Julie Mulhern

Evil Woman: A Country Club Mystery By Julie Mulhern: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


Ellison Russell Jones (the Jones part is new!) has just returned from her idyllic honeymoon through Europe with her husband, Homicide Detective Anarchy Jones. She’s rather reluctant to return to the socialite lifestyle of 1975’s Kansas City, Missouri, especially since she’s gained an undeniable but unintentional reputation as a body finder. For once, she has the legitimate alibi of being out of the country when Muriel Jarrett, the detestable mother of Prudence Davies, was suffocated to death in her home.

KRL’s Favorite Books of 2020

by KRL Staff


Another year has ended and once again we take a look back at a few of the many books that were reviewed in KRL in 2020. 2020 was a year most of us want to forget, but one good thing that did happen is that a lot of great books were published! All but one of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2020. Katherine Costa wanted to include favorite authors and TV shows that she has reviewed, so hers went up in a separate post in this issue.

Fields’ Guide to Dirty Money By Julie Mulhern: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Cynthia Chow
& Julie Mulhern


Former teen celebrity and current secret-spy Poppy Fields may have risked life and limb on missions through Paris, New Orleans, and Egypt, but it’s her current one that may finally push her over the edge. Poppy’s uber-famous, narcissistic mother Chariss Carlton is getting married (again), and she is demanding that her Maid-of-Honor daughter fulfill her assigned duties by finding the perfect site for her wedding shower.

Restless and Reading During the Pandemic

by CL Bauer


I wrote like a fiend the first few weeks of the pandemic. My own wedding and event flower business was shut down, and I was on my own. I have worked at home for years, but this was different. I couldn’t go get my favorite coffee, or enjoy happy hour with friends over chips and salsa. After two months, even I was going stir crazy, so I decided to revisit one of my favorite books, and branch out to read other mysteries. There was comfort in books.

The Year I Rediscovered Short Stories

by Victoria Hamilton


Here is the latest installment of our new column, Top 5 Mysteries I Have Read During the Pandemic, this one from mystery author Victoria Hamilton. As we continue to spend most of our time at home, we are all looking for book suggestions so we asked mystery authors and reviewers to share the top 5 mysteries they have read during this pandemic.

Back Stabbers By Julie Mulhern: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


In March of 1975, long before the #MeToo movement and still lingering in the Mad Men era, the brokerage firm of Bisby, Marshall & Wallace is a male-led office staffed by vulnerable young and attractive women. Widowed Ellison Russell has learned how to fend off advances by entitled men assuming she was available and needy, but Winthrop Marshall has proved to be the most obnoxious.

Watching the Detectives By Julie Mulhern: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


Ellison Russell didn’t want to refuse a request from handsome attorney Hunter Tafft, even if that meant allowing his ex-wife to make a bid on redecorating Ellison’s study. However much Hunter may have helped to keep Ellison out of jail, it’s definitely not worth her putting up with Khaki White’s inappropriate and intrusive comments. Before Ellison can formally reject the decorator’s suggestions, a frantic phone call from the housekeeper forces Ellison to leave Khaki alone in the house.

Send in the Clowns By Julie Mulhern: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


Ellison may have acquired a disturbing record of discovering bodies, being accused of murder, and getting hospitalized after attacks by murderers, but she certainly didn’t expect to find herself in the Gates of Hell. Ellison was attempting to track down her teenaged daughter in the Kansas City Halloween Haunted House, but instead of finding Grace, Ellison hears the last dying words of a terrifying clown.

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

by Cynthia Chow
& Julie Mulhern


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.

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