by Julie Mulhern


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A killer is calling, and Ellison’s life is on the line.

Ellison Russell is planning the event of the season—and she’s stressed. Why not yoga?

Because the yoga instructor gets murdered during class—and Ellison’s stress level rises exponentially. Now, in addition to raising a ridiculous amount of money, she’s babysitting a deranged cat (named after the devil himself), taking ten million phone calls (most of them from Mother), and finding more bodies (they’re popping up like dandelions after a spring rain).

There’s no such thing as balance when the killer makes it personal. Can Ellison catch a murderer or will her next namaste be her last?

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TELEPHONE LINE by Julie Mulhern | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635115475
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Series: Country Club Murders , #9
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 180,875
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

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TELEPHONE LINE 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Dollycas 11 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I was warned that I may want to skip this book because the manner of death may trigger feelings about my son’s suicide. That is why I didn’t read and review it when it was released back in June. I have enjoyed every book in this series so recently I decided to give reading it a shot. One scene did make me uncomfortable and the image has stuck with me but I forged on and am happy I did so. Ellison Russell is stressed – her mother is pressuring her to raise an obscene amount of money for an upcoming museum fundraiser and she really needs a break. Yeah right, when Ellison needs a break she usually runs to the love of her life Mr. Coffee. But this time she has been roped by her friend Libba into attending a yoga class at Winnie Flournoy’s house. The class is ensconced in the last relaxing moves when they realize the instructor Marigold Applebottom is gone and she has locked them in the attic studio. Ellison comes up with a plan to alert a neighbor but that person leaves quickly and soon thereafter the police arrive and make a horrific discovery. Marigold is dead and there is much more drama to follow involving Winnie Flournoy and her husband, plus one of Grace’s friends is assaulted and Ellison and Grace have some new neighbors. If Ellison wasn’t stressed before she sure in now. The question seems to be could her deceased husband’s dirty deeds have anything to do with the deaths and drama. Hopefully, Ellison can stay alive long enough to find out. I am always excited to flashback to the ’70s with the latest book from Julie Mulhern. This time it is with Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Telephone Line. Technically Ellison didn’t find the body this time but she identifies the body and she soon is wrapped right up in another murder investigation and her mother is apoplectic. (The Kansas City grapevine is stellar with its direct line to Frances.) She wants Ellison to focus on raising money and spending time with lawyer Hunter and not Detective Anarchy Jones. Ellison is fine being friends with Hunter but more and more her heart belongs to Anarchy. She also needs to carve out time for her daughter as a hard anniversary rolls around and to help her deal with what happened to her friend. Ellison has grown so much over the course of this series. Her relationship with her mother continues to make me laugh, I really do see just a little bit of my mother in her mom. Ellison’s housekeeper, Aggie is a gem and is not afraid to voice her opinions. Libba continues to delve where others won’t and again keeps me laughing. The characters all come across as believable and the dialogue is perfectly written. The murder mystery is complex especially when another person dies and another lands in the hospital. A possible connection to Ellison’s late husband Henry, adds a really nice twist. I did have a guess as to who the guilty party was but didn’t really mesh everything together until closer to the end. I did find myself reading faster and unable to put the book down as clues starting showing me I was on the right track. Julie Mulhern writes a story full of charm and humor. She also takes on some serious topics. Topics that were hot in the 70s and still hot today. That is not to say she takes these issues lightly. She always strikes the right tone. I was very impressed with the way Ellison handled things. I hope I would be able to do the same if any of my family had to deal with similar situations. The author has a unique voice and
lghiggins 12 months ago
If asked to recommend only one cozy mystery series to be read in its entirety, I would select The Country Club Murders. It (like Ellison’s beloved Mr. Coffee machine) never lets me down. Telephone Line has characters you can care about. The main character, Ellison, really doesn’t want to live up to her reputation and find yet another dead body. Her interactions with her mother, a country club matriarch known as a force to be reckoned with if crossed, play out with great humor. The setting is Kansas City’s upper crust in the 70’s. It’s hard to believe the etiquette-following country club set can be involved in such shenanigans, but crime knows no boundaries. Ellison is aided by her kaftan wearing housekeeper with an investigative background, her boyfriend Detective Anarchy Jones, and her former boyfriend Taft, a lawyer. With several murders upsetting the city, Ellison has to work hard to stay alive and take care of those she loves. Her dead husband’s blackmailing schemes give her some insider knowledge, but will she be forced to reveal information to Anarchy that will embarrass her family and cause her to relive past traumas? Although Telephone Line is a great mystery with a surprise ending and lots of humor, it contains a serious side. It deals with rape and the inability of the justice system to adequately support the victim. I would like to extend my thanks to Edelweiss and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This installment of Ellison Russell's madcap life is wonderful! Julie Mulhern has once again combined humor, a great mystery & social commentary into a mesmerizing read! I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Country Club Murders series is terrific. Telephone Line is the ninth in the series and it keeps getting better. Ellison Russell, dead bodies and hunky Detective Anarchy Jones...a combination that makes it hard to put the book down. This time Ellison is locked in a room when the first body is found. But that doesn’t stop her from finding more dead bodies along the way. And of course, she is chairing a gala where her Mother wants her to raise a ridiculous amount of money. Very well thought out plot with great characters, some laughter, a little romance and definitely mystery right to the end. I enjoy the dynamics between Ellison, her daughter Grace and her Mother. These are set in the 70's with no cell phones, but lots of coffee. And what about Detective Anarchy Jones for her love interest? Things seem to be heating up. Looking forward to the next one.
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LGHudson More than 1 year ago
BETTER THAN EVER!! TELEPHONE LINE (The Country Club Murders Book 9) is proof positive that Julie Mulhern’s writing is BETTER THAN EVER! While readers have come to love main character Ellison, her teenage daughter Grace, her formidable Mother Frances, her boyfriend Detective Anarchy Jones and her best friend Libba, Mulhern always manages to add new depth to these characters that we think we know so well. She continues to develop each of them individually and it makes readers feel as if we’re learning new things about our own friends. As we’ve come to expect, MURDER seems to follow/find Ellison whether she wants it to or not! This leads to her immediately receiving a telephone call from her Mother demanding to know why she has 1) found another dead body, 2) been on the scene when a murder took place, 3) knows the victim or 4) someone has reported something that they heard about Ellison/overheard Ellison’s conversation about. Obviously, her telephone rings quite frequently! This novel brings Ellison into more perilous situations than she’s ever met before. The Good News - she has Anarchy on her side. The Bad News - her Mother and the Telephone Line. What is the common denominator in all these situations? Where does Ellison fit in and is she next on the list? I was provided an ARC of this novel by Henery Press and Edelweiss. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
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CCinME More than 1 year ago
Another hit from Julie Mulhern in this 9th outing of the Country Club Murders! As with the others, the author has a clear and entertaining style of writing. Her main character, Ellison Russell, and assorted family members, friends, enemies, etc. are all well rounded and interesting. Set in 1975 Kansas City, MO among the Country Club set these installments never fail to entertain and make you laugh out loud! Eagerly awaiting #10!
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iiiireader More than 1 year ago
I love to spend time visiting with Ellison Russell in the Country Club Murders mystery series. The series is set in the 1970’s in Kansas City. Ellison is the well-to-do widow, daughter, mother and artist who is our sleuth. Her friend Libba invites her to a yoga class in order to relax. Well, the class is anything but relaxing (try exhausting) and when a death occurs, any thought of relaxing flies out the door. In this story, there are lots of funny situations and characters including an evil cat that Ellison has to take care of. There is also a serious issue that is dealt with and is done with care. Ellison’s mother is a hoot. Her friends make me laugh. The situations are so unusual and yet so real that it makes me wonder about the author and where she is getting her plots from. She’s obviously too young to have lived through the 1970s but, though I was fairly young, I can tell you she is spot on. A continuing theme in this story line is the museum gala that Ellison is in charge of. She was about to rest on her laurels having done everything she had been asked for. Her mother ups the game and sends Ellison scurrying around, in the midst of the murder madness, to raise even more money through the event. I’m looking forward to the gala actually occurring at some point. I’m looking forward, even more, to the next book in this series. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Edelweiss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Not my favorite of the aurhor's books. Did not hook me in the way the others have.