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Heart Trouble (Callahan Garrity Mysteries Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Kathy Hogan Trocheck
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Former cop, currently co-owner of the House Mouse housecleaning service, and freelance p.i., Callahan Garrity raises eyebrows when she accepts an assignment from the most hated woman in Atlanta -- a wealthy white socialite who killed a young black girl in a drunken hit-and-run and was punished with no more than a slap on the wrist. Even Callahan's "Mice" are grumbling.

But when a roadside murder turns up the heat on the racial tensions that have been simmering dangerously since Whitney Albright Dobbs received her laughably light sentence, Callahan realizes she'll have to pull out all the stops to trap a mean, mad killer -- for the sake of justice and a city that's threatening to explode.



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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.

From School Library Journal

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: 1291 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017098FK
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Series! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Doughnuts and crack 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Callahan Garrity cleans up another mess 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Trouble Made Me Heart Happy September 14, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I am pleased. I realize the shipping label may be generic September 16, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14, 2014
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Love this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books! May 6, 2014
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The Callahan Garrity Mystery series is well written and an easy read. Have read every one of mary kay andrews books and I am never disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 10, 2014
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Loved it. When I need something to read to calm me down, Mary Kay Andrews and Dorthea Benton Franks are my Gals. Easy reads and funny.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this series and although they can be enjoyed in ...
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jean Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun adventure.
Published 2 months ago by Kristin Wdowicki
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been reading nonstop
Kathy H Trocheck is an exceptional writer! She continues to surprise me with new and exciting story lines! Keep them coming!
Published 2 months ago by Kenya Nesbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another fun MKA book
Published 3 months ago by Susan Riddick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Typical Mary Kay Andrews - Loved it!!! Now hooked on the Callahan Garrity series. Bought 3 more of them.
Published 3 months ago by John or Adelle Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars so good. Love all this series of books
This was one of the first books I read in the series - not knowing there were others - so I had to buy them all and went back and read Heart Trouble again - it was so, so good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Earline R. Parmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book did not disappoint. I always enjoy her books just for pleasure reading.
Published 3 months ago by Ba Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so good
Callahan has done it again. She is always finding trouble. I love this series! I wish that Mary Kay Andrews would keep on writing about Callahan.
Published 9 months ago by Emily E.
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More About the Author

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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