by Julie Mulhern


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ISBN-13: 9781635114553
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Series: Country Club Murders , #8
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 114,267
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

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BACK STABBERS 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
1335sj 4 months ago
Ellison Russell has been waiting somewhat impatiently for her meeting with her stockbroker. She's getting distraught because the other woman, remaining in this close waiting room is what Ellison describes as a "Germ, masquerading as a woman" she demands to wait in her broker's office. Big mistake for Ellison, as soon as his secretary leads her back to Winthrop Marshall's office and opens the door, Ellison finds out why Mr. Marshall has been keeping her waiting, let's say he's not late getting into the office as previously told, he never left from the night before. To add insult to injury that she's found another dead body, she's never going to think of Winthrop Marshall in the same way. He was not an attractive man fully clothed but partially clothed the image is just too much for her to compute. As she recovers from her shock, she calls her favorite coffee eyed, Detective Anarchy Jones to inform him of her latest find. Ellison is pretty old hat regarding dead bodies much to her society mother's chagrin. It seems like if there is a dead body to stumble over it, Ellison is quite adept of righting herself on her Gucci's when finds one. This series set is in mid 70's and, whether you were born in that era, or not a few things may go over your head, but it's written so well that you will that you'll not get lost. I love how Ms. Mullhern weaves her mysteries around that era, including but not limited to her love affair with her Mr. Coffee, and the references to Harvest Gold and Avocado Green kitchen appliances. Some things that were left in that era were for the best believe me. The one that got me laughing and still does is when Anarchy is trying to reel Ellison in by letting her know that she isn't Pepper Martin. That was a top-rated television series starring Angie Dickenson. It's was called "Police Woman," and it was instrumental in my career choice. That was when I was bitten by the police bug; I thought I would be able to dress to the nines and solve crimes without breaking a sweat. This series has so much more to love than the '70's era. It's plain fun; this book had several different sub-plots going so you after you finish this book you find your find yourself wondering how long was I sitting here? The settings, witty dialog and characters make this a must-read for any cozy mystery fan. When you pick this book up, be prepared not to get anything done for the rest of the day. You'll find yourself teleported back with Ellison Russell and her quirky family. I want to thank The Henery Press and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this e-galley in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I expressed above are my own.
Anonymous 24 days ago
I enjoy reading the Country Club Murders series and it just keeps getting better. Back Stabbers is the eighth in the series. Ellison Russell, dead bodies and hunky Detective Anarchy Jones...a combination that makes it hard to put the book down. Very well thought out plot with great characters, some laughter and mystery right to the end as to whodunit. It's set in the 70's with no cell phones, but lots of coffee. I also enjoy the dynamics between Ellison, her daughter Grace and her Mother. Looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is one of my favorite series. Love the characters Julie has created. Highly recommend reading them in order so that you have the back story. I read the first one while I was undergoing chemotherapy. I was laughing so hard that the nursing staff thought I was in distress. Once I start reading I find it impossible to put down, consequently I was up way to later last night reading Back Stabber. They keep getting better and better. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Love The Country Club Mystery series. You need to read them in order. Julie Mulhern has a way of creating a world you don’t want to leave.
Dollycas 3 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts First, another great title/music tie-in, from the O’Jays. Really gets you into that 70’s feeling. No cell phones, no internet, no cable tv, but some really fine music! One of my favorite amateur sleuths is back with her knack of finding dead bodies and her love affair with Mr. Coffee. This time she finds her stockbroker dead and in a way, she will never be able to wipe from her memory. After that bodies quickly start to pile up and Detective Anarchy Jones actually wants her help with the case. This does not make her mother happy at all. Can Ellison catch a killer or will she be the next victim of the backstabber? Ellison may be part of the country club set but she never comes off the way. It is her mother that cares about all the social standing. But her parents have been keeping a huge secret. Ellison’s father was in a relationship before marrying her mother. This union produced a child. Karma runs a brokerage firm in San Francisco and has never met the rest of her family. After almost 40 years she makes a trip to Kansas City and stays with Ellison as a favor to her dad. Also, Ellison and Anarchy are moving forward with their relationship to everyone’s delight except her mother. Dead bodies, secrets exposed and Ellison’s dating a detective has sent mom Francis into quite a tizzy. These characters are so genuine and believable. The dialogues are cleverly written and will have you laughing out loud. Interactions between the characters but especially between Ellison and her mother are pure gems. This author has a unique style and she knows how to pepper the story with humor in all the right places even when taking on serious issues. This story takes place way before the #metoo movement and clearly shines a light on sexual harassment that was commonplace back then and widespread until recently. Ms. Mulhern fictional take on the subject and involving the murders was very well done. Ellison’s quest to narrow the suspect pool was very intriguing. Who had the most credible motive? Finding out was not an easy task. I loved following along for each and every step. I have learned that when I start reading anything by this author not to have anything else planned for the rest of the day because I know when I start reading I will not be able to stop. My family has also learned to expect giggles and full out laughter from me during that reading. This is an excellent addition to this fantastic series. All the characters have evolved so much since the series began, even Francis has grown a little. I do recommend new readers start at the beginning of this series but you can really start anywhere in this series for classic cozy entertainment.
Rosemary-Standeven 4 months ago
Yet another fabulously enjoyable Country Club Murder book. All the beloved old (and some not quite so welcome) characters are included. Aggie is still looking after Ellison, Grace and Max, trying to keep them out of trouble while producing appropriate, tasty and welcome sustenance for them (and bereaved neighbours). Grace has decided that Max needs a friend. And Max creates more chaos than you could imagine, ‘welcoming’ his new ‘friend’. Ellison’s father has the brilliant idea of asking her to have her half-sister, Karma, to stay: “It was an epically terrible, bring-about-the-apocalypse bad idea. Rivers would run backward. The locusts would descend. Mother’s face would melt.” Frances Walford’s public reaction to the news is unexpected – but goes to show what a formidable – and indeed admirable – woman she is. She makes the point remarkably clear, that no-one may try to trash Frances Walford’s reputation, nor that of her family. Libba is always a welcome addition to Ellisons world (““You do realize liquor isn’t the answer to every question?” “This isn’t every question. This is a man question. Trust me, liquor is the answer.” Who was I to argue with Libba’s vast experience?”), Detective Peters, not so much. And then there is … “Some demon (a demon bunny?) had forgotten to guard the gates of hell and Prudence had escaped. There could be no other explanation for her presence”. Ellison and Anarchy Jones are now finally an item, and are being seen in public together. Anarchy has realised that if he wants Ellison, he has to accept that if she stumbles across a crime scene or mystery, that she will feel duty bound to investigate. He can try to keep her safe, but cannot demand that she stays out of trouble: “Anarchy’s silence was long. And fraught. Why-can’t-I-find-a-girlfriend-who-finds-deals-on-dress-shirts-instead-of-bodies fraught”. And Ellison is, of course, finding dead bodies again: “As if I’d ever cry wolf about a body. I didn’t kid about corpses”, and throwing herself into the investigation despite the incredible shock on finding the first (in this book) corpse: “There are things once seen that cannot be unseen. My hands flew to my eyes, covering them. My hands were too late”. The first dead body belongs to Ellison’s broker – an odious man of the Harvey Weinstein type, who will not be missed by many of his female office workers (or their husbands/boyfriends): “I strongly suspected Winthrop had very broad tastes. He didn’t hunt with a rifle but with a shotgun. If the pellet spray was wide enough, he was bound to hit something” – but who will be missed by the many members of the Country Club for whom he has made a lot of money. The Country Club Murder books never stop at one death (fact – not a spoiler), and Ellison is on the alert for more corpses: ““Vicky, have you seen Frank Wallace?” I hated to disturb my hostess but, given my track record, the likelihood Frank was dead and stuffed behind the boxwood hedges was high”. As always, the writing is excellent and very witty, the story lines engaging, and the characterisation superb – both for the human and animal characters. I have loved all the Country Club Murder books – and this was no exception. Please bring on the next instalment! I received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
LGHudson 4 months ago
SPECTACULAR! Back Stabbers (The Country Club Murders #8) is truly spectacular! This book does not need to be read as a stand alone but needs to be read in order in the series. If not, the reader will miss out on so many details of the relationships between these complex characters Mulhern’s readers have grown to love. Mulhern takes us back into the 1975 in Kansas City., MO. We join Ellison Russell, her daughter Grace, her parents, her boyfriend Detective Anarchy Jones, her housekeeper and friend Aggie and her friends in the Country Club set. What an eclectic group of friends! Ellison’s life is always a daring adventure and this novel is filled with epic adventures! Starting with finding her broker dead, unexpected company arriving that may cause her Mother to have a heart attack and then the body count starts adding up. Gossip is rampant among the Country Club set. Do you know what it’s like to be stabbed in the back? Who is cheating on who? What is the real motivation? An excellent novel from start to finish! I was provided an ARC of this book by Henery Press and Edelweiss. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence. I have preordered a copy of this book for my own library.