor, Kendra, has Ivy scouring out clues of her whereabouts. Ivy gains the confidence of a young man in the police department and feeds him what she’s discovered. When a body is uncovered, the danger deepens. Missing her deceased best friend, Ivy doesn’t protest too much at her friend, Magnolia’s, affinity for pairing Ivy with eligible bachelors. But Ivy doesn’t let any budding friendships deter her from her endeavors to seek out the truth about Kendra. Despite the invasion of her privacy and the destruction of her property, gutsy, determined Ivy doesn’t give up and plays her hand until the very end to reveal the grave desecrators and the killer in one swoop. With dry wit and aplomb, McCourtney skillfully crafts a likable and believable character in Ivy Malone. She grafts Christian faith with mystery in this seamless, entertaining and often humorous read. Readers of mysteries, Christian mysteries, and Christian fiction will be delighted and entertained by the capers of Ivy Malone, LOL—“Little Old Lady.”

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alexia Eichman

    I won't read the second, but it was not awful for the genre of easy-read, first person mystery, a lot too much God for me. I won't read the second, but it was not awful for the genre of easy-read, first person mystery, a lot too much God for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Luca

    Overall I liked the book even though it was a bit hard to fallow at times.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Snipes

    When I read Invisible, I wasn’t sure this was the type of book for me. Although I enjoy reading a wide range of genres, a book about a little old lady snooping around and trying to solve a crime didn’t sound overly exciting. But this book pleasantly surprised me. The premise of the book is a little old lady, happy with her eventless humdrum existence, finds herself looking for answers when a tenant disappears without a trace. In a moment, the world around her no longer appeared as certain as it When I read Invisible, I wasn’t sure this was the type of book for me. Although I enjoy reading a wide range of genres, a book about a little old lady snooping around and trying to solve a crime didn’t sound overly exciting. But this book pleasantly surprised me. The premise of the book is a little old lady, happy with her eventless humdrum existence, finds herself looking for answers when a tenant disappears without a trace. In a moment, the world around her no longer appeared as certain as it was a few days earlier. What does a vandalized graveyard, used car lot, deceased leukemia patient, and a missing friend have in common? Well, I’d tell you, but then it would ruin the book. The character development of this book and the writing is excellent, entertaining, and kept my interest throughout. The first few chapters are enjoyable, but as a reader, I felt like the story had no real direction or purpose. That quickly changed around chapter three. Invisible is filled with memorable characters, interesting plot twists, and a well crafted story. If this book has a flaw, it’s the ending. The climax of the story was good, but the conclusion felt too much like a summary. There was a lot of telling as the story wrapped up the loose ends. While this didn’t take away from the story, it did seem out of place. After the climax, a scene implied we weren’t quite to the climax yet, but when the book concluded, I realized the big scene earlier was the ending climax. If the story had wrapped up the loose ends without the ending build up, it would have been a smoother finish. Even so, this book is well worth the read. The author did an excellent job avoiding the ‘sagging middle’. This story never let up, but kept the reader engaged and looking ahead until the final page. I highly recommend this book, and it’s good to see good quality writing in Christian fiction.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    When I read a book jacket I get an idea stuck in my head on what a book will be about and I decide if it will appeal to me or not. Yes, it is a form of judging a book by its cover and yes, I do plead guilty to that. When I read the basic description of Invisible by Lorena McCourtney, I got into my mind that she was literally “invisible”. I was thinking along the lines of the Bailey Ruth Series by Carolyn Hart. A series that I enjoyed but unfortunately, that is not the kind of invisible that Ivy When I read a book jacket I get an idea stuck in my head on what a book will be about and I decide if it will appeal to me or not. Yes, it is a form of judging a book by its cover and yes, I do plead guilty to that. When I read the basic description of Invisible by Lorena McCourtney, I got into my mind that she was literally “invisible”. I was thinking along the lines of the Bailey Ruth Series by Carolyn Hart. A series that I enjoyed but unfortunately, that is not the kind of invisible that Ivy is. Ivy Malone is a middle aged woman (even though I have no idea what that really means since she seems to be rather fit when outrunning a junk yard dog) that has gotten to the stage in her life where she is no longer noticed by other people. With this newfound realization, she has decided it would be a perfect opportunity to investigate the death of a local woman. There are multiple storylines going on here from cemetery vandalism, to business fraud to young love to Ivy being alone with a man, and somehow, most of them come together at the end. The story is long and drawn out in an overly simplistic and boring way that still has me wondering how I managed to finish this book. I missed that this was a Christian fiction book before I began reading and the constant Bible references were a bit too much for my enjoyment. The characters were too boring, the plots were unrealistic and Ivy herself was not a convincing or engaging character. Guess I need more bite and less preaching in my mysteries

  27. 4 out of 5

    Penandra

    I really liked the premise of the book's title. Having reached the age where I sometimes catch a glimpse of myself and wonder "who is that old woman and why is she wearing my clothes", I was grateful for having the syndrome identified. Invisible. That's what it is. Invisible. The book started out on a good note, but stretched reality a bit for the sake of a story. I understand that it is fiction and writers do this all the time, it just seems that Ms. McCourtney lacks some of the skill to carry i I really liked the premise of the book's title. Having reached the age where I sometimes catch a glimpse of myself and wonder "who is that old woman and why is she wearing my clothes", I was grateful for having the syndrome identified. Invisible. That's what it is. Invisible. The book started out on a good note, but stretched reality a bit for the sake of a story. I understand that it is fiction and writers do this all the time, it just seems that Ms. McCourtney lacks some of the skill to carry it off seamlessly. Then again, this is a first book in a series and a light-hearted series at that. If you are a fan of light mysteries (i.e., the Cat Who books, Stephanie Plum, Kinsey Millhone, etc.) with a dead body or two thrown in just for interest, then you will enjoy this book --- this is where the characters in those other books are headed after they get their AARP card. I'm not sure how Ms. McCourtney handles the "Christian angle" in future Ivy Malone books, but it did seem gratuitous in "Invisible". Almost as if after writing the book and realizing that the publisher who would be distributing the book is Christian-focused, the author went back and threw in some dialogue and a scene or two to meet a requirement. It adds nothing to the story (in my opinion) and can be a bit distracting when one is reading about dead bodies to suddenly be faced with bible quotes. Comment

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This was such a nice departure from my normal reading material! It's been years since I've sat down to read a mystery. We're introduced to Ivy Malone, a sixty something LOL (little old lady) who's curiosity gets her caught up in investigating the murder of a young woman and trying to find out who is vandalizing a local cemetery. She discovers that she suffers from a sort of "invisibility," people just tend to overlook LOLies and she uses this to her advantage. I loved Ivy and not just because I This was such a nice departure from my normal reading material! It's been years since I've sat down to read a mystery. We're introduced to Ivy Malone, a sixty something LOL (little old lady) who's curiosity gets her caught up in investigating the murder of a young woman and trying to find out who is vandalizing a local cemetery. She discovers that she suffers from a sort of "invisibility," people just tend to overlook LOLies and she uses this to her advantage. I loved Ivy and not just because I have a soft spot for little old ladies. She's smart and spunky, but not over the top or eccentric. She's super honest and it was just a natural part of her personality. There are so many facets of her life that endear her to readers. She deals with the death of her best friend, loneliness, and family that lives far away. She's also a Christian and that part of her comes through very naturally also. There's not a whole lot of action, with Ivy being elderly and all, but overall this was an enjoyable book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    Loved this book. I was a little confused at reading the book's blurb regarding how Ivy is invisible but once I realised I was away. This book was fascinating and had MANY laugh-out-loud moments in it. I saw a lot of reviewers had talked about all the religious stuff and I was a little put off but thought I'd try it nevertheless and I'm glad I did. Ivy quotes the bible here and there but there was really nothing excessive for non-believers like me at all. So please don't let that put you off. Some Loved this book. I was a little confused at reading the book's blurb regarding how Ivy is invisible but once I realised I was away. This book was fascinating and had MANY laugh-out-loud moments in it. I saw a lot of reviewers had talked about all the religious stuff and I was a little put off but thought I'd try it nevertheless and I'm glad I did. Ivy quotes the bible here and there but there was really nothing excessive for non-believers like me at all. So please don't let that put you off. Some remarks and observations also made me well up a little.......so it's a book that covers a whole range of emotions. I really liked Ivy, this LOL-Little Old Lady, and will read more of the series. Another huge plus in this book is the lack of spelling and formatting mistakes. It makes such a difference to the whole reading experience, I can tell you. The only thing I thought was a little odd is the font copied across a little oddly and I kept wiping my Kindle's screen thinking I'd dropped cigarette ash on it !!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    A great book about a little old busybody lady who thinks she's invisible because she's ignored by the public. A young girl moves in next-door but something is strange about her life. She's a really sweet and friendly girl so Ivy accepts her as a friend. During Ivy's investigating the vandalizing of the cemetery there is a body thrown in the river. It turns out to be the body of her young friend and no one seems to think it was murder. Ivy sets out to solve this mystery on her own. You will want A great book about a little old busybody lady who thinks she's invisible because she's ignored by the public. A young girl moves in next-door but something is strange about her life. She's a really sweet and friendly girl so Ivy accepts her as a friend. During Ivy's investigating the vandalizing of the cemetery there is a body thrown in the river. It turns out to be the body of her young friend and no one seems to think it was murder. Ivy sets out to solve this mystery on her own. You will want to read this book and see all the trouble she can get into. It is really a funny read but filled with some tense moments. I really enjoyed this book and would love to read the next three in the series!

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