Killer Clown

send_in_clownsSpending an evening or even a few hours at a haunted house venue is not Ellison Russell’s idea of fun. But, her daughter has broken curfew and in the 1970s neither one has a cell phone for tracking her down. Her last known whereabouts were at the haunted house. So, Ellison goes in and gets the surprise of her life when a clown collapses dead on her and another one seems to be fleeing the murder scene. Ellison muses, “I’m not sure what it says about me that I have a homicide detective’s home number memorized…”as she calls Anarchy Jones for assistance.Who killed the clown? What was the motive? Ellison finds herself drawn into the case further and further in spite of her best attempts not to do so.

Ellison has a good sense of humor that is evident in her thoughts and conversations with other characters in the mystery. She feels that Mr. Coffee and her father are the only two men who haven’t let her down. And still, she finds herself in a little bit of a love triangle. At one point her date is hauled off for questioning in the case by the Detective Anarchy Jones. Both men would like to see her stay out of the mess, but she keeps getting drawn back in.

Romance is more of a subplot to the murder. Ellison’s best friend is also dating someone new. And there is a further subplot of someone stealing and selling antiques.

It might sound like there is a lot going on. Honestly, though, it’s really the right amount. The author pulls it all together seamlessly. I really enjoyed the book and all of its parts. I especially enjoyed Ellison’s sense of humor and independence.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The mystery is well written and well paced. You can guess along with the rest of them who did it before the revealing. There is just the right amount of romance and subplot. And Ellison has a good relationship with her daughter that reminds me a little of the relationship Claire Malloy has with her daughter in the Joan Hess books. This novel can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, even though it is the fourth book in the series. I did go out and buy the first book when I finished this one. Send in the Clowns became available October 25, 2016 from Henery Press.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  1. Sounds like an appropriate book for this time, when creepy clowns are all over the place, at least in my county, Croatia. Not sure what the hack is going on, but you wouldn’t believe how many times the police had to go and see what’s going on, bc every day ppl are reporting creepy clowns who are scaring children AND adults…

    Anyway, I like how this book can be read as a standalone. I always like those kind of installments, when you can pick up any book you’d like and based on your impressions decide if you’d like to read more books in the series.

    • We had a thing with scary clowns in the US news here not so long ago. The threat seemed mostly directed at the children. Some people theorized it was a hoax to distract from something else that would have made bigger news. I don’t know. Just glad that it seems to have run its course. I went and read Julie Mulhern’s first book in the series this past weekend and enjoyed it as much as I did the one with the Killer Clown. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

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