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Telephone Line

(The Country Club Murders #9)

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4.57  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  73 reviews
A killer is calling, and Ellison’s life is on the line.

Ellison Russell is planning the event of the season—and she’s stressed. Why not yoga?

Because the yoga instructor gets murdered during class—and Ellison’s stress level rises exponentially. Now, in addition to raising a ridiculous amount of money, she’s babysitting a deranged cat (named after the devil himse
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Henery Press
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Rosemary Standeven
It is always a good day when a new Country Club Murder book arrives on my Kindle. The previous eight (and a half) had been excellent, and this one was no different.
The usual characters are all present, even the horse-faced Prudence, who fortunately has little to do with the story, apart from adding a malign presence. Ellison has a new neighbour, the hippy-looking and atrocious cook (even making Ellison appear a culinary master), Jennifer. She may not look part of the Country Club set, but she i
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Ivonne Rovira
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Artist and socialite Ellison Russell harbors a shameful secret: Her late husband Henry, outwardly a pillar of Kansas City society, was a philanderer, sex addict and blackmailer. Ellison can’t bear for anyone to find out; however, the secret becomes harder to keep as, one by one, someone starts attacking Henry’s former blackmail victims.

Reconnecting with the witty, funny Ellison always proves a pleasure, and Telephone Line is no exception. I devoured the novel, almost in one sitting.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I love this series. Just when you think Ellison couldn't possibly find another body and get embroiled in another murder, it happens again. In this outing, Ellison finds herself locked in the attic/yoga studio at her friend's house. When they finally get released, it is to find out that the yoga instructor, Marigold Applebottom, is dead. Who locked them in the attic? Who killed the yoga instructor? As more bodies are discovered, Ellison gets deeper and deeper into the investigation.

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Brenda
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faithful Mr. Coffee is Ellison's confidant. I love theses conversations. When you add Libba's lunch discussion with Ellison at the country club, the topic is one that only Libba could get away with.

Anarchy has become the country club set homicide specialist thanks to Ellison. He's investigating four murders this time. Things are looking up - only two bodies are Ellison finds.

Mother-Daughter, and Daughter-Mother relationships continue to stretch Ellison, especially when al
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LORI CASWELL
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was warned that I may want to skip this book because the manner of death may trigger feelings about my son’s suicide. That is why I didn’t read and review it when it was released back in June. I have enjoyed every book in this series so recently I decided to give reading it a shot. One scene did make me uncomfortable and the image has stuck with me but I forged on and am happy I did so.

Ellison Russell is stressed – her mother is pressuring her to rais
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Ellison Russell is an artist and mother who lives in 1975 Kansas City - before cell phones, computers, and the Internet. This was a time when people actually had to communicate with each other by talking on the phone or visiting in person. No selfies, no Instagram, no Facebook. It was a time when people actually had relationships with other people, and didn't have thousands of 'friends' that they'd never met.

Ellison is a well-to-do young widow who's doing her best to raise her teenag
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Stacie  Haden
Julie Mulhern does it again!

Now...The wait....for more...
Stephanie
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
The Rape Culture and Mrs. Russell: TELEPHONE LINE
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Ellison seems to be the nexus of crime in her high-society, mid-western community in the 1970s.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

Mulhern is possibly the most skilled at using the historic, cozy mystery with romantic
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Toni
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This is the ninth book in the Country Club Murders series. If you haven’t read this series, it is set in the past. 1975 Kansas City to be exact. This is the time before cell phones and the internet. And the only way you could put someone on hold was to put down the phone receiver and walk away. Things were supposedly easier back then

Ellison Russell gets blamed by her mother in every book that she needs to stop finding dead bodies. In truth, she is not always the
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Micky Cox
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yoga should relax you right? Wrong, not when your instructor locks you in the studio and then is found hanging from the bannister! Ellison is back and funnier than ever with more murders, mishaps and an overbearing mother that is determined to rule her life! This series is a particular favorite of mine since it is based in KC, just down the road from me so I am familiar with the landmarks and locations mentioned in the book. My only issue is that now I have to wait for the author to write the ne ...more
Jeanie Jackson
If you lived through the '70's or enjoy reading about the time, Julie Mulhern's mid '70's mystery, Telephone Line, is a must read. If you enjoy humor with your mystery, you have to read this book. If you love a heroine who stands against the norm. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.
Every novel in The Country Club Murders series holds us in its grip with tears, laughter, and suspense, and the newest, Telephone Line, stands out as awesome even in this amazing series. Ellison has finally accepted that s
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Sheri
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited when I saw this on my Kindle this morning. I'm so sad that I just finished reading it! As usual, excellent book by Julie Mulhern. When I read about the jello salad I literally laughed out loud!! I'm so invested in these characters now, I care what happens to them. Ellison's mother is a hoot. Every time that she's in A scene, I just know it's going to be fantastic!!

All that being said, how fast can Julie write the one?!? 😊
Gayle B
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another really great mystery from Julie Mulhern. Poor Ellison finds another body. All of our favorite characters are here; Mother, Aggie, Grace, Libba and Anarchy. Ellison of course gets involved in the investigation as things start involving her. Moments of suspense, humor and my favorite references to the '70s. Oh and a really good cliffhanger and the end. Anxiously awaiting book 10...
Lori Bonkoski
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellison is trying yoga and it is not going well. At the end of the class, she & her friends are locked in the attic ballroom of the house and try to yell for help. When they are finally noticed, the woman who enters the house, runs out and calls the police. Another body for Ellison! What ensues is a mystery of who killed the yoga instructor and why, along with a hit & run, a poisoning, another death and new neighbors for Ellison and Grace. A fun read, a good plot and even some moments of ...more
Marie McNary
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julie Mulhern has the magic formula for the perfect mystery. They are smartly written and infused with humor, while also dealing with issues that cause you to stop and think. I always look forward to Julie’s books and this one was no exception. I hope this series has no plans of ending anytime soon, because it is one of my favorites!
McKenzie Ongalo
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I absolutely love this series. I'm as excited for book ten as Ellison is to see a full Mr. Coffee!
Susan
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My new favorite author!
lynn crawford
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Love this series. Characters are well developed and storyline is believable. Highest score for a great job on this book.
Sabrina
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

You just can’t go wrong with this series . Great dialogue, twists and turns , I never figured out the killer till the last minute. A must read .
Betty
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 10th edition of The Country Club Murders A fun and entertaining read that is full of humor yet at times it touches on a serious topic as rape. Ellison Russell is still finding bodies much to her Mother's dismay. Ellison is locked in an exercise room while the Yoga teacher, Marigold is MURDERED. She is upset because her decreased husband had been blackmailing the people involved. Ellison needs to find a killer without letting the police know about the blackmail. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK A ...more
J
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot wait for number 10!!!!
Bernie A
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Keep them coming. Such a great story. One you never want to end. Ellison keeps coming across dead bodies which always infuriates her uppity mother as if she does it on purpose. You end up forgetting everything else while reading as you try to figure out along with Ellison who is committing all the murders. An enjoyable must read for everyone. Very entertaining. Can’t wait for the next one.
Jenna
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellison sure has a knack for finding dead people--and Julie Mulhern has a knack for writing outstanding stories. You might think that it's tough to keep the mystery magic happening in the ninth book of a particular series, but, at least in the case of the Country Club Murders, you'd be wrong.

In Telephone Line, my favorite seventies socialite is back in the swing of things planning a big gala event. (Another reason I enjoy and relate to Ellison-she's a fundraiser like me!) As her stress levels c
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RO G'ma
Bodies, Bodies, and More Bodies
Telephone Line is the ninth book in Julie Mulhern’s Country Club Murders series. Ms. Mulhern’s writing style is crisp and clear, the storyline is well plotted, and the three-dimensional 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 complex mystery is interesting, with witty statements and humor disp
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Lisa Hudson
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BETTER THAN EVER!!

TELEPHONE LINE (The Country Club Murders Book 9) is proof positive that Julie Mulhern’s writing is BETTER THAN EVER! While readers have come to love main character Ellison, her teenage daughter Grace, her formidable Mother Frances, her boyfriend Detective Anarchy Jones and her best friend Libba, Mulhern always manages to add new depth to these characters that we think we know so well. She continues to develop each of them individually and it makes readers feel as if
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Vicki
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to spend time visiting with Ellison Russell in the Country Club Murders mystery series. The series is set in the 1970’s in Kansas City. Ellison is the well-to-do widow, daughter, mother and artist who is our sleuth.

Her friend Libba invites her to a yoga class in order to relax. Well, the class is anything but relaxing (try exhausting) and when a death occurs, any thought of relaxing flies out the door.

In this story, there are lots of funny situations and characters
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Lghiggins
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If asked to recommend only one cozy mystery series to be read in its entirety, I would select The Country Club Murders. It (like Ellison’s beloved Mr. Coffee machine) never lets me down. Telephone Line has characters you can care about. The main character, Ellison, really doesn’t want to live up to her reputation and find yet another dead body. Her interactions with her mother, a country club matriarch known as a force to be reckoned with if crossed, play out with great humor. The setting is Kansas City’s u ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
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Jannelies
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series put a huge grin on my face and that grin is still there as soon as I pick up a new book with Ellisons adventures.
Although Ellisons relationship with Anarchy is slowly becoming a very tight one, it doesn’t mean that Ellison is very happy when her friend Libba starts asking awkward questions during one of their lunches… let alone when that same afternoon Frances calls to ask why Ellison was discussing her love life in public.
Sooo funny!
And there is more fun in this
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Laurel-Rain
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A killer is calling, and Ellison’s life is on the line.

Ellison Russell is planning the event of the season—and she’s stressed. Why not yoga?

Because the yoga instructor gets murdered during class—and Ellison’s stress level rises exponentially. Now, in addition to raising a ridiculous amount of money, she’s babysitting a deranged cat (named after the devil himself), taking ten million phone calls (most of them from Mother), and finding more bodies (they’re popping up like dandelions a
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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
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Other books in the series

The Country Club Murders (9 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)
  • Back Stabbers (The Country Club Murders, #8)