Send in the Clowns

Send in the Clowns

by Julie Mulhern

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ISBN-13: 9781635110814
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: Country Club Murders Series , #4
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 332,793
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(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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SEND IN THE CLOWNS 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Send in the Clowns is another must read in Julie Mulhern's Country Club Murders series. Loved the mystery, and the dynamics that our heroine, Ellison, shares with those around her. 5 stars!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Send in the Clowns is the fourth Country Club Murders book by Julie Mulhern, and she keeps coming up with great stories that entertain. Ellison Russell is a recently widowed mother, who found out her husband was not only cheating on her, but was rather kinky at that. She is a member of the County Club set and does not need to worry about money at all. She seems to find more dead bodies than anyone should, so much so, that she has memorized Detective Anarchy Jones home phone number. In this story, Ellison rushes off to the local Haunted House when she finds out that her daughter's friends came home without her. Paying her admission, she heads off into "The Gates of Hell" to find Grace, but instead finds clowns, two to be exact. The problem is, not only is Ellison afraid of clowns, but one of the clowns has just killed the other one. Is this part of the show. When Ellison realizes she has blood on her coat and hands as well as the dying clown speaking to her by name, she realizes this is really happening and the other clown is now looking at her. It turns out that the murder victim is the black sheep of a family that Ellison knows, and his sister is one of Grace's best friends. He has returned to town as his 25th birthday draws near and he is about to receive a healthy trust fund. Once again, Ellison is put in a position that she needs to find the murderer. Not only does she feel responsible as she found the body, but she knew him and she is worried about the other clown coming after her or Grace. This story has everything you expect from this series. There is a murder where Ellison finds the body, there is an exploration of family dynamics, humour (Mr. Coffee is her best male relationship), tongue in cheek descriptions of the Country Club set and of course, romance. Ellison is still being pursued by two very eligible bachelors. Anarchy Jones the detective and Hunter Taft the well connected lawyer. Ellison is still not ready for a relationship with either man due to her trust issues as well as liking her new independence, but it does not stop her kisses and the tingling she gets from both of them. This is a fun part of the story that I look forward to in each book. Ellison is a great character. She is tough, strong, independent, loyal, loving and supportive to her family and the kind of person I would love to have as a friend. I love the setting in the 70s. I lived it and this hits so true, it also adds a different touch to this cozy series. A great series that I would recommend to cozy mystery readers as well as anyone who loved the the 70s. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Excellent series and highly entertaining with lots of twists and laugh-out-loud moments!
momelaine More than 1 year ago
Another great installment in the life of Ellison! This time a clown murders a clown right in front of Ellison. Clowns were never her favorite things and now they are the source of her current troubles. And while she is still being courted by Anarchy Jones and Hunter Tafft, she puts her trust and confidence in her main man, her dependable Mr. Coffee. Julie Mulhern does a great job with this series and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
It is so comforting to dive into a new book in a much-loved series. The characters are like long lost friends, whose company you get to enjoy again after an extended break. Ellison Russell is back with ever competent and overly colourful housekeeper, Aggie; the indomitable mother, Frances Walford; her over-protective father; Max, the dog; Grace, the teenage daughter; Libba, the friend with dodgy taste in men; and the three men in her life: Hunter Tafft, Anarchy Jones and Mr Coffee. As usual, I was hooked from the opening paragraph: “I’ve tripped over a body. I’ve run over a body. I’ve even swum into a body. I never imagined one would fall on me”. Of course, it would not be a Country Club murder without a dead body, and of course, it would have to be someone that Ellison knew. You get the feeling, that being known by Ellison Russell gives you a similar life-expectancy to the inhabitants of Midsomer (Inspector Barnaby). The book is full of the usual wit, and the unusual situations in which Ellison finds herself – this time a ‘haunted house’: “Ahead of me a group of girls shrieked that high-pitched squeal unique to teenagers and heroines in horror movies … Turns out almost middle-aged women can achieve that high-pitched squeal as well”. Frances Walford is not always on top form in this book, as the strains in her family wear her down. But she still has some great ‘tour de force’ scenes: “Mother didn’t need an invitation. She went where she wanted with the force of a mile-wide tornado”; “Mother’s response was a sharp intake of breath. Her eyes narrowed. Her shoulders squared. Boadicea stood ready for battle in my driveway”. She is not a lady that you would EVER want to mess with – even when she is distracted. Ellison is still unable to choose between Hunter and Anarchy. Having had one appalling husband, she is loathe to take a risk on a second. Besides which, she is becoming increasingly independent, and does not need a man to “manage” her. Like many readers, I am plumping for Anarchy Jones (“We entered the kitchen where Anarchy had resumed his slouchy, arms crossed, brown eyes more seductive than coffee pose”). However, I almost feel that once Ellison makes a choice, some of the magic of the books will be lost. Mr Coffee alone has Ellison’s whole heart. Meanwhile, Libba is continuing her run of totally inappropriate consorts, newly grounded Grace has a similarly ill-advised infatuation, and other characters also fall short of Ellison’s approval of their paramours: “Really, what could be more fun than an affair with a man half your age? Influenza came to mind”. “Send in the Clowns” is a captivating and witty read, that like all the other in the series, leaves you desperate for the next instalment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this and it didn't disappoint. I've read the whole series and enjoy reading about Ellison Russell. She's always finding dead bodies no matter where she is. I love that this series is set in the 70's and in Kansas City. I enjoy reading books set in the Midwest. I laughed when it was mentioned that Charles Dix was from Moline or Peoria. That is my stomping grounds. It's good to read about a strong woman figure during that time where men were supposed to take care of them. Ellison's two love interests are completely different types and I enjoy reading about the conflicts in feelings she has. Julie Mulhern does a great job weaving this mystery throughout the book. Can't wait for the next one in the series.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Julie Mulhern has a great series with the Country Club Murder Series. Fast moving, fun, laugh worthy. Imagine you're going through a dark haunted house, a Halloween haunted house, and something falls out of the ceiling, right on your head, A dead clown?!?! Very entertaining, I really enjoy Julie's books. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
I ADORE Julie Mulhern's Country Club Murders series -- and Send in the Clowns does not disappoint. The book is so entertaining, and I love the way the characters continue to develop and grow, especially Ellison. I was hooked from from page 1, and I actually had to make myself put it down because I didn't want the story to end. I'm anxiously waiting for the next installment; it cannot come soon enough for me. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and read this series, starting with The Deep End -- you won't regret it!
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Perfect timing for the Halloween season - Ellison goes looking for her wayward daughter and instead a murder finds her. Because the victim whispers her name before dying, Ellison feels a need to find the murderer. Why was Brooks Harney killed? Was it related to his surprise wife Stormy or a drug deal gone bad, or was he in he wrong place at the wrong time? Ellison has to figure out he reason to solve the murder and keep both her "gentlemen friends" from errors that could prove deadly, I absolutely adore this series, not only does it take back in time but the characters are funny and full of life. Can't for the next one!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Poor Ellison, being set upon by clowns in a haunted house is no fun, no matter what time of year. You can just feel Ellison's mother's eyes rolling as she finds yet another body connected to their country club family. And more than the previous stories, Ellison is really trying to come into her own after the loss of her husband in an earlier book, both without Daddy's help or the other over protective, well-meaning men in her life. Ellison's troubles are very relatable (well, bodies aside) from the 1970's setting and her family life is strong, yet challenging. Teenager Grace is true to form, making life somewhat difficult for a single mom who wants to be dependent only on Mr. Coffee. I hope the hint of a upcoming art show mean there will be more stories in this likeable series. Another wonderful addition to the Country Club Murders series.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Send in the Clowns is the fourth installment in the Country Club Murders series by Julie Mulhern. Life is quite hectic this particular October in 1974. Ellison Russell, widow, artist, mother of a teenager, has barely recovered from the events of the past few months, when her daughter Grace misses curfew after visiting a haunted house with a group of friends. Frantic for her daughter's safety when she learns that all her friends are home safely and each one thinks Grace rode home with another one, Ellison goes to the haunted house to find her. What she finds instead is a staggering clown, stabbed and slurring her name, stumbling towards her, sliding down her new coat and collapsing at her feet. By the time Ellison finds someone to listen to her and return to the scene, the body is missing but the pool of blood is still there. She feigns lightheadedness and is escorted to the office where she asks to use the phone. She calls home to find that Grace is home, having taken a cab, then calls Detective Anarchy Jones to report the crime, much to the dismay of the owner of the haunted house. Once the investigation begins, Ellison is bombarded from all sides, people revealing too much information, villains thinking she knows too much, and the vision of the murderous clown with black holes for eyes. And Ellison has a deep set fear of clowns. As with every book in this series, Julie Mulhern sets the 70's stage perfectly. The story is told with humor, intrigue, and a twisty-turny plot. She also captures what it was like as a woman in that era. Ellison's strong character shows how a strong woman was perceived by the men in her life, how it was assumed she needed to be taken care of and was not able to do so herself. It is equally well written and has the same level of intricate plot and rich characters as all books in this series. Although this story could certainly stand alone, why would anyone not want to read each book in this great series? I highly recommend this book and this series.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Send in the Clowns is book #4 in The Country Club Murder Series by Julie Mulhern. This is the first book I have read in this series and I could not put it down. I was lost in this fantastic mystery and I could not get enough of the whimsical protagonist Ellison Russell. As the story starts, Ellison, single mother and artist, discovers her teen daughter Grace hasn't returned home from her visit to the haunted house. Worried for her daughter, Ellison heads to the scene and what she discovers is enough to send her home to hide under the blankets! The craziness doesn't stop there and Ellison finds herself once again mixed up in a murder investigation. Even though I started this series with Send in the Clowns, I was able to understand what had happened in the past. The author clearly knows how to write a colorful story and the other characters were just as fun as Ellison. I was intrigued with the love triangle and am looking forward to seeing how it plays out. I will definitely be reading the first three books in the series, the author made enough references about Ellison's ex husband that I have to absolutely read them. I can't wait to read about the wild things that led up to Send in the Clowns. This is a must read series for any cozy mystery lover. I voluntarily read an ARC from NetGalley and this is my honest review.