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 always wanted to be a writer. She spent her childhood creating pen names and dreaming of exotic, mysterious, romantic places. To that end, she went to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (because, when you’re from the Midwest, the South is both exotic and romantic). There she earned degrees in politics and French. She even spent a year living in Paris. But the Midwest beckoned and she returned home. Now she lives with her husband, two daughters and a dastardly dog. It might not be exotic or mysterious but it is romantic.
She has achieved her dream of becoming an author and writes both romance and mystery novels.
She is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist.
"The Deep End" is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award.
COUNTRY CLUB MURDERS SERIES:
This series is set in 1970's Kansas City, Missouri.
It features Ellison Russell, whose life revolves around her daughter and art, and who offers us a glimpse of life behind the scenes in the Country Club set.
I added Julie Mulhern among MY LIKED "MYSTERY" AUTHORS LIST immediately after reading "The Deep End", the first book in the "Country Club Murders Series" ...mainly because of the writing style which was both engrossing as well as entertaining...!
Moreover, other factors such as mystery, characters and setting were also good ...though in my opinion, the romance element would have been better without the presence of the annoying 'love-triangle' ...which I very much hope soon gets resolved.
Here I must also mention, that there were few aspects of the story, including some details regarding certain intimate activities, as well as the last encounter between the protagonist and the murderer, that came across as slightly stronger than my usual preference in a Cozy Mystery ...however, for the most part, the book was definitely an enjoyable read :-)
BOOKS IN THIS SERIES
1) The Deep End
Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.
It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.
As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?