Review: Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

Guaranteed to Bleed  Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]
(The Country Club Murders #2)
by Julie Mulhern

With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.”

Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way.

Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly-rebellious daughter is missing, and there’s yet another body in her hostas. Mother won’t be pleased.

Now Ellison must track down not one but two runaway teenagers, keep her promise to Bobby and elude the killer—all before her next charity gala committee meeting.



★★★★★: Awesome!!! I really loved this book! (Highly recommended)

It was year 1974. Ellison Russell was only supposed to get her pricey lipstick which fell off the stands during a chaotic football game. What she found instead was the body of a dying boy about the age of her daughter. Bobby Lowell. With just only a few seconds to spare, he told Ellison, ““Tell her I love her.”

If you were the one in Ellison’s place, what would you do?

Ellison’s daughter, Grace, held an impromptu sleepover the night Bobby Lowell died, and we met her other friends, Kim, Peggy & Debbie plus the new girl, Donna. Together they mourned his death, especially Grace who recently lost his father. Ellison herself was overwhelmed by the situation, especially with blood in her hands. Would she ever discover the girl Bobby loved? Would she be able to tell her he loved her?

Even though Ellison’s focus was to find the girl Bobby had loved, she unknowingly uncovered the possible reasons why he was killed. There was the case of the overly infatuated girl, Alice Standish who had been pining for Bobby’s attention for so long, it made her look obsessed. There was also her father who hid behind mascara, long lashes and queer clothes. There’s also the grieving best friend Jack McCreary and his father John who had been grumpy and rude to Ellison whenever she asked about Jack’s friendship with Bobby. And the newcomer, Donna, who’s got secrets of her own. Dirty little secrets that involved her stepfather.

A great addition to the list of interesting characters were Detective Anarchy Jones, the police officer who clearly had feelings for Ellison, & there’s lawyer, Hunter Tafft, whom Ellison tried hard to get away from. I also liked that the story was set in the 1970’s. It brings major throwback to the time when avocado green telephones were the “IT” thing. No gadgets, no touch screens, no wi-fi connection. Communication between people were personal, intimate and heartfelt.

Guaranteed to Bleed is guaranteed to make you holler, scream, guess, second guess and guess again. I must admit I was twice mistaken with my guesses about Bobby’s murderer but I knew about the girl he loved. An amalgamation of different characters will surely make this story a delight and pleasure to read. Julie Mulhern is now one of the authors I’ll definitely watch out for!

NOTE: I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

AuthorLogoJulie Mulhern 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 grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions. She is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist. The Deep End is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award.


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