by Julie Mulhern


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ISBN-13: 9781941962237
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Series: Country Club Murders Series , #1
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 93,661
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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THE DEEP END 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
The Deep End by Julie Mulhern is a great mystery, and a great start to a series! I'd previously read books 5 and 6 in the series (which both work very well as standalones) but wanted to start from the beginning, and I'm so glad I did. Ms. Mulhern expertly captures the 70s in this riveting mystery, and the narration by Callie Beaulieu (Audible version) is perfection! It kept me guessing until the very end! A+++
CCinME More than 1 year ago
A really well written and delightful book. So glad there are more in the series!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
There are so many twists and turns in this alternately chaotic and funny book you will finish it in no time! I grew up in the 1970's with a Mom who was 30 years older then me. I love her dearly but could definitely identify with Ellison--Heck--my Mom is still insisting I think like she thinks and act like she thinks I should. We won't let her in to my little secret---I either yes her to death or ignore her and do what I want anyway. It took Ellison a bit to realize this fact of life. Meanwhile--she goes for a morning swim at the club and swims into a dead body--her husbands mistress. Then it seems where ever she goes there is another dead body--and a lawyer her Mom hired and a totally gorgeous detective. At least she has her Dad who always has her back!! And her daughter--the typical teenage--and her dog!! But to put all this together you will will have to read this!! You better believe I will be reading more of this series.
AreYouStillReading More than 1 year ago
I have a confession to make. Even though I was not alive during it, I have a serious obsession with the 70s. I blame my mother's love for That 70s Show. Watching those crazy kids during my teen years really created a fondness for the decade I never knew. I have been dying to find some modern fiction set in the 70s. Unfortunately, I seem to be the only person who wants this. I hadn't really found anything until I came across Julie Mulhern's The Deep End. I was expecting a kitschy, cliche mystery that spent more time making fun of the decade then making you feel like you were in it. I was pleasantly surprised when that wasn't what I got. This book felt so fresh, which is weird to say about a book that is set 40 some years ago. The End End follows Ellison Russell as she tries to solve the murder of her husband's mistress. The investigation confronts Ellison with the way she has been living her life and makes it her begin to change. It wasn't cheesy or completely unbelievable though. I loved Ellison because I felt like she could be a real woman. Nothing felt like it would only happen in a cozy mystery. Ellison's interactions with other characters felt genuine. The chemistry between her and her love interests seemed to develop at a natural pace. Her complicated relationships with her family were well developed and not played for just comic relief. Also, her scumbag husband was not given any redeeming qualities (except that he loved his daughter). Ellison didn't make excuses for him and I loved it. The mystery was also excellent. I have a talent of figuring out the murderer in cozy mysteries writing 30 pages of the murder. I am pleased to announce that my guess was wrong! Why am I so happy about this? I have real issues with a mystery that I can solve too early. Call me weird, but I don't want to solve it before any real investigating has happened. I didn't have any clue that this person was the murderer until about the 75% mark. I call that a successful mystery in my book. I'm so glad I took a chance on this book and that Julie Mulhern wrote it this way. It was perfect. I'm moving up The Country Club Murders #2 Guaranteed to Bleed in my to be read pile to my next read. I suggest you all do the same.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Deep End - The Country Club Murders Book 1 Author: Julie Mulhern Published: 2-17-15 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 276 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sluths, Humor ISBN: 9781941962268 ASIN: B00PWE819Q Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . The Deep End is set in 1974 Where Ellison Russell has pretty much given up on her marriage and her cheating husband. She has made her teenage daughter Grace and her art the center of her world. When her husband's latest mistress winds up dead and Ellison finds herself the prime suspect. Ellison turns amateur sleuth to prove her innocence and find the real killer. Her search brings to like her husband's sexual proclivities, his bullying ways and propensity towards blackmail. Ellison races to find the murderer before he has a chance to find her and add her to the rising body count. Julie Mulhern has shown us talent for pulling a story together with The Deep End. For a first novel she has been given us a well thought out plot, a cast of characters that are believable and interesting. I rarely read any historical fiction, but since I lived in the 70's I was curious to see how she portrayed the time period. I am glad I chose to indulge my curiosity. I found The Deep End a cozy mystery peppered with humor and strong characters that kept me glued to the story. The fashion and music references were authentic (although I disagree with Ellison about Seasons in the Sun, I still love that song). I felt I had returned to being that young girl, going to play tennis with friends, root at school games, spend time at the movies, and talking on the phone for hours with my girlfriends. A wonderful story you don't want to miss.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! There is one chapter that is a bit racy so that is a little different from most cozy mysteries that I have been reading. But I liked Ellison a lot and I liked the descriptions of the clothes and things from the '70's. (Seersucker dresses!) I wasn't sure who did the crimes, I had my suspicions so I wasn't completely surprised, but I was kept wondering. I am looking forward to more adventures with Ellison.  
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
First, for those who read my blog and reviews, this really isn’t a cozy mystery. It’s somewhere between cozy and mainstream mystery, so it is a bit edgy. That being said, THE DEEP END was a really good book! Author Julie Mulhern has penned a winning story. This wonderfully written mystery was so full of gripping, fast paced drama. From the time the body is found by the protagonist, until the last page, THE DEEP END was well plotted, had complex characters, and did an amazing job of describing the 70’s country club scene. It's no wonder Ms. Mulhern was winner of The Shelia Award.  
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Great Start for New Cozy Mystery Series I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars. It’s not every day a woman finds her husband’s mistress dead and floating in a country club pool but that’s exactly what happens to Ellison Russell in the first act of Julie Mulhern’s debut cozy mystery, The Dead End. Full of colorful characters, good dialogue, and taking place in the 70’s at the height of the Watergate scandal, The Dead End kept my attention from start to finish. The first book in “The Country Club Murders” series, is off to a good start. Successful artist and a country club member with the correct pedigree, Ellison Russell arrives at the club for her customary early morning swim only to discover the body of Madeline Harper, dead and floating in the pool. While Ellison could care less about Madeline, or her death, the fact she’s her husband’s mistress puts Ellison front and center in a murder investigation, a position she’d rather avoid. Forced into conducting her own investigation, Ellison soon discovers there’s a lot more to her soon to be ex than his penchant for visiting “Club Kinky”. When two more mistresses show up, and Henry disappears, Ellison learns her husband was involved in blackmail. As dead bodies start piling up, it’s clear Ellison needs to solve the mystery before she or someone she loves becomes the next victim. Ms. Mulhern does a good job developing Ellison’s character and I really enjoyed getting to know her as the story developed. While she’s a bit “frosty” and detached at first, it soon becomes apparent that Ellison has been surrounded by dominating or domineering people a good portion of her life. As the story progresses we do see Ellison begin to develop emotionally and also watch her begin to develop a backbone. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Ellison’s parents, her art broker Powers, her daughter Grace, and the handsome, polite detective assigned to the case.  Ms. Mulhern does a good job developing the mystery, which takes several twists and turns. I also enjoyed the “historical” aspects of the story since it takes place during the “Watergate” years and I remember being glued to the newspapers (Yes, Virginia…..this was before the internet) and the television during the investigation and political scandal that ensued. I thought Ms. Mulhern captured the “feel” of the 70’s and also emphasized the difference between the “country club” crowd and the regular people. Will Ellison discover who killed Madeline? Will Henry, Ellison’s unfaithful husband get what he deserves? And is there a possible new romance in Ellison’s future? You’ll have to read The Deep End to find out. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in this series.