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After ten 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 nineteen-year-old nanny is gone ... along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather s After ten 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 nineteen-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.


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After ten 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 nineteen-year-old nanny is gone ... along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather s After ten 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 nineteen-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.

30 review for Every Crooked Nanny

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Here's the thing...I actually thought the story was pretty entertaining. Had I not been Mormon myself and known how untrue a lot of the accusations in the story were I would have rated this a lot higher. The thing is, I am Mormon and I found it hard reading this story while I listened to all the false things the author said about Mormons. I don't mind that the bad guy was Mormon...or pretending to be Mormon. We're all human and people make mistakes. Christy pretended to be Mormon because she kne Here's the thing...I actually thought the story was pretty entertaining. Had I not been Mormon myself and known how untrue a lot of the accusations in the story were I would have rated this a lot higher. The thing is, I am Mormon and I found it hard reading this story while I listened to all the false things the author said about Mormons. I don't mind that the bad guy was Mormon...or pretending to be Mormon. We're all human and people make mistakes. Christy pretended to be Mormon because she knew that in general Mormons are usually known for their honesty. Even if she HAD turned out to be Mormon in the story it would have been fine. Just like in real life people of all religions commit crimes. Even Mormons fall and make bad choices. It doesn't mean we all are evil and are like that person who has made bad choices, but we're all still human and make bad choices. So here are a few errors I saw. There were more but I figured I was getting a little nit-picky and decided to let those be. . 1) Sorry, Mormons don't randomly start speaking in tongues. In fact, we don't go into trances and speak gibberish. Sorry, that's weird and you won't find that happening at any LDS ward building either. 2) You don't have to go to Utah to be baptized 3) You are NOT baptized in a Mormon temple. We are baptized in the stake center which is a bit bigger than other church buildings. Sometimes where there are no fonts people are baptized in lakes or rivers. 4) We don't believe women should be shuttled to Utah away from big cities to "preserve their innocence". 5. You CANNOT marry a person who is already dead and never married to you. We just don't do that. So, to suggest Collins is planning on marrying Christy in the temple is absolutely ludicrous. We do seal...or Marry people who have passed. This isn't just a normal marriage, it just means we seal the earthly marriage so that after this life you can be with that person after this life. 6. We don't go bragging about how much temple work we do or how much someone else does. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule and someone feels the need to brag about how often they go to the temple, but no one else cares or brags about them going. 7. If you are excommunicated it means you are no longer a member of the church. No matter if you become a member of some polygamist church who still call themselves Mormons they are NOT apart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This means that that fake Mormon church cannot give temple recommends that are valid in a Mormon temple. This book claimed that Collier got his temple recommend in Arizona from his fundamental church. Sorry, can't happen. Since he started going to church in Georgia it is possible that he was interviewed in his new ward and got a temple recommend from his new bishop, but that wasn't what the author was implying. 8) The fundamental church is NOT apart of the Mormon church. The word was used in the book, but overall it seemed to me that the author felt they are one and the same since they both use the Book of Mormon. It's not. They are 2 separate churches. Ultimately, Collier was not Mormon. He was a fundamentalist pretending to be Mormon. Christy was not a Mormon. She just pretended she was to fulfill her own agenda. Okay, so my main point is if Mary Kay Andrews really wanted to write about Mormons and make them the evil bad guy then hooray for her. However, by not doing a thorough research and not knowing real facts really damaged this book. She obviously has a bias of Mormons and used what she thought she knew to write her book. That would be like me writing a book on dinosaurs and instead of doing actual research on dinosaurs I just write a book on what I have read in the past (but not referencing back to those books to make sure the facts I remembered were actually correct) or maybe facts I obtained from watching on dinosaur movies. Some facts may be sort of accurate, but in the end not entirely factually based. This friends is what Mrs.Andrews book reflects. An interesting story based on not much more than her biased and skewed view of what Mormons really are. So, want to know real facts? Perhaps when those missionaries knock on your door why don't you actually invite them in and ask. It doesn't mean you have to join the church, but it does mean you'll be given real facts instead of biased facts provided by Mrs. Andrews.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    This started out pretty silly. I listened to the audio version and the southern accents saved it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I had a hard time getting into this book because I was unable to read large chunks of the book at a time. I was also bothered by the way she wrote about the teachings and beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a member of that church I noticed discrepancies in what she was writing about and the actual beliefs of the 'mormon' church. She should have used a member of the church to proofread her story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathrine

    That was...terrible? Awful? Horrible? Ridiculous? Offensive? Pick a synonym for bad and it would be accurate. Then add in cliche as a descriptor and you'd have this book in a nutshell. And yet I felt the need to finish it. Partially out of curiosity over whether it could get any worse (it could) and partially because at some point I was close enough to the end that I couldn't not finish. Sometimes that Little Engine that Could syndrome gets the best of me. I'm willing to admit to that. The myste That was...terrible? Awful? Horrible? Ridiculous? Offensive? Pick a synonym for bad and it would be accurate. Then add in cliche as a descriptor and you'd have this book in a nutshell. And yet I felt the need to finish it. Partially out of curiosity over whether it could get any worse (it could) and partially because at some point I was close enough to the end that I couldn't not finish. Sometimes that Little Engine that Could syndrome gets the best of me. I'm willing to admit to that. The mystery portion of the story was mediocre and probably would have been okay if it hadn't been so cliched and flimsy. I picked out the killer the moment he appeared. Not that I ever quite understood his motivation - even after it was somewhat explained in detail - but whatever. I read a lot of mystery type books. I learned long ago that it's not a bad thing to figure out the who of the whodunit if the overall journey is fun or well written. None of that applied in this case. Instead there was a lot of character introductions combined with not much else that led to a lengthy discussion between two characters explaining the previous 300 pages. The characters were ALL stereotypes. Name a Southern person stereotype and it was there - the fly fishing, laid back, lawyer/judge/morally decent character? Check. The almost crazy loose canon who probably carries a gun (though not always) and is missing teeth? Check. The white debutante former sorority girl who marries money? Check. The nosy, busybody mother who cooks comfort food? Check. The down on her luck, barely making ends meet lead female character who makes stupid decisions but winds up solving everything? Check. All that was missing was a banjo player named Bubba. On a side note: I have only a little knowledge of Mormons and their religion, but holy cow were those stereotypes and portrayals offensive. It's called research. It's what good authors do instead of relying on preconceived notions and made up ridiculousness. I don't care when this book was written (early 1990s), there is no excuse for at least not making use of the library to get facts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    Review: Every Crooked Nanny! Basic InfoFormat: Kindle/Audio Pages/Length: n/a Genre: Cozy Mystery Reason For Reading: Challenge At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: No Triggers: n/a Rating: 3.5 stars Score SheetAll out of ten Cover: 7 Plot: 7 Characters: 8 World Building: 8 Flow: 8 Series Congruity: n/a Writing: 7 Ending: 8 Total: 7 In DepthBest Part: Miss Inez! Worst Part: Quick! Thoughts Had: Yes flufffffffff ConclusionContinuing the Series: Yes Recommending: Yes Sh Review: Every Crooked Nanny! Basic InfoFormat: Kindle/Audio Pages/Length: n/a Genre: Cozy Mystery Reason For Reading: Challenge At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: No Triggers: n/a Rating: 3.5 stars Score SheetAll out of ten Cover: 7 Plot: 7 Characters: 8 World Building: 8 Flow: 8 Series Congruity: n/a Writing: 7 Ending: 8 Total: 7 In DepthBest Part: Miss Inez! Worst Part: Quick! Thoughts Had: Yes flufffffffff ConclusionContinuing the Series: Yes Recommending: Yes Short Review: Oh cozy mystery. First, Edna, my favorite character for sure, she "accidentally" does a lot of things i like! I liked the MC, bit of a wimp at first, but you grow to like her and she grows as well. I am eager to see how the mass turns out. The ending... i saw it coming, but i didn't see how deep it was going to be. Everyone got their karma in the end, which i always like. Norma Jean is a riot, "You know i like my mt dew with breakfast". I like the hint of romance between the MC and Rufus' owner! The ending was a bit too quick for me, she really ramped up the mystery, then just cleaned it up quick. Misc. Book Boyfriend: Pass. Best Friend Material: Edna!

  6. 5 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    I can't understand how someone who was a police officer turns out running a cleaning business but I guess some of us need a different way of life. Callahan had a few day of one disaster after another and to get beat up by Mormons. WTH!!! There was some funny moments and sad ones as well. Then there were those moments that I swear if I were in this story some people would need to get a beat down. LOL I was happy how it all came together in the end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Badseedgirl

    I'm still on the search for a new "cozy" mystery series to sink my teeth into, but in the mean time, this is a good "Light and Fluffy" summer read for me. Although I liked this story well enough, I can't say the characters made all that much of an impression on me. Although I think a maid/private detective makes a perverse kind of sense. Maids see everything. This is the second "fur vault" I have encountered this month. Read my review of B is for BurglarB is for Burglar to see what that means! I I'm still on the search for a new "cozy" mystery series to sink my teeth into, but in the mean time, this is a good "Light and Fluffy" summer read for me. Although I liked this story well enough, I can't say the characters made all that much of an impression on me. Although I think a maid/private detective makes a perverse kind of sense. Maids see everything. This is the second "fur vault" I have encountered this month. Read my review of B is for BurglarB is for Burglar to see what that means! I'm having some ambivalent feelings about this story line. the plot seemed unnecessarily convoluted with several red herrings thrown in for good measure. When the killer was revealed it seemed very random, that was a bit of a turn off for me. I might read another book in this series, but I don't think I will be in any hurry. I really wish I could give this thing 2.5 stars. It's better than "ok" but I'm not really sure I'm ready to commit to as strong a word as "like."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    Mary Kay Andrews, aka Kathy Hogan Trocheck, makes me laugh. Her whimsy gets to me every time. This story begins a private detective series starring the owner, Callahan Garrity, of a housecleaning service call House Mouse. Callahan used to be a cop in Atlanta and situations pull her into trying to find out who murdered the nanny of a sorority sister acquaintance who's married a nouveau riche guy who is almost too smarmy to tolerate. Callahan's mother, Edna is also a character in the tradition of Mary Kay Andrews, aka Kathy Hogan Trocheck, makes me laugh. Her whimsy gets to me every time. This story begins a private detective series starring the owner, Callahan Garrity, of a housecleaning service call House Mouse. Callahan used to be a cop in Atlanta and situations pull her into trying to find out who murdered the nanny of a sorority sister acquaintance who's married a nouveau riche guy who is almost too smarmy to tolerate. Callahan's mother, Edna is also a character in the tradition of other Southern women whose looks seem to hide how smart they are, until they open their mouths. Callahan's former relationships with different members of the police force add interest to her efforts to solve the mystery, but what is most refreshing is how she uses her crew of house cleaners to dredge up clues that finally enable her to come through in the end, but not before she has to endure a biopsy for a breast lump and Edna is abducted by the murderer. All's well that ends well, however, including the little bonus that it looks like, in future stories, Callahan's love life appears to be looking up. I'll have to read the second book in the series to find out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily Regenold

    This is the first Mary Kay Andrews book that I will give two stars to, and I believe it will be the last. That's because I'm not a major mystery fan, so I don't plan on furthering myself into the Kathy Hogan Trocheck Callhan Garrity series. Rather, I plan on sticking to the beach read Mary Kay Andrews pseudonyms that haven't failed me yet. Since mysteries are simply not my weapon of choice, it's possible that my problems with this book were of a "it's me, not you" root cause. With that being sai This is the first Mary Kay Andrews book that I will give two stars to, and I believe it will be the last. That's because I'm not a major mystery fan, so I don't plan on furthering myself into the Kathy Hogan Trocheck Callhan Garrity series. Rather, I plan on sticking to the beach read Mary Kay Andrews pseudonyms that haven't failed me yet. Since mysteries are simply not my weapon of choice, it's possible that my problems with this book were of a "it's me, not you" root cause. With that being said, here's why I was less than enthralled with Every Crooked Nanny. There were so many plotlines and secondary characters in this read, I had a hard time keeping track of what was going on. I do believe that what happened within these pages was smart and well-woven, yet I couldn't get past all of the things happening that didn't necessarily matter. Frankly, I'm not sure how Callahan solved this mystery, because if I were her, I would have been way to confused by all the elements thrown my way. There'e plenty of smart things happening in this book, yet at the end of the day, I didn't feel they were presented in the right way to make me want to read more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    debbicat

    My first read by the author under this name. This series seems pretty cute. I believe all of it is on Hoopla, my library app, and I have downloaded the first few to listen to on the commute or to walk. I like the main character and think she would be fun to hang with. The setting is familiar as I have family in GA and I lived in Atlanta for awhile. It was fun revisiting some of the area while enjoying this read. I will continue on to book 2. I have marked this one 3 stars...might be a 3.5 tho. I My first read by the author under this name. This series seems pretty cute. I believe all of it is on Hoopla, my library app, and I have downloaded the first few to listen to on the commute or to walk. I like the main character and think she would be fun to hang with. The setting is familiar as I have family in GA and I lived in Atlanta for awhile. It was fun revisiting some of the area while enjoying this read. I will continue on to book 2. I have marked this one 3 stars...might be a 3.5 tho. I did enjoy it over several afternoon walks at the dog park. I am looking forward quite a lot getting to know the characters even more thru the rest of the series. Especially Garrity. She is a great character I connected to from the start.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I was surprised that this was a first novel. I had just read Irish Eyes and had to go back and read the first Callaham Garrity book. I think the library had to search long and hard to find this 1989 novel, but it was worth it. Set it Atlanta, Callahan Garrity owns House Mouse, a cleaning service, but she has been a police detective who quit to set up a detective business, and she can't seem to leave that behind her. When she runs into a Tri-Delt sorority sister through House Mouse whose nanny ha I was surprised that this was a first novel. I had just read Irish Eyes and had to go back and read the first Callaham Garrity book. I think the library had to search long and hard to find this 1989 novel, but it was worth it. Set it Atlanta, Callahan Garrity owns House Mouse, a cleaning service, but she has been a police detective who quit to set up a detective business, and she can't seem to leave that behind her. When she runs into a Tri-Delt sorority sister through House Mouse whose nanny has just been murdered, the plot quickly thickens as they say. The supposed Mormon religion of the nanny plays a part in the plot, and Trocheck research LSD background thoroughly. Skillfully blended into the mix were city government political maneuvering that keep the reader guessing. I want to read more of Trocheck's Callahan Garrity books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

    This is a reissue of the first in a series that Mary Kay Andrews, as Kathy Hogan Trocheck, wrote in the 1990's. So, this female detective does things old school - no cell phones, no GPS. Actually, it made the book even more fun. She writes wonderful characters with great dialouge and all with a Southern twist! The fact that she makes you laugh is just icing on the cake! Light, fun reading perfect for a bit of an escape.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    What a fun cozy mystery! 1st in a series, just started the second!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna's Herding Cats

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live 6/26/2017) Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qo6uKC The Series: So the quick of the series is that Callahan used to be a police officer but now she owns a cleaning service. She and her crew keep stumbling upon strange disappearances and murders and it pulls her back into that investigative lifestyle because Callahan cannot let things go. lol She's a little abrasive, determined, and has a kind heart even if she tries to hide it a little. I'm really enjoying her Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live 6/26/2017) Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qo6uKC The Series: So the quick of the series is that Callahan used to be a police officer but now she owns a cleaning service. She and her crew keep stumbling upon strange disappearances and murders and it pulls her back into that investigative lifestyle because Callahan cannot let things go. lol She's a little abrasive, determined, and has a kind heart even if she tries to hide it a little. I'm really enjoying her and the people that surround her. You can tell these titles are older---they originally came out in the 90s and it shows in a few spots with the investigation/dialogue but it wasn't bad and worked for me overall. So a bit about each of the three I've listened to so far! This Book: I had a lot of fun with Every Crooked Nanny. The mystery easily pulled me in and the characters kept my attention as they try to figure out the disappearance of a client's nanny and get caught up in the salacious happenings of the family. It was fun meeting Callahan and her crew of cleaners. They're...eclectic to say the least and keep me laughing. It was a great introduction to the series. The Narration: Hillary Huber was a new to me narrator and I synced up with her narration easier than any other I've tried so far. I finished listening to each of these in about 2 days which is really fast for me when it comes to audiobooks. The narration was just fantastic. Easy to fall in to, excellent distinction between characters, the male voices were nicely done, pacing was great. I have no complaints at all with the narration. I've already put a hold on the rest of the audiobooks at the library :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This was an enjoyable read which took me on a nostalgic romp through my hometown of Atlanta. I knew every street and most of the places mentioned and like many of the characters, I briefly worked in Rich's Department store. The over-the-top stereotypes (think Designing Women) were annoying, though, as were some unlikely scenarios. I listened to the audio version narrated by Hillary Huber who is a master at her craft and does great southern accents. Unfortunately, I don't think she's spent any ti This was an enjoyable read which took me on a nostalgic romp through my hometown of Atlanta. I knew every street and most of the places mentioned and like many of the characters, I briefly worked in Rich's Department store. The over-the-top stereotypes (think Designing Women) were annoying, though, as were some unlikely scenarios. I listened to the audio version narrated by Hillary Huber who is a master at her craft and does great southern accents. Unfortunately, I don't think she's spent any time in Atlanta. Beaufort should be pronounced "bew fert" and no one EVER says the L in Dekalb.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I read this book because I needed a book that started with an E for a bookclub challenge. I wasn't expecting much. However, I really enjoyed it. It reminded me somewhat of the Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels. Serious and funny all at the same time. There was a mystery you get to help solve with Callahan as she investigates and provides new clues. There are quirky characters you meet along the way. A whisper of a romance. I will be reading others in this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    This “Cozy Mystery” had more nasty language than I thought necessary for a cozy :( I have read 4 other Mary Kay Andrews novels and they were enjoyable “beach” reads. This was very disappointing The cover states Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Hmmm??? This “Cozy Mystery” had more nasty language than I thought necessary for a cozy :( I have read 4 other Mary Kay Andrews novels and they were enjoyable “beach” reads. This was very disappointing The cover states Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Hmmm???

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amber Brooke

    2.5 stars. I am a die hard fan of everything Mary Kay Andrews so I couldn't wait to try the Callahan Garrity series. I was a little disappointed unfortunately I just don't care for these very much. The character of Callahan and her mother were both enjoyable, and I will try the next book in the series simply because I love Mary Kay so much. The part of this book that bothered me the most was the seeming obsession with the Mormon community. I'm not Mormon, but I felt like this book was pretty dis 2.5 stars. I am a die hard fan of everything Mary Kay Andrews so I couldn't wait to try the Callahan Garrity series. I was a little disappointed unfortunately I just don't care for these very much. The character of Callahan and her mother were both enjoyable, and I will try the next book in the series simply because I love Mary Kay so much. The part of this book that bothered me the most was the seeming obsession with the Mormon community. I'm not Mormon, but I felt like this book was pretty disrespectful to that community. There was more mention of the mormon faith or the church of laterday saints than the actual story plot which really bothered me. Hopefully the next book will be an improvement.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Behr

    Quick, fun read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Flanigan

    It was interesting read. Use caution if you don't like foul language. But several areas were funny enough to have me laughing out loud.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Devin Conway Chatwood

    Edna made me laugh out loud but other than that- eh.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    A fun read. It’s challenging now to read books when you want to shout use your cell phone knowing the book was written when cell phones weren’t that common.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Williams

    My part of the world saw an average seven inches of snow on Monday 2/4/2019. My part of the world doesn’t know what to do with seven inches of snow. Lots of cancelled work. Lots of idle time. Another 4 – 6 predicted by tomorrow morning, 2/9/2019. More on Tuesday 2/12 and maybe again 2/14. So, grump, I’ll take some down time. My favorite genre is mysteries, and has been since I was a little kid and got my hands on my first Nancy Drew. And my adoration runs to quirk: The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Sai My part of the world saw an average seven inches of snow on Monday 2/4/2019. My part of the world doesn’t know what to do with seven inches of snow. Lots of cancelled work. Lots of idle time. Another 4 – 6 predicted by tomorrow morning, 2/9/2019. More on Tuesday 2/12 and maybe again 2/14. So, grump, I’ll take some down time. My favorite genre is mysteries, and has been since I was a little kid and got my hands on my first Nancy Drew. And my adoration runs to quirk: The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Saint, and many even lesser-known titles have pride of place on my shelves. And of course I’ve started collecting Organizer sleuths and clutter-crazed criminals: so far, I’ve only gotten my hands on Mary Feliz, but that will change once I’ve completed the proper research. I decided to branch out when I found Every Crooked Nanny by Mary Kay Andrews at a library sale. Always my downfall, library sales. Ms. Andrews’ who-done-it is set in Atlanta, which I like because of my father’s side, roots in Louisiana, both Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Her detective is female, which I like because I’m an obnoxious feminist. Her gumshoe is a retired police detective, a common element of a good mystery, who’s starting fresh with a new career, also a common element of a good mystery. The new career is in housekeeping, which I don’t think is so common. But it appealed to me because one of the ways I explain my work as a Professional Organizer is that “I come in so the housekeepers can come in behind me.” I also cheerfully admit “I don’t do squirt bottle.” OHMIGOSH I DIDN’T LIKE IT. I have seldom had such a strong reaction to a book. But I found just about everything about it dislikable: the detective is sour, prickly and disillusioned well beyond jaded. The victims EARNED it. The who-done-it of the who-done-it was preposterous. The supporting cast of characters feel like time-warped caricatures of anything from Blanche Devereaux and Paula Deen to everything Trae Crowder demolishes, and the relationships among them are often ugly. Do I know what I’m talking about concerning stereotypes? Only secondhand: I’ve spent some time in Florida, and met plenty of the relatives. But it’s ENOUGH. And I got no sense of Atlanta, a city I’ve never visited but which is on my wish list: when I say I have family ties, I mean I want to see the streets named after my ancestors. Only thing I know better now about Atlanta are some street names. This was the first in this series. I wish I liked it enough to give #2 a try, but I don’t. I don’t even like it enough to keep it. So off to a lovely little coffee shop in Mt. Vernon, WA which has a lending library – I owe it a book from almost a year ago… if I can just remember which shop it is. Another mystery.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

    ** This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca). My Review: I downloaded this digital audiobook onto my iPhone based solely on the simple fact that I needed a light mystery to listen to as I drove back and forth to work and as I cleaned my house. I love 'reading' hands/eyes free because it totally ups the multi-tasking that I do so love. This definitely was a light mystery - too light actually. Initially I liked Calla ** This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca). My Review: I downloaded this digital audiobook onto my iPhone based solely on the simple fact that I needed a light mystery to listen to as I drove back and forth to work and as I cleaned my house. I love 'reading' hands/eyes free because it totally ups the multi-tasking that I do so love. This definitely was a light mystery - too light actually. Initially I liked Callahan and the secondary characters but I didn't feel like the author took them far enough. They felt muted in their humour, weren't interesting enough nor did they really add to the story. It reminded me initially of a very mild and meek Stephanie Plum but without the laugh out loud humour and strong cast of secondary characters that help to not only move the plot along but add a great dimension too. Callahan has the potential to be a good, solid main character but so far she comes off as bland. The mystery itself was just okay. I realize this is a 'light mystery' but it still has to keep me guessing and unfortunately after about half way through the book the pace really lagged. There were a few red herrings thrown in to attempt to keep the readers' attention away from the real culprit. But, at the same time, so much attention was given to two specific characters that I knew right away that they couldn't possibly be the culprit because it would be too obvious. Lastly, I'm not certain that people who live in Georgia or Mormons will enjoy this read because it felt like the author took many stereotypes of the South and the Mormon religion. These clichés included including the use of the 'N word' (which I abhor) several times and portraying Mormonism in an unflattering light. Overall, I wasn't impressed with this book. I initially chose it for a light read but also based on the fact that I recognized the author's name (Mary Kay Andrews also writes under the pseudo-name Kathy Hogan Trocheck). Unfortunately choosing fairly blindly doesn't always work out for the best. My Rating: 2/5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carolynn

    I just finished this a few minutes ago, and I wanted to get it reviewed while it was still fresh in my mind. I haven't read any of Ms. Trocheck's work before, so no way to compare or judge. Storyline seems a little farfetched in the tie-in of police work to housecleaning, but just doable. Ms. Garrity has ostensibly left police work behind and is building a business in household engineering, when she is asked to help a friend. One thing leads to another and Callahan finds herself back in her old I just finished this a few minutes ago, and I wanted to get it reviewed while it was still fresh in my mind. I haven't read any of Ms. Trocheck's work before, so no way to compare or judge. Storyline seems a little farfetched in the tie-in of police work to housecleaning, but just doable. Ms. Garrity has ostensibly left police work behind and is building a business in household engineering, when she is asked to help a friend. One thing leads to another and Callahan finds herself back in her old police ways, as well as mining family contacts to learn what she can. It's all petering out, though, until an incident that makes it personal--a beating administered to make her back off. Callahan is not the type to back off--she latches on harder. This book is "lazy" procedural (I guess because it's really a cozy), with lots of human interest and twists and turns, including a number of large ones near the end. I know this is not Ms. Trocheck's first work, so that's partly why the technical aspects and the character development of the book have been so good, but now I'm looking forward to finding the next one in this series and going out to see what else Ms. Trocheck's got waiting for me to try. I certainly recommend this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    This will be a short review like this book should have been. Since I have read other Andrews books, I thought I would like this murder mystery book, ah no. This was such a boring book for me. Callahan Garrity is an ex-cop turned owner of a housekeeping business. And also, private detective. So when she goes to clean Lilah Beemish’s house she finds out their nanny took off with some of jewelry and important business papers of her husband, Bo. So they hire her to find her and she’s found in a ware This will be a short review like this book should have been. Since I have read other Andrews books, I thought I would like this murder mystery book, ah no. This was such a boring book for me. Callahan Garrity is an ex-cop turned owner of a housekeeping business. And also, private detective. So when she goes to clean Lilah Beemish’s house she finds out their nanny took off with some of jewelry and important business papers of her husband, Bo. So they hire her to find her and she’s found in a warehouse covered in furs, dead. This story is wrapped in LDS, her Mormon boyfriend and her girlfriend. Callahan goes around to try to find how she died and it’s met with walls up in every direction. From thugs beating her, to law enforcement fining her and Bo Beemish’s shady business dealings. At first I though Callahan was in her 60’s by how she was written, nope 32. And I thought the results came very easily and quickly for her, yes she is an ex-cop but she has no clearance. Even though she found this info fast the storyline took forever to get you there. And I had no idea throughout the book if I was in Salt Lake City around the LDS community or in Atlanta. I had to push through this book. And I mean push through. Don’t waste your time. There are better ones to read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    The only reason I gave this book such a high rating is that it WAS first written in 1992 and times were very different then. Around the same time that this book was published, I went down to Atlanta to visit some fellow book lovers and I remember the "N" world being used fairly liberally. The characters in this book are shallow, annoying and at times stupid. They were beyond caring about and weren't able to pull me into the story. I looked up most of the LDS references that had been used in this b The only reason I gave this book such a high rating is that it WAS first written in 1992 and times were very different then. Around the same time that this book was published, I went down to Atlanta to visit some fellow book lovers and I remember the "N" world being used fairly liberally. The characters in this book are shallow, annoying and at times stupid. They were beyond caring about and weren't able to pull me into the story. I looked up most of the LDS references that had been used in this book and unless what I was using as a reference was wrong -I don't see why so many are finding issues with this aspect of this book. No, I didn't finish this book this time, but I have read the full thing in the past -no it is not a great book, but you can pass the time with it. This author writes so many other great books that I hope that readers will discount this particular series and go for the stand-alone books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    To be clear, this is not the cover of the book that I bought which is bright yellow and has the same title and the author's real name - Mary Kay Andrews. Not a bad book if you are into 90's retrospective. What I hated was this was re-packaged and sold as a fresh NEW book from Mary Kay Andrews. The cars are old (would not still be on the road), all research is done by land line phone (no cell phones), the prices of items (like housecleaning) were too cheap, the outfits were all wrong for modern t To be clear, this is not the cover of the book that I bought which is bright yellow and has the same title and the author's real name - Mary Kay Andrews. Not a bad book if you are into 90's retrospective. What I hated was this was re-packaged and sold as a fresh NEW book from Mary Kay Andrews. The cars are old (would not still be on the road), all research is done by land line phone (no cell phones), the prices of items (like housecleaning) were too cheap, the outfits were all wrong for modern times. I cannot fathom that someone couldn't go through and tweak a few items to update the book, but even that pales in comparison to the fact that they slapped on a new cover and called it a new book! I was duped, I want to pay the 90s price for this book instead of what I actually paid. This kind of bait and switch is wrong on EVERY level - shame on YOU!

  29. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    EVERY CROOKED NANNY - Ok Trocheck, Kathy - 1st in Callahan Garriey series After ten years of cleaning up Atlanta's streets, former cop Callahan Garrity trades in her badge for a broom and buys herself a housekeeping business. She's on the job when her clients discover that their pretty nineteen-year-old Mormon nanny has disappeared... along with jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents. Soon Callahan is involved with a job messier than any she's ever encountered while weari EVERY CROOKED NANNY - Ok Trocheck, Kathy - 1st in Callahan Garriey series After ten years of cleaning up Atlanta's streets, former cop Callahan Garrity trades in her badge for a broom and buys herself a housekeeping business. She's on the job when her clients discover that their pretty nineteen-year-old Mormon nanny has disappeared... along with jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents. Soon Callahan is involved with a job messier than any she's ever encountered while wearing an apron. Illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, a dead body... it's going to require some industrial-strength sleuthing on Callahan's part if she wants to solve—and survive—this one. Very light, but fun.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    *** mild spoiler if you've never read this series *** "Every Crooked Nanny" is the debut novel of a continuing "cozy" series by Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The lead character, Callahan Garrity, lives and works out of Atlanta. She is a former police officer who now owns a cleaning-service business called House Mouse. The book was okay, a nice light read with a good sense of place. Perhaps an outdated view of race in the South, but keep in mind that it was written 17 years ago. I quit reading the book ab *** mild spoiler if you've never read this series *** "Every Crooked Nanny" is the debut novel of a continuing "cozy" series by Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The lead character, Callahan Garrity, lives and works out of Atlanta. She is a former police officer who now owns a cleaning-service business called House Mouse. The book was okay, a nice light read with a good sense of place. Perhaps an outdated view of race in the South, but keep in mind that it was written 17 years ago. I quit reading the book about half-way in, at the first mention of the possibility that Callahan might have breast cancer. Being the hypochondriac and worrier that I am, I tend to steer clear of illnesses in novels whenever possible.

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