Author Julie Mulhern is a refreshing voice in mystery. In The Deep End, her first mystery, she takes readers back to the sexy, swinging seventies. Ellison Russell is part of the Kansas City country club scene, both by birth and through marriage. But no pedigree could prepare her to find a dead body floating in the pool during her morning swim. Especially the body of her husband’s mistress.
Now a murder suspect, Ellison is quickly pulled into more than just a murder investigation. Her husband has gone missing and she’s learning far more than she ever wanted to know about her husband, his mistress, and their particular tastes.
I really enjoyed The Deep End. I think it’s easy for mysteries to feel formulaic or predictable, but this story felt crisp and modern – even given the past setting. Family, sex, blackmail, art, and even a maddeningly meddling mother all come into play in the pages of The Deep End. It’s a great read. I’m looking forward to reading more Country Club Murders – especially if they feature Detective Jones.
My thanks to the good hens at Henery Press, who gifted me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Deep End releases on February 17, 2015.