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Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders) by Julie Mulhern


About the Book

Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders)

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Henery Press (June 19, 2018)
Print Length: 210 pages
Digital ASIN: B07BMJM89K


Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic’s crystal ball says she’ll soon be surrounded by death. Again.


Now there’s a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.

How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?

Ellison must handle Mother (who’s found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.

About the Author

– Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. 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.

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  “Ellison!” Mother’s voice was a mix of relief and exasperation.
“Where have you been?”
Tell Mother I’d visited a medium? I’d rather hammer shims under my fingernails or wander around outside without my coat.

“I need you.”

Time stopped. Mother never needed me.

“What’s wrong?”

“I need you.”

Apparently that was the only explanation I was getting.

“Can you come over? Please?”

Please? What had happened?

“Of course, I’ll come. Are you okay?”


She hung up.

Aggie appeared in the doorway, a steaming mug of all-things-good in her hand.

“Would you please put that in a travel mug?” I asked.

“Of course. Problem?”

“She won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Mother was not given to crying wolf. Whatever the issue was, it was big. A trickle of dread chilled my blood.

“The ambiance committee is meeting here at three. I’ll be back before then.”

“I’ll have everything ready.” Aggie was indispensable. How we’d ever gotten along without her was a mystery. With her sproingy red hair, vivid kaftans, and outspoken ways, Aggie was not Mother’s idea of a perfect housekeeper. Mother’s opinion didn’t matter. I thought Aggie was the best thing since sliced bread.

A moment later I was back in the car, snug in a fox jacket with matching hat. I settled the plastic travel mug filled with coffee between my thighs and wished I hadn’t. The plastic was hot. I turned the key and ELO’s “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” nearly deafened me. I sympathized. Even with hitting a pedestrian and Mother’s crisis, there was a man I couldn’t get out of my head. I turned off the radio and motored down the drive.

Mother’s door opened as soon as I pulled up in front of her house.

I took a quick gulp of coffee then hurried up the front walk. “What’s wrong?”

Mother looked from left to right as if her neighbors were hanging around in the cold, waiting to eavesdrop. “Come in.”

With the door safely closed behind me, Mother sighed.

“What? What’s happened?”

The color had leeched from her skin and the perfect helmet of her hair was mussed. “I found a body.”

Mother? A body? It was about time someone in this family besides me found a body.


Mallory Heart's Cozies' Review:

Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders Book 7)Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: SHADOW DANCING by Julie Mulhern
(Country Club Mystery)

Although almost all the characters in this series are "a cut above," actually several socioeconomic levels above me, the author's wry humour, use of irony, and judicious eliciting of empathy, make the series endearing, despite the cultural disparity. The twisted convolutions of the mystery provided, and protagonist Ellison's "flair" (or fate) for stumbling over corpses, keep the reader in suspense, and Ellison' s rocky "relationship" with Detective Anarchy Jones warms our hearts, as does her protective love for her sixteen-year-old daughter Grace.

Ellison and Grace are drawn into a morass of crime, including underage prostitution and strip clubs, venues Ellison is fiercely determined to keep far, far away from Grace. But murder has a way of striking much too close to home.


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The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates

About the Book

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)
Hardcover: 250 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315803
Digital ASIN: B075QJ59PX

Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.

Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide.

Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted?

With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library mysteries.

About the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books:  clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada.  Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.


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  My Review: The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Mystery #4)The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS by Eva Gates

I admire lighthouses, and I adore libraries, so the combination of these is a delight. Lucy, our protagonist, is a librarian at the lovely Bodie Island Lighthouse Library at Nag' s Head, North Carolina, in the Outer Banks, following some years at the Harvard Libraries. Near Halloween, a wealthy expatriate determines to gift his extensive collection of nautical North Carolina historical records and documents, and seems to have designated the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library as his recipient--but during a lecture presentation, he is murdered in the Library's rare book department. Lucy and her colleagues are dedicated to finding the truth and winning the collection for their Library, as the owner had wished.

Lots of spooky happenings plus some emotional crises and uproars interweave with history to provide page-turning intrigue.