The Deep End : Country Club Murders

  • by Julie Mulhern
  • Narrated by Callie Beaulieu
  • Series: Country Club Murders
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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What the Critics Say

"The Deep End is an enjoyable, frequently amusing mystery with a mixture of off-beat characters that create twists and turns...A fine start to this mystery series, one that is highly recommended." (Mysterious Reviews)

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Better Than I Expected

I wasn't sure I would like a book set in the 70s. I was wrong. Other than a few references to Nixon and the noticeable lack of a cellphone, the reader has no idea of the story's time period. Once I got over that, I was left with a realistic, well crafted mystery with lots of suspects, twists and turns and engaging characters. I will definitely read the next book in this series.
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- Duncan

Great narration

I was a teenager in an upper middle class household (New Jersey, not Kansas City) at the time this was set, and this is not the first time I'm going to say that an author has gotten "old money" wrong. From my experience the folks described seem more "new" money than "old", although I suppose writers can emphasize things for effect. Moreover, there aren't that many dowager dragons terrifying their offspring. I suspended disbelief, and moved on, while reading the story.

Not sure how old the author might be, but in 1974 I doubt there were S&M clubs about, certainly not ones with their own matchbooks (to be awkwardly discovered). In Kansas City, I'd think such a club, if it'd existed, would've been a bit more . . . under the radar. That aspect failed for me, but maybe I'm picky, or jaded?

Another reviewer said she got nothing Kansas City out of it ("could've been anywhere really"), which seems fair to me. Moreover, aside from no internet nor mobile phones, the occasional 70s references seemed forced, with one of them (I forget exactly which) I swore was after 1974. Sue Grafton's alphabet series does a much more natural job of a setting a decade later.

I liked that she was proud to have an openly gay best friend at the time (stereotypical though he was), as well as Ellison's being funny often enough. Her new housekeeper Aggie sounds a hoot, definitely a reason to keep reading! The love triangle thing gets old fast, but I can live with it.

Not sorry I read it, and will try the next one.
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- John S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio