Shadow Dancing

Shadow Dancing

by Julie Mulhern

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Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic's crystal ball says she'll soon be surrounded by death. Again.


Now there's a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.

How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?

Ellison must handle Mother (who's found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.

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SHADOW DANCING by Julie Mulhern | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159114747
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: The Country Club Murders , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 41,843
File size: 2 MB

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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Shadow Dancing 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the author's crisp style. Well. Written. Author tackles tough issues with panache and style. Love her works
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be tween organizing charity events , lunching at the club, and raising a teenager, Ellison finds time to unofficially solve crime. It doesn't hurt to have a smoking hot detective boyfriend who's always there to protect her.
Anonymous 7 months ago
It was only $.99 but I think I paid for advertising, not a story.
momelaine 9 months ago
Ellison continues her love affair with Mr. Coffee. And she also continues to find bodies. I love this series! Ms. Mulhern's humor in the telling of the story is wonderful! This was a fast read and I am on to the next one in the series!
GratefulGrandma 12 months ago
Julie Mulhern continues to entertain her readers with Ellison Russell and her family and friends. She still finds dead bodies, her mother continues to be overbearing and her daughter Grace is a typical teenager testing her mother along the way. In this outing, Libba convinces Ellison to go with her to a psychic. That was not something she wanted to do, but when the psychic tells her that death may be surrounding her soon, all she thinks is here we go again. On her way home, she hits a young girl with her car. Stopping to help her and make sure she is okay, Ellison gives her the coat off her back to wear and she disappears. When the young woman ends up dead, stabbed in an alley, and Ellison's name and address are in her pocket, of course the investigation is going to involve her. Throw in her daughter's new friend (a prostitute?), her father's big secret, the discovery her mother makes in the closet and the fact that she and Anarchy appear to be finished as a couple and you have an interesting story with a lot going on. I really enjoy this series. It reminds me of the days before cell phones and cable television, when kids played outside, kitchens had avocado appliances and living rooms had shag carpeting. Everytime Ellison gets herself in a pickle, I think, why doesn't she just use her cell, then I laugh when I remember they didn't have them. Max, their exuberant weimaraner, adds some chaos and laughs during the story. All the snooty country club ladies are in attendance to add that certain "charm" to the story. I love that Ellison rises above her upbringing in the County Club Set to be her own woman, enjoy the company of whomever she wants and is not afraid to put people in their place. I really like Anarchy and was rooting for them to get back together. As far as the story goes, it is very well plotted. One little accident sends Ellison life reeling with a dead body in her front yard, a strip club, and another murder. While there is a lot of humour in this story, the reason behind the murders is a very serious issue and very real. Julie Mulhern does a great job with putting all this together into another great story.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Ellison Russell is a very resilient woman. This mystery series, set in the mid 70's, continues to captivate me, both with the characters and description of place. And it's a bit sad to learn that the treatment of runaway girls (and what options they have) hasn't changed all that much in the ensuing years. She's a good friend, as she joins her pal Libba at a psychic reading, in a part of town the Country Club set wouldn't normally go. She's a good daughter. After a hiatus from finding bodies and Detective Anarchy Jones, it's only fitting that her mother Frances has a mysterious body to contend with this time. With Aggie's help, Ellison tries to track down those mysterious remains using microfilm and country club connections. When the seamier side of life comes close to home, the lack of fear Ellison shows to do the right thing for a couple of unknown young girls is gratifying. Close to her own daughter Grace's age, she knows how to interact with the teens involved, even if they aren't as sure about her. I liked how everything linked up at the end, including what may be a set up for the next story involving her own family once again. Mulhern really nails the under the breath digs that men make to Ellison, who is making it on her own as an artist.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts She’s done it again! Julie Mulhern has topped herself again! It’s 1975 and Ellison Russell has been dragged to a psychic by her best friend Libba. She is not interested in learning what is in the future, she has a heck of a time just keeping up with the present. When the psychic tells her death may be surrounding her soon, all she thinks is Not Again!! This story was mega entertaining. Remember the days before cell phones and cable television, when kids played outside, kitchens had avocado appliances and living rooms had shag carpeting! Julie Mulhern takes us there. Ellison has her hands full with her daughter Grace, her mother, her friends, and Detective Anarchy Jones. Grace makes a new friend, well sort of. Her mother makes an unusual discovery in her closet. Libba took her to a psychic! Her relationship with the good detective has hit the skids but there is still that spark when they are in proximity of each other, plus he needs to keep her safe. She is also busy with her dog Max. Let me tell you, one of his adventures had me laughing so hard I had tears running from my eyes. My daughter was laughing too because she knew exactly whose book I was reading. “Julie Mulhern??” I love the characters in this series. They are expertly written and feel like old friends. Their dialogues are fantastic. The way Ellison has learned to handle her mother always makes me smile. The story is very well plotted. One little accident sends Ellison life reeling. A dead body in her front yard, a strip club, another murder. Can’t this woman catch a break? While there is a lot of humor in this story, the reason behind the murders is a very serious issue. It takes a talented author to mesh it all together. As has become my custom with this author’s books, I devoured this story all in one sitting. The television is turned off, my feet go up, and I escape right into Ellison’s world. The only thing missing is my own Mr. Coffee. This entire series is extraordinary, so I do recommend you start at the beginning and read them in order. But . . . if you wish you can jump right in with this one, I bet then you will know you have to read them all. For me, every one of them has been a Perfect Escape.
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
“Some people found pennies in parking lots. I found bodies. And not just in parking lots. I found bodies everywhere.” Ellison Russell is back, hoping against all hope, that she will not come into contact with a corpse ever again. She has had a break for over eight weeks now, so the Country Club and Ellison are overdue a cadaver or two. However, this time, it is the normally imperturbable Frances Walford who becomes very perturbed when locating a dead person in her closet. It is a complete mystery who the dead person is, and more particularly why they are in Frances’ closet. A job for Aggie’s private detecting skills. When not detecting or looking after the Russell household, Aggie is busy with her new man, Mac: “The man was the approximate size of a rhinoceros with the disposition of a Labrador puppy”. Meanwhile, Aggie’s employer, Ellison, is trying to take a break from romance (as well as corpses) following the parting of ways from the magnificent Anarchy Jones. Unfortunately, Libba has not got the message and is determined to set Ellison up with the handsome, but unappealing, Wright. At least Wright is just boring and bored. Libba’s own date, Bill, is outright cringeworthy: ““I bet you’re great at soliciting donations.” Bill combined being patronizing and salacious in just two sentences. It had to be some kind of record … “I think it’s great the way you girls find ways to keep busy,” said Bill. When I declined dessert, the waiter had taken my fork. Too bad. I knew exactly where I’d sink the tines.” However, all is not lost. As the danger to Ellison and her daughter, Grace, mounts, Anarchy arrives back on the scene: “Looking at the distant expression on Anarchy’s lean face—all harsh planes and remote valleys—and the coldness in his eyes cured the flutters in my stomach. Instead of fluttering, the flutters drooped in a dejected, hang-dog manner”. Can Ellison and Anarchy ever rekindle their mutual attraction? Or is the other man in her life – Mr Coffee – Ellison’s only chance at requited love? Apart from possible romance, the story races through visits to a medium and ‘conversations’ with the dead, child exploitation and prostitution, dubious real estate practices, family secrets and affairs, threats, danger and – of course – bodies. I love this series and cannot get enough of it. Long may it continue. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
SPECTACULAR!! Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders #7) is spectacular! This book is best read in order in the series as opposed to a stand alone. If you’ve followed the series, you already love the characters of Ellison, Grace, Aggie, Detective Anarchy Jones, Ellison’s parents, Ellison’s grouchy, nosy neighbor and last but definitely not least, her Country Club friends. In this latest installment, the author deftly takes her readers on an incredible fast paced adventure. Her humor is infectious and her timing spot on. There is an abundance of suspense to keep you wondering how many more bodies might be found. The author’s characterizations are superb! It is interesting to see the changes she has made in each character throughout the series and all the backstories that tie them together. The plot also sheds light on a horrific real life issue that is becoming all too familiar and the author handles the subject well. This is one of my favorite series and each new book continues to get better! I was provided an ARC of this book by Henery Press & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite series and I’m very thankful to have found it. Julie Mulhern does an amazing job of combining humor and more serious social issues, all while keeping a cozy mystery feel. The book is full of depth and just like past installments of the series and always leaves me wanting more. I stayed up late into the night reading this book, which I always think is a true testament to how enjoyable and addicting a book is. I can’t wait for the next one.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
The Country Club Murder series is focused on the 1970’s with country club living at its core. Ellison Russell was born with the silver spoon in her mouth and has been spending the last several years trying get beyond it. Ellison is an up and coming artist whose work regularly sells out, so she has learned the value of money earned for work she has done – something that was missing from her earlier years. In this series, Ellison keeps coming across dead bodies. It is happening with such regularity that her mother (who is country club to the core) is finding life embarrassing. It appears that finding murder victims is not the thing at all in their crowd. In this story, Ellison actually comes to the aid of someone in difficulties. The story expands beyond a mystery into a discussion on social values of the time and place. Not a social commentary, mind you, but something that opens your eyes a little more than the standard cozy mystery book. There are young girls who are being found shot dead. That these girls are working girls and underage is a shock to Ellison. She has a daughter, Grace, who is approximately the same age which brings the subject home to her in a real way. Many of the recurring characters are back – Anarachy Jones, of course, as Ellison’s favorite detective. Mother and Father, Grace and Aggie, Jinx and Libby make their marks. There are personal revelations and relationship growth. The book was a fun and fast read and has left me waiting for the next in the series with as much anticipation as I have had all along. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Shadow Dancing is the seventh book in Julie Mulhern’s country club murders series. In this rather poignant tale, Ms. Mulhern uses her skills of twisting plot line and well timed humor to explore greed, corruption, and trafficking of young girls. When a young girl runs out in front of Ellison Russell’s slow moving car, Ellison quickly stops, jumps from the car, and goes to her aid. The girl, who says her name is Leslie Smith, swears she is unhurt and dances around to prove it. Ellison guesses the girl to be no older than 15 and questions why she is not in school but out running around in only a sweater on such a bitterly cold day. Leslie refuses to allow Ellison to take her home. The mother in Ellison refuses to leave the girl outside in such cold weather. Ellison removes her coat, giving Leslie the coat. The girl insists she will return it so Ellison gives her the address to do so, which the girl puts into the pocket. The following day, Ellison’s least favorite policeman, Detective Peters, visits her. The young girl has been discovered murdered and Ellison’s information was in her pocket. Thus unfolds the story which ultimately puts both Ellison and her daughter, Grace, in the sights of a most unexpected murderer. Once more, Julie Mulhern has provided her readers with a fast paced page turner with strong social undertones set in the 1970s. I was thoroughly engaged from the first line until the last. I sincerely recommend this book!
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Ellison has stopped finding bodies, now Frances has started. Frances urgently calls Ellison because she has found an urn with ashes in the back of her hall closet and doesn't know what to do. If helping her mother discover who the ashes are isn't enough, Ellison embroils herself into a dangerous situation when she hits a young girl in the street and then she is later found murdered. Detective Anarchy Jones sees Ellison in danger because of the young girl's profession(a prostitute) and Ellison's efforts to help another young girl in the same situation. I look forward to everyone of the Country Club Murders because of the spectacular writing, the full-blooded characters, and the humor that is woven so skillfully throughout. Sad that I now have to wait for the next one. But they are well worth the wait!
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Julie Mulhern does an amazing job of blending humor and social issues in creating Shadow Dancing, a delight mystery that will stay with the reader for a long time. This meshing of serious contemporary problems with laugh-out-loud humor is the hallmark that make Ms. Mulhern’s work stand out in a field of strong mystery novels. Even Ellison’s long-standing love affair with the wonder of the ’70 can’t compete with the drool-worthy Detective Jones. Our beloved Anarchy can’t stay way when Ellison’s kindness to a teen pulls her into the terrifying world of child prostitution that threatens not only her life, but also Grace’s. Ellison’s parent’s unintentionally reveal some big secrets right it the middle of the chaos created when murder once again visits the artists home. Giving in to Libba leads to some hilarious moments, one of which Ellison may never be able to wash from her mind! Love it, Love it, Love it. I so very much appreciate NetGalley and Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of Shadow Dancing so even before I receive my personal copy of this fantastic novel, I can shout about it to my friends!
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Ellison Russell hasn't found a dead body in a couple of months, and hasn't seen Detective Anarchy Jones in the same amount of time either. Once a man is shot dead in her driveway, and her daughter Grace's life is threatened, Ellison and Anarchy work together to protect Grace and discover who's behind the murders plaguing the seedier side of Kansas City. In Shadow Dancing, the 7th book in her Country Club Murders series, author Julie Mulhern has perfectly captured the 1970s, and has crafted a mystery that will keep the reader enthralled from the first page to the last. Very highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was #7 in The Country Club Murders series. And each one just keeps getting better. Another great book from Julie Mulhern. This time Ellison Russell doesn't find a body right off the bat, she sees a psychic who warns her about things to come. There are parts that make you chuckle and parts that surprise you. Julie keeps you guessing as to whodunit right up until the end. She also does a great job touching upon issues from that time. And what can you say about Anarchy, the smoking hot detective. Looking forward to the next one to see what's in store for Ellison, her family, the revelation from her Dad, and her love life. Never a dull moment in that household. Like Ellison's daughter, Grace, said in the book--'life at our house is never boring.'