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Invisible (Ivy Malone Mysteries #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  5,298 ratings  ·  737 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Revell
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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 ...more
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.
Feb 22, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: free on Kindle
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
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
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 ...more
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.
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. :-)
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 ...more
Norma Budden
Dec 31, 2011 Norma Budden rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like detective stories
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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

By far the strength of Invisible is its protagonist: Ivy is smart, incisive, and hilariously self-deprecating. McCourtney does a fine job of depicting the assumptions made about senior citizens and the way that they are treated as a result, and Ivy really does come to life as a character. The standard cozy mystery elements regarding friendships with police officers, potential love interests, and the kooky best friend are all evident here, but with a protagonist of Ivy’s age, they come with
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
Wanda Hartzenberg
Ivy is an elderly woman. As such she is becoming invisible. People cut in front of her in cues, don't realize she is in the room until she speaks up...she is becoming a non person. A non entity.

That said, she is still as sharp as a tick. And she uses this invisibility to become an unpaid sleuth.
In her endeavors she finds a new love interest ( she is NOT that old.).
She finds and connect crime bosses to crimes, all in all her invisibility works for her until one night she founds herself in the
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 ...more
This is a heroine for those of us who are seniors. Ivy is feeling invisible because of her age and stage (I've often felt that way myself) but this condition does not last long when she starts to investigate a murder.

Read on my Kindle.
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.

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Chris Curtis
I really enjoyed this book. I liked Ivy a lot. She was feisty and funny. I liked the way that Ivy thought about church, God, and prayer in a natural way that a Christian person might do so. It seemed right for the character and not something that distracted from the story or felt forced. I also liked that Ivy is older. I was happy that a lot of the focus wasn't on a business she owned or place she worked, some sort of craft or cooking (with tips and recipes) or even her church. There was just th ...more
Beverly Warembourg
I enjoyed this mystery book. It was a fun read and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series. Not that I'm old(yet) but I could totally relate to some things in this book and not all of them were age related(I am only in my 40's). I don't remember if the book every said Ivy's age, but I think she was either in her 60's or 70's....either way, she was a spry LOL(little old lady) and alot gutsier than I am now! It's definitely Christian themed, so if you don't like that, then you won't like ...more
Heather Cawte
Read on the Kindle.

This was a free book, offered as a taster to get you to read the other books in the series which have to be paid for. I'll definitely be buying the other three!

I thoroughly enjoyed this, which I wasn't really expecting. Although it's a 'cozy' mystery with an older heroine, it didn't get as cutesy as some others I've tried. It is written with warmth and a sense of humour, and quite a gripping plot. The characters are believable, as are the devices that drive the plot forward. I
This was a free book for my kindle. I enjoyed the light mystery and the characters were very identifiable. Ivy Malone finds that getting older she is becoming invisible to the the world around her. Old people do not expect the attention that they once had in their youth. I found at times laughing about the situations she found herself in yet loved the persistance she showed in solving the mystery(s). There were religious overtones through out the story that could have been left out but didn't de ...more
C.B. Cook
Let me start off by saying that the description for this book ended up being a little misleading, but I definitely enjoyed it in spite of that. Here's the description from

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 sh
Well, she's kind of invisible - just not enough to hide some of the dumb moves she makes.

This was, overall, a "humorous" mystery with likeable main and peripheral characters.
My main complaint is the insertion of the religious comments which were totally an afterthought to the story. If you're writing Christian fiction, let the Christian aspect be the main theme and fit your story around that. Don't just cut and paste one-liners into the text.

But I did like Ivy, so she gets 3 stars.

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.
Anthony Howarth
As pure a comfort book I enjoyed reading Lorena McCourtney's first Ivy Malone mystery - Invisible. As an older person who, despite being 6' 1" tall (185cm) and 85 kg (187lb), finds himself becoming more "invisible" every day, I found the title apt - and clever.

The writing is pretty well flawless. The story line clear and pages fly by. This (and others in the series) is a "Nice" book about mostly nice people hedging around the failure of the American middle class to cope with the exploitation of
This was a refreshing little mystery. It brings to mind (somewhat) the Amelia Peabody mysteries, but with a different premise behind the busybody-ness. The idea that this "LOL" (little old lady) discovers that she tends to be "invisible" and uses that to try and help out her friends (landing herself in the middle of a murder investigation) is kind of cute. It was also nice that the main character has qualms about sleeping in the same RV (though different rooms) as a romantic interest as opposed ...more
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