Oct 262017
 

Cold As Ice (The Country Club Murders)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Missouri
Henery Press (October 17, 2017)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635112672
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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Julie Mulhern gives us an icy mystery we can definitely sink our teeth into. I love the use of Foreigner title!! I had it playing on Spotify while writing my review!

Ellison Russell is shocked to learn her daughter’s inheritance is in trouble all because of one huge loan and other mistakes at the bank. She has decided to take the bull by the horns and will go to great lengths to save her daughter’s future. She also has other obligations she must attend to, like meeting with the country club chef to set the menu for her friend’s party. While there the sous chef makes a chilly discovery. Oh no! Not again! There is a dead body in the walk in freezer! Things are about to get slippery as Ellison tries to save the bank, catch a killer and bring her daughter, Grace to her senses – really, a wild party – seriously Grace. All while trying to take her relationship with Detective Anarchy Jones to the next level.

I love this series and wait very impatiently for each new story. I love going back in time to the 70’s. Life before cell phones and cable television. Where Mr. Coffee is your morning pal and gives you just what you need to start your day. The foods mentioned like tuna casserole – you know tuna with egg noodles, peas and a can of Campbell’s cream of celery soup, remind me of the meals my mom used to cook, we still have a version of the dish around here one in a while and it always brings back welcome memories.

Ellison Russell doesn’t need a man to take care of her even though her mother thinks she does. The woman can multitask like a champion and that’s a good thing because she keeps finding dead bodies everywhere. That really upsets her mother too, like Ellison is finding these bodies on purpose. It is also funny that whenever she calls the police the first thing they ask is “Did you find another one?” Definitely not the life her mother has envisioned for her.

The plot is exceptional with plenty of twists but the author gives us some side-splitting moments too. From Grace’s eye rolls to Thanksgiving dinner and so many more in between you will find yourself giggling and even laughing out loud. The dialogue throughout the entire book is absolutely stellar.

Ms. Mulhern’s books are so much fun to read and I usually read them all in one sitting. My family usually knows when I am reading them too because of the intermittent laughter. My daughter “It’s another Julie Mulhern book, isn’t it?” I just nod and smile.

This book is an absolutely perfect escape. I did have a little problem with the last couple of pages though. I was not happy at all, but that just makes me excited for the next installment and hope like hell Julie straightens things out 🙂

Dollycas

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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.

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Jul 262017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
Today I am featuring the latest Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery!


Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My (Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Missouri
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (July 4, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451477774
Kindle ASIN: B01M22OKS0

 

 

Opening up a dime store in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri, Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair thought she’d left the wilds of city life behind her. But she’s about to discover that even rural life can be beastly. . . 

Handsome private investigator Jake Del Vecchio has rented the office space on the second floor above Devereaux’s dime store, and Dev now finds herself embroiled in his first case, which involves Gabriella Winston, the missing wife of wealthy philanthropist Elliot Winston.

Elliot is determined to open a wildlife park on the edge of town but is facing all sorts of angry opposition—including Gabriella. After the Winstons have a bitter fight, Gabriella disappears, and their house is ransacked. The authorities are quick to claim Elliot killed his wife, but Dev’s not so sure. One thing is certain: Claws are out in Shadow Bend. . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jake Del Vecchio has rented space above Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair’s store for his private eye business. He has even encouraged her to get her P.I. license because they work so well together. They also get along very well every other time they are together too and Jake hopes she will make up her mind soon on whether she wants to be with him or Dr. Noah Underwood. Jake plans to spend as much time as possible with Dev.

When Sheriff Kincade send him his first case he asks Dev to help with investigation. It is an interesting case, Elliot Winston has reported his wife missing but he seems ore concerned about his new wildlife park project. The police think he probably killed his wife or she just took off to get away from her husband because she opposed him spending money on such a pipe dream, Dev and Jake think there is more to the story.

Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair is a wonderful protagonist. A woman with “curves”, beautiful inside and out. She and her father are getting closer every day. I love that he works for her at the dime store and that he is getting more comfortable since his release from prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Her mother is off again trying to find yet another husband but Dev just wants to be sure to choose the right man this time. Is she ready to give her heart again?

Growing up in a small town with a dime store and a drug store with a soda fountain makes it super easy for me to picture Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets. The author’s descriptions fill in all the blanks. I enjoy hearing about her gift baskets and laughed out load at her “Naughty” and “Nice” Halloween displays. My mouth waters when she describes all the treats Dev serves including the ones she brings in for the special group meetings. She has turned her store into a fantastic community gathering place, a place where she can listen and ask questions to help her learn interesting things about her current case.

The current case has many twists. I changed my mind more than twice on how I thought the story was going to play out and was not disappointed, it was one bizarre ending.  I absolutely love it.

The mystery and the romance get equal time in the story and blend together perfectly. This is my favorite book in the series!!

Mystery, romance, drama and humor abroad within in these pages. Don’t miss out on the fun.

Dollycas

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About the Author
Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River Mysteries, including Murder of a Cranky Catnapper and Murder of an Open Book, and the Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries, including Between a Book and a Hard Place and Dying for a Cupcake. Dead in the Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 1) will be released September 5,2016.

She worked as a school psychologist for twenty-two years before quitting to write full-time. She lives in Illinois with her husband, classical music composer David Stybr, and their cool black cat, Boomerang.


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Jul 072017
 

30 Second Death (A Tobi Tobias Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Missouri
Lyrical Underground (July 11, 2017)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516102099
Kindle ASIN: B01MDN324Z

 

 

To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

All Tobi wants is to help her friend Carter, she never knew what a can of worms she was opening. Fiona was making hairdresser Carter McDade’s life miserable. She thinks she is a talented actress and he doesn’t agree and let’s her know it which gets him in hot water at the theater. Tobi decides to hire Fiona for a commercial to try and smooth the waters much to the displeasure of the person she had already promised the part. Fiona arrives on set and makes a horrible impression. When the actress is found dead after a break everyone on the shoot quickly becomes a suspect but Carter is the prime suspect especially when they learn the hair dye he was applying may be the murder weapon.

I was excited to visit again with my literary friend Tobi Tobias, she and I have a couple of things in common, like an unusual laugh and our diets. She has a huge heart and went way beyond the limits to help Carter this time. Not sure I would have done the same thing. Alive Fiona was a ticking time bomb that started to explode immediately when she tried to tell everyone how to do their jobs. Even if she hadn’t died she could have ruined the commercial and the reputation of Tobi’s firm.

On the romantic front for Tobi, what started looking hopeful in the first book really hit the skids in this one. Mary Fran is also having problems at her pet shop with a neighbor and she ends up with a huge surprise. So murder, romance drama and an upset neighbor. Tobi has her hands full. But my favorite part was Grandpa Stu returns to help clear everything up. These are a superb group of characters. It is so easy to become invested in their lives.

Ms Bradford presents a wonderful plot with an unusual murder weapon and one that hits very close to home for me. Had I been in Fiona’s position I would have been dead too. She gave a a plethora of suspects and they all had the means and after spending time with Fiona motive was spread around liberally. I was totally surprised when the real culprit was revealed.

I really enjoy this series because it gives me everything I want in a cozy mystery. She also includes those moments that make me laugh out loud and would have Tobi snorting as well.

This story is fast paced and a quick read. I do recommend that if you haven’t read Death in Advertising, start with that one first as this one picks up where that one left off.

Dollycas

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About The Author

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house more than thirty years ago, Laura Bradford (a.k.a. Elizabeth Lynn Casey) fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do anything else.

Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). A new cozy mystery series was added to the mix in 2016 with the release of The Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries. and now she brings us the Tobi Tobias Mystery Series. Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.

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May 302017
 


Watching the Detectives (The Country Club Murders)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Missouri
Publisher: Henery Press (May 23, 2017)
Paperback: 234 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635112115
E-Book ASIN: B06WWF1PWQ

 

Ellison Russell wanted a decorator, not a corpse. Too bad she finds Mrs. White in the study killed with a revolver. Things go from bad to worse when she finds Mr. White in the dining room killed with a candlestick. With so many bodies, is it any wonder Detective Anarchy Jones’ new partner considers Ellison a suspect?

With the country club gossips talking a mile a minute, an unexpected cocktail party, a visit from Aunt Sis, and a romantic decision, Ellison hardly has time to think about murder. Unfortunately, the killer has plenty of time to think about her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Ellison Russell really needs to stop finding dead bodies. This story starts out like a game of Clue – Mrs. White in the study killed with a revolver – Mr. White in the dining room killed with a candlestick. All these bodies are driving her mother over the edge. Her Aunt Sis coming to visit doesn’t help matters. Detective Anarchy Jones knows Ellison didn’t kill anyone but his new partner isn’t so sure. With the ceiling literally crashing down around her she has no time to prove otherwise but the killer does have her in his sights.

Julie Mulhern takes us back to the 70’s, no cell phones, big hair, cocktail parties and no Starbucks on every corner. Ellison and her romance with Mr. Coffee always brings a smile to my face. The story starts out with Ellison simple wanting to redecorate her study. Hunter sets her up with an appointment with his ex and in less than an hour her world is turned inside out. Ellison is a strong character, a widowed mom trying to raise a teenager on her own, a successful artist, trying to find her way in her family and in society. Her mother, Frances, demands perfection and Ellison always seems to fall short in her eyes. Her mother believes she needs a man in her life and while she already has two men interested she just isn’t ready for a serious relationship yet…but things are heating up and Frances may not be happy with her daughter’s choice.

This is a fast paced story and it is full of absolutely hilarious moments. It does take a very serious twist at the end and addresses an important issue not talked about much in the 1970’s. It is still a hot issue today but it handled much more openly.

Ms. Mulhern never disappoints. These characters are believable and the dialogue is crisp. She wraps them lively mystery that is beyond entertaining and she balances the drama with humor perfectly.

I can’t believe how fast I read this book and was not ready to leave Ellison, her family and friends when I reached the final page. I hope the author doesn’t keep us waiting too long for the next episode. Write fast Julie!!

For maximum enjoyment read this series from the start.

Dollycas

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Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series:

THE DEEP END (#1)
GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2)
CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE (#3)
SEND IN THE CLOWNS (#4)
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES (#5)

Praise For Watching The Detectives
by Julie Mulhern

The story is well-paced and the characters keep it moving.
~Christa Reads and Writes

Pretty much every new Country Club Murder mystery I read I proclaim my new favorite and Watching the Detectives is no different! Right from the beginning I was completely sucked in.
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Watching the Detectives is a must read for anyone who loves a little “meat” to their cozy mystery and a good does of humor and wit to boot.
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Good mystery and well written.
Enjoyable read! Great book for fans of fun cozy mysteries!
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– 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.

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Feb 082017
 


I am so happy to welcome Loretta Ross to Escape With Dollycas!
Her new book was just released today!

The first thing I’d like to say is thank you, to Lori Caswell, for inviting me to write a guest post for her blog.

Last September, a little over a month after my fiftieth birthday, I did something I’d never done before and, indeed, something I had never imagined I’d ever do.

I rode on an airplane.

I’m a wild woman, I know.

As mystery readers, you may be aware of Bouchercon, also known as the World Mystery Convention. It’s held in a different city every autumn. In 2015 I attended my first ever B-Con (as it’s affectionately known) in Raleigh, North Carolina. To get there, I drove by myself for two days. On the way down I had to pass through the Great Smoky Mountains, which are absolutely gorgeous and scared the ever-loving hell out of me.

I love mountains when they’re on a jigsaw puzzle or a picture postcard. When they’re climbing under the wheels of my car, at sixty-five miles an hour, with a mini-van crowding me  to my left, tractor-trailers boxing me in, and fiery death  a few feet off the right shoulder and several hundred yards straight down–not so much. It turns out that, under certain circumstances, I’m moderately afraid of heights.

I’m also moderately claustrophobic, which made it a really unpleasant surprise when I finally came down out of the mountains and there were tunnels. And then more mountains. And then more tunnels.

On my way back I was determined to miss the whole “oh-my-God-I’m-going-to-fall-off-the-mountain-oh-my-God-the-mountain’s-going-to-fall-on-me” experience.

It turns out Google maps isn’t so hot at showing elevation. Also, not all those roads are as clearly marked as you’d expect them to be. I wound up lost in the Appalachians.

And there was a tunnel, too. Under Tennessee.

So this year, I was determined not to drive, even though I still wanted to go.

When I was a girl, growing up in the middle of nowhere and spending most of my summers alone with my imaginary literary friends, I used to lie in the field beside my house and look up at the sky. I’d watch the planes going over and wonder about the people in them, but it had never seemed possible that that privileged class of adventurers could someday include me.

My initial plan was to take the train to NOLA. I’ve never been on a train either and it seemed romantic and less likely to fall out of the sky. Unfortunately, from where I live in west-central Missouri, the most direct train route to New Orleans goes through Chicago, takes almost an entire 24-hour day, and involves a 4AM bus transfer in St. Louis. So I womanned up and booked plane tickets both ways.

The first thing people told me about flying was to be early. Be really early. Figure out what early is, and then get there well before that. Expect long lines and delays and hassles at security. So naturally, I planned carefully and then procrastinated so much that I was still packing at midnight the night before I was supposed to leave.

The time on my boarding pass said 10:05 AM and I live a good two-and-a-half hours from the airport so I set my alarm for 4 AM and finally went to sleep.

For a given value of sleep. I tossed. I turned. I worried and fretted and I didn’t actually fall asleep until about 3:45. When the alarm went off, I was so exhausted I couldn’t keep my eyes open and convinced myself I could sleep for just another half hour and I’d be fine.

By the time I finally got up it was almost six. I kissed the cats, made sure they had plenty of food and water, and headed out. I made it as far as Clinton, the town nearest me, before I got light-headed. I’d been so fixated on the coming trip that I’d forgotten to eat the day before.

So, I stopped for a quick breakfast, then topped off the gas tank, and then finally hit the highway. By this point it was nearly seven.

Yeah, I wasn’t at all freaking out by this point. (I might be lying.) Also, did I mention the rain? And the fog?

By the time I got to Kansas City, it was pouring rain, fog was rising off the pavement, and I had managed to land right in the middle of the morning rush hour. And then I took the wrong exit. And then I got caught in a construction zone. And then I couldn’t find the place I’d reserved parking.

At a quarter to ten I was driving around in circles in front of the terminal, lost and frantic and practically hysterical. At 9:57 I stumbled across economy parking.

A shuttle appeared as if by magic, I was the last passenger they picked up, and they took me directly to my terminal. There was no line at security and I had time to buy a bottle of water and sit down before they called my flight.

And I flew. I climbed in a big, metal box with a bunch of strangers, packed in like pomegranate seeds, and the ground dropped away beneath us and we sailed off through the sky to New Orleans. And, perhaps it’s silly, but I looked out the window at the countryside passing by and I thought of a little girl in a field.

And I cried a little.

~Loretta

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Death & the Gravedigger’s Angel
(An Auction Block Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Missouri
Midnight Ink (February 8, 2017)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750415
Kindle ASIN: B01FOR0YXQ
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Death & Wren Bid on Answers to the Mysteries of Love and War

When former army medic Tony Dozier is accused of killing a member of the hate group that disrupted his wife’s funeral, the prosecution charges premeditated murder and the defense claims temporary insanity. Former marine Death Bogart and auctioneer Wren Morgan think there’s more to the story.

They’re both led to the long-abandoned Hadleigh House, where Wren begins preparing the contents for auction but ends up ap- praising the story behind an antique sketchbook. As Wren uncovers the century-old tale of a World War I soldier and his angel, Death finds a set of truths that will change…or end…their lives.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series! Morgan is working at Hadleigh House, an old abandoned mansion, to inventory the furnishings and other contents for auction. She finds an old sketchbook that is truly a treasure. It seems to tell a story from World War I about a soldier and his angel. Meanwhile Tony Dozier, an army vet is arrested for killing a man that was protesting his wife’s funeral. Wren and Death (Dee-th) “it’s a family name” Bogart meet the man and know right away he didn’t kill anyone. Death also has PTSD and knows that is what the vet is dealing with. Maybe the sketchbook can help explain the vet’s confusion and lead them to the real killer.

Three books and we are still peeling back the layers on these characters. They continue to grow closer and deal with each other’s battles. They are falling in love but still have barriers up so as to not cause each other pain, both physically and emotionally. The author seems to understand that their healing is a process, not something that can be fleshed out in a hurry but revealed over time. For me as a reader that draws me to these characters in a major way.

The setting this time was quite interesting. A big old house, a cemetery, and a camp for wounded veterans are all located close together but getting to the house is difficult because there is only a walking path until a bridge car be rebuilt for vehicles. The picture on the cover depicts things very well.

The theme of the story is very current, there is a group, the Church of the Army of Christ (CAC), a militant hate group, they protest around the area. This group disrupted the Dozier funeral because Tony’s wife was a Muslim. She and Tony were the only survivors of an attack in Afghanistan only to get back to the states and have her killed by a drunk driver. Tony dealing with the tragedy he witnessed overseas as a medic combined with his wife’s tragic death has left him just a shell of a man. The author wrote this book long before the current administration was sworn in but she clearly saw the degree of hatred during the election and she tackled that and the plight of veterans so well in this story.

As for the mystery, it wasn’t exactly complex but it wasn’t straight forward either. I knew who didn’t do it, just as Morgan and Death did, so I was really tuned in to all the others I viewed as suspects. I just had a feeling and surprisingly I turned out to be right, but it played out in a really scary, edge of your seat way.

The topics may seem heavy for a cozy mystery but Ms. Ross adds the humor, romance and character building in a way to keep it all balanced. I was very happy with the last chapter set up to take us into the next Death and Morgan story. It is going to be hard to wait a year to have it in my hands.

If this is a new series for you I really recommend you start with Death & the Redheaded Woman, then Death & the Brewmaster’s Widow, before you read this story. These are rich characters you will enjoy more if you meet them from the beginning. 

Dollycas

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LORETTA

About The Author

Loretta Ross is a writer and historian who lives and works in rural Missouri. She is an alumna of Cottey College and holds a BA in archaeology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She has loved mysteries since she first learned to read. Death and the Redheaded Woman will be her first published novel.

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Send In The Clowns
by Julie Mulhern

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I am so happy to have Julie here for an interview today!
Send in the Clowns was released last week and already has 21 – 5 star reviews on Amazon!

Hi Julie,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My bio makes light of the fact that I’m great at calling for take-out and the dust bunnies are growing fangs. Unfortunately, both these things are true. My teenager recently suggested I take up cooking—as a hobby.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

I’ve published two steamy historical romances. Ellison Russell and I share an interior monologue. I’m way too good at Cards against Humanity.

What is the first book you remember reading?

A Nancy Drew.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading The Black Echo by Michael Connelly.

What made you decide you want to write?

Writing is a life-long dream.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

The kitchen table!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Everywhere, the news, other books, the formations of clouds…

What books have most inspired you?

I adore Wodehouse and Sayers. Mixing fun with a good mystery is my favorite!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Deadlines! Eek!!!!

What do you think makes a good story?

Fast pace, killer characters and an engaging plot.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Ellison. I think for most writers, their protagonist is the person they’d love to be.

Why did you pick your particular genre?

I’ve always loved mysteries!

What makes your books different form others out there in this genre?

My books are set amidst the country club set of the swinging 1970s.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

My next Country Club Murder will release on May 23, 2017.

I can’t wait for the next book as you will see from my review below! 

SEND IN THE CLOWNSCozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Missouri
Publisher: Henery Press (October 25, 2016)
Paperback: 246 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110814
E-Book ASIN: B01J499OUE
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Synopsis

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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Set in the 1970’s single mom Ellison Russell heads to a haunted house to find her curfew missing daughter. She never expected to find a clown with a real knife, let alone have another clown die at her feet. We are quickly off on another adventure with Ellison and a dead body and her parents wringing their hands over how socially unacceptable that is.

I absolutely love Ellison and her love affair with her Mr. Coffee. I completely understand her need for caffeine to help her get through what is thrown at her each and every day and even more when there is a murder to solve.

I get the biggest kick out Ellison’s mom and this time even her dad trying to get a man in Ellison’s life to “manage” her. While she does have two men in her life, Hunter Tafft and Detective Anarchy Jones, both try not to push Ellison too far and not to ever bring up the subject of marriage. They are patient men which is just what she needs, but they still voice their opinions about her staying out of these investigations, she just chooses not to listen to those opinions.

When the author penned this mystery I don’t think she could have imagined the creepy clown phenomena and attack the country would be experiencing today and that while the set in the past the theme is very current. Then again I have always thought clowns were pretty creepy and adding them to a mystery or a haunted house makes perfect sense.

The author has given us a dynamic mystery heavily dosed with humor. The characters are very realistic, in fact, Ellison’s mother reminds me a bit of my own mother. No, we were not part of the country club set, but her views on marriage mirrors that of my mother very closely. Like Ellison, I learned to adapt and knew how to handle my mother. Some of these situations had me laughing out loud and churning up memories.

If you need a break from today’s reality escape to the past with this book. You will love all the references to the old television shows and a time before everyone had their noses buried in their cell phones. This book is fun, exciting and rapidly paced with a nice romantic triangle. Once you started reading it will be hard to put it down.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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I love Ellison and her life issues she is facing in this issue. She seems like someone who has been through quite a lot recently, but is strong and just keeps pushing her way through.
~A Date With A Book

Send in the Clowns is well written. The pace is perfect and the mystery is intriguing.
~MysteriesEtc

Stop, what you are doing and add this book to your TBR list right now! I just finished this lovely, fascinating and spectacular mystery!
~Bibliophile Reviews

This was a fun read, and Ellison’s romance and conversations with Mr. Coffee add to the humor…
~Christa Reads and Writes

Send in the Clowns by Julie Mulhern was such a great read that I had it completed in 24 hours.
~Marie McNary – Grace, Gratitude, Life

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.

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May 122016
 

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Clouds In My Coffee
by Julie Mulhern

 

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Clouds In My Coffee (The Country Club Murders)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Missouri
Henery Press (May 10, 2016)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110210
E-Book ASIN: B01BLO5NIC
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Synopsis

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. But why? 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…

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries.

Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series:
THE DEEP END (#1)
GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2)
CLOUDS IN MY COFFEE (#3)

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book!

Ellison Russell’s mother is planning a huge gala but when unexpected family, her daughter, Marjorie, and her sister, Sis, show up she is anything but pleased. She sends them to Ellison’s. They haven’t been home in years, why now? Nothing is going to ruin her event. What would people think?

At a pre-gala party Ellison is almost killed by a falling sculpture, then someone throws a Molotov cocktail at her house and bullets are flying. Then at the gala dinner she is almost poisoned. Why would someone want Ellison dead? Until the culprit is caught another guest moves in with Ellison, hunky detective Anarchy Jones. This leaves prospective husband, at least in her mother’s eyes, Hunter Tafft a little upset. Marjorie has Ellison simmering because she may be married but that doesn’t stop her from flirting with every man in sight and maybe a little more with one or two. Ellison hasn’t got time to be worrying about her sister’s antics. She has to catch a killer before he succeeds in killing her.

Julie Mulherm has written another outstanding story.

These characters are so much fun. Frances Russell, Ellison’s mom, is the epitome of the country club wife. She has her committees and does lunch and does everything the “right” way, her way. Her daughters seem to always be letting her down and even when there are far away from trouble, which I know, isn’t often, they still get the blame. Especially Ellison. Ellison has grown since the series started. She knows how to handle her mother, or get her father to handle her mother. Marjorie is at a crossroads, “things always looks greener” situation. Ellison tries her best to get her back on track. Aunt Sis, is a free spirit and a huge thorn in Frances’ side. She has a secret and that is why she has returned to Kansas City. Ellison just needs to run interference between all over them and hopes that before any permanent damage is done, they all go back where they came from.

There is non-stop action from the start to the finish. The killer seems to be pretty incompetent, so many tries to murder Ellison, and thankfully they haven’t succeeded.  I really enjoyed that no one knew the motivation behind the attempts. Not even Detective Jones. It’s hard to catch a suspect when the victim really has no enemies or at least no one that would want her dead.

The story like the first two installments is set in the early 70’s. I love the references to the early television shows and police investigations without all the technology we have today.

I need to mention that along with all the drama there is a fair amount of humor. The way this family interacts both in stressful and not so stressful moments may have you giggling and even laughing out loud.

This story checks all my boxes for a perfect escape. Awesome plot, terrific characters and set in a wonderful time. This truly is one of my favorite series!

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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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.

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Mar 022016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am conflicted over this post. I strive to share with you original content on my blog, especially when it comes to guest posts from authors. It was recently came to my attention that some posts from authors, that I was given, were also being posted on other blogs. One person even emailed me to ask why I had stolen the post from another blogger. I had not stolen the post; it was the post sent to me by the publicist for me to, what I thought was, solely use. I didn’t realize the same post was sent to several other bloggers.

In the future I am going to make sure I personally contact the authors myself, to guarantee the content is new, fresh, and solely for my use.  Since I have committed to the posts for this month already and I do what to share the books with you, as well as to help the authors promote their books, I will use the content sent to me already. So from now on if I receive a post from a publicist the post will be prominently labeled as such, so that you will be alert to the fact that it may not have only been sent to me. If I review the book, that of course is original from me.

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Denise Swanson Author PhotoThe Top Five Reasons I Love Libraries

As a writer, I know the importance of libraries. But before I ever dreamed of becoming a published author, I was a little girl living in a small town. An only child, living on a farm with no neighbors within walking distance, I suffered panic attacks if I didn’t have a pile of books waiting for me to read.

Which was why, when I heard about all the libraries being closed due to lack of funding, I decided to focus the plot of my next Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery on the offer of a philanthropist to reopen the Shadow Bend Library.

Like me, my sleuth Dev, grew up on a farm outside of town, so she too would have depended on the library for entertainment, knowledge, and companionship. Knowing that it was important to the story that she feels conflicted about the library re-opening, I decided that the philanthropist would turn out to be her stepfather. A man she’d never met, married to the woman who had abandoned Dev and run off seeking greener pastures.

BETWEEN A BOOK AND A HARD PLACENext, I took a good hard look at what libraries meant to their towns in the twenty-first century versus what they had been when I was growing up in the late sixties and early seventies. I found out that in this ever increasing digital world, the role of libraries are undervalued. Many public officials have no idea that libraries are community and cultural centers and when there’s a shortfall in the budgets, libraries are among the first institutions to suffer.

With this in mind, I came up with the Top Five Reasons I Love Libraries

1. Libraries can strengthen a community’s bond. Libraries, especially in small towns, are one of the few remaining places where folks from diverse backgrounds can gather to interact.

2. Libraries are centers for the arts. In rural communities there are few places where creative souls can freely express themselves.

3. Libraries are safe places for children and adolescents to socialize and learn how to interact. Unlike Dev’s dime store, most businesses don’t like kids or teens hanging out. The library does.

4. Libraries are quiet. In today’s busy world with people shouting into cell phones or screaming at each other, a library provides a refuge from all the noise pollution.

5. Libraries are where the librarians hang out and librarians are special people sweet, who are knowledgeable, and great at coming up with suggestions for new books and authors to check out.

With that in mind, I wrote Between a Book and a Hard Place. It saddened me that because of the way the plot developed, I was going to have to deprive Dev’s hometown of the library they were counting on regaining. But rest assured, sometime in the near future, like the next book, Shadow Bend will get its library and it will be bigger and better than ever. Because as we all know every town needs a good library.

~Denise

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 BETWEEN A BOOK AND A HARD PLACEBetween a Book and a Hard Place:
A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Missouri
An Obsidian Mystery (March 1, 2016)
Published by New American Library
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451477767
E-Book ASIN: B00Z8VTQT2
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Five-and-dime store owner Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair moved to Shadow Bend for her family. But when her long-lost mother shows up in town, she realizes too much kin can be killer…

Shadow Bend’s library closed years ago because of budgetary problems, so when a wealthy benefactor offers to reopen it, everyone, including Dev, is thrilled. But Dev’s excitement wanes when she realizes the mysterious donor is actually her runaway mother Yvette’s latest husband, Jett Benedict.

Dev suspects that Yvette and Jett’s intentions aren’t as noble as they appear, but before she can discover what they’re really up to, Jett turns up dead—and all clues point to Yvette as the prime suspect.

Even though Dev has no loyalty to Yvette, she’s in a bind. Setting the record straight could prove her mother is a killer. But doing nothing might get her mother booked for a crime she didn’t commit…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A tangled web, Dev’s mom returns to Shadow Bend and it is a complete surprise to Dev but not a surprise to everyone. Her mother, Yvette, moved on years ago leaving Dev behind. Why come back now? and with another new husband? Dev is on high alert, her mother is up to something. Her husband Jett has offered a huge amount of money to reopen and refurbish the town’s library. He says he is a history buff and all he asks is that he be able to do a little research in the library’s archives. Before he can delve too deeply someone kills him and Yvette is the prime suspect but Dev and her dad could be on the suspect list as well. Dev doesn’t really want to help her mom but she would do anything for her dad so she is going to track down the real killer and be sure he is booked for murder.

I whipped right through this story. Unlike the the last  installment Noah and Jake are both back in town vying for Dev’s affection. Things get a little steamy with both of them but they both have their share of excess baggage. She is going to have to choose one or set them both free soon, but I certainly don’t know what I would do in her situation. It does make for fascinating reading.

The author gives us a fun mystery to solve too. One that takes us visiting all over Shadow Bend and searching back in history too. You know Missouri was kind of split during the Civil War and Shadow Bend families were also affected. I loved tagging along following the clues and putting the pieces together.

Denise Swanson writes a fantastic story with characters I have grown to care about. She fills the story with mystery, mayhem, suspense, and a liberal dose of romance and romantic tension. Seriously, those guys are going to come to blows one day 🙂

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Feb 092016
 

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Death & The Brewmaster’s Widow
by Loretta Ross

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Death & the Brewmaster’s Widow
(An Auction Block Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Missouri
Publisher: Midnight Ink (February 8, 2016)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738747057
E-Book ASIN: B019KKTWU4
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Synopsis

They call it “the Brewmaster’s Widow”; the abandoned brewery where Death Bogart’s brother died in an arson fire.

With his girlfriend, Wren Morgan, Death goes home to St. Louis to take on a deeply personal mystery. When Randy Bogart went into the Einstadt Brewery, he left his broken badge behind at the firehouse. So why did the coroner find one on his body? Every answer leads to more questions. Why did the phony badge have the wrong number? Who set the brewery fire? What is the connection between Randy’s death and the mysterious Cherokee Caves, where the opulent playground of 19th century beer barons falls into slow decay?

Not understanding how and why he lost his brother is breaking the ex-Marine’s heart. But the Brewmaster’s Widow is jealous of her secrets. Prying them loose could cost Death and Wren both their lives.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The first book in this series made my Best Reads of 2015 list. I couldn’t wait for this book to be released because we were given a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the last one.

Wren Morgan and Death (Dee-th) “it’s a family name” Bogart are in St. Louis to wrap up affairs after Death’s brother is killed in an arson fire. But there is a mystery surrounding his death because he was found wearing a badge with the wrong number. His correct badge had a broken clasp and was left back at the fire station. Could this badge mix up have something to do with the fire? Wren and Death take us deep into The Brewmaster’s Widow and her secrets to find out.

I am going to say this up front. This book can be read as a stand alone but you really need to read Death and the Redheaded Woman to get to know this amazing couple. Wren Morgan is an assistant auctioneer and Death is a a private eye/bounty hunter. They meet and their relationship just grows and grows. He is a vet with not only PTSD, but physical disabilities too. Her life hasn’t been easy and she needs someone to lean on. They are just better together. These character are written so beautifully.

In this story Death’s brother Randy died while Death was still deployed. Randy thought Death had been killed in the war. As Death tries to wrap up Randy’s life there seem to be more questions than  answers.  Before Death can move on he needs to know why his didn’t get out of that building alive. He and Wren go to great lengths to find the answers.

I read this book quickly in an afternoon. I had a little suspicion about where we were headed but it was a wild ride to get there. I am so impressed with this author’s writing. She builds the story with intrigue, romance, and humor in a way that deflects your mind from everything around you and holds your attention fully.  Both my dad and my husband were firefighters. I lived the fear of someone getting hurt at a scene. Dying at one would be unfathomable. Randy’s death effected not only his brother, but his chief, his fellow firefighters and so many others that knew him. Ross wrote this in an a way that we knew what everyone was feeling but it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story as a whole. All her characters and their reactions and demeanor in the story were very believable.

The setting in the old brewery was so interesting. I enjoyed learning the history of the structure closed down at the start of prohibition in the 1920’s. It was quite a place. A perfect place for a mystery.

I love where Loretta Ross has taken us and these characters, and the little teaser she gave us at the end of this story tells us we are headed on another mysterious adventure soon. Just like the last time, I can’t wait!

Just a little spoiler alert – We finally learn Death D. Bogart’s middle name and it’s a doozy.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Loretta Ross is a writer and historian who lives and works in rural Missouri. She is an alumna of Cottey College and holds a BA in archaeology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She has loved mysteries since she first learned to read. Death and the Redheaded Woman will be her first published novel.

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Death Goes To The County Fair
by Annette Drake

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Death Goes to the County Fair
(An Ogallala Mystery)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Missouri

Print Length: 100 pages
Publisher: Baskethound Books (October 15, 2015)
ASIN: B014I7MH56
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Joni Harte knew her first job out of college would be tough, but she didn’t expect it to be murder.

With the ink mostly dry on her journalism degree, Joni accepts the position of news reporter and photographer for The Ogallala Gazette. She’s tasked with chronicling all of the goings-on of the quirky characters who inhabit this small Missouri town.

While investigating the identity of the first murder victim, Joni makes an enemy of the local sheriff. Worse, she catches the attention of a violent stalker who promises to cure Joni of her curiosity.

As the Ogallala County Fair comes to an end, Joni must uncover the truth before she comes to hers.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A new amateur sleuth hits the cozy scene. Joni Harte, fresh out of college, moves to Ogallala to start her journalism career.  Her stories this week will resolve around the county fair. Parades, carnival rides, kids with their sheep and cows, fried foods, a beauty contest, just general fair stuff. That is until murder is added to the fair’s fare. Joni finds herself asking the right questions to the wrong people and may end up paying more than her fair share.

Annette Drake squeezes one heck of mystery into 100 pages. The synopsis call the inhabitants of this Missouri town “quirky”, well they are that and then some. A few are totally off their rocker. The dialogue is was fantastic and fun.

The story does include quite a bit of humor but their are suspenseful moments too. Pretzel like twists kept me guessing but I figured out a little bit before Jodie did.

I think this series is off to a great start. I look forward to more stories about Jodie and her family and the residents of Ogallala.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Annette Drake is a multi-genre author whose work is character-driven and celebrates the law of unintended consequences.
Death Goes to the County Fair kicks off the premier of her cozy-mystery series set in Ogallala, Missouri. The book premiered on October 15th.

Her romance titles include A Beautiful Day in Alaska, A Year with Geno, and Celebration House.

Annette’s middle-grade novel, Bone Girl, was published in March of 2014 by Baskethound Books and is available in ebook, print and audiobook.

Annette makes her home in Washington State. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, she loves ferry rides, basset hounds and bakeries. She does not camp. If she can help it.

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