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Monday, 7 December 2015

NBTM, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern





With his dying breath, Bobby Lowell begs Ellison Russell, “Tell her I love her.”

Unable to refuse, Ellison struggles to find the girl the murdered boy loved. Too bad an epically bad blind date, a vindictive graffiti artist, and multiple trips to the emergency room keep getting in the way.

Worse, a killer has Ellison in his sights, her newly-rebellious daughter is missing, and there’s yet another body in her hostas. Mother won’t be pleased.

Now Ellison must track down not one but two runaway teenagers, keep her promise to Bobby and elude the killer—all before her next charity gala committee meeting.


The sight of Hunter Tafft on their front steps might make some women’s hearts flutter. He is, after all, tall and tan and more polished than my grandmother’s silver tea service. He’s also charming and ruthless. The perfect lawyer? Definitely. The perfect date? I wasn’t so sure.

Hunter smiled at me and my heart fluttered—just a little bit. Such is the power of his thousand watt smile.

He leaned forward and gave me a chaste kiss on the cheek. “You look lovely.”

“Thank you.” My damned heart needed to settle back down to a steady beat.

“Shall we?” He held out his arm.

My fingers closed on the fine wool of his sports coat. He led me down the steps to his Mercedes. He opened the door and made sure I was safely tucked inside before he closed it. Then he climbed into the driver’s seat and started the car.

4 out of 5 (very good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

I enjoyed the writing of the book and there are some great descriptive one liners in this book. I enjoyed how Ellison keeps running into one problem after another. It actually showed quite nicely, how even as an adult she (as well as many other women), is totally misunderstood by her mother, and for the era, a disappointment to her social climbing mother.

Having returned from a holiday to try and get over the death of her murdered husband Ellison walks straight into trouble once again.

I would have enjoyed this being more meaty, but it seems a very girly thriller. It will earn 5 stars from you if you enjoy the mix of romance and mystery.

I enjoyed the way the story twisted virtually from one disaster to another and while saying her mother doesn't understand her, she doesn't understand her own daughter.

All in all worth the read, even if not entirely my cup of tea.

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Favourite Books

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen because I wanted to be Elizabeth Bennett, a woman who changes Darcy through the power of love.

Ms Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey because I had no clue whodunit and language in Tey’s hands is as clear and lovely as crystal.

Busman's Holiday by Dorothy Sayers because—I admit this freely—Lord Peter Wimsey is my book boyfriend.

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie. Agatha Christie plus romance. Who could argue?

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. This story of a serial killer in Chicago will keep you up at night.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Rochester is an ass. Jane needs to value herself. I love it anyway.

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. When I was a kid I wanted to be Holly Golightly. I thought she was sophisticated and elegant and unique. Then I saw the movie and my opinion did not change.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. A favorite from my childhood. Poor Sara, locked in an attic and forced into service. The transformation of that attic room into an oasis is one of my favorite scenes in fiction.

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. I love this book beyond measure. Conroy at his best. Tom Wingo is one of the best heroes in fiction.

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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.

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  1. If you could get away with a crime, would you? If yes, what would it be?

    1. I am not criminally minded when it comes to my actual no crime for me.

  2. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing and for the review!

  3. I really enjoyed the excerpt. This really sounds like an exciting mystery/romance.

  4. Thank you for hosting me today!

  5. Great review, I'm looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Great excerpt, love mystery and romance!!

  7. Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

  8. I enjoyed the entire post! Thank you.