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Oliver Twisted

(An Ivy Meadows Mystery #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Orphans. Thieves. Murder. And an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet!

When Ivy Meadows lands a gig with the book-themed cruise line Get Lit!, she thinks she’s died and gone to Broadway. Not only has she snagged a starring role in a musical production of Oliver Twist, she’s making bank helping her PI uncle investigate a string of onboard thefts, all while sailing to Hawaii on the S.S. D
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Henery Press
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May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
Another cute entry in the Ivy Meadows mystery. This one takes place on a cruise ship. This just happens to be a literary cruise ship, which if these things were real, I would sign up--especially if there was a Jane Austen cruise ship!! Anyway......I love cozy mysteries, so if your not a fan, this wouldn't be for you. Ivy is an inexperienced P.I. which leaves for many mishaps and not so subtle investigating. Ivy is so adorable, though, it hardly matters. She has her Uncle Bob with her, who is a s ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Cindy Brown scored big with her debut mystery MacDeath and its sequel The Sound of Murder, but the third book in the series, Oliver Twisted, while enjoyable, isn’t a five-star triumph.

Fledgling actress Ivy Meadows (the stage name for a young woman with the more prosaic name of Olive Ziegwart) joins her private investigator Uncle Bob in going undercover on the S.S. David Copperfield, a cruise ship with a Charles Dickens theme. The entire cruise line has been hit with a series of robberies
“Brown mixes laugh-out-loud observations about the acting life with a witty and intriguing mystery. Consider yourself warned. Oliver Twisted is a fast-paced addictive read impossible to put down until Ivy has caught the killer.” – D.E. Ireland, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of Move Your Blooming Corpse
Cindy Brown
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I did write this book, but I also read it! Many, many times...
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, arc, e-books
Ivy Meadow and Uncle Bob have accepted a PI job on the cruise ship S S. David Copperfield Get Lit! to locate the thieves robbing passengers. Ivy finds herself playing the part of Nancy Her contract skipped over the aerial dancing. Ivy discovers her roommate, Harley, dead stuffed in a small closet. As the investigation unravels it takes different on several different paths. Uncle Bob is smitten with a passenger. Ivy receives a message that her brother is missing from his group home. Will Ivy and ...more
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this was my favorite out of the Ivy Meadows series. I loved the little Dickens of a brat kid, his final scene was the best. Ha!! The story was a good one and I definitely share Ivy's fear of the water. And who knew there would be so many suspects?

This is certainly a fun, entertaining and just relaxing and enjoyable cozy series. There's lots of chuckles and being in the theater/PI business, you just never know what Ivy will have to get herself into. Silk aerial dancing? Oh, no way I coul
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016
Please, sir, I want some more...

Ivy Meadows is an actress part of the time and a private detective the rest of it. So when her PI boss, her Uncle Bob, is hired to investigate a series of thefts aboard a cruise ship, Ivy puts both her talents to use – detecting when she's not playing Nancy in the Dickens-themed cruise's production of Oliver! At Sea! But things take a serious turn almost as soon as she steps on board, when she finds the body of the girl she was due to share a cabin with stuffed in
Mark Baker
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2017
Ivy and her PI uncle Bob are working on a case together as they go undercover on the Get Lit! ship the S.S. David Copperfield. They are trying to track down the people behind a rash of petty theft that have been plaguing the literature themed cruise company. As part of her cover, Ivy is working in Oliver! At Sea!, the ships current play. However, the ship has barely left when Ivy finds her roommate stuffed into their closet. Have the thieves escalated to murder?

This is another delightful romp wi
In January 2014, I read the first book in this series, MacDeath, and enjoyed it immensely. Somehow I must have slept through 2015, because I missed The Sound of Murder. But I'm truly glad to be back reading about Ivy and her adventures.

"Why", you might ask. Well, I am a nut for live theatre. So much so I got a minor in theatre (to go with my finance major), and have acted or tech'd about 30 plays. Cindy's books are about as close as I get to the theatre these days (we live in the boonies), so it
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the third book in the Ivy Meadows Mystery Series and the first one I have read. I give this book 4.5 stars. I am definitely going to check out the other two. Even though there were things mentioned that I had obviously missed from the first two books, I was able to follow the story easily. Cindy Brown has written a funny mystery that kept me guessing right to the end. The fact that there was more than one death/murder as well as thievery going on it was easy to send up red herrings and k ...more
Kay Hudson
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, mystery
Another fun adventure with Ivy Meadows. This time she and her uncle Bob are undercover on a Charles Dickens themed cruise ship (the S.S. David Copperfield), looking for a gang of thieves working the Get Lit! cruise line. Ivy plays Nancy in the on board production of Oliver! At Sea! and appears as an aerial dancer (for which she has no training at all) in a magic show, while Bob pretends to be a wealthy rancher.

Bad cell service fouls up communication between Ivy and Bob, and between Ivy and Phoen
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is an excellent "cozy" mystery that takes place in a very unique setting allowing for interesting situations and people. The main character, Ivy/Olive, seems like a very real person, with errors in judgment that any of us might make in similar situations, and very sweet and funny too. The story line was complex and well-written with a number of surprises on various levels at the end. Well done and great fun!

The author does great research, particularly on two diverse subjects as orphans and
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I love this series of books and Oliver Twisted is as entertaining as the others have been. Set during a "Get Lit" cruise, Ivy joins the troop performing Oliver Twist on a Dicken's Literature Cruise to go undercover and try to find the culprit in a series of robberies onboard. But a dead body complicates things and both Ivy and Uncle Bob have to get to the bottom of everything before they are next. Cindy Brown does a great job creating multiple characters that are flawed and have roles in the fin ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-in-pls, own-copy
This was so delightful I sat all day and read it.

We have Ivy on a cruise ship playing the dual roles of actress and PI.

This is a themed cruise on the SS David Copperfield. All thing Dickens aboard.

This English major just loved it.

The writing it top notch and I love the characters. Great plot.

Uncle Bob has agreed to help find the thieves that are hitting the cruise line Get Lit! There is a bonus if they are able to succeed.

Ivy is signed on as one of the actors in the play Oliver! At Sea!
Acting is
Ashley Cate
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oliver Twisted is the third book in the Ivy Meadows mystery series by Cindy Brown. This has quickly become one of my favorite series and Oliver Twisted was another fantastic entry in the series. I enjoyed everything about this book. I thought the setting (on board a Charles Dickens themed literary cruise) was fantastic, I enjoyed getting to see Timothy and Candy again, and also enjoyed the new secondary characters that Brown introduced in this book. I thought the mystery was well done and I also ...more
Sue Hieber
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book very much, imagine a fledgling private investigator/actress, who seems to have absolutely no ability to judge people. This has caused her problems in the past. Now she is On the high seas with a secret assignment to uncover thieves aboard ship while working undercover in a play. Not having a clue whom to trust, she just goes headlong into first one murder, then another, and starts receiving death threats. So much for solving a theft ring. However, much like other intuitive hero ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun at Sea

I wasn't certain I was going to enjoy this book. I started reading it the same evening that I finished book two, and that book ended with so much heart and this one began rather too whimsical for me to accept at first. But then I continued to read and became just as invested this time around as I had the previous two. I'm glad I stayed with it and I'm looking forward to the next.
Fay Fawcett
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the series and it was just as much fun as the other two. Ivy gets herself into some crazy situations along with her uncle who is a PI. Ivy is an actress of sorts and also works for her uncle as an assistant. This story takes them on a cruise ship to find a thief, which they do in the end.
Marla Bradeen
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
OLIVER TWISTED is a wonderful book. The characters are memorable, the mystery kept me guessing, and the story moves along at a nice pace. I loved the humor as well as the cruise ship setting. Readers looking for a light mystery are sure to enjoy this one.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.
michael j. Ging
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written book in the series.

This, the third book in the series was excellent. The first two books were very good ,but by the third book the author has honed her craft and I can’t wait to read the next one. Kyle Lawson would be so proud.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I like mysteries. They keep me reading. This one was different because it was also fun. Plus I love Dickens, although I haven't read any in years.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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DelAnne Frazee
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Oliver Twisted - Ivy Meadows Mystery Book 3
Author: Cindy Brown
Published: 6-21-2016
Publisher: Henery Press
Pages: 288
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths; Police Procedurals
ISBN: 13:
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.75

I received a copy of "Oliver Twisted" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Orphans. Thieves. Murd
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

This is my third Ivy Meadows Mystery (and third in the series) and I find these books to be just plain fun.

Ivy Meadows is an amateur actor and an amateur detective, working for her Uncle Bob's private investigations firm (Duda Detective Agency). This time the agency has a special client ... a cruise ship line. There have been a rash of thefts aboard a series of cruises that are dedicated to a literature theme. Bob goes ab
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
What happens when you take a scattered, water-phobic actress/P.I. out of the deserts of Arizona and drop her on a literature themes cruise ship sailing to Hawaii? You get comedy, drama, danger, and more than a little madcap action in the form of Oliver Twisted, the third Ivy Meadows Mystery from the wickedly funny and talented Cindy Brown.

Having recently come to terms with her fear of water, Ivy and her uncle are commissioned for a case on board a Get Lit! cruise. The cruise line has a fleet th
Andrea Stoeckel
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

“Earth to Ivy.”
“Hang on. I’m thinking, and I can’t think and talk at once.”
“No comment.”

In this book, the second of the t
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-first-reads
Ivy Meadows is an actress/ PI. She is thrilled when she and her Uncle Bob are hired by the GetLit cruise line. Get Lit has been troubled by a series of thefts on its ships lately and they want Bob & Ivy to find the thieves so they can put a stop to it. They decide to act as if they do not know each other, as to not raise suspicions of the crew or guests.
So even with her extreme fear of water, Ivy accepts, and they cruise on the SS David Copperfield to Hawaii. Its difficult enough for Ivy to exc
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ivy Meadows is such a fun character. I love the person that she is. She is an actress and hopes to make it big some day, but she really likes helping out her Uncle Bob solve mysteries. In this book she and her Uncle are hired to find the thieves that are working the cruise line. They go undercover. Since Ivy is an actress, she uses her acting ability to sell the undercover role, of an actress. Her Uncle doesn’t do quite as well. He has difficulty staying in character, and out of trouble. They ar ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Olive Ziegwart, better known by her stage name of Ivy Meadows, is a quick understudy to her Uncle Bob Duda in his P I business.

Ivy finds herself working as a Dickens character on a cruise while Uncle Bob is undercover as a guest on the ship. The cruise line has been plagued with the theft of passengers’ jewelry.

First Ivy finds her shipmate stuffed in the tiny closet of their shared room - dead of course. Then she's plagued by the "orphans" of the cast of the play Oliver Twist she is to perform
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this third adventure with Ivy Meadows. By now readers are familiar with Brown's wonderful characters - Ivy, who divides her time between acting and learning to be a private investigator; Uncle Bob, a private investigator and her boss; Cody her beloved younger brother who suffered a brain injury as a child and Matt, one of the caregivers at Cody's group home. We get to know Ivy's friend and fellow actor Timothy better in this book. He's only had small roles in the previous books but shine ...more
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Cindy Brown has been a theater geek (musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright) since her first professional gig at age 14. Now a full-time writer, she’s lucky enough to have garnered several awards (including 3rd place in the 2013 international Words With Jam First Page Competition, judged by Sue Grafton!) and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop.

Though Cindy and her husb

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