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Cindy Brown

by Sandra Murphy,
Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur,
& Lorie Lewis Ham


Another year has ended, and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books reviewed in KRL in 2018. All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10 favorite books they reviewed in 2018. Our newest reviewer, Katherine Costa, wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post.

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by Cynthia Chow


When a fortune teller declares “Death is near,” Ivy Meadows did her best to shrug it off. After all, she was attending the Phoenix Renaissance Faire where there was an abundance of fairies, pirates, dragons, and hobbits in attendance. Along with her brother, his girlfriend, and Ivy’s own boyfriend Matt, Ivy had been invited to support her friend Riley McFarlane’s jousting match.

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by Cynthia Chow


At first, Ivy Meadows is delighted to receive a call from her friend and fellow actress Candy MoonPie. The love of MoonPies gave her the nickname, somewhat better than the actual name she received from her parents with a sense of humor, Candy Treat.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Ivy Meadows (Olive Ziegwart’s stage name) receives a panicked call from her friend Marge, it’s not Timmy in the well who needs rescuing, but Lassie. Marge’s beloved pug Lassie has gone rogue and joined a feral pack of roaming Chihuahuas, and “Arizona’s Ethel Merman” is begging Ivy to bring him home. Ivy may be a full-time aspiring actress, but she is also a part-time detective trainee at her Uncle Bob’s Private Investigative firm.

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by Cynthia Chow


For aspiring actress Ivy Meadows, nee Olive Ziegwart, her newest gig on the Hawaii-bound SS David Copperfield is about as perfect as it could get. Not only would she be paid to perform as Nancy in the onboard musical adaptation of Oliver Twist, Ivy would also be working undercover with her private detective uncle to investigate a string of cruise line thefts. Before Ivy can even attend a rehearsal or question a suspect, she has the unpleasant experience of discovering her Madame DeFarge’s roommate’s body stuffed into their tiny cabin’s closet.

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by Cyntha Chow
& Cindy Brown


Even with coffee, Ivy Meadows is not at her best in the morning. Without it… well, perhaps that explains why she finds herself sitting on her apartment stairs dressed only in a towel, flirting with a friendly fireman as his coworkers extinguish the fire in her kitchen. Essentially homeless while her apartment is being repaired, a fellow actor’s offer of a house-sitting job seems perfect.

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by Cynthia Chow


Olivia Ziegwart took the stage name of Ivy Meadows, but she needs affirmation she truly is an actress. Through a happy accident involving a hidden cord and nimble recovery, Ivy manages to snag the role of an aerobatic witch in a circus-themed interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Even in a production where Macbeth is a lion tamer and Lady Macbeth is an aerialist, the curse of The Scottish Play falls heavily on the cast with the most notable cast member as its first victim.

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