Thursday, October 29, 2015

Blog Tour: Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Guaranteed to Bleed
The Country Club Murders #2
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (October 13, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1943390052

Synopsis from Goodreads...

With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.”

Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way.

Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly-rebellious daughter is missing, and there’s yet another body in her hostas. Mother won’t be pleased.

Now Ellison must track down not one but two runaway teenagers, keep her promise to Bobby and elude the killer—all before her next charity gala committee meeting.

My Review

Trouble always seems to land on Ellison Russell’s doorstep. She is always in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Just ask her mother.  When a dying teenager asks her to tell his girlfriend he loves her, she’s on a mission to find out who the girl is and to give the message to her. It’s not as easy as it might sound.

I love Ellison. She’s a very realistic character…she’s dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter and an overbearing mother. To make matters worse, she lives a “high society” type life and has to deal with the gossipy country club crowd. Unfortunately for Ellison, she never seems to be able to please anyone, especially her mother and daughter.

Ellison isn’t one of those amateur sleuths who sticks her nose into a murder investigation just because she feels like it. In fact, she’s not investigating the murder at all. She simply wants to give Bobby Lowell’s girlfriend his dying message. The odd thing is, nobody seems to know he was dating anyone, let alone being in love.

The search leads Ellison is a few dangerous directions, but that only makes her determination stronger.

This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first. The 70’s setting is one that interests me, probably because I grew up in it. It’s kind of humorous to go back to a world without cellphones and social media. How quickly we forget :)

Besides being a cozy mystery, this has a taste of chick lit too. Ellison is continually paired up with awful blind dates and gets herself into some wacky situations. She's a single mother trying to live her life, but outside circumstances are always getting in the way.  Namely, murders!

The storyline flows beautifully.  The characters are well-developed and complex.  They literally come to life on each page.  This series is a winner and I’m looking forward to the next Ellison adventure.

For reading challenges:
2015 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

FTC Disclosure: The author and NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Julie Mulhern 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. Thanks so much for hosting me today!!!

  2. I bought both books in this series yesterday, based on a review of the first one on another blog. The '70's time period sounds great. Give me discos and platform shoes - well, maybe not really, but was my time. LOL

    1. Kay, thank you!! I hope you LOVE them both!

  3. All the reviews say how realistic Ellison is, which I appreciate. The book, and the series, sound appealing.

    1. I hope you'll give it a try Bea! Thanks so much for taking time to comment!

  4. This series has been on my radar for awhile. These reviews and posts have me moving it up in my teetering TBR stack.

    1. Thanks, Grandma Cootie. I hope the Country Club Murders will make you laugh!

    2. Thanks, Grandma Cootie. I hope the Country Club Murders will make you laugh!

  5. I really loved this one and you're so right about Ellison not being one of those uber-nosy amateur detectives. She's a great character and I'm really looking forward to going back and reading the first one and then seeing where the series goes!

    1. Thanks, Katherine! I hope you enjoy The Deep End! Look for Clouds in my Coffee next spring.

    2. Thanks, Katherine! I hope you enjoy The Deep End! Look for Clouds in my Coffee next spring.


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