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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

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" 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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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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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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Cultural references are outdated, still OK

I didn't take time to check the original published date, many cultural references were outdated.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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Great

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

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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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forced at her age to do as her mother wants???????

Couldn't listen after main character did as her mother wanted even though she is an adult. Can't accept such stupidity. Refuse to listen!

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The Narrator is awesome.

Ok if you look you will see that I have reviewed this book before. I relisten to this series when I can't find something new I like. I grew up during the time the book series was set. It's fun to be reminded of TV and clothing and telephone cords. Ms. Mulhern and Ms. Beaulieu are a great team. They make Ellison real. I love the way Ms. Beaulieu voices Ellison 's mother..."ELLISON WALFORD RUSSELL...." It sounds silly but it makes me laugh. Keep.it up ladies! Ms. Mulhern has another series Fields Guide... I hope they go audio too. I have read them all but enjoy that Narrator's version. please keep her too!

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Hilarious

I loved this mystery, set in the 70s. This was one of those audios where I couldn’t wait to walk the dog so I could listen more. I was laughing from the first page on; the character of Ellison’s mother (and Ellison’s reactions to her ) are a hoot. The author did a good job remaining true to the time period and things like rotary phones. This was a fun, funny mystery and I am looking forward to the others. I can’t believe I never heard of this series before; I have done catching up to do!!

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difficult to follow due to performance

The was a good plot with different twists. however, initially had a hard time following as the performance was a bit choppy and difficult to follow. I'd like to listen to another but I will not if the same person is reading.

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So much fun

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

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  • Leycesteria, Surrey
  • 03-22-17

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.

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  • IAN
  • 06-30-17

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.