Thursday, October 19, 2017

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: Cold As Ice by Julie Mulhern Guest Post

Cold As Ice (The Country Club Murders)
by Julie Mulhern

Cold As Ice (The Country Club Murders)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Henery Press (October 17, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1635112672
E-Book ASIN: B07481MPV2
Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.
When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, humorous murder mysteries, historical mysteries.
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About The Author

– 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 grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.
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Guest Post with Julie Mulhern

I recently had a conversation with a Millenial (I’m old enough to be her mother), who shared with me her criteria for selecting a book.

She reads the last paragraph.

The last.

“You what?” I spluttered, not quite believing what I’d heard.

“I don’t want to waste my time reading a book if I don’t like the ending,” she explained.

Someone (someone other than me) needs to explain the joys of genre fiction to this young woman.

In romance, there’s a happily ever after. In a fantasy, the quest is completed (true, it may take seven books—but that’s a different discussion). And, in a mystery, the murderer is revealed. Readers know that going in, before they’ve cracked the cover (or clicked on the one-click button).

These endings are guaranteed. The important part of the book isn’t the ending, it’s the journey to the ending, the obstacles the characters must overcome. Obstacles like secret babies, hordes of demons, or a woman locked in a freezer overnight.

My young, read-the-ending-first friend did admit, “I’ve ruined some great books doing this.”

One would think so.

Please, from the bottom of my mystery-writing heart, don’t skip to the end of the book. And for the love of all that is holy, don’t start there!

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