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Shadow Dancing

(The Country Club Murders #7)

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4.48  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  129 reviews
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.

Drat.

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 di
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Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Henery Press
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

She’s done it again! Julie Mulhern has topped herself again!

It’s 1975 and Ellison Russell has been dragged to a psychic by her best friend Libba. She is not interested in learning what is in the future, she has a heck of a time just keeping up with the present. When the psychic tells her death may be surrounding her soon, all she thinks is Not Again!!

This story was mega entertaining. Remember the days before cell phones and cable television, when kids played outside, kitchens
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Rosemary Standeven
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Some people found pennies in parking lots. I found bodies. And not just in parking lots. I found bodies everywhere.” Ellison Russell is back, hoping against all hope, that she will not come into contact with a corpse ever again. She has had a break for over eight weeks now, so the Country Club and Ellison are overdue a cadaver or two.
However, this time, it is the normally imperturbable Frances Walford who becomes very perturbed when locating a dead person in her closet. It is a complete mystery
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RO G'ma
Shadow Dancing is the seventh installment in Julie Mulhern’s awesome Country Club Murders series. Ms. Mulhern’s writing style is crisp and clear, the storyline is well developed, and the characters are entertaining. The setting for this series is the 1970’s and all the details are right on target from telephones that must be plugged into the wall to work to the shag carpets. The mystery is interesting, and witty statements and humor are dispersed throughout this fast-paced book, which has lots o ...more
Betty
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
The #7 Version of the country club series is one of the best of the series. It takes place in 1975 and Mr. Coffee is still an important factor in the life of Ellison Russel. Her best friend, Libba takes Ellison to a physic who tells she let a good one go and soon she there will be death all around her. Max misbehaves and he had me laughing out loud as he involves her neighbor.
Ellison's Mother is upset by all the bodies Ellison finds and now her Mother is in a panic has had found? She also has se
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Stacie  Haden
To All my Goodreads friends - Read this series! It is literary deliciousness!
Teresa
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. While I have only read the first book in the Country Club series, it really didn't feel like I had missed a whole lot. (And to be honest, I didn't enjoy the first book that much!) But now that I've had a chance to read another book by Julie Mulhern, I will be reading more of this series.

The author has you laughing out loud at some of the things that Ellison says and thinks. Her family is a hoot...from a sassy, independent daughter to her overcontrolling, judgmental mo
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Teresa
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book. While I have only read the first book in the Country Club series, it really didn't feel like I had missed a whole lot. (And to be honest, I didn't enjoy the first book that much!) But now that I've had a chance to read another book by Julie Mulhern, I will be reading more of this series.

The author has you laughing out loud at some of the things that Ellison says and thinks. Her family is a hoot...from a sassy, independent daughter to her overcontrolling, judgmental mo
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Lisa Hudson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SPECTACULAR!!

Shadow Dancing (The Country Club Murders #7) is spectacular! This book is best read in order in the series as opposed to a stand alone. If you’ve followed the series, you already love the characters of Ellison, Grace, Aggie, Detective Anarchy Jones, Ellison’s parents, Ellison’s grouchy, nosy neighbor and last but definitely not least, her Country Club friends. In this latest installment, the author deftly takes her readers on an incredible fast paced adventure. Her humor is infectio
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Patty
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern is the 7th book in the Country Club Murders series, and another great book. This book takes place in 1975 in Kansas City Missouri, I love the uniqueness of this setting before everyone had all the modern technology. Ellison Russell is a widow and single mom to teenage daughter Grace. With dead bodies to be investigated the mystery begins. This book is funny, with twists and turns that keep you reading and guessing. I read this book in one day, because I could not ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all mystery lovers
Ellison Russell — a widowed artist and a member of Kansas City’s WASP elite —runs into a young girl who calls herself Leslie Smith. By runs into, I mean literally with her Triumph sports car. Luckily, the girl, while frightened, was unhurt; however, compassionate Ellison, seeing the girl without a coat, hat or gloves out on this frozen day in February 1975, lends the waif her own coat and gloves. The teenager insists on getting Ellison’s name and address to return the items.

Which is why the poli
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Jeanie Jackson
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Julie Mulhern does an amazing job of blending humor and social issues in creating Shadow Dancing, a delightful mystery that will stay with the reader for a long time. This meshing of serious contemporary problems with laugh-out-loud humor is the hallmark that make Ms. Mulhern’s work stand out in a field of strong mystery novels.
Our beloved Detective Anarchy Jones can’t stay way when Ellison’s kindness to a teen pulls her into the terrifying world of child prostitution that threatens not only he
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Sue Em
Jul 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Head back to Kansas City in the 70s and meet up with Ellison Russell, her daughter, Grace, and police detective Anarchy Jones as murder and mayhem pop up in the country club set. Slyly satirical and out-and-out good fun. Seventh in the series, but still as fresh as the first!. HIGHLY recommended!

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
While Ellison Russell is relieved that her life seems to be getting back to normal - almost - since she's not finding dead bodies every week, it's a strain to realize that she might have blown her relationship with police detective Anarchy Jones and is wondering how to fix it.

But things just aren't meant to be 'normal' for Ellison. Her friend Libba has dragged her to a psychic and Ellison pooh-poohs everything the woman says. Then when she hits a young girl with her car (the girl isn't hurt) but
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Toni
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the seventh book in the Country Club Murders series. You don’t need to read this series in order but know going in that this is set in the past: 1975 Kansas City. And Ellison is always finding dead bodies that seems to appall all of her country club colleagues. We can actually blame this whole trend on Ellison’s dead ex-husband. He started it, after all.

Ellison Russell started 1975 with a new resolution: no more dead bodies. It is really beyond her power at this point. The fortune teller
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Maria
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 k
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Stephanie
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
SHADOW DANCING: Prophecy and a Good Mother
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A good woman meets a troubled girl in 1970s Kansas City.

I have missed many books in this series but it has totally captured my attention. I enjoy the mysteries, and Ellison is so well-mannered, so capable, so kind and thoughtful, that it is hard to imagine how she gets involved in these criminal events where she seems to find bodies all over the place. In this case, the body in question brings up high emotions for
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Laurel-Rain
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.

Drat.

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 detecti
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Grace Koshida
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's February 1975 and Ellison Russell is glad to have not found another dead body this year. She is dragged by her friend Libba into visiting psychic Madame Reyna and then ends up hitting a coatless teenaged girl with her car on the way home. Ellison gives the shivering girl her coat and is shocked when she gets a visit from the police informing her that Leslie was found murdered in a downtown alley. Then Ellison gets a frantic phone call from her mother Frances who has found a box of cremated ...more
Grandma
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series but.....

I love this series and have binge read all the currently available books. The characters are interesting and colorful (especially Aggie). The story in this outing (#7) ramps up the action considerably! Mulhern is very good at weaving current social issues into the story in a way that informs the reader without turning preachy. The issue intertwined in this story had to do with teen trafficking and Ellison standing up for the teen. WELL DONE ELLISON! My issue with the s
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Kay Hudson
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, e-books
Julie Mulhern’s Shadow Dancing is the seventh installment in the Country Club Murders series,set in Kansas City in the 1970s. Ellison Russell and her sixteen-year-old daughter Grace have an uncomfortable habit of finding bodies, but as this book opens, it’s been quite a while. It’s also been quite a while since Ellison has seen Detective Anarchy Jones. And she’s not entirely sure how she feels about that. The situation changes when Ellison’s socialite mother finds an unidentified box of ashes in ...more
Brenda
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eight weeks into 1975 without finding a dead body and Ellison wants nothing to do with the one in her mother's closet, even if it is in a tidy box.

Ellison knew letting Libba drag her off to Madame Reyna wasn't a good idea but she had no idea what troubles were in store.

Try as she might, trouble finds Ellison and when danger pulls Grace into harm's way Ellison is glad for Det. Anarchy Jones, even if he isn't in the country club circle her parents favor.

When Frances & Harrington's secrets unravel
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Jannelies
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is only one thing I'm not happy about... and that is that although I reviewed #3 and #4 in this series, I apparently missed out on #5 and #6... and so, I missed out on some great writing.
Julie Mulhern knows exactly what her readers want. A group of interesting characters, a good mystery and a good dose of humor and romance.
I love the character of Ellison, who is nearing 40, mother of a teenager but still able to wonder about the world, to fall in love head over heels and to learn from her
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wonderwomand
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oops! I thought I had read Cold as Ice before reading the 7th book in the series! I'll have to remedy that soon.

Reading the 7th book in the Country Club Murders series was a joy. For me, it was a fast read. We return to familiar characters like Ellison, her daughter Grace, her parents Frances and Harrington, the police detective Anarchy Jones, among other interesting characters.

Ellison meets a runaway, who is found dead soon after their meeting. The police contact Ellison because Ellison's conta
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Lisa Morin
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series. Set in the 1970's, this series is a blend of mystery, comedy and intrigue.
Ellison and her daughter can't hep but stumble over dead bodies, and Shadow Dancing is no different.
Curl up with a cup of tea and join Anarchy Jones as he and Ellison are hot on the trail of another murder investigation.

I volunteered to read and review and ARC of this book offered by the publisher and NetGalley.
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Shirley
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A psychic's vision that Ellison will be surrounded by death and her daughter in danger comes true, and it begins with offer of help after Ellison accidentally hits a teenage girl with her car. The next day, Ellison learns the girl was a prostitute and found shot to death in a shady part of town. The psychic is haunted by the girl's spirit and insists that Ellison warn the girl's friend of impending danger. This pulls Ellison into the disturbing crime investigation by none other than the handsome ...more
Critterbee❇
I'm starting Shadow Dancing: Julie Mulhern is one of my favorite authors, and I am happy to dive in to the latest Ellison extravaganza!

I read this in one sitting, and loved every bit of it. What a wonderful chapter in the crazy life of Ellison Russell! Love the characters, love the mystery, love the hilarious writing. More, please!




*eARC Netgalley*
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so love this series! This is book #7 in the Country Club Mystery series set in the 70's an just soooo good. 

This one has Ellison visiting a psychic though she doesn't believe anything she says but soon she finds herself involved in another murder. Ellison accidently hit a young woman with her car, just bumps her and the girl is okay but then later she is found dead. She kind of feels like she should find out what happened. 

Also her relationship is rocky with Anarchy Jones because of what happe
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Colleendearborn
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series ever. Ellison Russell’s life is a whirlwind of family drama, screwball comedy, potential romance and dead bodies. I reread each book multiple times because it’s so fun to escape back to the 70’s with Julie Mulhern. Macrame owls, anyone?
Natalie Drake
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this series! Ellison does it again. Great work, Julie Mulhern!
Laura
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5! as other reviewers have said, definitely the best of the series so far
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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
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