Guaranteed To Bleed
Book 2, The Country Club Murders Series
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With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.”
Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way.
Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly-rebellious daughter is missing, and there’s yet another body in her hostas. Mother won’t be pleased.
Now Ellison must track down not one but two runaway teenagers, keep her promise to Bobby and elude the killer—all before her next charity gala committee meeting.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries.
Books in the Country Club Murders Humorous Mystery Series:
• THE DEEP END (#1) • GUARANTEED TO BLEED (#2)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
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.
Second book in series
I just finished reading Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern. It is the second book The Country Club Murders series and is set in 1974. Ellison Russell is a widow and an artist with a daughter to raise. Ellison lives in Kansas City, Missouri and her daughter, Grace goes to Suncrest Country Day School. Ellison is at the school watching her daughter cheer. She drops her lipstick and it falls under the stands. Ellison goes under the stands to retrieve it (she got it in Paris). Someone runs into her while she is under the bleachers and then she trips over something. That something turns out to be Bobby Lowell. Bobby, a friend of her daughter since they were little kids, is hurt on the ground. He dies in Ellison’s arms asking her to tell her that he loved her. Who is her?
Detective Anarchy Jones is assigned the case (Ellison and Anarchy know each other). When Ellison arrives back home, she is greeted by a drunk babysitter (for a sixteen year old) and a gaggle of girls (her daughter needed the comfort of friends). Donna is a new girl to the group. Her mother, India and her new husband, Jonathan Hess, just moved to town (India used to live in Kansas City). Grace and her friends have decided to include Donna in their group. Ellison cannot help but look into Bobby’s murder (since she did find the body). Who would want to kill a teenage boy? While solving the crime and trying to find Bobby’s her, Ellison will have to deal with her mother (very intimidating) and her matchmaking. She wants to make sure that Ellison makes the right match this time (the first husband was not a gem).
I give Guaranteed to Bleed 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). Ellison had just come back from traveling in Europe and there are constant references to new clothes, shoes, and make-up that she purchased and did not like (then why did she buy them). The mystery was extremely easy to solve and the characters were very superficial (they lacked depth). I also did not like Ellison’s friends. When Ellison would ask for assistance from a friend or even her mother, they would only do it in exchange for a favor in return (like politicians in Washington, D.C.). How is that friendship? I found Guaranteed to Bleed just to be a little bit too silly and over-the-top (for my liking). The book is nicely written, but Guaranteed to Bleed was just not for me.
I received a complimentary copy of Guaranteed to Bleed from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Families and lions and tigers, oh my!
Mothers and their daughters and their daughters, and some good and some bad men. What a mix of characters, what a satisfying ending, with just a tantalizing dangling ending!
Love her style! Snarky, funny light hearted read but a page turner. Just a little undercurrent of sizzle makes you want to read the next one to see what Ellison falls into next!
- Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
- Published: Oct 13, 2015
- Publisher: Henery Press
- Seller: Henery Press LLC
- Print Length: 260 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, The Country Club Murders Series