The Deep EndFor me, there’s a big difference between a typical day before that morning and after.

Before that morning, I’d get up early, pull on a swimsuit and head to the country club.

After – well, after is another story. This story. It begins like this. . .

My morning swim doesn’t usually involve corpses. If it did, I’d give up swimming for something less stressful, like coaxing cobras out of baskets or my mother out of bed before ten.

Watching the sun rise over the seventh green is often the best part of my day. I dive into the pool while the water is still inky. When the light has changed from deepest indigo to lavender, I break my stroke, tread water and admire the sky as it bleeds from gold to yellow to pink. It’s a ritual, a metaphorical cleansing, a moment of stolen peace.

After all, I have a teenage daughter, a mother with strong opinions, a Weimaraner named Max who plots to take over our house on his path toward world domination, and a husband. Much as I’d like to, I can’t leave him out.

I kicked off my Dr. Scholl’s, tossed my husband’s button-down onto a deck chair, dove into the dark water and gasped at the sudden, encompassing cold. That shock of chilly water against my skin is better than coffee when it comes to waking up. Maybe not better. Faster.

My legs kicked, my arms sliced and I settled into the comforting rhythm of the Australian crawl. My fingers knifed through the water, anticipating the smooth parting of liquid. They found fabric and the horrific touch of cold flesh.

Turns out swimming into the lifeless body of your husband’s mistress can ruin your whole day. Becoming a murder suspect can ruin your whole life.

Now, Mother is interfering, my husband, Henry, is missing and I am learning things about Henry that no wife should ever know. My advice? If your husband is caught in flagrante in the coat closet at the club Christmas party, divorce him. Of course, hindsight is twenty-twenty. If I’d only known Henry’s sordid affair might lead to murder. . .

You can read more about Ellison in The Deep End, the first book in the new “Country Club Murder” mystery series, published by Henery Press.

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Meet the author
Julie Mulhern is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time JulieMwhipping 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. She is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist. The Deep End is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award. Visit her at or on Facebook.

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