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In Plain Sight (Ivy Malone Mysteries #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  1,693 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
In this second Ivy Malone mystery, Ivy has to hide from the mob in a motorhome.
Paperback, 311 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Fleming H. Revell
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Dec 02, 2012 Mandolin rated it really liked it
"Aunt Ivy, for a sweet, harmless little aunt, you do seem to get yourself in an unusual amount of trouble." With her tiny frame and possum-grey hair, Ivy Malone is your typical LOL (little old lady) and feels invisible to most people…but she likes it that way! With her love for mystery stories and her mutant curiosity gene, Ivy is just thrilled that people seem to look right through her, for it allows her the chance to probe into the strange occurrences that seem to dog her every step and to add ...more
Book Him Danno
Jul 31, 2012 Book Him Danno rated it liked it
Having read the first book in this series I was so looking forward to the next one. The first one kept me in stitches the whole time, whether she was in the cemetery watching for vandals- all the way through to when she climbs out the window of a dirty bathroom in a junk yard. This first book was so well written and just had such an appeal and I fell in love with Ivy Malone just like she was a friend I had right next door.

This having been said the second book very much disappointed me. I was s
May 29, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I love old lady sleuths! Ivy Malone is no exception. Hilarity ensues when Ivy is around.
Oct 30, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
In this book Ivy has yet again gotten herself into trouble and has a crime to solve. After getting death threats from the Braxton clan for solving and arresting one of their own, Ivy has decided to go on the run. Ivy took up her niece DeeAnn's offer to live with her in Arkansas in order to get away. While staying with her family she picks up a job as a housekeeper for a very rich woman named Leslie Marcone a couple days a week. Since she has been working for her she has noticed Leslie is very s ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read. Who would think that a little old lady would make should a great detective. Ok I know you are saying, "What about Miss Marple?" I loved her character also. Maybe I'm getting to close so that age myself (almost 55). I've started book 3 in the series and I'm loving that one also.
Cathy Daniel
May 29, 2015 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!! Ivy is so fun! I love her!
David Kemp
Feb 02, 2013 David Kemp rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Lorena McCourtney is a new author to me but she's winning me over on the LOL, Mrs. Ivy Malone. I only regret that there only four books in the series.
Sep 14, 2007 Cathy rated it liked it
her books are fast, a little silly easy light reading
Margaret Boehm
Mar 03, 2017 Margaret Boehm rated it it was amazing
wonderful mystery
Doranne Long
Feb 22, 2017 Doranne Long rated it it was amazing
Another fun read by Lorena McCourtney. I am a big fan and will continue reading. It's like watching Murder She Wrote, but better!
Jan 20, 2016 Beverly rated it liked it
The second in the series featuring Ivy Malone, a LOL (little old lady). In the last book, Ivy was getting used to the idea that she was no longer visible to the majority of the world. She was just a LOL and most everyone just didn't notice her. It gave her the perfect opportunity to help out by investigating some unsavory activities that were occurring. Now, in her second book, the outcome of the last investigating she did now has made her susceptible to the relatives of someone she helped to pu ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
I like Ivy. We seem to have a lot in common. although in this book she's a little too eager to share her thoughts about who- done-it, which makes her more busybody/gossip than I'd like. In this book Ivy is spending the summer at the home of her niece. She's had to leave her hometown for a while because the evil Braxtons have vowed to do her in in retaliation for her sending their relative to prison (see book #1--Invisible). Things don't prove any safer this time when she takes a job with a snoot ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Sandi rated it really liked it
This is book two in the Ivy Malone series. Ivy is an 80 year old woman who seems to find herself involved in murder cases. She is a "plucky" lady with a christian belief system which she talks about at different points in the book. Following is an example.

"One night one of them was talking about God never abandoning his people. Always being there for them. He had some Bible verse, of course."

"Perhaps the one in Hebrews: 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'"
"Do you belive that?"
Feb 27, 2015 Leah rated it really liked it
I love Ivy!! The first book I found a bit depressing and a little too long and drawn out. This book was shorter and more to the point - plus no random deaths of any of her friends!
I found the murder a little more interesting too, but I feel like there was more to the story. I read this book a week ago and I'm having a hard time remembering the plot, so either I've got brain problems or it just wasn't that memorable. Ivy's awesome personality is though. And I have to say that I am totally Team M
Mar 25, 2012 Marti rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
For a free or very inexpensive book, this was fine. I would definitely call it light reading, but pleasantly so. In this second in the series novel, Ivy Malone needs to leave her home because the Braxtons have vowed to kill her. This vow came due to her providing testamony in the first book, Invisible, that led one member of the Braxton clan to go to prison. The action moved along nicely and there was a nice bit of excitement, as well as a "surprise" guilty party, at the end. Ivy is likeable as ...more
Karen B
Jul 09, 2014 Karen B rated it really liked it
[Read this for free as a part of my library's ebook lending program...]

NOTE: This is the second book in a series. I very definitely recommend reading the first book in the series (Invisible - Ivy Mallone #1) before reading this book, however, because otherwise many of the characters and references won't make much sense.

A fun afternoon's read. It's enjoyable to read Ivy's exploits.

As in "Invisible" there were some laugh aloud moments... A good read for a lazy summer day. I'll definitely keep an
Jun 18, 2011 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Ivy Malone is back! Ever think a gray haired little old lady (LOL) could get into so many jams? Well, Ivy Malone can! When Drake Braxton threatens to do harm to Ivy she hightails it out of town but trouble seems to follow her everywhere she goes. So does her mutant curiosity gene. While hiding out from the Braxtons, Ivy finds herself thrown into another mystery that she can't help but investigate. When one of her neighbors is murdered, Ivy goes searching for clues. Will she solve it or will she ...more
Trudy E
Aug 12, 2015 Trudy E rated it really liked it
A nice blend of suspense and humor, this book finds our LOL (little old lady) in need of a place to hide out until things cool off. Having been threatened by thugs from a previous case, widow Ivy Malone decides it might be best to stay with family out of state. While there she is mistaken by a wealthy neighbor as the housekeeper, and promptly offered a job. The thought of working for the mysterious woman from across the lake and bringing in some extra cash seems like a good idea, so Ivy takes th ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
I'm accustomed to the first book in the series being the best and the books after not being as good, and unfortunately that was the case with this book. Some of the sparkle of the main character remained, but I found that some of the elements from the first book were missing, such as the main character's overriding fear that she was becoming invisible. I.e., the story became plot driven instead of character driven. I still liked the character but thought book one was a lot stronger. (Grade: "C+" ...more
Elise Dubois
May 22, 2013 Elise Dubois rated it really liked it
I started the Ivy Malone series right around the holidays. Interesting character. I do find that sometimes, things don't flow smoothly from time to time - think of it as a movie that skips when you're watching it on DVD. You might not have missed anything important in that split second or two - but you still missed something and things are a bit weird as a result of it. I will most likely continue the series - but these will be "fillers" when I out read the current authors that are a bit more ri ...more
Rachel Lubow
Oct 09, 2014 Rachel Lubow rated it liked it
In Plain Sight--book two of the Ivy Malone mysteries--provokes laughter and an appetite for more Ivy Malone. I especially enjoyed this book's characterization (of both previous and new characters), vividness, and humor.

However, the first third of In Plain Sight seemed a bit less spunky and original than the second two-thirds and than book one of the Ivy Malone mysteries. In addition, the book contained more cliches and simple answers--especially regarding Christianity.

I'm eager to read what Iv
Sep 20, 2013 Peggy rated it liked it
These Ivy Malone books are silly and frivolous, but sometimes I need a little silly and frivolous. Ivy is a LOL (little old lady) who discovers that because she is gray and alone people look right through her as if she is invisible. This ends up giving her "mutant curiosity gene" the opportunity to sleuth without being noticed. But, she does eventually get noticed, and in lots of trouble. This is the second book in the series and it is not great literature, but it is a fast and sometimes fun div ...more
May 09, 2011 Paula rated it liked it
These are another fun series. Ivy has gone to her nieces to stay since the Braxton's are after her for the arrest of their brother. She thinks she can get away for a while and maybe they won't find her.

Her niece DeeAnn and her husband Mike are relocating to Hawaii and it works out perfectly because Sandy wants to finish her school year so Ivy stays with Sandy while her parents go to Hawaii to get things situated. Ivy discovers the dead body of a woman that she worked for as housekeeper for a sh
Nov 06, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A "comfort read".

Sure, I guessed the "bad guy" before it was revealed, but with LOL Ivy, the fun was getting to it her way. And, she sure did make it exciting at the end (she usually does...that curiosity gene gets her into so much trouble. ha-ha). It was nice to see a bit of development with her and Mac, though her development with the other "beau" was also smile-worthy in a different way.

As for the taste of the next book in the series...made me want to pick up the story right away (thank good
Aug 04, 2016 Joanne rated it liked it
This cozy falls in the Christian cozy genre and is the second in the series. While I didn't read the first, it wasn't hard to figure out the back story. Ivy is a likable character, but on the nosy side. Then again most cozy heroines are. Ivy wears her Christianity proudly, but she's not overly preachy. It's light reading & humorous. I'd probably rate it higher, if I were more of a fan of this genre.
This second book in the series picks up months after the first. The bad guy, a Braxton, from the first book is imprisoned due to Ivy’s testimony and his kinsmen threaten revenge. Ivy takes off to Arkansas to get away from possible danger. There she finds another dead body and works to find the killer. She is almost killed by the unlikely killer----and from the nasty revenge seeking Braxton clan. Very enjoyable. Ivy and Sandy are delightful characters. Christian lifestyle woven into book.
Jan 01, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
I do enjoy Lorena McCourtney's writing. The two I have read were entertaining and easy to follow. The whole "Braxton's are after me" and paranoia is getting annoying. I think she could have a better story without it. That's why I only gave 3 stars. I think just an LOL detective would keep me reading. I really like Ivy, just the paranoia seems a bit too much to me. I will keep reading the series but I'm not in hurry to find out what happens next.
Apr 16, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2012
Just as delightful as Book 1, Invisible. Her "mo" is LOL and stands for little old lady, not laugh out loud. Her move to Arkansas to stay out of harm's way doesn't work as well as planned. The past troubles in Missouri continue to follow Ivy Malone. Those past troubles don't get solved in this book either; but the big "M" at the lake is solved.
Nothing will prevent me from following McCourtney's ideas.
Aug 13, 2011 Loraine rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is defintely a cozy mystery. If you like Murder She Wrote or Miss Marple mysteries, Ivy Malone will be right up your alley. On the run from the Braxtons, who are trying to get her for putting their brother in jail, she hides out at a relative's home in the Ozarks where she once again finds herself embroiled in murder. Ivy is fun and witty and lives up to her reputation as a LOL (Little Old Lady).
Oct 29, 2012 Sheila rated it it was amazing
another mystery for ivy malone no matter where she goes or what she does she gets into some kind of fix. awesome read. in this one ivy goes to keep her niece company so she can finish school in the states. while there she grts bored and goes to work for a uppity loner who treats her as a servant not a person. once again finding her dead ivy gets tangled up in her investigation as a suspect. must read to see where she ends up this time.
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