Item description for The Wrong Drawers by Misty Simon...
Ivy Morris is back again, and this time she's determined to stay out of trouble. She's comfortably ensconced in her very own costume shop and happy as a clam. Happy as a clam can be, anyway, when her father has essentially moved in with her for an indefinite amount of time, and her love life is frustratingly on hold. She's sure she is quickly going insane. So when her best friend, Bella, asks for help with an in-home demonstration party, Ivy jumps at the chance to get out of the house and away from her dad. She has no real idea what they'll be demonstrating until she gets a load of the cookies she has to decorate. But that becomes the least of her troubles when she walks straight into another murder scene. One where she's the prime suspect. What else could go wrong? When you're Ivy Morris, the only right answer is everything. With the help of hunky Ben Fallon, this girl will try to figure out why she's being framed and what it has to do with her getting THE WRONG DRAWERS.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 2.56 lbs.
Release Date May 29, 2006
Publisher Draumr Publishing
ISBN 1933157100 ISBN13 9781933157108
Availability 0 units.
More About Misty Simon
Lisa adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig.
She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.
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The Wrong Drawers Review Mar 30, 2007
In The Wrong Drawers, Misty Simon brings back Ivy, the bumbling victim turned heroin from her book Poison Ivy. Ivy Morris inherits her aunts store and house in Martha's Point on the east cost. This is her chance for independence. She has been taking care of her father since her mother past away. She boards a plane leaving California to head for a new life. She had no idea how to deal with the back room of the costume store called the Maske Shoppe. She is surprised that her Aunt had a little naughty lingerie store which kept the store afloat beyond Halloween. Most of these outfits Ivy could not fit her ample figure into even if she were so inclined. She does, however, add color to her wardrobe and lets go of the brown that dominated her wardrobe.
Ivy is diligently working on a relationship with the town eligible bachelor and newspaper writer Ben Fallon and is about to close the deal when her father shows up and gets comfortable in her house putting her love life on hold.
This small town has lots of secrets and people do not warm up to strangers very easily. Her one and only friend is an ostracized hair dresser named Bella. The town blames Bella for their star football player moving away when she divorced him and took him to the cleaners. Ivy is repaying a debt to Bella by cleaning her house and helping prepare for a naughty toy party when Tarrin, the person Bella is sponsoring the party for, comes in with an icy attitude toward Ivy. Tarrin told her "You might want to rethink your little back room because my business is going to run you out of yours."
Tarrin has already heard that Ivy is seeing Ben Fallon, who just happens to be her ex beau. The woman corners Ivy and says some nasty things, then dares Ivy to repeat any of it to Bella. Afterwards, when the party is winding down Ivy goes into the bedroom followed by Tarrin. They have a few words making shy Ivy, who is not equipped with the art of "Comeback", so flustered that she goes into the next room to compose herself. When she gets it all together she returns to the room to retrieve her scarf and finds it on Tarrin. On closer inspection Tarrin is dead; strangled with her scarf.
How is Ivy going to find out who the real murderer is when she is the prime suspect? Even her friend Bella thinks that she did it.
I love this series. When I was not laughing I was crying.
Reviewed by Kim Robinson for BBW Reviews
A protagonist with a sense of humor! Nov 14, 2006
Ivy Morris is unsure of this in-home demonstration party her best friend Bella is having. She offered to help just to get out of the house. Ever since her dad came to visit, she can't get much time to herself, or for her and her hunky boyfriend Ben. When she sees the cookies she is to decorate, she begins to understand the type of demonstration they'll be having.
Not long after she speaks bad of Tarrin to Bella, Tarrin is found murdered, and Ivy was the last one to see her alive. So, she is the prime suspect. To make matters worse, Bella refuses to talk to Ivy for some time after the murder. And her dad refuses to leave town until she is cleared.
Ivy is determined to clear her name, if for no other reason than to get her dad to leave town so she and Ben can have some time together. Then strange things begin to happen. Ivy's store The Masked Shoppe is broken into. Ivy is attacked and left in the closet. She gets packages delivered that she didn't order.
Can she unravel the mystery of who killed Tarrin and what that has to do with her without putting herself in any more danger?
I really like Ivy. She is such a enjoyable character. There is a lot of humor in the book. One thing I really appreciate is that even with the questionable subject matter, the author keeps the book to a PG-13 rating.
I can't wait until the next book publishes in this wonderful cozy series. I highly recommend this book.
Better as comedy than mystery! May 22, 2006
At a sexy, not-your-run-of-the-mill Tupperware party, a young beautiful woman is found strangled. Ivy Morris, who's just moved to the small town, is the last to see her alive and becomes the prime suspect. The fact that Ivy had spoken badly of the woman just before she's killed doesn't help matters, plus the local police seem to hold a grudge against Ivy because of a past case.
What's more, Ivy's best friend, Bella, has turned against her. In order to clear her name, Ivy must find out who really committed the murder. But it's not easy--not when her father has come to live with her and her boyfriend Ben's charms are a constant distraction.
Then mysterious happenings begin. Her store, The Masked Shoppe, is broken into and Ivy is attacked, only to wake up in a dark closet hours later. Bizarre packages she didn't order arrive at her doorstep. Obviously someone is out to get her. But who?
This is one of those books that brings up conflicting reactions in a reviewer. The author has a distinctively witty, upbeat voice and a light, humorous style, as well as a flair for natural, sparkling dialogue, yet, as far as the mystery is concerned, the plot is weak.
In spite of the fact that the murder takes place at a party, no party members are interrogated by the police, not even the protagonist, who happens to be the prime suspect.
The town detective appears only twice throughout the whole book, and never asks questions. So this is not one of those mysteries where the reader follows the amateur detective in solving the crime, and where several characters become suspects. There are only two suspects to choose from.
The book stumbles between Ivy's romantic encounters with her boyfriend and her faint attempt to "solve" the mystery. There should have been a build-up leading to the conclusion. As it is, the reader feels cheated; the ending is contrive and disappointing.
Armchair Interviews says: The author has a talent for comedy, and this book would have done well as a romantic comedy, but as a mystery, it simply doesn't cut it.