The Country Club Murders series by Julie Mulhern.
Narrated by Callie Beaulieu
This series is what I call ‘Hot Off The Press’ in the audio book line, here in the UK. Published by Henery Press Books (www.henerypress.com) in book and Kindle format. Audio recording by Tantor Audio and available to download via Audible.co.uk.
These books are what the Americans call ‘Cozy’ or ‘Cozies’ mysteries, which means that they contain no or very little, graphic violence, sex or bad language.
Julie Mulhern takes us back to the early 70’s and all it’s crazy fashion of the day…flares, plaid trousers, mumu dresses and knitted vests. And the country club set in Kansas City, Missouri. Where she introduces you to her main character, Ellison Russell, an artist.
These books are fun, funny, well plotted, with a great set of characters, that will keep you turning the pages or listening right until the gripping end.
Book 1 – The Deep End.
Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.
It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.
As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?
Book 2 – Guaranteed to Bleed.
With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.”
Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way.
Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly-rebellious daughter is missing, and there’s yet another body in her hostas. Mother won’t be pleased.
Now Ellison must track down not one but two runaway teenagers, keep her promise to Bobby and elude the killer—all before her next charity gala committee meeting.
Book 3 – Clouds in My Coffee.
When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors’ party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident.
But when her house is fire-bombed, she’s shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead.
And can Ellison find the killer before he strikes again?
Add in an estranged sister, a visiting aunt with a shocking secret, and a handsome detective staying in her guesthouse, and Ellison might need more than cream in her coffee…
Book 4 – Send in the Clowns.
Haunted houses are scary enough without knife-wielding clowns. Especially murderous knife-wielding clowns. So thinks Ellison Russell, single mother, artist, and reluctant sleuth.
Now death wears a red nose and Ellison is up to the blood-stained collar of her new trench coat in costumes, caffeine, and possible killers.
Who stabbed Brooks Harney? And why? Money? Jealousy? Drugs?
With Mother meddling, her father furious, and her date dragged downtown for questioning, turns out Ellison’s only confidante is Mr. Coffee.