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Guaranteed to Bleed

(The Country Club Murders #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,580 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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,
Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Henery Press
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Ivonne Rovira
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
Having adored Julie Mulhern’s debut novel, The Deep End, I couldn’t wait to begin the sequel — literally! I started Guaranteed to Bleed as soon as I finished The Deep End. While the series’ debut sported more twists than a spiral staircase, the sequel instead dealt more deeply with one facet. To reveal what would be to unfairly spoil the fun.

Mulhern kicks off the novel with Ellison Russell, artist, widow, and renegade member of Kansas City’s WASP elite, stumbling on yet another body: Bobby Lowel
Mark Baker
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2020
Ellison Russel is spending this particular Friday night in September 1974 at a high school football game. Not because she loves the sport, but because her daughter, Grace, is a cheerleader. Unfortunately, early in the second half, she stumbles on Bobby Lowell who begs Ellison “Tell her I love her” before he dies. Bobby and Grace grew up together, so the murder hits close to home. Ellison isn’t trying to solve things, but she can’t help but figure it out as she tries to figure out who the mysteri ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Ellison Russell’s day was pretty normal until she drops her fancy lipstick under the bleachers at a football game. After that hold on tight because you won’t be able to put this book down.

Like the first story in the series, The Deep End, it takes place in 1974. Again Ellison’s mom, part of the Country Club set, is not happy with the way her daughter is living her life. I love that Ellison is getting stronger. It seems the trip to Europe after her husband’s death really helped
Jeanie Jackson
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Guaranteed to Bleed is as fabulous as The Deep End! I think I loved it even more but that may just be because I am already connected to the characters. Ms. Mulhern not only writes a story that holds me from beginning to end, she create characters that grab the reader and touch our hearts. The country club set is far out of my experience but the focus is on people with strengths and weaknesses, kindness and pettiness, pain and caring. They mystery is complex and heart wrenching but for me the gre ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
Read in one day. I absolutely loved this one!

This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites! I love the heroine's biting sense of sarcasm, it's exactly my kind of humor. The Southern Country Club setting is absolutely delicious and I bet still has a lot of potential for backstabbing and lots of murders.

On any other heroine I bet I'd be pretty tired of bad things happening wherever she goes by now, but Ellison's lovely sarcastic comments keep me so entertained, I couldn't care less how impr
Excellently written. Just like this first book this one was on the line between cozy and non-cozy, and there is a pretty strong love triangle. However, there are enough great parts to override those. Recommend!
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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 & Deb
I get that this series has glowing reviews, but I find I have a true love-hate relationship with these books. They are well-written, and Ellison can be very funny, which is brought out by the excellent audio narrator fit. What I don't so much like . . .

Back in 1974, I was a kid about her daughter's age living from a roughly similar background, though in New Jersey not Kansas City (it is never clear if the books are set in MO or KS, but I assume the former). Cutting to the chase, her world seems
Once again Ellison Russell is thrust into a murder investigation. When she finds Bobby Lowell, she makes it her goal to fulfill his dying wish - "tell her I love her". Who is the mysterious "her"? Why did someone kill the teenager under the bleachers at the football game? Who knew there was such a sordid side to the Kansas City country club set? Another fast-paced mystery by author Julie Mulhern, I loved Guaranteed to Bleed, and am eagerly advancing to the next in the series. A+ ...more
Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I love a cozy mystery and have recently discovered this series by local Kansas City author, Julie Mulhern. This is book 2 in the Country Club Murder series, based in the mid-1970s (the period references to clothing, drinks and music are some of my favorite parts of the books!). As a Kansas Citian, my most favorite part is imagining the real-life inspiration for the fictional schools, people, and places that appear in her books. In this book, Ellison Russell finds another dead body under the stan ...more
Mary Songer
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Good enough that I have reread all of her books several times and get something new out of them every time. This book picks up a few months after the last one ended telling the story of how Ellison stumbles upon a dying boy cares enough about doing the right thing to want to fulfill his last wish. The characters are well written and feel real. That Mulhern can create a world set in the 70's that you can really get a feel for and characters that are quirky but not so overly so ...more
Tina Peterson
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. I love all of the vintage fashion. I love the characters. Usually I start listening to an audiobook, get to anxious and buy the kindle version and search for any missing scenes and read the last few chapters and then move on. The books in this series are so awesome that even when I know what happens because I'm a spaz, I listen to the entire book. ...more
Stephanie Hobrock
This was an amazing book and a great addition to a cant stop reading series!
Kitty Macdiarmid
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant murder mystery by the queen of cozy mysteries! Loved it from start to finish and I am now onto the third quite literally back to back. I can't give enough praise! ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Trouble always seems to land on Ellison Russell’s doorstep. She is always in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Just ask her mother. When a dying teenager asks her to tell his girlfriend he loves her, she’s on a mission to find out who the girl is and to give the message to her. It’s not as easy as it might sound.

I love Ellison. She’s a very realistic character…she’s dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter and an overbearing mother. To make matters worse, she lives a “high society” type life
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ellison Russell has just returned from a trip to Europe with her daughter Grace, and is hoping for a little normalcy in her life. Her husband’s murder and a few other disastrous events have left her a bit stressed.

So she is attending a football game to root for her daughter and friends. Suddenly, she drops her lipstick under the bleachers. She starts digging around for it…after all, it was an expensive brand she bought in Paris. Imagine her surprise to discover a boy, who turns out to be Bobby L
Jennifer Ritter
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Guaranteed to Bleed, by Julie Mulhern, is the second of her Country Club Murders mystery series. It is the fall of 1974 and Kansas City socialite Ellison Russell has recently returned from a summer in Southern Europe, a summer to rest and recuperate from the occurrences of early summer when she was widowed, a murder suspect, and almost a murder victim.

Returning home, Ellison expected her daughter to be reunited with lifelong friends who would support her grieving process. Instead, one of her chi
Eleanor Jones
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a marvelous sequel to the equally marvelous book one, The Deep End. Masterfully plotted and a genuinely enjoyable read, while at the same time appropriately dark and moody. Suspense, mystery, and unique characters blend together in a way that really works. It will suck you in right from the superbly crafted first chapter.
Just love the protagonist, Ellison--I swear I actually feel her highs and lows. Daughter Grace is everything a teenager in transition should be, and her new friend Donna
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellison Russell finds Bobby Lowell under the football stadium and his dying words are" Tell her I loved her. Ellison starts hunting for the girl with obstacles in her path that she has trouble finding her. Meanwhile daughter has become troublesome and the detective and her lawyer causing her grief. This book has several twists and the plot changes directions as these occur. The series is now a favorite and I recommend it.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from HENERY PRESS through Netgalley for
Sandi Blaylock
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Winner!!!

I would have finished this days ago but not feeling well cut into my reading. When I read a book and it was as great as The Deep End I'm ready to go directly to the second book. Well happy day I'm getting ready to start #3. This series is amazing. Love her writing. Always surprises popping up and humor. Guaranteed to Bleed was another 5 star book for me. Will be starting the third one soon. I bought the second book before I finished the first one. Fabulous writing you won't be d
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like this series, (The Country Club Murders). Set in the early 70's, Ellison, a widow and mother to teenage Grace, has a habit of finding dead bodies. First she finds Bobby Lowell under the bleachers and then she finds a neighbor in her back yard. With Ellison putting up with her mother playing matchmaker and hunting for 2 runaway teens she has a full pallet. Julie Mulhern is finding a great spot in the cozy world. ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s a great way to start the year when you find a new excellent mystery. I mostly read British, but I delved into this one on a recommendation. It is well-plotted and has a wonderful set of characters. Julie Mulhern portrays them so well. She has a great knack for introducing social issues without going over the edge. Now, I need to get the first in this series. I highly recommend it.
Shannon Binegar-Foster
I liked this one better than the first.

I thought book one was fabulous bit this really had me in the edge of my seat. I couldn't read it fast enough. Am excited to read book 3.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story. Gets better and better!!
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the second book in The Country Club Murder series. The characters are well developed, right down to the attitude of the teenage daughter of the main character, Ellie, who is recently widowed. Ellie's mother stays on point (with her nose in the air) to keep up appearances, despite the fact that her daughter has stumbled upon the body of a teen boy, someone known in her daughter's circle of friends. As Ellie searches out the victim's girlfriend to relay his dying wish, she stumbles upon an ...more
Sandra Liberto
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Julie Mulhern is a celebrated author. She hit a home run with this series. The characters are fun. Mother is so elite that she can not except anything that does not meet the standard. Ellison is ahead of her time as she takes charge of her life. Anarchy is the silent good looking detective that wishes Ellison was a little more careful. Great
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fun series. Ellison is growing into to her new world where not only has she lost her husband but now other acquaintances seem to be dropping like flies. The book is set in the 70’s. The author is about to really set the environment as I remember it from that time. The mystery has plenty of twists and turns and a satisfying ending.
Cindy Bates
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another cute story

Part 2 was better than part 1. The story line was very sad and twisted but at the same time it made its point. There are a lot of sick people in the world. Of course there is the humor in this book as well. Subtle but funny. Seeing how I live in a country club i can relate to the hierarchy that sadly still exists😈
Karen Johnson
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series of books! A must read on a cold winter night.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders and the Poppy Fields Adventures.

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

Other books in the series

The Country Club Murders (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Deep End (The Country Club Murders #1)
  • Clouds in my Coffee (The Country Club Murders, #3)
  • Send in the Clowns (The Country Club Murders #4)
  • Watching the Detectives (The Country Club Murders #5)
  • Cold as Ice (The Country Club Murders #6)
  • Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders, #7)
  • Back Stabbers (The Country Club Murders, #8)
  • Telephone Line (The Country Club Murders #9)
  • Stayin' Alive (Country Club Murder #10)
  • Killer Queen (The Country Club Murders #11)

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