The Ivy Meadows Series

Madcap mysteries set in the off, off, OFF Broadway world of theater

The best way to decribe my books? Screwball traditional mysteries. Imagine Tina Fey channeling Agatha Christie–the result  is slightly silly with a satisfyingly twisty plot. This series stars Ivy Meadows, “a part-time detective – in training. Her real dream is to become a Broadway star! She’s sort of a Nancy Drew Barrymore” (



(#1 in the Ivy Meadows Mystery series) 

Nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Debut Mystery!

Ivy’s first adventure, Macdeath, is a “gut-splitting mystery” (Mystery Scene Magazine) and was recently nominated for an Agatha Award for best debut mystery! (and it’s only $2.99 online!)

Like every actor, Ivy Meadows knows that Macbeth is cursed. But she’s finally scored her big break, cast as an acrobatic witch in a circus-themed production of Macbeth in Phoenix, Arizona. And though it may not be Broadway, nothing can dampen her enthusiasm—not her flying caldron, too-tight leotard, or carrot-wielding dictator of a director.

But when one of the cast dies on opening night, Ivy is sure the seeming accident is “murder most foul” and that she’s the perfect person to solve the crime (after all, she does work part-time in her uncle’s detective agency). Undeterred by a poisoned Big Gulp, the threat of being blackballed, and the suddenly too-real curse, Ivy pursues the truth at the risk of her hard-won career—and her life.

THE SOUND OF MURDER front-4The Sound of Murder

(#2 in the Ivy Meadows Mystery series) 

The Sound of Murder is “a definite delight” (Suspense Magazine), and  just $2.99 online!

All Ivy Meadows wants is to be an actor. And a private investigator. Plus she’d really like a pair of clean underwear, a place to stay since her apartment caught fire, and to overcome her fear of singing in public. Minor inconveniences aside, Ivy might be on a roll. She’s just landed her first real PI case, a seeming suicide in a retirement community. Not only that, but a big New York producer is coming to Arizona to see Ivy in the world premiere of The Sound of Cabaret (singing nuns AND Berlin burlesque).

But all is not raindrops on roses. A creep in a convertible is tailing Ivy, a local posse member is way too interested in her investigation, and something is seriously wrong with one of her castmates. And that suicide—could it be murder? As the curtain rises, Ivy finds herself smack in the sights of a serial killer.

OLIVER TWISTED cover FRONT finalOliver Twisted 

(#3 in the Ivy Meadows Mystery series) 

Oliver Twisted is “laugh-out-loud” (Kings River Life Magazine) and just $4.99 online!

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 P.I. uncle investigate a string of onboard thefts, all while sailing to Hawaii on the S.S. David Copperfield.

But Ivy is cruising for disaster. Her acting contract somehow skipped the part about aerial dancing forty feet above the stage, her uncle Bob is seriously sidetracked by a suspicious blonde, and–oh yeah, there’s a corpse in her closet.

Forget catching crooks. Ivy’s going to have a Dickens of a time just surviving.

cover for Ivy Get Your Gun

Ivy Get Your Gun 

(#4 in the Ivy Meadows Mystery series) 

 Now available!

There’s a new sheriff in town—and she can sing!

When Gold Bug Gulch’s actor-gunslinger Mongo winds up shot for real, actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows goes undercover as the ingénue in the tourist town’s melodrama. Unfortunately, she’s distracted by a pack of marauding Chihuahuas, a problematic love life, auditions for Annie Get Your Gun, and a personal mission: to show people the real Annie Oakley. What’s more, the no-good, yellow-bellied varmint who killed Mongo isn’t finished with the Gulch—or with Ivy. Will our heroine prove she can get a man with a gun—before the killer gets her?

Put Ivy’s adventures on your Goodreads bookshelf!


MacDeath (An Ivy Meadows Mystery, #1)

 The Sound of Murder

The Sound of Murder (Ivy Meadows Mysteries, #2)

Oliver Twisted

Oliver Twisted (Ivy Meadows #3)

Ivy Get Your Gun

Ivy Get Your Gun (Ivy Meadows Mysteries #4)

And make sure to check out the other great titles from the award-winning Henery Press – the place to be for mystery!