Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern

May 13, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

clouds-in-my-coffeeClouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern
Series: The Country Club Murders #3
Genre: Historical Mystery, cozy
Setting: Kansas City, Missouri
Published by Henery Press
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: May 10)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
256 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors’ party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident. But when her house is fire-bombed, she’s shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead. But why? And can Ellison find the killer before he strikes again? Add in an estranged sister, a visiting aunt with a shocking secret, and a handsome detective staying in her guesthouse, and Ellison might need more than cream in her coffee…

Initial impressions

  • This series gets better and better. Ellison is a smart character and I’ve enjoyed reading each book to find out what Ellison and the other characters are doing in these books…plus the mystery is good, too!

The story

  • Ellison’s sister and her aunt are both in town and neither want to stay with Ellison’s mother so Ellison is stuck with them.
  • Her sister has decided to leave her husband. And then the husband arrives so Ellison has to deal with him, too, since her sister refuses to do so.
  • A woman seated next to Ellison at a dinner dies after she drinks from Ellison’s glass. Ellison is convinced it’s just an accident.
  • But more “accidents” happen until Ellison has to admit maybe someone is after her. But the question is why? Ellison decides she better investigate.

Pluses

  • This has quickly become one of my favorite mystery series since I began reading it about six months ago.
  • I love the historical feel of the 1970’s with country clubs, Watergate and Richard Nixon’s resignation.
  • The humor in these stories is spot-on. Humor isn’t easy to do well, but Julie Mulhern manages to get it right.
  • Even though there’s humor and this is a cozy series, it’s not silly. Ellison has been through serious problems and is stronger because of that. She’s discovering who she is and what she wants from her life.
  • I like the relationship Ellison has with her high school age daughter Grace. Life  hasn’t been too easy for them since Ellison’s husband and Grace’s father was murdered.
  • I love Anarchy Jones’ name! And he’s a good character, too.
  • There’s a bit of romance in these books, but Ellison isn’t ready to trust a man too far yet–plus she has two men she likes who would like to become her significant other.
  • Other characters are fun to read about, too. I really like Ellison’s father and, of course, Ellison’s mother is over-the-top, but she loves Ellison even if she doesn’t always like what Ellison does and tries to control Ellison’s life.
  • I love the covers for each book in the series.

Minuses

  • Ellison almost goes over the edge between being smart and being dumb when she refuses to believe someone might be trying to murder her.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I’m looking forward to the next book!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Julie Mulhern 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.

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