I’m Cindy Brown, mystery writer, theater geek, and purveyor of general silliness. I’m also the author of the Ivy Meadows mysteries, the Agatha Award-nominated screwball series set in the off, off, OFF Broadway world of theater. I try to live by the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”

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The Phantom of Oz Launch Party and Live Radio Reading!


book cover: Onstage a woman holds on to a tilting chandelier while noting that the Wicked Witch of the East's legs are sticking out from the wing

Creepy munchkins. A mysterious phantom. A real wicked witch.

Join author Cindy Brown,The Willamette Radio Workshop, and Annie Blooms Books for a book launch and live radio reading of The Phantom of Oz, the fifth in Brown’s Agatha-nominated series of madcap mysteries set in the off, off, off Broadway world of theater. When someone drops a chandelier on the Wicked Witch of the East, actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows needs to find the culprit. Was it the ghost who haunts the Grand Phoenician Theatre? A “wicked witch” among the cast of The Wizard: A Space OZpera? Or is it someone—or something—more sinister?

This isn’t your typical author reading, but a performance by the award-winning Willamette Radio Workshop with some of Portland’s finest actors, complete with spooky sound effects, ghost stories, and a few songs—plus free cake, and a cash bar. It’s a book launch, a party, and a show, and it’s free!

We’re proud to be a part of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works


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