Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Send in the Clowns - Blog Tour Review + Giveaway
Send in the Clowns (Country Club Murder #4) by Julie Mulhern
Source: Blog Tour
Description: Haunted houses are scary enough without knife-wielding clowns. Especially murderous knife-wielding clowns. So thinks Ellison Russell, single mother, artist, and reluctant sleuth.
Now death wears a red nose and Ellison is up to the blood-stained collar of her new trench coat in costumes, caffeine, and possible killers. Who stabbed Brooks Harney? And why? Money? Jealousy? Drugs?
With Mother meddling, her father furious, and her date dragged downtown for questioning, turns out Ellison's only confidante is Mr. Coffee.
Why I Picked This Book: This is one of my absolute favorite mystery series right now so picking up the newest one is just automatic!
My Impression: This may just be the best Halloween themed mysteries I've read yet! There are killer clowns, haunted houses, trick or treating and costume parties as well as a pretty spooky murder. We start off with Ellison's daughter Grace being left at a haunted house and Ellison ending up having to go get her. And of course Ellison being Ellison she manages to stumble over a dead body. Unfortunately for her the body in question is in the act of being murdered when she comes on the scene.
The characters have always been a big part of what makes this series so enjoyable and this book was no exception. I did feel like I got to know Ellison better as she really begins to deal with what she wants in her relationships with Hunter and Anarchy as well as for herself in general. There's also so interesting progress in her relationship with her father as well as her daughter and I'm curious to see where that goes next. At times her adoration on Mr. Coffee becomes a bit much though it did make sense with what was going on in her personal life. I also enjoyed the bigger glimpse into Ellison's art. Being an artist has always been part of her character but I felt like it was explored more in this book than I've seen before.
The mystery is entertaining and well-plotted though I expect nothing less from Mulhern! I had no idea who the killer clown was until towards the end though I kept thinking I had it all figured out. There are all kinds of false leads and interesting bits of information that pop up through the whole book. There were one or two things that I would have liked to have been tied up a bit more.
I'm going to be honest - this wasn't my favorite in the series. However, saying this wasn't my favorite in this particular series is kind of like saying that I don't like chocolate souffle quite as much as creme brulee. It's still pretty great just maybe not as great as I found the others to be. If you're a fan of the series I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you're new to Ellison and her adventures you can jump in here without any trouble though I think you'd get more out of it starting with an earlier book. This is a Don't Miss series for any mystery lover.
As an extra treat, go check out Julie Mulhern's Pinterest boards. I always love checking out her pins for the book after I've finished. She mentions a gorgeous sounding Bill Blass coat in this book and it was so fun to see the actual coat on her board!
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Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Absolutely! I'm already anxiously waiting for the next book!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Definitely! I think this is a mystery any mystery reader would really enjoy!