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Back Stabbers

(The Country Club Murders #8)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  632 ratings  ·  96 reviews
All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and ev
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Henery Press
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Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

First, another great title/music tie-in, from the O’Jays. Really gets you into that 70’s feeling. No cell phones, no internet, no cable tv, but some really fine music!

One of my favorite amateur sleuths is back with her knack of finding dead bodies and her love affair with Mr. Coffee. This time she finds her stockbroker dead and in a way, she will never be able to wipe from her memory. After that bodies quickly start to pile up and Detective Anarchy Jones actually wants her hel
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I tried not to do this as each new ARC'S/DRC'S I received is one I want to read or I would not have requested it. Before long I would have a mess to untangle without knowing which books, I needed to read. I have been searching for a DRC for this book sometime. I was between books when it arrived so I read it and the 8th installment did not disappoint. The humor was there especially the scene between Max, a dog, and McCallester, a cat was hilarious. It is well-written. I had just graduated high d ...more
 Reading Reindeer
Review: BACK STABBERS by Julie Mulhern

When I first started reading this series a while back, I expected I would be disinterested with a class structure beyond my means and past my imagination. So wrong! (I'm so glad!) I love the series. Ellison is a precious personality; although born into wealth and married into wealth and raised by a very “upper-class disdainful” mother, she is very much an “at-home,” loving, compassionate and generous individual, an artist, and a devo
Rosemary Standeven
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yet another fabulously enjoyable Country Club Murder book. All the beloved old (and some not quite so welcome) characters are included. Aggie is still looking after Ellison, Grace and Max, trying to keep them out of trouble while producing appropriate, tasty and welcome sustenance for them (and bereaved neighbours). Grace has decided that Max needs a friend. And Max creates more chaos than you could imagine, ‘welcoming’ his new ‘friend’.
Ellison’s father has the brilliant idea of asking her to h
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read. Though it was labeled under a cozy genre, I found the story to be solid without it being too cutesy. My first book by author Julie Mulhern, though 8th in the series, had me wanting to get to the bottom of the mystery ASAP.

Ellison, the main character, with a tendency to find dead bodies, drops into her stockbroker's office only to discover him dead hours ago with his pants down. Her cop boyfriend Anarchy, is then called and the investigation proceeds, with Ellison's
Stacie  Haden
Julie Mulhern does it again! Write fast, Julie! I'm waiting with baited breath, and I don't like to smell fishy. :)

Ps. Yes, I know it's "bated."
RO G'ma
Back Stabbers is the eighth book 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, fun, and a little quirky. The setting for this series is the country club society in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1970s, and all the details are right on target for that era. The sensitive subject of sexual harassment is addressed in this book. The mystery is interesting, and there are witty ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always a fun read with this series from Julie Mulhern! Loved meeting Karma and already looking forward to #9! PS-I think this is my favorite cover so far!
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another 1975 adventure with the Country Club crowd in Kansas City, Missouri as Ellison Russell discovers an older half sister and three more dead bodies. What will Mother say!

Ellison & Anarchy Jones are a hot item and people are beginning to get used to the idea. When Ellison finds her stockbroker murdered in his office she becomes aware of the plight of the young women who work there.

As Ellison faces the wrath of Mother over Karma, she also discovers how fiercely Mother defends Ellison from he
Ellison Russell has been waiting somewhat impatiently for her meeting with her stockbroker. She's getting distraught because the other woman, remaining in this close waiting room is what Ellison describes as a "Germ, masquerading as a woman" she demands to wait in her broker's office. Big mistake for Ellison, as soon as his secretary leads her back to Winthrop Marshall's office and opens the door, Ellison finds out why Mr. Marshall has been keeping her waiting, let's say he's not late getting in ...more
Pat Chrivia
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ms Julie Mulhern,
as one of your biggest fans, this book is a home run. Love Ellison and Anarchy. Can't wait for the next
episode. thanks for the entertainment! keep them coming.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Ellison Russell is back with her knack of finding dead bodies and her love affair with Mr. Coffee. In the 8th outing in the Country Club Murders, we find Ellison discovering the body of her stockbroker, dead with his pants around his ankles, a sight she can not wipe from her mind. A call to her detective, Anarchy Jones, ends up with is partner taking the call and he does not work well with Ellison. As more bodies show up, Anarchy actually asks Ellison for her help. With her mother not happy, Gra ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have finally caught up on this series and that is kind of sad as it's one of my favorites and now I have to wait for a new one to come out. 

Things are going pretty good for Ellison so who would have thought that a decision to have her stock portfolio updated would lead to another dead body. This is not the only complication in her life, as she finds out she is having an unexpected guest stay with her. 

This time instead of asking her to stay out of things Anarchy actually asks for her help and
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read and enjoyed every single book in this mystery series. I enjoy it so much, I recommend it whenever I can. As far as cozy mystery series go, I don’t know if you can do better.

The series is set in Kansas City during the 1970’s. The characters are part of the upper crust, country club herd.

Ellison Russell is our sleuth extraordinaire. While she is part of the country club group by birth, she is busy trying to break out and make a life of her own. Well, except it is pretty nice to have th
Mary Songer
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series!!! Ellison is a strong, relatable character and the rest of the characters are equally good. The series is set in the 70's and since I grew up in that time I love the references. I want to live in these books! Start from the first one and work your way through. Completely fun. Julie Mulhern has been added to my list of authors whose books I prebuy so I'll have the books the second they're released. I just hope she keeps writing. One caveat, you'll want to make sure you ha ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellison Russell knows her formidable mother is going to kill her. After all, Russell, a widowed artist and a member of Kansas City’s WASP elite, will be hosting her illegitimate half-sister, a secret for decades. How can she keep her mother from finding out?

Well, it isn’t Ellison, who gets killed; it’s her philandering stockbroker. And then there are more deaths. And that’s when the novel gets a bit silly. Everyone — from Ellison’s mother to her friends to her detective boyfriend, Anarchy Jones
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this entire series so far. It is fun to read a mystery in a time that isn't covered much. I love that our heroine has no cell phone and no Google to help her find the killers. I also love that she is trying to be a strong independent feminist in a time when most women weren't. I can't wait for the next one. Keep at it Julie!
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better! I love Ellison and her cast of characters make reading these books so much fun. The storyline flow seamlessly, with well-written characters and an excellent plot.

I enjoyed the time setting being in the 70s, when the clothes alone make you laugh out loud. Ellison's family is a trip, and I love the peek into this new member. I hope to see more of her soon. I can't recommend this series or her new series enough.

Go Julie Mulhern!!!
Lori Bonkoski
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A half sister visiting, discovering your broker murdered, relationship questions all of these things make up this latest installment of Ellison's days. With the help of her newest family member and Anarchy, Ellison manages in style to help solve the murders and resolve some of her relationship questions. A fun read once again!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fun read. Ellison, Karma and Grace make a good team. I like those three working together in the end. I’m hoping Anarchy and Ellison get hitched soon!
3.5 stars
A slightly disappointing entry in an otherwise consistently superb series.
There's still lots of the qualities that made me gobble up the first seven books: the 1970s clothes (described in mouth-watering detail), social one-up-manship (taking a ham to the afflicted trumps any number of Bundt cakes), and Ellison's gloriously bitchy mother. Here she is delivering the perfect put-down to one of Ellison's detractors:
"Ellison Russell is—well ..she’s not our kind.”...
“Our kind? What kind is t
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Ellison Russell has a problem: she's gone to see her broker regarding her stock portfolio, and when she enters the office, she finds him dead. Another body. Her mother will be horrified, her homicide detective boyfriend Anarchy will be resigned. And her father...her father has a surprise for her as well: her older half-sister Karma has decided to visit, and he wants her to stay at Ellison's, since he hasn't even told her mother yet.

Of course, she knows her mother will be furious, but she doesn't
Lisa Hudson
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Back Stabbers (The Country Club Murders #8) is truly spectacular! This book does not need to be read as a stand alone but needs to be read in order in the series. If not, the reader will miss out on so many details of the relationships between these complex characters Mulhern’s readers have grown to love.

Mulhern takes us back into the 1975 in Kansas City., MO. We join Ellison Russell, her daughter Grace, her parents, her boyfriend Detective Anarchy Jones, her housekeeper and friend
Jeanie Jackson
Love, love, love it

When Karma comes to town, Ellison's world is tilted on its side, but Karma isn't responsible for all the deaths.
Too many series lose steam after a few book but Julie Mulhern has kept the series at the same great level that made The Deep End a winner. It was wonderful to see Ellison's relationship with Anarchy bloom and meeting Karma the development there was awesome. Yes, Karma is a person and one that you will be delighted to meet. I was as disappointed in Ellison's dad as sh
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, and this may be the best so far. I was laughing out loud most of the way through, but there are serious moments too. Ellison's fraught family dynamics may be improving, as she's almost managing to stand up to her mother from time to time, but aren't helped by a visit from her recently revealed half-sister. I loved the scene where Ellison overhears her mother putting down a back-stabbing acquaintance at the country club. The plot is well-done, with an almost last page twist.
Cindy Bates
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book

I really love her books. Maybe because I was a child of the 70's....maybe because that was a great time to be around. Loved the nod to the O'Jays really late in the story. And remember the days when we could all converge at the airport. And I forgot all about Pepper Anderson. So what will be the next crime spree in book #9....#9.....#9....that is another nod to one of the best albums. I waited to read this installment because I know it will be a while before the next one. Merry
Micky Cox
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is one of my absolute favorites and this book just drove that point home further for me. I swear I mean it every time I say that "this" book is the best in the series and then the author proves me wrong with the very next book! A well plotted mystery with multiple potential villains all wrapped up in the society crowd of the country club scene wrapped in wit and outright humor to keep you entertained and intrigued for hours! An added bonus for me is that this series is all on audiobo ...more
Anne McMullen
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Awesome Book!!

Once again, Julie Mulhern has written a really fun mystery! Ellison Russell finds herself in the middle of another homicide investigation (she keeps finding dead bodies). The Country Club Murders are set around 1974. It's so fun "reminiscing" the styles, the music, the TV shows and Ellison's sleuthing without the use of cellphones. Do yourself a favor. Read this series of mysteries. You'll thank me later!!
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
I loved this book. I loved, loved, loved it (I don't give 3 loves very often, lol!). I've enjoyed every single book in this series, but Back Stabbers is my new fave. Author Julie Mulhern has a knack for making me laugh while I try to solve the crime along with our heroine, Ellison Russell, and this new addition to the series didn't disappoint. Detective Anarchy Jones enlists Ellison's help when she finds yet another dead body and they, along with her housekeeper and her surprise house guest, are ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy?

Juggling bodies (one, two, three, four), two-faced friends, her social calendar, and a cat (yes, a cat) is
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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 11 books)
  • The Deep End (The Country Club Murders #1)
  • Guaranteed to Bleed (The Country Club Murders #2)
  • 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)
  • Telephone Line (The Country Club Murders #9)
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