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I received this book for free from a book tour, NetGalley. This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern
Series: The Country Club Murders #5
Published by Henery Press on May 23, 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: a book tour, NetGalley
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Ellison Russell wanted a decorator, not a corpse. Too bad she finds Mrs. White in the study killed with a revolver. Things go from bad to worse when she finds Mr. White in the dining room killed with a candlestick. With so many bodies, is it any wonder Detective Anarchy Jones’ new partner considers Ellison a suspect?
With the country club gossips talking a mile a minute, an unexpected cocktail party, a visit from Aunt Sis, and a romantic decision, Ellison hardly has time to think about murder. Unfortunately, the killer has plenty of time to think about her.
Additional Books in the Country Club Murders Mystery Series:
The Deep End
Guaranteed to Bleed
Clouds in My Coffee
Send in the Clowns
Every so often, I run across a picture of Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher. She’s sitting at her kitchen table in front of a typewriter. There’s a coffee cup to her left, a coffee pot to her right, and a sweater casually draped around her shoulders. She’s wearing make-up. She’s also wearing a satisfied smile—as if writing is a lark and she’s just sat down to dash off 5,000 words.
I too write at the kitchen table. On a laptop. I too have a coffee cup nearby. The Keurig is but steps away. But chances are, if I’m writing, there’s no sweater. There’s definitely no make-up. And there is absolutely no satisfied smile.
Since I write early in the morning, I want no pictures. No photographic evidence that my hair is twisted into a messy bun (did I mention Jessica is well-coiffed?). No one need view my comfy, seen-better-days bathrobe, or the smudges of yesterday’s mascara.
Jessica makes writing look almost glamorous.
I find the process of writing to be anything but glamorous. There are mornings when 500 writing words feels like a win. There are mornings when we’re out of cream for my coffee (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?). There was even one dreadful morning when we were out of coffee.
Jessica makes writing look almost effortless.
If writing is effortless, why do I spend so much time with my head buried in my hands wondering what the heck happens next? And, why, when I figure that out, won’t the words fit together like puzzle pieces? Preferably one of those wooden puzzles where the cow and the sheep and pig are cut out of a wooden board and the pieces have pegs.
How does Jessica actually finish a book when she’s investigating a new murder every week?
And, given that Jessica writes murder mysteries, isn’t solving one something of a busman’s holiday? Yet, her well never runs dry. There she is, arguing with the sometimes obtuse Amos, offering sage advice to the earnest young person who is somehow embroiled in murder, and solving crimes.
The well at the Mulhern’s is not bottomless (see above for head in hands). Any advice I offer is to my teenage daughters (who think I am obtuse) and the only mystery I ever solve is who swiped my phone charger (looking at you, youngest daughter).
Kitchen table and coffee cup aside, I am nothing like Jessica Fletcher. Perhaps because I am real and Jessica is some writer’s dream of what writing should be like.
All that said, whoever wrote about Jessica’s adventures in Cabot Cove got one things absolutely right—the joy and excitement of sending a new book into the world.
I’m so thrilled that Watching the Detectives is out in the world that I might even comb my hair and put on lipstick before I sit down in front of my laptop (kidding).
Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern is the fifth book featuring Ellison Russell. Ellison continues to find herself wrapped up in murder when she discovers the body of decorator Khaki White. Complicating things is the fact that she discovers the body in her study…earning her a place on the suspects’ list.
Ellison is such a fun cozy character. I love the setting of the story. Ms. Mulhern really transports the reader to the 1970s. That is an era that is before my time, and I absolutely love being able to see it through these mysteries. One of my favorite things is that the author manages to present several viable suspects and weaves a mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the end. This is a fun series and one that I hope doesn’t end any time soon. I have enjoyed a couple of earlier books, but still have some to catch up on. If you love fun cozies with a touch of humor, you owe it to yourself to check out the Country Club Murders series. You’ll quickly be swept up in a mystery that is by turns suspenseful and humorous. This series is the perfect balance of humor and mystery. Be sure to add this series to your to-be-read list.
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