“Cold As Ice” by Julie Mulhern was published on October 17,2017 and is available in Kindle, hardcover and paperback. This is the sixth installment of The Country Club Murders series. This is the first book from Julie Mulhern I’ve read but happily I own the first three of the series as they’ve been on sale to promote this newest book. I will certainly be reading the first three in the upcoming months, Mulhern is a good writer with humor and sarcasm in spades. I find her books a breath of fresh air, much like a good thriller and a funny cozy mystery had a baby. Read on to learn more..
Our main character, Ellison, is a wealthy widow with a teenage daughter, Grace, a dog named Max and a mother from hell. She has spent her entire privileged life pleasing her uppity mother, it doesn’t help the situation when Ellison keeps finding dead bodies. She’s developing a reputation in her Country Club surroundings as something akin to the grim reaper.
Ellison is once again in the vicinity when a body turns up. The dead woman is the mother of Grace’s on and off boyfriend. It doesn’t help Ellison’s relationship with her mother when the dead woman is also her mother’s best friend’s daughter in law. The interconnections get worse and more complicated when a substantial loan to the dead woman’s husband looks to be fraudulent. Ellison owns the bank where the loan was given. With Ellison smack dab in the middle, who can blame her for investigating? But so that is going to get her in hot water. She’ll just have to deal with the fallout and try to keep her head above water as she balances all the delicate relationships involved.
The cozy mystery sounds complicated but the way Mulhern writes makes it smooth sailing as the reader moves through the story. I don’t read cozy mysteries that much but I sure did enjoy this one. I find them great palate cleanser between grizzled murder mysteries and psychological thrillers. Sometimes one needs a break from brutal murders and serial killers. I found the main character, Ellison, highly relatable even though she’s written as an upper class, wealthy woman. Her struggles to do the right thing, not offend anyone and put up with the snobbiness around her makes her highly likable. One can easily put oneself into her designer shoes. I also like the way the woman thinks. I would make the mistakes she made, I would ask those questions and try to help the wrong people. In other words, I could see myself in just the situations she finds herself in. My only complaint is that damn dog. Seriously, teach it some manners, lol. Dogs should not get on the dining room table and eat your lunch whenever you leave the room. I cannot fathom a well educated woman such as Ellison Russell allowing that more than once. I removed a half a star just for that faux pas.
In all seriousness though, this is a lovely and easy to read cozy mystery. The Kindle books are a good price and if you want a fun and undemanding read that helps sweep out the cobwebs then try Julie Mulhern’s series. “Cold As Ice” is well worth the few cups of coffee and chocolate dipped cookies it’ll take you to devour this book.