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Clouds in My Coffee By Julie Mulhern: Review/Guest Post/Giveaway


FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow
& Julie Mulhern

This week we not only have a review of the latest mystery from Julie Mulhern, Clouds in My Coffee, but we also have a fun guest post from Julie about a character in her book named Kinky LeCoeur. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the Clouds in My Coffee, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Clouds in My Coffee: The Country Club Murders By Julie Mulhern
Review by Cynthia Chow

Socialite Ellison Russell has certainly come a long way since being a scandalous suspect in the death of her cheating, no-good husband. That doesn’t mean that Ellison still doesn’t do all she can to escape the wrath of Mother when things fail to go her way. So when Aunt Sis unexpectedly arrives for a rare visit, Ellison doesn’t hesitate to house her liberal, hippy aunt in order to keep peace between the feuding sisters. Ellison is far less thrilled to welcome home her own sister Marjorie, who refuses to explain why she landed in Kansas City without her children or her husband, the condom King of Cleveland.

bookEllison’s efforts to keep peace fail abysmally when attempts on her life disrupt her mother’s parties and galas for her numerous charities’ benefactors. While Ellison continues to assert that she’s done nothing to make anyone want her dead, a woman who took Ellison’s switched seat at the benefactor’s gala event is still dead as a result of poison. Once again, Ellison finds herself in the middle of an investigation involving irresistible Detective Anarchy Jones and the more appropriate, but no less attractive, attorney Hunter Tafft. Despite a hurtling sculpture, Molotov cocktail, and a shooting, Ellison is eager to identify other likely candidates as the intended targets. It’s not like her mother and the aggressively flirtatious Marjorie haven’t more than earned their share of enemies.

In the highest echelons of 1974 society, Ellison struggles to assert her role within the community, and her own family. She has finally started to achieve success as an artist, but feminism is still considered a foreign concept embraced by “out-there” rebels. Ironically, that battle wages the greatest amongst her own female relatives. While Ellison’s mother and sister stayed within the lines and expected to be rewarded for their propriety, they are now incensed to still have not found happiness. Ellison has her own issues trusting men, but watching her interact with her two suitors is more fun than frustrating.

Author Julie Mulhern has found a winning combination of domestic fiction, comedy of manners, and murder. She has created a thoroughly engaging heroine who refuses to be a doormat, stands up for her own needs, and responds to her mother’s unreasonable demands with humor and wit. This is a continually entertaining novel of a woman’s growth, who finds peace both with herself and with her family’s secrets.

This book was published by Henery Press. To learn more about their books check out their website: henerypress.com.

Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

How Kinky LeCoeur came to be
By Julie Mulhern

In June, 2015, I went to Dallas. My publisher brought together some of its authors and we went to book clubs and a luncheon and a signing. The Deep End had been out four months and I was as green as new author can be ? that is to say somewhere between chartreuse and apple.

Without exception, the authors I met were lovely people and spending time with the editorial staff from Henery Press was a delight.

On Friday evening, Gretchen Archer won a bottle of Kinky Liqueur. The contents were the color of strawberry sherbet. We went back to the hotel and drank wine. The bottle of blood orange infused vodka watched us.


Julie Mulhern

Saturday was a full day. So full that it seemed only natural to unwind that evening with more wine. Someone picked up the bottle of Kinky. We passed it around. We speculated on what it might taste like. We did not open it. Someone ? Phoebe Fox? Me? ? suggested we all put a character named Kinky Liqueur in our next books. This suggestion was met with Kendall Jackson-fueled enthusiasm. But a problem was quickly identified. My series was set in the 1970s, the others are contemporary. This road bump was swept aside. We’d all create our own Kinkys.

Which is how, Kenneth Keye LeCoeur, a character in Clouds came to be.

Cassie LeCoeur waved at me from across the lobby. Sometimes that happens. You don’t see someone for weeks on end and then you run into them in the oddest places. Poor Cassie. Being married to a man named Kinky LeCoeur must be a heavy cross to bear. Not that her husband’s real name is Kinky. He introduces himself as Kenneth. Probably when they met in college he introduced himself as Ken, but to those of us who have known him his whole life, he’ll always be Kinky.

Mother says when one’s last name sounds as if it might belong to a professional dancer, one must be extra careful when selecting first names. The LeCoeurs obviously never heard her wax lyrical on this point…or maybe she waxes because of what Bob and Mary LeCoeur named their children ? Kenneth Keye (show me a bunch of high school boys who won’t shorten that to Kinky) and his sister Candace, called Candy.

If you’d like to go searching for the other Kinkys, pick up Lowcountry Book Club by Susan Boyer or Heart Conditions by Phoebe Fox. And keep your eye out for a Kinky in Gretchen Archer’s sixth book (she makes no promises).

Happy hunting!

To enter to win a copy of Clouds in my Coffee, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “clouds,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 28, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 holdenj
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May 21, 2016 at 3:09pm

I love this series, the seventies setting is fun and so is the action. Looking forward to this installment of Ellison’s life! Thanks!


2 Dianne Casey May 21, 2016 at 7:30pm

Great review, murder at a country club gala sounds like a fun read. This is a new author to me, can’t wait to read.
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3 Judy Weaver May 21, 2016 at 9:28pm

Love this series!!


4 Valerie Hoynacki May 22, 2016 at 7:42am

a view into the country club world – don’t know if I want to or not.


5 Annette N May 22, 2016 at 9:04am

This sounds like an interesting plot. Feminism was not a popular cause with everyone, and at times it seems there is still a distance to go. Throw in a murder, what a terrific idea.


6 Barbara May 22, 2016 at 9:32am

I must read this


7 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
May 22, 2016 at 10:02am

I have heard good things about this book and I would love to win it!! lindaheold999@gmail.com


8 Brooke Bumgardner
Twitter: @xbrookeb28x
May 22, 2016 at 1:20pm

I can’t wait to read this one. Sounds like a fantastic series that I would really enjoy.
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9 Kathleen Costa May 22, 2016 at 3:01pm

I love this series… I was hooked with ‘The Deep End.” The 1970s I remember…finishing high school and college and heading out to make my way as a young adult. But no murder investigations. Thanks, Julie! Thanks, KRL!


10 Doward Wilson May 23, 2016 at 7:28am

Loved the first book and am catching up with the second and now the third one. Thanks for the chance to win.


11 peggy clayton May 23, 2016 at 9:26am

Great write up as always I am really looking forward to reading this in print due to being disabled. I am so glad that a giveaway is offered. Thank you for the article. ptclayton2@aol.com


12 Becky Richardson May 24, 2016 at 2:12pm

This is on my list TBR and can’t wait to read it. brichardson0056@yahoo.com


13 Becky Richardson May 25, 2016 at 1:49pm

Sounds like a fun read and thanks for sharing this giveaway. brichardson0056@yahoo.com


14 Amy Freedman
Twitter: @none
May 27, 2016 at 11:12am

Would love to win a copy… Thanks for the chance to win..



15 Sandy Hemsher
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
May 29, 2016 at 5:34pm

Really want to read this series!!!


16 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
May 31, 2016 at 11:16am

We have a winner!


17 Joanne Kocourek
Twitter: @servedogmom
June 1, 2016 at 8:16pm

I would love to read this! Just added it to my TBR list. servedogmom@yahoo.com


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