The Deep End by Julie Mulhern is the first book in the “Country Club Murders” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, February 2015
Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.
It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.
As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?
I like it. This was a good story that I read rather quickly as I had to know what happens next and boy did this mystery opened up a can of worms for the heroine of this intriguing drama that takes place in the 70s. The author did a great job in presenting the telling of this story with an easy flow and suspects aplenty that was fun to dwindle down the clues to the killer’s identity. A good premise, likable characters and a nice backdrop created an enjoyable debut and a welcome addition to the mystery genre.