Cold as Ice

Cold as Ice

by Julie Mulhern


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ISBN-13: 9781635112672
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 07/26/2017
Series: Country Club Murders Series , #6
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 332,191
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Julie Mulhern, the USA Today bestselling author of the Country Club Murders series, is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. In addition to mysteries, Julie writes historical, romantic suspense. Her first romance, A Haunting Desire, was a 2014 Golden Heart finalist.

Callie Beaulieu has been an actress for several decades. Classically trained, she is predominantly a theater actress, and her work has been seen around the country. Callie recently returned to the U.S. after spending nearly a decade living in the Caribbean. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

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COLD AS ICE 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy all of these .The characters ( at least the good ones ) feel like old friends. Hope there are many more adventures to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent series. I hope there are more coming out. The writing is some of the best and the characters realustic. Bravo to the suthor!
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
BEST OF THE SERIES SO FAR!! It is quite a feat when an author writes Book Six in a Series and the storyline is more complex than usual and the ending leaves you quickly turning the page because you know there has to be MORE. More of the wonderful Ellison who always stays true to who she is; she just can't help herself. More of Ellison and her relationship with Grace as Grace becomes a teenager and deals with friends and dating relationships. More of Ellison and her Mother and situations involving their Country Club friends and the differences in the way the two relate to people. More of the suspense, mayhem, intrigue and dead bodies appearing at random times. Oh so much MORE of Anarchy Jones! More hilarious scenes that only Mulhern can describe! More fabulous life in the 70's! I was provided an ARC by Henery Press and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
It took awhile. This one wasn't a put you on the edge of your seat from the first chapter when someone is murdered. This one just had you turning pages and warming up to the story and the characters. It was interesting because the story takes place in the 70's which had me wondering how the murder(s) would be solved and how the investigation would be handled without all our present day resources. The eventual murder happened well into the book and then was followed by a 2nd one. Even though I jumped into book 6 of the Country Club Murders I wasn't lost or distracted in fact it was hard to put this book down! My only negative thought was I think I might be looking for another Country Club if it seems to be the host of all the murders in town! I enjoyed Cold As Ice and look forward to reading more in the series. I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
It's a very rare occasion for me to read a book in one or two sittings these days, there's so much going on in my life that I rarely have the time. I started Cold as Ice by author Julie Mulhern last night, and finished it first thing this morning (I woke up at 4am and immediately picked it up again!). It is a wonderfully crafted, incredibly fast-paced pleasure to read, and a nostalgic trip back to the 70's for those of us who grew up in that decade (I'm a Gen-X girl). Ms. Mulhern weaves a tale of suspense and mystery among the members of the privileged country club set in Kansas City, Missouri. Imagine a life without cell phones (people actually had to take and leave messages!!!), internet, and all of today's technology. Imagine having to drive somewhere to talk to someone when you needed to speak with them, the days before caller ID when you had no idea who was on the other end of the phone before you answered....this is the setting Ms. Mulhern takes us back to, and it's like opening a perfectly preserved time capsule. Not only are her nostalgic descriptions spot on, the mystery is so well-written that I even gasped at the end when the murderer was unmasked. Ellison has her hands busy with hunky detective Anarchy Jones, Hunter the thrice -married lawyer who wants to be more than friends, Libba the bestie who enjoys her men and her drinks, teenage daughter Grace, and Mother (with a capital M - need I say more?!?). Very, very well done! This is the 6th book in the series and the first that I've read. It held its own completely, and it worked perfectly as a standalone. Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern receives my highest recommendations to anyone looking for a good mystery! A+++
Anonymous 3 months ago
I think this is the best book of thd series so far. Funny, dealing with a teenager as a single parent, putting up with her demanding mother and trying not to fall into a relationship all makes a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in the 70s gives them a different flavor. Characters are believable. Just wish main character would stop taking so much emotional abuse from people in her life.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series but this was not my favorite of the series. The characters and the setting are fun. The mystery takes place during Thanksgiving and there is plenty of snow and cold. The author really gets the spirit of the 70s. The mystery was good and there were enough suspects to keep it interesting. I was surprised by the solution. However the characters do need to start growing. Ellison needs to start having more important relationships than one with her Mr. Coffee. I was disappointed in the ending and way she treated Anarchy. It was a quick read and I will read more. This series should be read in order. Enjoy
momelaine More than 1 year ago
Another great installment in the life of Ellison and her family and friends! Ellison once again finds a body or two and it appears there are big problems at the bank where Grace's inheritance is at. So Ellison once again tries to figure things out so Grace will get the money her father left her. This series being set in the 70's is so fun! No cell phones. So no instant contact with family when one is out and about. I was not so happy with the ending. It made me very sad. (Don't peak! Read it all the way through.) So now what is going to happen in the next book? I'll be waiting to find out.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! I love this series that takes place in the 70s. If is so wonderful to see families spend time together without cell phones, video games etc. taking the place of face to face communication. Once again, Ellison and her daughter Grace go back and forth from eye rolling to hugs. Having a sixteen year old daughter brings a lot of angst into her life. When Grace goes out to dinner with handsome detective Anarchy Jones, Grace allows Trip, her newest beau and what he things is god's gift to women, over with a few friends. It quickly turns into a wild party with kids spilling onto the lawn and in every room in the house. When Grace turns Trip down, he finds Dawn, his old girlfriend, whom he uses for what he wants. When the police are called, Ellison and Anarchy head to the house where Ellison is shocked to see what is going on. She hopes this will wise up her lovely daughter to Trip, but she does not want to forbid their relationship. Fast forward to Ellison finding Trip's mother dead a few days later at the Country Club. Add in some financial worries, embezzling, the usual partying and drinking of the Country Club set, and you are in for a delightful story. Ellison has this unique ability to stumble or be in the immediate area when dead bodies are found, and this story has her find two. She is a pretty together lady most of the time. She is taking care of her daughter, trying to date and decide who to date, is an accomplished artist and in this book gets involved in a situation at the bank that was left to her daughter by her dead ex-husband. She has her moments with "Mr. Coffee" her sounding board, but is quite a strong woman. I admire her guts, brains and even her parenting skills. Grace is your typical sixteen year old. She thinks her mother is old fashioned and doesn't really know what it is like to be a teenager. Between rolling her eyes and slamming doors, she really is listening to what her mother says and makes pretty good decisions for the the most part. The typical first love scenario where her heart is broken then miraculously healed, only to be broken again is well handled. I love how she deals with the attempted suicide of a classmate. Anarchy is wonderful. He cares for Ellison and deals with her foibles well. He worries about her investigating crimes and that she will be injured. He does get frustrated when he feels she is interfering with his investigation though. I really want these two to get together. I think they are real good for each other. This was quick read, I didn't want to go to bed last night until I finished. This is a mystery with a lot of humor and family drama thrown in for good measure. Thanksgiving Dinner will have you laughing and praying that you never have one like it. This is a wonderful addition to the series and if you are a cozy mystery lover, especially where there is also humor, you will love this one. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This is another great series that I love. A recently widowed woman with a teenage daughter who lives the country club life and somehow, someway keeps running into mysteries and murders. A fun, entertaining, cozy mystery series that has never failed to disappoint me. Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
Thanksgiving in the Midwest – ice storms, bitter cold, howling wind and murder. Even the title of Mulhern’s latest book gives me cold chills. Every sentence describing the weather had me aching for a coat. The country club set is up to its old tricks and I wonder if our author will eventually run out of people to kill off. Cold as Ice, the latest in her series, is a quick yet riveting read that grabs you, pulls you in and hangs on to the very end. Ellison keeps finding bodies, her mother gets more irritating, Hunter is an almost-thorn in her side and Anarchy tends to make her yearn for so much more. Another really good addition to the Country Club Murders series.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Ellison Russell is a socialite living in Kansas City, Missouri in 1974 Her daughter, Grace, is testing her boundaries. To add to her stress she finds that her social obligations are a duty she must perform. As if her her life wasn't hectic enough, suddenly it becomes crazier. There is a murder and she's in the middle of things. She was there when the body was found. What's she going to do? Ellison is an exciting character that I liked immediately. She's a caring mother and a feisty woman. I love her sassy attitude. This is a quick and entertaining read that pulled me right in. Ellison's fledgling romance with Detective Anarchy Jones was sweet. I liked seeing them together. Their chemistry was potent. The Detective is a good man who has a special connection with Ellison. I fell for him. The murder investigation gave the police plenty of suspects who wanted Laurie dead. I loved this well told mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I liked Julie Mulhern's writing. Her characters are well written. I enjoy the way their dialogue sparkles with sassy attitude. I love this series. The Country Club Murders are on my keeper shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Love the series. Can't wait for the next one.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
This was another fantastic book in the Country Club Murder series that just keeps getting better and better. Set in 1974 Kansas City, Missouri, Ellison Russell, whose mother despairs of her proclivity of discovering bodies, is still trying to fit into her new life as a single mother to a teen and a professional artist. But again, she is embroiled in another murder after a sous chef at the Club faints after finding a body in the walk in freezer. One thing I really like about these books are the characters and the tough relationships they navigate as the times become more liberating. Ellison’s mother is the staunch hospital board/committee member matriarch, able to quell lesser beings with ‘the look’. Ellison’s daughter is 16, and Grace pushes her limits as a young woman coming of age in a different time than her mom. And I was glad to see that Detective Anarachy Jones has remained a constant, still unwilling to accept much of Ellison’s help with sleuthing. And Ellison, able to make a living as an artist, still tries to save the legacy of the bank late husband Henry ran, as it is Grace’s inheritance. While you could certainly go back and read these books in order (and you should), diving in right here would be a perfect introduction to everything that is so perfect about this series.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this series! Twists, turns, suspense and laugh-out-loud hilarious. The cliffhanger in this book is THE cliffhanger - cannot wait for the next installment.
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
I love the Country Club Murders books, and this was no exception. However, “Cold as Ice” was a bit different. There was no dead body in the first chapter. Ellison goes with Libba to a cocktail party (“Libba was early. Somewhere in Hell they were having a heckuva snow ball fight”). Her hostess comments: “I’m glad you didn’t find any dead people on the driveway.”, followed by Libba’s: “The night’s still young”, turning to Ellison: “You find a body nearly every week. I figure you’re due”. Still none in the second chapter. Am I really reading a Country Club Murder book? Has Ellison finally stopped being a corpse magnet? Finally, at the end of the third chapter Grace yells “I think I have found a body” – relief from the reader! But all is not what it seems. The next body is not found by Ellison, but she was in the vicinity – surely something is wrong here. At least Frances Walford is still on form, ordering Ellison’s (and everyone else’s) life about, volunteering her for charity events and for hosting a family Thanksgiving Dinner. Ellison is learning from her mother, and Grace is learning from Ellison. Soon the book has all three generations channelling Frances Walford. Sadly, Grace hasn’t quite reached full power yet: “Grace’s eyes shot daggers my way. But they were a sixteen-year-old’s daggers, which, for one accustomed to Mother’s daggers, were about as sharp as butter knives”. As the body count rises (not a spoiler – you know it will!) Frances exasperatedly complains “That’s two this week, Ellison. If you keep this up, we won’t have any friends left.” In fact, that is what I have been thinking myself for the last three books. Why do Ellison and her family still have any friends? Why hasn’t membership of the Country Club been designated a health hazard? Thank goodness it is still operating, as these books are so enjoyable. As always, the writing and the imagery are superb: “Jeannie Westcott wore a mink coat, leather gloves, and a distraught expression”, “The boy on the couch looked like the last survivor of a disaster. A disaster worse than Airport, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno combined” There are additionally a few situations involving moral questions that have to be dealt with. This is one of the few mainstream American books I know of, that mentions sex education, abortion and lesbianism in non-judgemental terms. Ellison is having to deal with Grace growing up, and is torn between being overprotective and forbidding, and working out what advice to give, that will be accepted. She is also dealing with defining her and Grace’s positions as competent women in a world dictated by men. Both are having some problems with the men in their lives. Can the men be encouraged to change – or is it already too late. You will never guess the person (or persons?) responsible for the murders until the final reveal. Red herrings come thick and fast, and just because Ellison desperately needs it not to be Tom Michaels, does not mean he is innocent. The Country Club is hiding another myriad of scandals – affairs, financial fraud, depravity, fashions faux pas … There is so much material here for many more books in the series. I look forward to reading all of them. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Njoys2read2 More than 1 year ago
Julie Mulher keeps honing her craft as a writer. I enjoy each of her "Country Club Mystery Series" installments more than the pervious. Her books are funny, well written and you can't put them down. When reading one of Mulhern's books, I keep telling myself, 'Just one more page' until I'm at the end, and I've lost a night's sleep. COLD AS ICE is her best yet!
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
This book is the latest installment in the Country Club Murder series, but the first book that I have read. Others have told me how good the series is, but I haven't had a chance to read one until now. I have to say that I did not want this book to end. It was different than other books that I have read in that the murder does not take place until well into the book. I kept wondering who was going to be killed and could see several possibilities as the story went along. Once the murder did occur, the author kept me guessing about who the killer was, especially after a second death occurred. There were so many interesting things going on in the book, besides the murder that really kept my interest in how Ellison would handle each crisis as well as her romantic involvement. I loved that the book takes place in 1974 when there were no cell phones, computers, etc. It was a nice change of pace. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series, but do not feel that I was missing any important information because I hadn't. This book can definitely stand alone and I truly enjoyed it. Thank you to Netgalley and Henery Press for providing an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion of this book and all opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the sixth book in the Country club murders series. I loved it. It didn't disappoint. The book was full of laughter, family dynamics, a little romance, and, of course, a murder or two. I really enjoy reading this series set in the 1970s. Ellison Russell just seems to be a dead body magnet. She is always in the right, or wrong, place to find the bodies. It's an enjoyable read. But I'm curious what's going to happen with her love life in the future. Already looking forward to the next book in the series.