Back Stabbers

Back Stabbers

All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and ev...

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Title:Back Stabbers
Author:Julie Mulhern
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Back Stabbers Reviews

  • Betty

    I tried not to do this as each new ARC'S/DRC'S I received is one I want to read or I would not have requested it. Before long I would have a mess to untangle without knowing which books, I needed to read. I have been searching for a DRC for this book sometime. I was between books when it arrived so I read it and the 8th installment did not disappoint. The humor was there especially the scene between Max, a dog, and McCallester, a cat was hilarious. It is well-written. I had just graduated high d

    I tried not to do this as each new ARC'S/DRC'S I received is one I want to read or I would not have requested it. Before long I would have a mess to untangle without knowing which books, I needed to read. I have been searching for a DRC for this book sometime. I was between books when it arrived so I read it and the 8th installment did not disappoint. The humor was there especially the scene between Max, a dog, and McCallester, a cat was hilarious. It is well-written. I had just graduated high during the 1950's and remember many of the situations that are covered. I like the new rings tones cover in the tale.

    Ellison Russell wanted to check on her Portfolio Stocks. Instead, she finds a dead broker and she called Anarchy for help. While waiting for Anarchy Ellison received a message to call her Father who wants Ellison to host her unknown half-sister. Her father has not informed her Mother that he invited Karma to visit him. There are a number of funny things happening. Ellison romance with Anarchy is in an open view and she has introduced him to her friends. Ellison will encounter abuse, betrayal, fraud, social realm and FAMILY TIES before she finds answers. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES. I will find hard to wait a year to find out Ellison next adventure

    Disclosure: Many thanks to Edelweiss and Henery Press for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • RO G'ma

    Back Stabbers is the eighth book in Julie Mulhern’s awesome Country Club Murders series. Ms. Mulhern’s writing style is crisp and clear, the storyline is well developed, and the characters are entertaining, fun, and a little quirky. The setting for this series is the country club society in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1970s, and all the details are right on target for that era. The sensitive subject of sexual harassment is addressed in this book. The mystery is interesting, and there are witty

    Back Stabbers is the eighth book in Julie Mulhern’s awesome Country Club Murders series. Ms. Mulhern’s writing style is crisp and clear, the storyline is well developed, and the characters are entertaining, fun, and a little quirky. The setting for this series is the country club society in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1970s, and all the details are right on target for that era. The sensitive subject of sexual harassment is addressed in this book. The mystery is interesting, and there are witty statements and humor dispersed throughout the book. This book is fast paced, with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. I highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy well-crafted clean mysteries.

    Ellison Russell, who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, is a widow, an artist, the mother of a teenager daughter, loves Mr. Coffee, and much to the dismay of her mother, Francis, has the unwanted talent of finding murder victims. Ellison and Detective Anarchy Jones are pursuing their relationship; Grace, her daughter, is pleased, but Francis and Ellison’s housekeeper, Aggie DeLucci, aren’t. Before marrying Ellison’s mother, Harrington, her daddy, fathered a child, Karma, and Ellison’s socially prominent parents had kept her a secret from everyone for forty years. Karma, who runs a successful brokerage firm in San Francisco, wants to meet Ellison, and, not wanting to cause friction in his own home, Harrington asks Ellison to allow Karma to stay with her.

    Ellison arrives for a meeting with her broker, Winthrop Marshall, to review her portfolio and is upset when she’s kept waiting in the reception room with a woman who’s ill and spreading germs. After requesting to wait in Winthrop’s office, his assistant, Debbie, takes Ellison to his office and leaves to get coffee for her; and that’s when she finds Winthrop’s body in a compromising position. Ellison calls Anarchy, but his partner, Detective Peters, who isn’t her biggest fan, arrives first. Ellison takes Karma to the see the Chinese exhibit at The Nelson-Atkins Museum, and, as luck would have it, they discover Debbie’s body; Karma faints and hits her head, which requires a stay at the hospital.

    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Edelweiss/Above the Treeline and voluntarily reviewed it.

  • Brenda

    Another 1975 adventure with the Country Club crowd in Kansas City, Missouri as Ellison Russell discovers an older half sister and three more dead bodies. What will Mother say!

    Ellison & Anarchy Jones are a hot item and people are beginning to get used to the idea. When Ellison finds her stockbroker murdered in his office she becomes aware of the plight of the young women who work there.

    As Ellison faces the wrath of Mother over Karma, she also discovers how fiercely Mother defends Ellison fro

    Another 1975 adventure with the Country Club crowd in Kansas City, Missouri as Ellison Russell discovers an older half sister and three more dead bodies. What will Mother say!

    Ellison & Anarchy Jones are a hot item and people are beginning to get used to the idea. When Ellison finds her stockbroker murdered in his office she becomes aware of the plight of the young women who work there.

    As Ellison faces the wrath of Mother over Karma, she also discovers how fiercely Mother defends Ellison from her back stabbing peers.

    Mr. Coffee, Ellison's most steadfast man, provides the backbone needed to get her through every twist & turn.

    Fast paced action and true to period descriptions put a smile on my face the entire read. With only pagers and landline phones, shag carpets, lavender and green bathrooms, the nostalgia was spot on.

    Sadly to say the attitude towards young female brokerage staff continued into the '90s when I worked at one.

    I volunteered to read an ARC from Henery Press through Edelweiss. Release date is Oct 23 2018

  • Sheryl

    Ellison Russell has been waiting somewhat impatiently for her meeting with her stockbroker. She's getting distraught because the other woman, remaining in this close waiting room is what Ellison describes as a "Germ, masquerading as a woman" she demands to wait in her broker's office. Big mistake for Ellison, as soon as his secretary leads her back to Winthrop Marshall's office and opens the door, Ellison finds out why Mr. Marshall has been keeping her waiting, let's say he's not late getting in

    Ellison Russell has been waiting somewhat impatiently for her meeting with her stockbroker. She's getting distraught because the other woman, remaining in this close waiting room is what Ellison describes as a "Germ, masquerading as a woman" she demands to wait in her broker's office. Big mistake for Ellison, as soon as his secretary leads her back to Winthrop Marshall's office and opens the door, Ellison finds out why Mr. Marshall has been keeping her waiting, let's say he's not late getting into the office as previously told, he never left from the night before. To add insult to injury that she's found another dead body, she's never going to think of Winthrop Marshall in the same way. He was not an attractive man fully clothed but partially clothed the image is just too much for her to compute. As she recovers from her shock, she calls her favorite coffee eyed, Detective Anarchy Jones to inform him of her latest find. Ellison is pretty old hat regarding dead bodies much to her society mother's chagrin. It seems like if there is a dead body to stumble over it, Ellison is quite adept of righting herself on her Gucci's when finds one.

    This series set is in mid 70's and, whether you were born in that era, or not a few things may go over your head, but it's written so well that you will that you'll not get lost.

    I love how Ms. Mullhern weaves her mysteries around that era, including but not limited to her love affair with her Mr. Coffee, and the references to Harvest Gold and Avocado Green kitchen appliances. Some things that were left in that era were for the best believe me. The one that got me laughing and still does is when Anarchy is trying to reel Ellison in by letting her know that she isn't Pepper Martin. That was a top-rated television series starring Angie Dickenson. It's was called "Police Woman," and it was instrumental in my career choice. That was when I was bitten by the police bug; I thought I would be able to dress to the nines and solve crimes without breaking a sweat. This series has so much more to love than the '70's era. It's plain fun; this book had several different sub-plots going so you after you finish this book you find your find yourself wondering how long was I sitting here?

    The settings, witty dialog and characters make this a must-read for any cozy mystery fan. When you pick this book up, be prepared not to get anything done for the rest of the day. You'll find yourself teleported back with Ellison Russell and her quirky family.

    I want to thank The Henery Press and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of this e-galley in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I expressed above are my own.

  • November Is Nyarlathotep

    Review: BACK STABBERS by Julie Mulhern

    (COUNTRY CLUB MURDERS #8)

    When I first started reading this series a while back, I expected I would be disinterested with a class structure beyond my means and past my imagination. So wrong! (I'm so glad!) I love the series. Ellison is a precious personality; although born into wealth and married into wealth and raised by a very “upper-class disdainful” mother, she is very much an “at-home,” loving, compassionate and generous individual, an artist, and a devo

    Review: BACK STABBERS by Julie Mulhern

    (COUNTRY CLUB MURDERS #8)

    When I first started reading this series a while back, I expected I would be disinterested with a class structure beyond my means and past my imagination. So wrong! (I'm so glad!) I love the series. Ellison is a precious personality; although born into wealth and married into wealth and raised by a very “upper-class disdainful” mother, she is very much an “at-home,” loving, compassionate and generous individual, an artist, and a devoted mother and dog lover.

    In fact, Ellison strongly reminds me of Lois Winston's crafting sleuth Anastasia Pollack. Both are women with (or previously with) some wealth, who could be snooty and inclusive. But both are generous, kind-hearted souls, and make their series all the more appealing because of their natures.

    Also, both can't seem to stop stumbling over corpses (usually NOT the “natural death” moments), and so just have to investigate for themselves—sometimes or else!

    This time Ellison unfortunately stumbles on her dead broker. That was more than she needed to see and that death only uncovers an iceberg of intrigue and danger.

  • Rosemary Standeven

    Yet another fabulously enjoyable Country Club Murder book. All the beloved old (and some not quite so welcome) characters are included. Aggie is still looking after Ellison, Grace and Max, trying to keep them out of trouble while producing appropriate, tasty and welcome sustenance for them (and bereaved neighbours). Grace has decided that Max needs a friend. And Max creates more chaos than you could imagine, ‘welcoming’ his new ‘friend’.

    Ellison’s father has the brilliant idea of asking her to h

    Yet another fabulously enjoyable Country Club Murder book. All the beloved old (and some not quite so welcome) characters are included. Aggie is still looking after Ellison, Grace and Max, trying to keep them out of trouble while producing appropriate, tasty and welcome sustenance for them (and bereaved neighbours). Grace has decided that Max needs a friend. And Max creates more chaos than you could imagine, ‘welcoming’ his new ‘friend’.

    Ellison’s father has the brilliant idea of asking her to have her half-sister, Karma, to stay: “It was an epically terrible, bring-about-the-apocalypse bad idea. Rivers would run backward. The locusts would descend. Mother’s face would melt.” Frances Walford’s public reaction to the news is unexpected – but goes to show what a formidable – and indeed admirable – woman she is. She makes the point remarkably clear, that no-one may try to trash Frances Walford’s reputation, nor that of her family.

    Libba is always a welcome addition to Ellisons world (““You do realize liquor isn’t the answer to every question?” “This isn’t every question. This is a man question. Trust me, liquor is the answer.” Who was I to argue with Libba’s vast experience?”), Detective Peters, not so much. And then there is … “Some demon (a demon bunny?) had forgotten to guard the gates of hell and Prudence had escaped. There could be no other explanation for her presence”.

    Ellison and Anarchy Jones are now finally an item, and are being seen in public together. Anarchy has realised that if he wants Ellison, he has to accept that if she stumbles across a crime scene or mystery, that she will feel duty bound to investigate. He can try to keep her safe, but cannot demand that she stays out of trouble: “Anarchy’s silence was long. And fraught. Why-can’t-I-find-a-girlfriend-who-finds-deals-on-dress-shirts-instead-of-bodies fraught”.

    And Ellison is, of course, finding dead bodies again: “As if I’d ever cry wolf about a body. I didn’t kid about corpses”, and throwing herself into the investigation despite the incredible shock on finding the first (in this book) corpse: “There are things once seen that cannot be unseen. My hands flew to my eyes, covering them. My hands were too late”.

    The first dead body belongs to Ellison’s broker – an odious man of the Harvey Weinstein type, who will not be missed by many of his female office workers (or their husbands/boyfriends): “I strongly suspected Winthrop had very broad tastes. He didn’t hunt with a rifle but with a shotgun. If the pellet spray was wide enough, he was bound to hit something” – but who will be missed by the many members of the Country Club for whom he has made a lot of money. The Country Club Murder books never stop at one death (fact – not a spoiler), and Ellison is on the alert for more corpses: ““Vicky, have you seen Frank Wallace?” I hated to disturb my hostess but, given my track record, the likelihood Frank was dead and stuffed behind the boxwood hedges was high”.

    As always, the writing is excellent and very witty, the story lines engaging, and the characterisation superb – both for the human and animal characters. I have loved all the Country Club Murder books – and this was no exception. Please bring on the next instalment!

    I received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    First, another great title/music tie-in, from the O’Jays. Really gets you into that 70’s feeling. No cell phones, no internet, no cable tv, but some really fine music!

    One of my favorite amateur sleuths is back with her knack of finding dead bodies and her love affair with Mr. Coffee. This time she finds her stockbroker dead and in a way, she will never be able to wipe from her memory. After that bodies quickly start to pile up and Detective Anarchy Jones actually wants her hel

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    First, another great title/music tie-in, from the O’Jays. Really gets you into that 70’s feeling. No cell phones, no internet, no cable tv, but some really fine music!

    One of my favorite amateur sleuths is back with her knack of finding dead bodies and her love affair with Mr. Coffee. This time she finds her stockbroker dead and in a way, she will never be able to wipe from her memory. After that bodies quickly start to pile up and Detective Anarchy Jones actually wants her help with the case. This does not make her mother happy at all. Can Ellison catch a killer or will she be the next victim of the backstabber?

    Ellison may be part of the country club set but she never comes off the way. It is her mother that cares about all the social standing. But her parents have been keeping a huge secret. Ellison’s father was in a relationship before marrying her mother. This union produced a child. Karma runs a brokerage firm in San Francisco and has never met the rest of her family. After almost 40 years she makes a trip to Kansas City and stays with Ellison as a favor to her dad. Also, Ellison and Anarchy are moving forward with their relationship to everyone’s delight except her mother. Dead bodies, secrets exposed and Ellison’s dating a detective has sent mom Francis into quite a tizzy.

    These characters are so genuine and believable. The dialogues are cleverly written and will have you laughing out loud. Interactions between the characters but especially between Ellison and her mother are pure gems. This author has a unique style and she knows how to pepper the story with humor in all the right places even when taking on serious issues.

    This story takes place way before the #metoo movement and clearly shines a light on sexual harassment that was commonplace back then and widespread until recently. Ms. Mulhern fictional take on the subject and involving the murders was very well done. Ellison’s quest to narrow the suspect pool was very intriguing. Who had the most credible motive? Finding out was not an easy task. I loved following along for each and every step.

    I have learned that when I start reading anything by this author not to have anything else planned for the rest of the day because I know when I start reading I will not be able to stop. My family has also learned to expect giggles and full out laughter from me during that reading.

    This is an excellent addition to this fantastic series. All the characters have evolved so much since the series began, even Francis has grown a little. I do recommend new readers start at the beginning of this series but you can really start anywhere in this series for classic cozy entertainment.

  • Mary Songer

    I just love this series!!! Ellison is a strong, relatable character and the rest of the characters are equally good. The series is set in the 70's and since I grew up in that time I love the references. I want to live in these books! Start from the first one and work your way through. Completely fun. Julie Mulhern has been added to my list of authors whose books I prebuy so I'll have the books the second they're released. I just hope she keeps writing. One caveat, you'll want to make sure you ha

    I just love this series!!! Ellison is a strong, relatable character and the rest of the characters are equally good. The series is set in the 70's and since I grew up in that time I love the references. I want to live in these books! Start from the first one and work your way through. Completely fun. Julie Mulhern has been added to my list of authors whose books I prebuy so I'll have the books the second they're released. I just hope she keeps writing. One caveat, you'll want to make sure you have coffee available before you start reading. Read and you'll understand.

  • Shalini

    This was a fun book to read. Though it was labeled under a cozy genre, I found the story to be solid without it being too cutesy. My first book by author Julie Mulhern, though 8th in the series, had me wanting to get to the bottom of the mystery ASAP.

    Ellison, the main character, with a tendency to find dead bodies, drops into her stockbroker's office only to discover him dead hours ago with his pants down. Her cop boyfriend Anarchy, is then called and the investigation proceeds, with Ellison's

    This was a fun book to read. Though it was labeled under a cozy genre, I found the story to be solid without it being too cutesy. My first book by author Julie Mulhern, though 8th in the series, had me wanting to get to the bottom of the mystery ASAP.

    Ellison, the main character, with a tendency to find dead bodies, drops into her stockbroker's office only to discover him dead hours ago with his pants down. Her cop boyfriend Anarchy, is then called and the investigation proceeds, with Ellison's help in providing inside information about the other characters.

    I loved the way the main character was depicted, strong, intelligent, addicted to coffee, with a daughter and a dead philandering husband. Ellison felt real to me, a complete character with many loving relationships with friends and family, always ready to help with a keen eye for observation, and somehow the right information does reach her. Anarchy made a compatible duo with her.

    The other characters mom, dad, sudden entry of step sister Karma, friends and associates, book group, nasty ex lover of her dead husband all added to the flavor of the mystery. The story progressed with a good pace with the right amount of emotions. The plot lines seemed to be well weaved by the end of the book. The only niggle I had was there were too many characters and paramours. I got confused by the end and I felt the story was a wee bit long.

    A book set in the mid 1970s had me enjoying it far more than I expected. The author's writing was clean, clear creating an atmosphere that was needed for this book. I loved the landlines going brng brng

    I received a DRC from Edelweiss and publisher Henery Press, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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