The pool was relatively quiet and we secured lounge chairs in the filtered shade of the lanai. Then came the production of positioning towels and applying suntan oil.
“You’re sure we can’t sit in the sun?” Libba grumbled.
I tapped my head. “Mild concussion. I probably shouldn’t be here at all.”
That shut her up. She probably had to keep me at the pool for at least an hour before Mother made good on her ambiance promise.
“Do you want a drink?” she asked.
I tapped my head again. “I can’t.”
“I’ll just go get it.” She headed not toward the snack bar but inside where she could procure my tea and something tall and cool with an umbrella. Poor woman. She probably needed a drink. Mother had that effect on people.
Nearby a contingent of young mothers eagle-eyed their toddlers in the baby pool. A few kids played a half-hearted game of Marco Polo in the big pool. Across the pool deck sat a woman tanned to the exact shade of roasted almonds. She wore a bikini designed for a younger woman, one who lost the top when she went cruising on a Greek shipping magnate’s yacht. She also wore enormous dark glasses that hid half her face. Didn’t matter. I could still feel Kitty Ballew’s stare. Did she know how completely out of place she looked at a pool where women wore Lilly and kids wore Speedos? Did she care?
I glanced at my watch. I gave it two minutes before she found an excuse to come ask me where Henry was.
It took her a minute – and a good thirty seconds of that minute was devoted to tying a towel around her waist just so.
Title: The Deep End
Author: Julie Mulhern
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Women’s Fiction
Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.
It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.
As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?
Julie Mulhern 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 calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions. She is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist. The Deep End is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award.
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