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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

Today’s feature is a book I hope to start reading soon: Clouds in My Coffee, by Julie Mulhern, the third book in the Country Club Murders trilogy.





Intro:  (October, 1974, Kansas City, Missouri)

Max, his short grey tail wagging impossibly fast, met me at the door with a did-you-ask-the-butcher-for-a-bone expression on his expressive doggy face.  Of course, I had.

“Let me put the groceries away first.”

He sighed as if I had my priorities backward.

I unpacked the bags, putting the cucumber in the sink to be rinsed, the potatoes in a basket on the counter, and the Tab in the fridge.  Max whined softly, reminding me that he was waiting.

I scratched behind his silken gray ears and gave him his bone.

Brrnng, brrnng.

I answered the phone, stretching the cord toward the sink and the waiting cucumber. “Hello.”

“Ellie.  We have a problem.”  No greeting, no endearment, no inquiry as to my day.  Daddy’s words chilled me.


Teaser:  The men who’d abandoned their football game watched us as if we were tennis players volleying for the championship.  Their heads swiveled with each question and answer.  Four lawyers, two accountants, one insurance man, six business owners, two trust fund cases, and three ad men.  Not a doctor among them. (46%).


Synopsis:  When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors’ party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident. But when her house is fire-bombed, she’s shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead. But why? And can Ellison find the killer before he strikes again?

Add in an estranged sister, a visiting aunt with a shocking secret, and a handsome detective staying in her guesthouse, and Ellison might need more than cream in her coffee.


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  Have you read the first two books in the series?







  1. Freaky coincidence but I’ve been hunting for a book with a teacup on the cover for the last couple of days. The one I found was also a murder mystery but not that great so I hope this turns out to be a better read for you.

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn, the MC felt like someone I would enjoy spending time with, and she is funny, which always adds a little something to a murder mystery. And, yes, I’ve loved all the books so far. Hoping to love this one, too.


    1. Thanks, Joy…when I picked up the first one, I wasn’t at all sure about the series…but the 70s era did reel me in. I ended up really loving the MC, and kept reading to see what she’d do next. She has a sense of humor, and her perspective is funny. Soon I was hooked. Thanks for stopping by.



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