Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Description Of The Book
Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic’s crystal ball says she’ll soon be surrounded by death. Again.
Now there’s a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.
How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?
Ellison must handle Mother (who’s found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.
Ellison Russel has started the New Year with a new goal in her mind, no more bodies in her life, everything was going good until her friend made her to visit a medium...
But Ellison's concern is not only about the dead bodies but her mother's reaction to another body, because a rich family has to maintain appearances, don't you know?
'Enough was enough. I marched over to the phone and grabbed the receiver. "I don't know who this is but I called the police, they're on their way." Righteous anger lit my veins.
"Ellison?" Mother's voice was like a fire hose on the flame of my anger. " What have you done now?"
"Nothing," I told her. "I've done nother." Except rescue a teenage stripper. I took a sip of the teenage stripper's vodka soda which was somehow, fortuitously, still clutched in my hand. "Someone's been crank calling the house."
"Hmph." Which was better than her asking why the police were coming to the house for crank calls.'
I started this book one night and I didn't go to sleep till I finished, really, it was addictive!
What I loved about the story was not only the mystery on it, that it was not so difficult to solve but the characters, they felt so real that I simply wanted to know more.
Ellison is the glue of her family, they have a quite special family and some secrets on their own; her daughter is a teenager, so she has her own ideas of what is good and bad... Her mother is posh, really posh, and is only concerned about appearances, but her actions are so extreme that are hilarious! And the poor father, he just wants to be happy. You can see that is more or less the typical family, simply with a lot of money and some bodies that appear from time to time at Ellison's life, that of course makes her routine more interesting.
We have one more interesting character on the plot, the detective Anarchy Jones, who has been dating Ellison but they fell apart... After the appearance of the new body in Ellison's life they will have to meet again, the main question is will they solve their problems or the sparks will have disappeared?
What I "disliked" more about the book was Ellison's friend Libba, she doesn't seem to have a very high standard for herself or women in general, dating someone with money doesn't mean it would be a good man or someone to love... I suppose there was a story behind Libba's behaviour, but I started the series on this book, so for what I could read about her, is not a friend I would like near me...
Be prepared for a story with mystery, acidic humour, bodies and romance; really what else do we need?
This is the 7th book of "The Country Club Murders" series, but you can read it as standalone.
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About The Author
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.