After 10 years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious 19-year-old nanny is gone...along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents.
Before she knows it, the meticulous Callahan is up to her elbows in a case involving illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, and a dead body. Now she has to roll up her sleeves and start some industrial strength sleuthing to solve - and survive - this mess.
©1992 Kathy Hogan Trocheck, 2012 by Whodunnit, Inc. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
This book is entertaining and light. I had just finished reading The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz (a rather dark book) and really needed something that might qualify as 'easy listening'. This book fit the bill.
I'll explain two objections that I read in reviews that almost kept me from downloading this book.
1. One review talks about the language in the book. I think this is because of two things. A) Swearing (F-bombs here and there) and B) the N-word.
The swearing is not overdone, it's all in keeping with the characters and certainly no worse than many other books I've heard on audible. But if you have a particular sensitivity to hearing the F-bomb a few times, then I suppose you might be disturbed.
There's no way around it. Hearing the N-word just makes you cringe. It's used in a character's dialogue. The character is a bigot fro the South. Guess what. They still exist and they say crap like this. (Hello, Paula Deen.) So I can understand the discomfort at hearing this word. These a**holes exist in real life so I suppose it's not a jump that they exist in books.
2. Another review talks about how the book makes fun of a religion. I think that reviewer is referring to some comments that Garrity's mother, Edna, makes about the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon). She basically says something along the lines of how Mormon heaven is like a Holiday Inn (something like that - a hotel chain) and that there are different levels of heaven and if you convert enough people, you get on the concierge floor. There are also some comments about a sect that still practices polygamy.
I'll say this - I wanted something light hearted, easy to listen to, and had a decent dash of humor. This was perfect for that. The narrator is great, the characters are certainly colorful. It's not going to win any Pulitzer but I didn't want to listen to a Pulitzer. And for what its worth, I'm downloading the second book now. Good luck with your listen!
I am so glad that I stumbled upon this book! It was so much fun. I listened to the audiobook and Hilary Huber does a great job narrating. The story itself is interesting and the characters are great. Callahan is multi-faceted and her mother is a hoot. I will definitely be listening to the next book in the series. Well worth the audible credit but also worth reading if you don't do audiobooks.
The last few books I have bought by new to me authors have bombed. But, I finally got lucky with this one.The characters are spunky, likeable, and believable. The story was well plotted and entertaining. The only thing I didn't like about it was the narrators voice. She did an okay job with the southern accent but her voice made some of the characters whiny. But overall, this is a very interesting and solid mystery. I bought the next book before I was finished listening to this one. If I like the others I might try Mary Kay Andrew's other books. I would definitely recommend this book.
This is the first Callahan mystery I have read and I think it carried the wit and southern character development of her other stories. The first story I read of Mary Kay Andrews was Itty Bitty Lies- I laughed till I wet my pants. If you know the south, you will know all these people. A light hearted romp.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
It took a little time to adjust to southern speech. Once I got the rhythm, I really enjoyed listening. The characters were terrific, each in their own way.
The book was not of my usual reading yet it was good.
I enjoyed this story. I listen to many audibles. I think it wasa good listen and will buy the next one in the series.
Great story - easy listen
The characters are top notch!
She is an amazing narrator.
I laughed out loud several times - you fall in love with all the characters!
This is worth the money!
I would and have recommended Mary Kay Andrews books for my southern girl friend. The mystery is great and living on the Pacific Coast I find the voice of Huber so soothing. I plan on listening to every one of her books. Thank You Mary Kay Andrews.
Not really, but I did find myself attaching my Kindle to my back brace while working in the garden..
Her voice is like home made butter....
House Mouse revenge.
I read her second book before the first. I am now on the third. Keep writing Mary Kay
Enjoyable light mystery. Perfect for summer car trip or sitting by the pool. Not so deep that you get lost if you take a break, but enough to keep you interested.
Callahan Garrity of course,
On the loading dock with Edna.
Her avoiding the doctor's calls regarding her medical issue.
The reader did a great job with all of the characters.
really enjoy this series like all the people that come in and out. lots of fun. ready to listen to the next one.
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