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Back Stabbers

(The Country Club Murders #8)

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  134 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and ev
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Henery Press
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Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

First, another great title/music tie-in, from the O’Jays. Really gets you into that 70’s feeling. No cell phones, no internet, no cable tv, but some really fine music!

One of my favorite amateur sleuths is back with her knack of finding dead bodies and her love affair with Mr. Coffee. This time she finds her stockbroker dead and in a way, she will never be able to wipe from her memory. After that bodies quickly start to pile up and Detective Anarchy Jones actually wants her hel
November Is Nyarlathotep
Review: BACK STABBERS by Julie Mulhern

When I first started reading this series a while back, I expected I would be disinterested with a class structure beyond my means and past my imagination. So wrong! (I'm so glad!) I love the series. Ellison is a precious personality; although born into wealth and married into wealth and raised by a very “upper-class disdainful” mother, she is very much an “at-home,” loving, compassionate and generous individual, an artist, and a devo
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I tried not to do this as each new ARC'S/DRC'S I received is one I want to read or I would not have requested it. Before long I would have a mess to untangle without knowing which books, I needed to read. I have been searching for a DRC for this book sometime. I was between books when it arrived so I read it and the 8th installment did not disappoint. The humor was there especially the scene between Max, a dog, and McCallester, a cat was hilarious. It is well-written. I had just graduated high d ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read. Though it was labeled under a cozy genre, I found the story to be solid without it being too cutesy. My first book by author Julie Mulhern, though 8th in the series, had me wanting to get to the bottom of the mystery ASAP.

Ellison, the main character, with a tendency to find dead bodies, drops into her stockbroker's office only to discover him dead hours ago with his pants down. Her cop boyfriend Anarchy, is then called and the investigation proceeds, with Ellison's
Rosemary Standeven
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yet another fabulously enjoyable Country Club Murder book. All the beloved old (and some not quite so welcome) characters are included. Aggie is still looking after Ellison, Grace and Max, trying to keep them out of trouble while producing appropriate, tasty and welcome sustenance for them (and bereaved neighbours). Grace has decided that Max needs a friend. And Max creates more chaos than you could imagine, ‘welcoming’ his new ‘friend’.
Ellison’s father has the brilliant idea of asking her to h
RO G'ma
Back Stabbers is the eighth book in Julie Mulhern’s awesome Country Club Murders series. Ms. Mulhern’s writing style is crisp and clear, the storyline is well developed, and the characters are entertaining, fun, and a little quirky. The setting for this series is the country club society in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1970s, and all the details are right on target for that era. The sensitive subject of sexual harassment is addressed in this book. The mystery is interesting, and there are witty ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another 1975 adventure with the Country Club crowd in Kansas City, Missouri as Ellison Russell discovers an older half sister and three more dead bodies. What will Mother say!

Ellison & Anarchy Jones are a hot item and people are beginning to get used to the idea. When Ellison finds her stockbroker murdered in his office she becomes aware of the plight of the young women who work there.

As Ellison faces the wrath of Mother over Karma, she also discovers how fiercely Mother defends Ellison fro
Ellison Russell has been waiting somewhat impatiently for her meeting with her stockbroker. She's getting distraught because the other woman, remaining in this close waiting room is what Ellison describes as a "Germ, masquerading as a woman" she demands to wait in her broker's office. Big mistake for Ellison, as soon as his secretary leads her back to Winthrop Marshall's office and opens the door, Ellison finds out why Mr. Marshall has been keeping her waiting, let's say he's not late getting in ...more
Mary Songer
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series!!! Ellison is a strong, relatable character and the rest of the characters are equally good. The series is set in the 70's and since I grew up in that time I love the references. I want to live in these books! Start from the first one and work your way through. Completely fun. Julie Mulhern has been added to my list of authors whose books I prebuy so I'll have the books the second they're released. I just hope she keeps writing. One caveat, you'll want to make sure you ha ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellison Russell knows her formidable mother is going to kill her. After all, Russell, a widowed artist and a member of Kansas City’s WASP elite, will be hosting her illegitimate half-sister, a secret for decades. How can she keep her mother from finding out?

Well, it isn’t Ellison, who gets killed; it’s her philandering stockbroker. And then there are more deaths. And that’s when the novel gets a bit silly. Everyone — from Ellison’s mother to her friends to her detective boyfriend, Anarchy Jones
Nada Sobhi
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Of the three partners at Bisby, Marshall, & Wallace, one was hospitalised, one was murdered, and one was a murder suspect."

Ellison Russell has a knack for finding dead bodies and by that I mean if there was ever a Guinness World Record for the number of dead bodies found, Ellison Russell would break the record several times over.

Back Stabbers by Julie K. Mulhern is the eighth book in The Country Club Murders. And even though it is my first – full – read for Mulhern, it feels as if I had
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, tag-reviewed
3.5 stars
A slightly disappointing entry in an otherwise consistently superb series.
There's still lots of the qualities that made me gobble up the first seven books: the 1970s clothes (described in mouth-watering detail), social one-up-manship (taking a ham to the afflicted trumps any number of Bundt cakes), and Ellison's gloriously bitchy mother. Here she is delivering the perfect put-down to one of Ellison's detractors:
"Ellison Russell is—well ..she’s not our kind.”...
“Our kind? What kind is t
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Ellison Russell has a problem: she's gone to see her broker regarding her stock portfolio, and when she enters the office, she finds him dead. Another body. Her mother will be horrified, her homicide detective boyfriend Anarchy will be resigned. And her father...her father has a surprise for her as well: her older half-sister Karma has decided to visit, and he wants her to stay at Ellison's, since he hasn't even told her mother yet.

Of course, she knows her mother will be furious, but she doesn't
Lisa Hudson
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Back Stabbers (The Country Club Murders #8) is truly spectacular! This book does not need to be read as a stand alone but needs to be read in order in the series. If not, the reader will miss out on so many details of the relationships between these complex characters Mulhern’s readers have grown to love.

Mulhern takes us back into the 1975 in Kansas City., MO. We join Ellison Russell, her daughter Grace, her parents, her boyfriend Detective Anarchy Jones, her housekeeper and friend
Jeanie Jackson
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love it

When Karma comes to town, Ellison's world is tilted on its side, but Karma isn't responsible for all the deaths.
Too many series lose steam after a few book but Julie Mulhern has kept the series at the same great level that made The Deep End a winner. It was wonderful to see Ellison's relationship with Anarchy bloom and meeting Karma the development there was awesome. Yes, Karma is a person and one that you will be delighted to meet. I was as disappointed in Ellison's dad as sh
Kimberley Cornwell
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another winner in this amazing series. I continue to be in awe of Mulhern's ability to infuse humor with tough societal issues!
Barbara Tobey
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Take a small step back in time prior to cell phones and digital devices. Good generational issues among the extended family, and in this case, really extended. The romance continues and so does our protagonist's penchant for finding dead bodies. Entertaining, engaging, and clever. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via Edelweiss.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The only thing that is wrong with Julie Mulherns’ Country Club series, is that the books are a little short. I’m enjoying them immensely and I wish they would be a longer. Not that there is anything missing, mind you. Everything is just as it should be in a cozy mystery. Which is not always really cozy, because finding a dead body almost every day you can hardly call cozy, and even for Ellison it is a bit much. In this eight book in the series Ellison has to rely on her lover Anarchy a lot, almo ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are part of the Country Club set in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1970’s, certain things are expected of you—the right clothes, the right committees, and the right friends. In Ellison Russell’s case, expectations are that she will find yet another dead body. Ellison really doesn’t want to be involved in murder investigations. She wants a simple life with her teenage daughter Grace, her art work, her country club friends, and her blossoming romance with Detective Anarchy Jones. Between bei ...more
Laura Reading
We head back to the 70s again as Ellison finds not only another dead person she knows, in a very uncomfortable position, but also new family members she was unaware of. As people are getting used to her relationship with Anarchy Jones, besides her usual sarcastic side, mother Francis finds herself defending Ellison from their social set.
Fast paced and with wonderfully descriptive details of the era, the multiple plotlines weave together smoothly and in such an enjoyable way.
Even if you have not
Lynn W Stubenrauch
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love these books!

This latest book is just as great as her others. Love the whole country club world of the 70s. The main character is so fun, spunky and quick witted. I really enjoy this series. I try not to read the books too fast. I have to deliberately put the book down so I don't read it all in one sitting. So much entertainment!
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-2018
Julie Mulhern has another hit on her hands. Ellison is once again finding bodies, but this time she’s also dealing with a half-sister she’s meeting for the first time, Grace’s rescue cat, a more serious relationship with Anarchy, and, as always, Mother.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Julie Mulhern has outdone herself, yet again! I love how she picks topics that were social issues and problems in the 70s and are in our headlines everyday in the present. This is a great read and, as always, I look forward to the next Book in this wonderful series!
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I have enjoyed every book in this series and this was no exception!
Ruth Roberts
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More fun!

Serious murder mystery? Nope. But you can always pick up one of those. This series is great fun, a perfect combination of humor and mystery when you need a light read and a few laughs. Who doesn't, these days? Have you watched the evening news?😄
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another 6 star work with a 5 star limit. This was great. I was prepared not to like Karma but I did. Glad to have her visit. Just wish they could be written as fast as I read them. If you aren’t reading this series you are missing a great chance of being entertained.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved every word.
Natalie Drake
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellison does it again! Love the Kansas City setting and 1970s references intermingled with a murder mystery that has you in suspense til the bitter end! Ellison’s sense of humor about her overbearing mother and the ironies if country club life make it a story for all of us.
Christie Marks
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who do you trust

I absolutely love Ellison and all of her friends and family, and I'm rather fond of the 70s. Makes me sorry I wasn't raised as part of a he country club set; I had no idea what I was missing.
Jo Dervan
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the 8th book in a series about a wealthy woman who helps solve murders. Ellison Russell, the wealthy widow of a philandering banker, had a knack for discovering dead bodies. In this story, she goes to talk to her stockbroker about her portfolio, only to find him dead in his office. Ellison would love to help her boyfriend, Kansas City Detective Anarchy Jones, solve the murder but has a problem of her own. Her half sister, Karma, has come from San Francisco to meet the Ellison’s family fo ...more
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Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders.

She 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 grum

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The Country Club Murders (8 books)
  • The Deep End (The Country Club Murders #1)
  • Guaranteed to Bleed (The Country Club Murders #2)
  • Clouds in My Coffee (The Country Club Murders #3)
  • Send in the Clowns (The Country Club Murders #4)
  • Watching the Detectives (The Country Club Murders #5)
  • Cold as Ice (The Country Club Murders #6)
  • Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders, #7)