Monday, May 16, 2016

Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern - #review #giveaway

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…

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Last year, I was fortunate enough to read Ms. Mulhern's Guaranteed to Bleed and was struck by the accuracy of the 1970's setting.  This year, the trend continues with Clouds in My Coffee.  I remember the 70s as a decade of olive green, rust orange and awkward teenage years.

I know I love the cover of Clouds best of all.  Maybe it's because the more I read of Ellison & Co, the more 'real' they seem to me.  Or maybe it's because some morning's I'd like to take a soak in a huge cup of coffee.  But I digress.

On more than one occasion, my mind went to the Downton Abbey place for a similar feel of the setting and characters.  Although I'm sure the folks across the pond had a little more decorum than some of the people at the benefactor's party thrown by Ellison's mother.  So, maybe Dallas may be a better parallel.

This time around there are more attempts on Ellison's life than there are usually for a cozy heroine in several books, which makes for exciting action and a lot of drama.  There's also a lot of drama within Ellison's own family.  I enjoyed the comparison and contrast of two sets of sisters:  Frances (Ellison's mother) and Sis, and Ellison and Marjorie.  While there's a lot of difference from the generational gap, some things about siblings and how they relate to each other are the same everywhere.

I continue to love the character and the name of 'Anarchy Jones'.  And that he keeps being drawn into investigations amongst the country club set.  I mean, think about it.  'Anarchy' in the starched shirts.  I get a chuckle every time.

If those of her class don't start avoiding Ellison because of the murders and attempted murders that seem to happen in close proximity to her, I foresee a bright future for the widow.  What will she get into next?  I have no clue...but I want to be there for whatever it turns out to be!



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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  1. Thank you for hosting me today!

  2. I look forward to reading more about Ellison Russell.

  3. I really love the cover to this one! And I'm glad all the characters truly did feel real to you as well :)