The Deep End

The Deep End

by Julie Mulhern

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BN ID: 2940150300866
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Series: Country Club Murders Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 17,004
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Julie Mulhern 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. She is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist. The Deep End is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award.

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The Deep End 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
A page-turner from page one. This is the type of mystery you can get lost in for hours at a time. I enjoyed the complexity of Ellison's character. I also enjoyed the author's attention to detail, making mention of events from the past and the type of clothing worn. While the book is labeled as a cozy mystery, it's not the type of feel-good, light-hearted cozy mysteries that you may be use to. In the Deep End by Julie Mulhern has a more serious feel. Regardless, it's a very enjoyable read that I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throwback to the 70s. Funny, interesting, great characters in a 70s era mystery. Fun to read and decent mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the reviewers would not write so much detail. It tends to ruin your own experience. That said, this is the 2nd book by this author that I've read. Interesting plot , well developed with turns you do not expect. Definitely will read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humor and mystery mix make fir a good read. Just a touch of sexual tension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many characters....tends to be difficult to keep track of them all.
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
I love a good mystery, and a mystery touched with some humor, and just a hint of kinky sex is even better. In The Deep End, Julie Mulhern gives us both. I rather doubt there is anything that will startle you more than going for your early morning swim and running into a body. It’s what happens next that kept me awake at night. Protagonist Ellison Russell is a whole lot stronger than she’s willing to admit, even in the mid-1970s when women were just coming into their own. She’s still learning how to stand up for herself, but she’s unwilling to be a doormat, and when independence and submission collide, the fur will fly. I am eager for the next book in the Country Club Murders series.
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!
ceaker More than 1 year ago
It's often hard for me to write about books I love - hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes it such a great book to me. Unfortunately, it's often easier to write about a book I didn't like. Well, let me just say, this is my new favorite series! I just love the characters - especially Ellison. Mulhern does a great job with the story being set in the 70s - ahhhh, life before the internet and cell phones in every hand. I've only read two books in this series so far, and I can say that I miss Ellison in between and each time I'm left looking forward to the next book. When I miss a character like I miss a good friend, that tells me I've got a great book in my hands. The only downside? I'm going to have to pace myself so I don't read them all too quickly and then have to wait for more. So PLEASE, Julie Mulhern, keep cranking out this awesome 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.
ytaylor More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic!!! Such a quick pace, and lots of crazy characters. Dead bodies keep showing up in front of Ellison Russell. First her husbands mistress. Then her husband. When the third body turns up (the husband of the late mistress), everyone thinks that Ellison is next, and maybe she is! Can she find out who the killer is? There is a whole stack of files of people her husband was blackmailing including her own father. Can't say it enough.......This book was GREAT!!
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good reading
Jarina More than 1 year ago
The Deep End is the first book in the County Club Mystery Series. It is 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri. Ellison Russell is a wife, mother, and successful artist as well as a member of the county club elite. However, her marriage is kaput, her teenage daughter is pulling away, and her mother, a society grand dame, pushes Ellison's patience. Her one "sure" thing is her art career managed by friend and art dealer, Powers Foster. It was Ellison's habit to rise early and head for the country club pool to swim laps. When Ellison encounters a floating corpse on her first lap in the dark pool her world begins to unravel. The body belonged to her husband's paramour, Madeline Harper. Since her husband, Henry Russell, had flaunted his affairs for some time, Ellison had already grieved for what had been and no longer was, but she feared for the fallout her daughter Grace would feel. Ellison is on the suspect list and hauled to the police station by Detective Anarchy Jones for questioning. Upon release, Ellison realizes Henry has gone missing. Has he run because he is guilty? What else will Ellison discover about the man who has shared her life for almost twenty years? When her house is broken into and Henry's study ransacked, Ellison is attacked by the intruder and lands in the hospital. Now she is unsafe in her own home, deserted by Henry, and still a murder suspect. What else can happen, you say? A lot! This first of this series is extremely well written and intricately crafted such that it is really the very end before the culprit is revealed. I found it a page turner hard to put down, and at its conclusion I missed my visit to Ellison's 1974. I highly recommend this book and this budding author. '
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Ellison Russell, during her ritual sunrise swim at her country club, literally swims into the body of her husband's mistress. Ellison is determined to find the killer, and there are plenty of suspects. As the book progresses, Ellison grows into a stronger woman who begins to deal with her own issues like a domineering (but still likeable) mother, a teenage daughter whom she desperately wants to protect when her husband becomes one of the main suspects and suddenly goes missing, a handsome homicide detective, and some shady goings on by her country club friends. The story has many twists and turns, grabs you from the first page, and is almost impossible to put down! It takes place in the '70's, but doesn't feel dated at all--it's fun to revisit that period in time. I cannot recommend this book enough and can't wait for her second Country Club mystery which is coming out soon,
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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.  
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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.  
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
Ellison Russell is enjoying a lovely swim in the country club’s pool when things take a not so lovely turn. She swims right into the dead body of her husband’s mistress. Naturally she becomes the prime suspect in the murder. However, Ellison couldn’t care less about her husband’s mistress. She knows all about her husband’s cheating ways, kinky sex and blackmail schemes. In fact, she doesn’t even want to be married to the guy any longer. Killing his mistress would serve no good purpose for her, but the police aren’t buying it. Her overbearing mother has a few things to say as well. She's more interested in Ellison keeping up appearances and meeting a nice guy to settle down with. Meanwhile, Ellison spends her time trying to please her mother while taking care of her teenage daughter and dealing with her husband’s nastiness. When other dead bodies start showing up everywhere Ellison goes, she looks more and more guilty each day. She’s determined to find the killer on her own and prove her innocence. The Deep End takes place in the year 1974 in Missouri. It's a unique take on the cozy genre. I found the setting to be intriguing and the characters to be well-developed. Some were quite unconventional. The mystery takes a few twists and turns along the way and keeps your interest until the end. I was very surprised at how it all wrapped up. It’s a captivating novel and I’m looking forward to reading more by this author. FTC Disclosure: The author/NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Set in the 1970’s this book treads close to the cozy/non-cozy mystery line due to some very interesting interests of some of the characters. Since it tells you in the synopsis I am not giving anything away by telling you sex of the kinky variety takes place and could be the reason a certain woman ends up dead floating in a country club swimming pool. It was the swinging 70’s! Ellison Russell is unhappily married but sticking it out for her child and for appearances. How things appear to the world or other members of the country club are very important to Ellison’s mother and she is sure to tell her daughter that several times a say. As the story goes on Ellison becomes much stronger and really could care less what other people think shocking her mother and giving readers a good giggle or two. I enjoyed the references to Watergate, and old television shows like Kojak and The Streets of San Francisco. A time before cell phones and when you wanted privacy on the phone the squiggly phone cord was stretched to reach into a closet or another room. A time when news was found in a newspaper not on a computer. Julie Mulhern does a great job pulling us back in time and into Ellison’s world. She fills the story with very colorful characters and a plot that keeps us guessing the entire journey. She also makes us laugh and that is always a plus. The Deep End is an excellent start for The County Club Murder series. Ellison really evolved in this story and I look forward to where the author takes her next.
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.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Mystery! This was a great book; this is a debut mystery book by Julie Mulhern. This book is very well written and had wonderful characters. Once I started reading this book I didn’t want to put it down until I finished. Ellison is married to an ass, she knows he has been cheating on her but has stayed in her marriage because of her daughter. One morning while she is swimming at the country club she finds her husband’s mistress floating in the pool. Of course she is a suspect once the police find out that the dead woman is her husband’s mistress. Ellison starts snooping around and finds out that her husband has a lot to hide. She is determined to find out who the killer is so she can move on with her life. The problem is the bodies keep stacking up and she is afraid that she will be next. This book kept me wondering who did it, until the end. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needed a good editor. Ellison's thinking was repetitive and boring. The cliches abound. I mean really abound. At the same time I did read to the end skimming the boring parts so the characters are somehow engaging.