The Deep Endby Julie Mulhern

Published February 17th 2015 by Henery Press


5 Stars

Synopsis: 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?

My Review: I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more in the Country Club Murders. These books take place in the 70s when the Country Club life was quite exclusive, catty, and appearances were everything. Ellison Russell is a spurned wife of Henry Russell who owns a local bank. She knows about his mistress, but is staying with him because of their daughter. Every morning she heads off to the Country Club to go swimming and at the beginning of this book, she swims into the lifeless body of her husbands mistress. Of course she is the prime suspect.

The characters in this book are wonderful. Starting with Ellison who is a painter and doesn’t have much of a spine. As the book progresses, I love how she develops as a person. She starts to stand up for herself and her daughter. Her mother is one of those women that think the world revolves around them and that everything her daughters do reflect upon her. She does have her redeeming moments though. The police detective, her lawyer, the art gallery owner, friends, frenemies, housekeeper etc. are all well written and add so much to the story. I absolutely loved Mistress K, the owner of the kinky sex club. The sexual proclivities of Henry Russell, his mistress Madeline and other subs is mentioned in the book and add some comic relief. As the story progressed, more deaths occurred and they all revolved around Ellison. She needs to find out who the murderer is before she becomes the next victim.

I could not wait to find out who done it. I finally figured it out just before it was revealed in the story. A wonderful cozy mystery that those who love cozies and those who love the 70s will enjoy.