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Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern
The Country Club Murders #8
Henery Press • October 23, 2018
All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.
With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy?
Juggling bodies (one, two, three, four), two-faced friends, her social calendar, and a cat (yes, a cat) is taxing but Mother might be the biggest challenge of all.
With a killer drawing closer, can Ellison put together the pieces or will she be the one getting stabbed in the back?
I love writing about the seventies.
Sure the speed limit was 55, couples wore matching outfits, and women struggled for equality but the times they were a changing.
Just look at the speed limit now! And when was the last time you saw a couple wearing matching shirts? As for that whole equality thing…well, no battle worth fighting is easy.
Ellison Russell lives in the midst of the struggle for women’s equality. In Back Stabbers she comes to terms with sexual harassment.
“There was an economics professor who guided me toward a finance degree. He encouraged me to think about finance as a career. He challenged my beliefs in what I could and couldn’t do.” She looked up from her lap. “I thought of him as a mentor. A second father.”
I had a sinking feeling about this story. I tightened my grip on my wine glass.
“When he hit on me, I didn’t know what to do. I was shocked and hurt and my confidence was shaken.” She regarded me with sad eyes. “Had he said all those things because he believed in me, or was it all part of some elaborate seduction?”
That sinking feeling had been right.
“When I turned him down, told him no, he failed me.”
When I wrote Back Stabbers, #metoo was just getting started and I was appalled to listen to my friends—strong, confident women—tell tales of being chased around desks when they were starting their careers. Their stories made me realize how lucky I’ve been (never happened to me) and how prevalent harassment was.
Things have improved since the seventies, when Ellison dips her toe into women’s issues. Things have improved since the eighties and nineties when my friends were dodging unwanted advances. Things have improved since last year.
To anyone whoever endured unwanted advances, I hope I got it right—this one’s for you.
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.
Website – www.juliemulhernauthor.com
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