Finding the right title can be nearly as difficult as writing the book. “Guaranteed to Bleed” was suggested to me by a friend. She mentioned it as a possibility for a future book but I fell in love and “The End Zone” got a Madras make-over.
The expression, “guaranteed to bleed” was made famous by Brooks Brothers. Marketing genius! The venerable clothing company had purchased 10,000 yards of Madras plaid. When their customers washed their new clothes, the colors bled and faded. The customers weren’t happy.
But Brooks Brothers turned a negative into a positive. Their fabric was, “guaranteed to bleed”. Soon they couldn’t keep Madras in stock.
Madras is traditionally a summer fabric. One of the characters in Guaranteed to Bleed marks himself as an outsider when he wears the plaid to a football game in September.
“Hands in the air!”
I glanced over my shoulder. Maynard, the security guard who’d been at Suncrest since I attended, pointed a shaky gun at me.
I gave him the same amount of respect that Grace and her friends did. I ignored him.
“Hands up!” He cocked his gun.
“Officer Hodgins, it’s Ellison Russell. This boy has been hurt. Call an ambulance.”
The fool man didn’t move. Maybe he wasn’t used to school parents covered in blood. Or, maybe it was the bra. Purchased in Paris, it was made of silk and lace and seductive promises I had no intention of keeping. Ever. “Ambulance,” I snapped.
He lowered his gun but didn’t move.
“Call an ambulance. If you can’t manage that, see if there’s a doctor in the stands.” There were probably twenty—surgeons and cardiologists and neurologists and oncologists. I bet none of them dealt with trauma. None of them knew how to deal with a gaping hole in a teenage boy’s chest. Even so, they had to know more than I did. “Get. Help.”
A man pushed past the useless guard. He was probably the father of a student. He had the look—a crisp button down shirt, an I-run-things-get-out-of-my-way attitude, and madras pants in the school colors.
It was too late in the year for madras. His wife should have made him change. The thought bobbed across the surface of my brain. Just goes to show Mother’s influence can’t be drowned. Not even by a sea of blood.
Series: The Country Club Murders, Book 2
Publisher: Henery Press (October 13, 2015)
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, The Book Depository
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.
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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