Candy Kennedy is the winner of the ebook The Deep End. Watch for an email from Julie!
I’m delighted to welcome back author Julie Mulhern. I love both her series! Look for a giveaway at the end of the post!
Springtime. Love is in the air. So is murder.
When Ellison Russell, reluctant finder of bodies, chairs a gala in conjunction with the museum’s Chinese funerary exhibit, she expects disaster. So, she’s not remotely surprised when a body turns up.
Ellison is willing to leave the investigation to the police till an attempt is made on her life.
Now she’s juggling evading a killer, her aunt’s overly-amorous beau, her dog’s new love interest, and Mother’s displeasure.
With bodies piling up, if Ellison’s not careful, staying alive might be impossible.
Julie: I am in a book club and recently it was my turn to select the book.
I chose The Dry by Jane Harper, an excellent mystery set in Australia. The Dry tells the story of a man coming to terms with his past and a horrible murder.
Everyone enjoyed the book, with several women noting how much they looked forward to reading at the end of their busy days. One seemed surprised the book was good.
“I don’t read genre fiction,” she explained, apparently forgetting that’s what I write.
She reads to challenge herself.
I read to escape. I want to giggle, puzzle, cheer for the heroine, hiss at the villain, and step away from deadlines, dishes, and what’s for dinner?.
Between divisive politics, the coronavirus, and (for me) a professional bump in the road, that escape is more important than ever.
My latest release, Stayin’ Alive may not challenge readers with angst-ridden characters and dark subject matter, but it does make people laugh. I’m proud of that.
Here’s a peek:
“Sorry, I’m late!” Daisy burst into the card room like a whirlwind. Her slip showed. She needed a comb. A lollipop and multiple tufts of hair stuck to her sweater (the candy on the sleeve, the hair everywhere). “I’ve had a morning.”
“Sit.” Libba held out her wine glass.
Daisy sat, took the glass, gulped, and handed it back. “Thank you.”
“Which kid, and what did he do?” asked Jinx.
Daisy closed her eyes.
“How bad can it be?” Libba didn’t have children. She’d never experienced bad.
“David snuck into our bathroom. He knows it’s off-limits, ever since the lipstick incident.” The lipstick incident had translated into new wallpaper for most of the house. “He stole my razor from the shower and—” She paused for a shuddering breath.
“And?” I asked. One of Daisy’s offspring running loose with a razor was a terrifying proposition.
“He shaved the cat.”
“He what?” Jinx’s brows touched her hairline.
“The cat fell asleep on his lap and he shaved off its fur.” Daisy rubbed her face. “There’s cat hair everywhere. And the poor cat, it’s hiding under the bed.”
“He shaved the whole cat?”
“The side that was exposed.”
“So the other side still has hair?” Jinx’s mouth twitched.
“Yes. The poor cat is humiliated.”
“It’ll grow back.”
That wouldn’t comfort the cat.
Readers: What makes you laugh? Be warned, it may show up in my next book! Julie will give an ebook of The Deep End to someone who leaves a comment.
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.
Don’t miss out on Poppy Fields next adventure that is out on March 31! Here’s a bit about the book:
Poppy Fields, Hollywood IT girl and super-secret spy, travels to Egypt looking for answers.
But amidst assassination attempts, money launderers, and missing treasure, answers are hard to come by.
Poppy must trust new allies, forgive old wrongs, and find a forgotten pharaoh or the next tomb she enters may be her own.