Poison Ivy is a light romance with a bit of mystery on the side. Twenty-four year old Ivy Morris has just moved from California to Kilmarnock, Virginia after inheriting her great aunt’s house and business, a popular costume shop. She is thrilled to be moving out of her father’s house and finally getting a place of her own. Kilmarnock is a small town and Ivy quickly makes friends with Bella, a hair-dresser, and Ben Fallon, the food critic for the local newspaper who has just completed an online course to become a private investigator.
The story is told from Ivy’s point of view and her point of view is definitely focused on Ben’s delicious body. Ben seems equally taken with hers, but the romance keeps getting waylaid by various mysterious events. There is a burglary at Ivy’s store, The Masked Shoppe. There are threatening phone calls. One of her new friends, Janice, is murdered the same night that Ivy meets her. And then one of Janice’s clients is threatening her lawyer about getting his files back.
Ivy decides that she will investigate on her own, but then she quickly teams up with Ben. It is Ivy, however, who solves the mysteries, and once the danger is over, Ivy and Ben are sure that they will have time for just them. Sure, that is until Ivy reveals that her father is arriving for a visit of indeterminate length.
This is a fun romp, and the mystery isn’t really difficult to solve. The characters are fun and Ivy’s perspective on them let’s the reader learn more about Ivy as well as the other characters. Both Bella and Ben prove themselves to be good friends to the newcomer in town.
If you are looking for a quick romantic summer read, with just a hint of mystery, then why not give Poison Ivy a try.
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