Send In The Clowns
by Julie Mulhern
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!
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?
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!
4th in Series
Setting – Missouri
Publisher: Henery Press (October 25, 2016)
Paperback: 246 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01J499OUE
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.
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.
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More Praise for Send in the Clowns
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.
Stop, what you are doing and add this book to your TBR list right now! I just finished this lovely, fascinating and spectacular mystery!
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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