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Heart Trouble (Callahan Garrity Mysteries Book 5) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

In the midst of preparations to host the Olympics, the city of Atlanta is locked in the grip of racial tension when a drunk driver, wealthy white socialite Whitney Dobbs, runs down a black child and is sentenced to a small fine and 100 hours of community service. Callahan Garrity, owner of The House Mouse cleaning service and part-time PI, reluctantly takes on some detective work for Whitney, whose ex-husband, well-known cardiologist, Carson Dobbs, is suspected of financial hanky-panky. Meanwhile, Whitney is gunned down while collecting garbage for the city and Callahan, whose mother, Edna, is just out of the hospital, is drawn into the murder investigation. In Callahan's fifth outing (following Happy Never After), memorable characters abound, from the two elderly black sisters, Baby and Sister Easterbrooks, House Mouse employees who use Kotex for dinner napkins, to Neva Jean, another employee, who is allergic to the emus her husband has just bought. Traveling from the heights of Atlanta society to the depressed area known as the Promised Land, Callahan narrates her newest adventure with zesty enthusiasm, all the way to a thrilling climax with the murderer in a rustic cabin. Trocheck has a sure winner in Callahan.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA?Feisty ex-cop Callahan Garrity owns and manages an Atlanta cleaning service, plus runs a private-detective business. As the city prepares for the summer Olympics, Whitney Dobbs becomes the target of hate after she is acquitted of killing a young black girl while driving drunk. Callahan reluctantly accepts the rich woman's plea for help in solving financial problems in her divorce. When Whitney is murdered, the private eye sets out to determine who did it. The plot is simple and straightforward, but the most puzzling mystery is why the book jacket features two white rollerblades that have no significance to the plot. However, the story provides lively, glib dialogue from delightfully eccentric characters such as Miss Sister Easterbrooks, her sister Miss Baby, and Callahan's mom, Edna. The heroine exudes strength of character, courage, and independence yet maintains her humanness. All of Trocheck's characters are blessed with a sense of humor, a zest for life, and devotion to others that is often lacking in Sue Grafton's novels. This light leisure reading will hook young adults into other mysteries as well as more Trocheck.?Linda Diane Townsend, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1182 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061095850
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017098FK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Kathy Hogan Trocheck has published 17 novels, 10 critically-acclaimed mysteries under her own name and seven other bestselling novels writing as Mary Kay Andrews.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Trocheck earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1976. She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She left journalism after a ten-year stint as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Her first book, Every Crooked Nanny, featuring a clever, snoopy housecleaner named Callahan Garrity, appeared in 1992. It was followed by seven other Garrity novels including To Live and Die in Dixie (1993), Homemade Sin (1994), Happy Never After (1995), Heart Trouble (1996), Strange Brew (1997), Midnight Clear (1998), and Irish Eyes (2000). The two Truman Kicklighter novels were Lickety Split (1996) and Crash Course (1997).

The first novel to be published under the name Mary Kay Andrews was Savannah Blues (2002). It was followed by Little Bitty Lies (2003); Hissy Fit (2004); the New York Times bestseller, Savannah Breeze (2006); the New York Times bestseller, Blue Christmas (2007); Deep Dish (2008); and the New York Times bestseller, The Fixer Upper (2009).

Her mysteries have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, and Macavity Awards.

As a lifelong "junker" the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market, and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.

She is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, The University of Georgia's Harriet Austin Writer's Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer's Workshop, and the Antioch Writer's Workshop. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. After a brief hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, GA.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Born to Read VINE VOICE on June 17, 2001
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I love this series and it simply gets better and better. If you're new to this series, take advantage and begin at the beginning. The stories are interesting without being overly done or contrived. The characters are complex and welcomed visitors. Trocheck really has something here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Birkett on October 11, 2000
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I came to this one after "Every Dead Nanny" and "Happy Never After" so for once I'm reading a series in the right order. I thought this was the best of the three. The plot is believable from beginning almost to the end (I never quite buy those heroine-save-in-the-nick-of-time scenes but they seem obligatory in this female private eye genre which is a descendant of romantic suspense). It unfolds piece by piece rather than being a series of interviews and the murderer is the kind of surprise that has you turning back pages and saying "why didn't I think of that?" Some great writing. I loved a scene where she describes a vivid temptation to buy Krispy Kreme doughnuts and then looks across the street and describes a crack-buying transaction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice on June 1, 2013
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This is a great series. I enjoy the characters and plot of the stories. Callahan Garrity is a modern detective who uses her wit and her brain to solve interesting cases. Along for the ride are her cleaning crew and her mother who do their part to see that justice is served. Reading a Callahan Garrity book is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
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I love the Callahan Garrity Series and this was my last one to complete. Each one can be a standalone; however, once you read one, you will want to read them all! I do hope Mary Kay (Trocheck), will continue with this series as not only as they funny, witty, they are well written and great mysteries.

Mary does an outstanding job with her research and she knows Atlanta. Having spent most of my career there for years, I always love revising through her books as know all the landmarks.

This one was a page turner and had to finish it on New Year’s Day as spend the day with it as could not go to bed until I found out the culprit.

You will love the characters and Callahan needs to let her mom Edna run the cleaning business as she is too good of a detective and can solve any case!

Not sure I have a favorite out of the series (I think my picks would be Heart Trouble and Irish Eyes), even though all of them were entertaining and glad they are being republished as e-books. Highly recommend if you like southern humor and a good mystery.

Have read all Mary Kay’s books and now going back to read her Truman Kicklighter Mystery Series.
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I'm on #7 in the Callahan Garrity series right now, so I think it's an indication that I like the series! Seriously, there are few writers that I enjoy so much, that I will ready everything they have written. MKA is one of them. Once you get started, you cannot stop. Great characters, good stories, wonderfully entertaining reads. So, get going if you haven't read them yet.
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Fast service. The description was accurate. I am pleased.

I realize the shipping label may be generic, but I would suggest that you remove the part that states "or current resident" after the purchaser's name. If it should, by chance, be delivered to the wrong address, that gives the receiver the right to keep the merchandise.
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By Idaho Gem on November 14, 2012
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A great beach read. Just fun to read series without about a mother/daughter house cleaning business and the trouble they uncover. Callahan is a former policewoman who just can't seem to stay out of the mystery business. Love the ladies of the work crews and the trouble they stir up.
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The Callahan Garrity Mystery series books are very well written with superb character development. I highly recommend this series and although they can be enjoyed in any order, my advice is to read them in order to better able appreciate the flow of the characters.
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