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    1970s and a very different world

    Set in 1974 in Kansas City Missouri, the continuing story of newly widowed Ellison Russell and her teenage daughter, Grace, finds Ellison again dealing with murder. This time she finds young Bobby Lowell bleeding out under the stands at a high school football game. On the romance side, Ellison seems to have a2 suitors; lawyer Hudson Tafft, her mother's choice, and homicide detective Anarchy Jones who gives her flutters, but Henry's betray and murder are still too fresh. I love the secondary characters, they are vey much 1974. It was a different world than 2015; no cellphones, no computes, society's views of women were drastically different and so were the ways everyone treated each other - not always for the better. Dr. School's wooden sandals, the music, the country club scene are all told the way I remember it being. Book 2 in Country Club Murders Mystery (Book one The Deep End). Looking forward to hopefully a long series of Country Club Murders.
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    70s Throwbook Cozy Mystery

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was a fun read but there are a lot serious issues in this book. Ellison , the amateur sleuth, stumbles across a body of a teenage boy and sets out to fulfill his dying wish. Along the way she learns her neighbors secrets and solves the murder. The author does a good job with 70s background with name dropping lots of forgotten 70s products. The mystery was good and the solution made sense. There were enough red herrings to make the mystery interesting. I am looking forword to reading more by this author. Enjoy this throwback to the 70s. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
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    Guaranteed to Bleed!

    I just finished reading Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern. It is the second book The Country Club Murders series and is set in 1974. Ellison Russell is a widow and an artist with a daughter to raise. Ellison lives in Kansas City, Missouri and her daughter, Grace goes to Suncrest Country Day School. Ellison is at the school watching her daughter cheer. She drops her lipstick and it falls under the stands. Ellison goes under the stands to retrieve it (she got it in Paris). Someone runs into her while she is under the bleachers and then she trips over something. That something turns out to be Bobby Lowell. Bobby, a friend of her daughter since they were little kids, is dead. Detective Anarchy Jones is assigned the case (Ellison and Anarchy know each other). When Ellison arrives back home, she is greeted by a drunk babysitter (for a sixteen year old) and a gaggle of girls (her daughter needed the comfort of friends). Donna is a new girl to the group. Her mother, India and her new husband, Jonathan Hess, just moved to town (India used to live in Kansas City). Grace and her friends have decided to include Donna in their group. Ellison cannot help but look into Bobby’s murder (since she did find the body). Who would want to kill a teenage boy? While solving the crime, Ellison will have to deal with her mother (very intimidating) and her matchmaking. She wants to make sure that Ellison makes the right match this time (the first husband was not a gem). I give Guaranteed to Bleed 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). Ellison had just come back from traveling in Europe and there are constant references to new clothes, shoes, and make-up that she purchased and did not like (then why did she buy them). The mystery was extremely easy to solve and the characters were very superficial (they lacked depth). I also did not like Ellison’s friends. When Ellison would ask for assistance from a friend or even her mother, they would only do it in exchange for a favor in return (like politicians in Washington, D.C.). How is that friendship? I found Guaranteed to Bleed just to be a little bit too silly and over-the-top (for my liking). The book is nicely written, but Guaranteed to Bleed was just not for me. I received a complimentary copy of Guaranteed to Bleed from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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