Friday, November 4, 2016

Send In The Clowns

Send in the Clowns
by Julie Mulhern

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

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

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Henery Press (October 25, 2016)
Paperback: 246 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110814
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.

“Let go of my arm.” The voice was far too loud. We swiveled our heads and stared at the door to the hallway. 
A man’s voice, lower decibels and quite unintelligible, answered. 
“I know she’s here.” The woman’s voice was louder still.  
It sounded as if a wronged wife was about to confront a mistress. Having been a wronged wife, my heart went out to her. Too bad she didn’t understand she was picking a fight in the worst possible place. I shook my head and returned my gaze to the cards on the table. The kindest thing to do was mind my own business. Besides, I was not interested in anyone else’s drama. I had enough of my own. I pulled the two of diamonds from the board. “Daisy?” 
“What?” She shifted her attention back to the cards. “Oh, sorry. Here.” A three of diamonds joined the ace and the two. 
“Get your hands off me! Rape!” 
Jinx pushed away from the table.  
I folded my cards, put them down, and half rose from my chair. 
There would be no playing cards until Jinx knew who was causing such a scene. She stalked to the entry and stuck her head into the hallway. 

“Where is she?” screeched the woman. “Where is Ellison Russell?” 

Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series:

What scares you more than killer clowns at Halloween?
"It had been days since I found a body..." is not something most people can claim, or care to.
Here is a well off main character who tries to mind her own business, take care of her teenage daughter, tolerate her loud mouthed, forceful mother, and has the home number of a homicide detective on speed dial.
"...since June I'd been shot at, nearly poisoned, had my house set fire and almost drowned..."

Besides stumbling over dead bodies, or having them fall on her and disappear, she tries to keep peace in her family and enjoys spending time with friends, including two males who each seem to prefer she take their relationship a step further. Ellisson Russell is appreciating her singleness.

Along with her relationship difficulties, family and men, and her mother's advice that she simply stop finding bodies or people will avoid her, Ellisson discovers some valuable antiques have gone missing. Wait until you hear which detectives show up to investigate.
There are fun associations sprinkled throughout this series.
Did you catch the name of the next door neighbor who people assume is a witch?

Written with a dry sense of humor, inserted at just the right moments... "What did one wear to identify a body?.." and set in a time period before personal computers and cell phones, this story is a wonderful autumn read. It can be enjoyed as a stand alone.

I accepted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author ofThe 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 thedog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.
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