I picked up the Callahan Garrity books after reading Mary Kay Andrews's books. You would never know these were the same authors! The first few were pretty good, I think I read Midnight Clear first, as I couldn't find the books in order. After a while, things started to get a little redundant, especially her lack of ability to commit to Mac. Not that I am against a little feminism, but to drag on and on just got a little old. Still, a good series to read!
When Callahan's House Mouse cleaning team goes in to clean up the estate of an infamous antiques dealer (who was suspected of murdering a young girl in the 1960's), they get more than they expected when they find a dead young woman in one of the bedrooms. Is history repeating itself or is the antiques dealer being framed?
Great story! I love these characters and the plot was good. Lots of "bad guys" in this one!
Title: To Live and Die in Dixie
Author: Kathy Hogan Trocheck
Protagonist: Callahan Garrity, ex-cop now owner of the cleaning service House Mouse
Setting: present-day Atlanta, Georgia
First Line: The lump under the sheet stirred, ever so slightly.
Things are looking up for Callahan. She's got someone to keep her warm at night, House Mouse is running smoothly, and her health is good. Things are looking up...until she agrees to clean Eagle's Keep, an old Victorian mansion owned by one of the more obnoxious citizens of Atlanta. When she and her team show up to clean, they not only find three stories of mess and clutter, they find a body. Callahan decides to be good and leave the police to take care of the murder, but Elliott Littlefield, the owner of Eagle's Keep, hires her to find a priceless Civil War diary that was stolen when the murder occurred. Callahan does her best, but it's not easy to track down stolen goods when the murdered girl's sister decides to tag along.
This is one of the few cozy mystery series that has been able to hold my attention lately, and it's due to the characters. Callahan is smart, funny, and she doesn't go off half-cocked and take stupid chances. Her mother is cranky, but not to the point where I want to stuff a sock in her mouth, and the House Mouse cleaning crew is a cast of characters all by its lonesome. Trocheck throws in plenty of reasonable red herrings that kept me scratching my head until I'd read about three-quarters of the book. This is definitely one cozy series that I'll continue reading.
This was a fun read, I am reaading the series kinda backwards--now i have to find book one. I like the mystery and the author. This made for an entertaining read when just something with not real heavy suspense is involved. Something sor a weekend read.
Callahan Garrity runs a housekeeping business but on the side she's a private investigator. She agrees to clean for Littlefield, an antique dealer, a women is found murdered in his house while she's cleaning. When she attempts to work as as PI for Littlefield, trying to find the stolen antiques, she encounters more than she bargained for as she gets too close to the murderers. Great fast reading book #2 by Trocheck and I looks forward to reading the next one. If you've written her other books as Mary Kay Andrews, you'll enjoy this one.