Setting: Kansas City, 1974
Characters: Ellison Russel is a widow and mother to teenager, Grace. She’s also the daughter of the formidable society matron, Frances Walford. Ellison isn’t quite ready for a relationship, but she has two men – lawyer Hunter Tafft and Detective Anarchy Jones – are both after her affections. There’s also Ellison’s best friend, Libba, her fantastic dog, Max, and a host of country-club-set friends and acquaintances.
Plot: A teenager’s party and a boyfriend’s indiscretion kick off the mystery in Cold As Ice. it’s nearly Thanksgiving and an early blizzard is coming to town. 1974 has been rough on Ellison and her family; she just can’t seem to stop stumbling over or finding dead bodies, much to her mother’s chagrin. Having finally accepted an offer of a date with
my boyfriend Detective Anarchy Jones, Ellison is horrified to find their dinner interrupted by a call from the police – coming from her house. When she arrives home, she finds her daughter in tears and her home in shambles. But that’s just the beginning. As events begin to snowball, Anarchy begs Ellison not to get involved in any investigation, for her own safety and his peace of mind. But she just can’t help herself. This time, however, there’s more at stake than safety; Ellison is investigating to save her daughter’s legacy from her father. What she doesn’t realize is that, by doing so, she may be freezing out everyone around her and leaving herself stranded on ice.
Pacing: Steady – it’s a book that’s hard to put down!
Wild Card: I said it on Facebook and I’ll say it again: Julie Mulhern is just mean! Finally – finally! – to the delight of all of us on #TeamAnarchy, it looks like Ellison and Anarchy are going to take the next steps to a more formal relationship. But then she goes and tosses in a wrench and breaks all of our collective hearts. It’s just mean. But, I can’t be too upset with her. She does manage, every time, to spin a story that grabs and keeps my attention. This is absolutely one of my favorite series and one that I recommend to friends time and again.
Cold As Ice (The Country Club Murders)
by Julie Mulhern
Cold As Ice (The Country Club Murders)
6th in Series
Henery Press (October 17, 2017)
E-Book ASIN: B07481MPV2
Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.
When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries.
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About The Author
– Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.
Webpage – www.juliemulhernauthor.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JulieKMulhern
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