The Deep End


“Part mystery, part women’s fiction, part poetry, Mulhern’s debut, The Deep End, will draw you in with the first sentence and entrance you until the last. An engaging whodunit that kept me guessing until the end!” – Tracy Weber, Author of the Downward Dog Mysteries

Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.

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?

Praise for THE DEEP END:

“What truly stands out is the development of Ellison as a very realistic and very likable character…Not to be overlooked is the humor and wit that entertains throughout the novel as readers enjoy following an intelligent heroine completely coming into her own as a compelling, funny, and very intelligent woman.” – Kings River Life Magazine

“A well-written traditional mystery...Plotting is tight and suspense-filled with plenty of twists and turns. Ellison was a likable character and I'm looking forward to reading more about her.” – Loralee Peterson, NetGalley Reviewer

“What a fun read! Murder in the days before cell phones, the internet, DNA and AFIS.” – Books for Avid Readers

“Intriguing plots, fascinating characters. From the first page to the last, Julie’s mysteries grab the reader and don’t let up. When all is resolved and I read the last page, I wanted to read more.” – Sally Berneathy, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Ms. Mulhern weaves a tidy tale of murder, blackmail, and life behind the scenes in the Country Club set of the 70s… an excellent mystery, highly recommended, and I eagerly await the next in the series.” – Any Good Book

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A fascinating and compelling page turner that deserves 5 stars !!! 55


The Deep End5 star

Kept me guessing all the way to the end. Funny and fast paced. 55


Well done!5 star

Really liked it! It set up quickly, moved along at a good clip, has interesting characters, and kept me guessing right up to the final few pages. This author surely has a bright future ahead. 55


The Deep End5 star

This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last.I enjoyed the characters,especially Ellison.It was an entertaining cozy mystery. 55

Maham ABQ

This book got me back to reading!5 star

Thank you so much for writing this!! I was absolutely in love with every page! 55


The Deep End5 star

I love a mystery, humor, and a touch of romance. I found them all in this cleverly well written book. 55


One of the Best5 star

I've read this book twice. The first time, I enjoyed the mysterious mystery, the deeply drawn cast of believable characters, the slowly building tension (both mysterious and sexual), and prose that made me laugh out loud and want to read more. It's fun to read about the country club set mixed up with a sexy bondage queen! I reread this mystery again because the title is so catchy and it reminded me that I truly enjoyed reading this book. Upon rereading, I've decided it's now one of my favorites. The who-did-it was still surprising, the prose was better the second time around (I reread many paragraphs because they were so evocative and entertaining), and I just wanted to know the heroine better. And gosh-darn, now I've got to know if she picks either guy and/or how the 3 of them will somehow be involved in other mysterious circumstances. I'm going to read it a third time when I can read cover to cover straight through without any interruptions from daily life! Will want a Tom Collins or dirty martini in my hand! 55


Wow, Excellent5 star

I’ve read all six books now and I can’t get over how impatient I am awaiting book number seven. I find the Frases she uses unique and sometimes very funny. The stories are captivating and I thank you Julie ! 55


I'm hooked!5 star

Great read! You can see the scene as you read! Intriguing characters that make you turn the page for the next "be careful what you ask for" bad day in the life of a great character! 55


Never slow...enjoyable4 star

Light, easy read with humor throughout. 45

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