Review of MacDeath


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.

23303808But 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. (Goodreads)


Ivy Meadows is a wanna-be actress who is looking for her big break.  The role she lands in Macbeth is not going to get her on the red carpet, but it is an acting job and everyone has to start somewhere.  But when the leading man ends up dead, things are not looking so good.  Everyone thinks that the actor drank himself to death but Ivy is not convinced.  Since she works part time at her uncle’s detective agency she thinks she is qualified to solve the mystery.  Will she be able to follow the clues and find the murderer or will her snooping be her final curtain call?

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I loved the quirky personalities of Ivy and her friends.  What they lacked in crime solving abilities they more than made up for with lots of dedication and enthusiasm.  Ivy tries very hard to follow instructions but she is not always successful.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  I enjoyed the mixture of humor with suspense, which kept me turning the pages eagerly.  There were many things that happened that had me smiling with an occasional laugh out loud moment.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery.  This is the first book in the series and I think the author has a winning series on her hands, which I plan to continue reading.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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