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The Deep End

The Country Club Murders, Book 1
Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
Series: Country Club Murders, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs
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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?

©2015 Julie Mulhern (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" 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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  • Duncan
  • 23-05-2017

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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  • Donna
  • 07-05-2018

Pure enjoyment

Magnificent. We really loved the book. Ms. Mulhern's book definitely keeps you guessing who did it right to the same moment when Ellison figures out. Ms. Beaulieu is an outstanding narrator and I truly enjoy her. She conveyed each person perfectly to the point I can actually picture the expression and gestures of each character. I can't wait to start the next book.

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  • Shirley Lafon Strand
  • 23-06-2017

What a delightful, twisty ride!

Loved this one. I'm hooked now and am looking forward to more from this author.

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  • Anne Eliason
  • 07-05-2017

Great

Excellent story, loved all of the nostalgic 1970's touches. The narrator was perfect! :) highly recommend!

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  • Anita Lynne Holdren
  • 22-07-2018

Cultural references are outdated, still OK

I didn't take time to check the original published date, many cultural references were outdated. I am an over-60 reader and caught myself wondering if a young person would 'get it' for a Watergate reference and others throughout the story. But since I did understand them I did not let that derail me and I finished the book. It was a good read, sufficient plot twists to hold the readers interest. I would read more by this author. The narration was a bit mono-syllabic, robotic sounding at times.

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  • Cynthia
  • 12-10-2016

So much fun

This book was delightful. Fun, interesting story, vivid characters and a perfect narrator. Well worth the purchase.

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  • Readsforfun
  • 15-09-2019

I enjoyed this book and I also loved the narrator!

It's bad enough to know your husband is cheating on you, but when you discover it's more sinister than that, life can become bizarre.
Socialite Ellison never imagined becoming a successful artist might be the downfall of her lackluster marriage. She soon learns that her husband is much more interested in a disturbing lifestyle which throws her life into turmoil.
This book was enjoyable from front to back. I didn't know what to expect, which probably made it better. I like the way the author incorporates the main character's thoughts and creates imaginative scenes that make me feel like I'm part of the story. I'm hooked and plan on reading this entire series. I like Cozy mysteries, and this is by far, one of the best in this genre. It contains some taboo topics, but I think it's written in such a way that it brings little to no offense to an average audience.
As to the negative comments from some about the narrator, to each their own. I think this performance made me love the book even more!

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  • Mitzi Sadler
  • 26-08-2019

Did not like

This book didn’t have much plot and was just silly. I didn’t care for it at all.

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  • Eddie Lynn
  • 12-08-2019

Cozy Country Club Mystery

I liked this book and the next one in the series. It has good character development and a story line that flowed. I could picture the locations and situations. The narrator was very good. She had excellent timing in the story telling as well as voicings. It was an easy cozy mystery with a surprise ending and I went on to listen to the next. Also entertaining.

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  • Dawn
  • 01-08-2019

A nice surprise

Julie Mulhern’s The Deep End was a nice surprise, and I hadn’t expected to enjoy it as much as I did. The characters were well crafted and interesting.

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  • IAN
  • 30-06-2017

Loved this fun and funny new series.

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.

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  • Leycesteria, Surrey
  • 22-03-2017

A whodunnit!

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.