Another laugh out loud entry in this series about the theater in Arizona (way, way, way off Broadway)

The Phantom of Oz (An Ivy Meadows Mystery Book 5)

By: Cindy Brown

Rating: 5 of 5

I have read and enjoyed all of the Ivy Meadows Mysteries and each one builds upon the ones before. While the book may be able to be read stand-along, I recommend reading the earlier books as so much in this one relies upon the relationships and characters that have come before.

Ivy Meadows (aka Olive Zeigwart in real life) becomes concerned about her best friend Candy Moonpie when Candy returns back to Phoenix in a fairly emaciated condition.

Candy has been in Los Angeles pursuing a film career and has pretty much lost touch with Ivy when she arrives back home in a traveling production of The Wizard: A Space Ozpera (a more than slightly ridiculous take on The Wizard of Oz.

When accidents start happening, and injuries occur, Ivy gets involved to investigate. There is a slight touch of paranormal in the story but hinting at more would give too much away.

I enjoyed the book, read it through quickly and am now waiting for the next book in the series to be written and released. It is one of my favorite funny cozy mystery series.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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