Cold As Ice – A Book Review

I love to read.  I read to relax, to escape.  And there is no better series for this pleasure that Julie Mulhern’s Country Club Mystery Series.  Guess what?  Mulhern’s latest, COLD AS ICE, is available for preorder now; and you’ll receive it October 17, 2017!  I was lucky enough to have had the great pleasure of reading an advanced copy.  My initial thought?  I DON’T KNOW HOW MULHERN DOES IT!  COLD AS ICE is the best book in the series yet.  It’s still funny, but in this book, Mulhern goes into more depth of each main character.  Did I think I could learn more about them?  In my cockiness, no. Did I?  Yes!  I grew to know and love the characters more.  A favorite aspect of this series? The strong women represented.  This strikes a tender cord in my heart.  I am the mother of four daughters, and I like to think I’ve raised them to be warriors.  But this is much easier in our day and age than in the 70’s.  Yes, that’s right.  Another thing to love about the Country Club Mystery Series. It’s set in the seventies, my teen years.  Love the walk down memory lane.

According to the Barnes and Noble description of COLD AS ICE, “Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.”

Above, the beautiful Julie Mulhern, author of the Country Club Mystery Series.

Is there a wedding in this book…no. But if there were, I’d like to think Ellison, the heroine of the series, would choose a winter wedding like the one above.  And, given that the series is written in the 70’s, she’d have little backlash wearing a gorgeous fur.  Summer wedding?  Love the colored wedding gown below.  I’ll never marry again, 33 years and going strong, thank you very much, but in an alternative universe?  I’d choose a soft shade like the one below. I think Ellison would too. Her mother, President of the Junior League, would accept nothing else.  🙂


You can pre-order now from various retailers.  You can go to the side bar on this blog and type in “COLD AS ICE” in the amazon search box.   This will direct you to the “COLD AS ICE” amazon page.  If you prefer Barnes and Noble, a link is provided.  COLD AS ICE will be available October 17, 2017.

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A Game of Deceit

My blog is all about weddings.  Infrequently I review books that have a wedding theme. Even though A GAME OF DECEIT has no wedding in sight, I just had to review this debut novel of K.A. Davis…it’s wonderful!  Not only is it a tight, well written mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, it’s written by my own dear cousin! I’m so proud of her, I encourage you to support her and buy this book (options are at the end of this post). gives an intriguing overview of this exciting new book:

“A father’s disappearance never solved, a mother’s secret taken to the grave, a daughter deceived…

Kathryn Landry thinks her life is just about perfect. She is the owner of a successful interior designer business in Newport Beach, California, and she has an attentive, supportive husband. But her world comes crashing down when her husband, Neil Landry, vanishes without a trace… in a situation almost identical to the disappearance of her father twenty years before.

With her father’s disappearance still a mystery, Kathryn is skeptical that the detective assigned to her case will be able to find her husband. Determined to uncover the truth, Kathryn is plunged into a world of politics, high-priced call girls and wealth. As she begins to search for her husband, a decades-old secret her mother took to the grave threatens to destroy all she holds dear. Caught up in a web of betrayals and deceit, and not knowing who to trust, Kathryn must find a way to survive as she discovers the past has a way of repeating itself.”


Above is a photo of K.A. Davis with her beautiful granddaughters, Emory and Jaidyn.

Davis also writes a successful food/book review blog, If you’d like to check it out, just click on the link.  You’ll be glad you did…especially if you like to cook, read mysteries, or just enjoy beautiful photos.  Davis has a knack for creating luscious food and photographing it.

  • A GAME OF DECIET is on sale for pre-order right now for $0.99!  You can order it from either amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Just click on either link to be directed to the retailer of your choice.  It releases August 1, 2107.  Now through August 15, all net proceeds will go directly to  Davis’ beloved older granddaughtehttps://www.rettsyndrome.orgr suffers from this devastating syndrome.  I’m in awe of my cousin.  She is such a fierce crusader for a cure.

So go out and grab this book…just don’t start reading it in the evening…you won’t want to put it down and may be up all night!  🙂

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Wedding Etiquette and a Book Review

Weddings…does any one event conjure up more questions about etiquette?  The first thing my mother did when I became engaged was buy a wedding book about the “Do’s” and “Do Nots”.  I did the same for both of my daughters.

Why then, is today’s first featured photo of the delightful new cozy mystery “Waiting for the Detectives”, (available May 23, 2017), by the lovely Julie Mulhern? (Pictured below)


Well…let me back-peddle a little… I recently saw several ads for Julie’s “Country Club Mysteries”.  Each book looked like a fun read, so I ordered the first in the series, “The Deep End”.  I was hooked.  By the time I had read 50 pages, I just had to order the second in the series, “Guaranteed  to Bleed”.  What was it that made the books so enticing?  Many things.  They’re funny, (at times laugh-out-loud!), well-written, never drag, and…set in the ’70’s!  I love that era, partly because I grew up then.  I think perhaps I was born in the wrong time.  I think I would have fit right into Ellison Russell’s, (our heroine), world.  She’s beautiful, chic, rich, and most importantly, a strong woman.  And yes, the country club scene is a big part of Ellison’s life.  And don’t do messing with etiquette in Ellison or her mother, Frances’, orbit!

I would love to plan Ellison’s wedding, (of course she is tangled in a love triangle!), but she would need no help.  I imagine it would be something classic and old-fashioned like the photo above (which just happens to be of my daughter and son-in-law 🙂 ).

Here’s a little blurb from Barnes and Noble about “Watching the Detectives”

“Ellison Russell wanted a decorator, not a corpse. Too bad she finds Mrs. White in the study killed with a revolver. Things go from bad to worse when she finds Mr. White in the dining room killed with a candlestick. With so many bodies, is it any wonder Detective Anarchy Jones’s new partner considers Ellison a suspect? With the country club gossips talking a mile a minute, an unexpected cocktail party, a visit from Aunt Sis, and a romantic decision, Ellison hardly has time to think about murder. Unfortunately, the killer has plenty of time to think about her.”

Did I like this latest in the “Country Club Mystery” series?  No…I LOVED it…

“The Forever Summer” by Jamie Brenner

A beautiful pastry and an enticing book cover.  What do they have in common?  Well, they both look delicious, delectable, perhaps too good to be true.  And often times they are.  Perhaps the gorgeous pastry was too sweet or just blah.  The book’s cover, which promised such an exquisite escape from reality, a magical page turning oblivion — didn’t.

But this is not the case with Jamie Brenner’s new novel, The Forever Summer“.  The book delivers all that the cover promises.  A page turner…you bet ya.  Romance?  – and then some.  Tears?  A couple – but not a tear jerker.  I’m not a fan of the double hanky.

As Barnes and Noble’s website tells us:

The discovery of long-buried secrets brings three generations of women together to Cape Cod for the summer homecoming of a lifetime.

Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it’s paid off: on the cusp of thirty she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and her father’s hard-won admiration. But with one careless mistake at work, Marin suddenly finds herself unemployed and alone. Before she can summon the courage to tell her parents, a young woman appears, claiming to be Marin’s half-sister. Seeking answers, Marin agrees to join her on a soul-searching journey to Cape Cod, to meet the family she didn’t even know she had.

As the summer unfolds at her grandmother’s beachside B&B, it becomes clear that her half-sister’s existence is just the first in a series of truths that will shake Marin’s beliefs–in love, and in her own identity–to the core. Filled with shocking revelations, heartfelt romance, and resilient women banding together against the most unexpected twists of fate, THE FOREVER SUMMER is an emotionally resonant page-turner, and a delicious escape for any season.

Brenner’s characters are multi-dimensional, rich and lovable.  Brenner draws you into her story and the characters’ lives from page one.  Pick a day when you have a good block of time to read, because you won’t want to put The Forever Summer down!

This is a wedding blog, you may be saying to yourself right about now.  Not a book reviewing site.  You’re right.  And while “The Forever Summer” is not wedding themed, as Brenner’s previous novel, “The Wedding Sisters” was, it still addresses important issues for a good marriage such as love, commitment, forgiveness.  This book has it all!
Would you like to order your own copy of The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner?  It’s available April 25, 2017, but you can preorder now!  Just click on either link to get more info.

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The lovely Jamie Brenner

“The Wedding Sisters“, Brenner’s previous novel mentioned above, is every bit as entertaining as The Forever Summer.  If you’re interested in it, click on the links below.  Want more details?  Click on the link to my blog for its review.

“The Wedding Sisters” blog post by Mary P. Karnes

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It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a book as much as “The Forever Summer“.  I’m a sucker for a beach read set at… a beach!  I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I did.