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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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It’s definitely a whodunit with all the trappings of a classic Nancy Drew book: handsome men who are all inexplicably drawn to the main character for the sake of creating romantic tension and privileged backgrounds run amok. I like Nancy Drew but the description for this book promised me something else (something clever).
I can’t say I’d recommend it but it was nice not having to think too hard or at all. The beginning really hooks you, but around three-quarters of the way through waffles around with a lot of angst (like three chapters worth) and forced character growth on Ellison’s part via insufferable internal dialogue. All the characters have the depth of cardboard, with Ellison being the cardboard box her designer clothes come in. The mystery seemed a little obvious after a certain point and the conclusion seemed a little ad-hoc. Frankly, I wouldn’t mind reading more from the author with this expectation in mind. File it under “guilty pleasures”.
This story has countless cliches of the country club mother portrayal, the grown daddy’s girl, and the incredibly judge-y portrayal of sex/sex workers. If you can get through the protagonist’s loathing of a country club lifestyle she still clearly embraces via designer clothes that are mentioned for no real reason, go for it. Audio book was a good format for this as my eyes were rolling so hard I probably couldn’t have read it anyway.
Tripping back to the past, to the early 70's in this new mystery series.
For the Kansas City's well heeled gentry, membership to the Country Club is part of the norm. Where gossip is past over coffee or cocktails and no past is ever a secret!
It's 1974, and when Ellison Russell's early morning swim in the Country Club pool is cut short with the discovery of Madeline Harper's dead body floating in the pool. Ellison's life is turned upside down.
Madeline was Ellison's husband Henry's mistress (one among many). Not that it bother Ellison, as she had given up on her marriage some time ago. Her major concerns are her daughter and her art.
But Madeline's murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.
With the body count going up, Ellison need to finds the answers before the killer sends her to permanent slumber!
Loved this fun and funny new series. With a great set of characters, well plotted and written. This series is not to be missed!
Callie Beaulieu gives a excellent narration in this the first book in the Country Club Murders.
Once I had assimilated the accent I was away. Callie's voice and diction are good, and the dialogue is entertaining. The story is an interesting thumbnail of how the other half live in well to do parts of America. The love/sex interest is provoking, and the story weaves comfortably through the 'heroine's' mental dialogue - it is dramatic and realistic without being horrifying or gut wrenching. I'm looking forward to book two.