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Andrews is the pseudonym of Kathy Trocheck, primarily known for her Callahan Garrity mystery series. If the name switch signals the author's desire to change writing styles, then she's certainly achieved her goal. The Trocheck books are mostly formulaic comic whodunits, but this supremely entertaining story sets Andrews up to be a southern Susan Isaacs. Mary Bliss is so busy propping up her best friend, Katharine, who's coping with her broken marriage by drinking gin and buying expensive toys, that she fails to notice her own marriage is in trouble. Her once dependable husband, Palmer, has cleaned out their accounts and left her with a pile of debt. In desperation, she takes a job as a product-demonstration hostess, but her salary will barely cover the electric bill. She allows Katharine to talk her into a cockeyed scheme to have Palmer declared dead so she can collect the insurance. That's when she meets sexy fraud investigator Matt Hayslip, and things really start to heat up. A breezy story fairly brimming with good spirits and feisty humor. Joanne Wilkinson
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“Andrews’ wry comedic sense runs merrily through Little Bitty Lies, a delightful summer treat.” (St. Petersburg Times)

“Delicious.” (BookPage)

“Witty and sharp...light and frothy as a strawberry daiquiri.” (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)

“A breezy story fairly brimming with good spirits and feisty humor.” (Booklist)

“A comic Southern novel about all the important things in life.” (Pensacola News Journal)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (July 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060199598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060199593
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling Ladies' Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, all from St. Martin's Press, as well as Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues, all HarperPerennial. On Oct. 15 St. Martin's Press will release her newest novel, CHRISTMAS BLISS

A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, originally under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The Callahan mysteries have recently been re-released by HarperPerennial, as Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), 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.

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 has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs!), and is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops and book festivals.

Married for more than 36 years to her high school sweetheart, Tom, she is the mother of two grown children and she divides her time between a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow in Atlanta and a rambling old beach house on Tybee Island Georgia.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on July 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Your husband of 20 years leaves you --- but not before mortgaging your house to the hilt, emptying all your bank accounts, cashing in your insurance policies, and (the nerve!) pocketing your diamond engagement ring.
Up until now you have led a storybook life, while marriages all around you are splitting up in vast numbers. You are too proud to become just another statistic --- or even worse, another tale in the gossip mill. So what do you do? Well, if you're Mary Bliss McGowan, in LITTLE BITTY LIES by Mary Kay Andrews, you lie, of course! To start, you tell everyone that your husband is away on an extended consulting trip. Then you stage his death (a tragic boating accident in Cozumel). And then the lying escalates; one lie leads to another, and to another, and to another. It's a recipe for disaster.
Come to think of it, LITTLE BITTY LIES is an awful lot like Mary Bliss's specialty: chicken salad.
The main ingredient is chicken, or Parker, her yellow-bellied husband who poached the family nest egg and then cowardly abandoned his wife and daughter, not to be seen again until the end of the novel.
Toss in nuts, plenty of nuts. There are her dearest friends, Katherine and Charlie Weideman, the on-again, off-again middle-aged couple; Eula, the crazy mother-in-law who indulges in Paxil and gin cocktails; Randy, the nearly divorced neighbor who would probably like to live up to his name but doesn't know how; and Nancye, the town hot tamale.
Add water chestnuts, a bit of unexpected "crunch" to the story: Matt Hayslip, the undercover private eye whose keeping Mary Bliss on her toes (even though he'd prefer to keep her on her back).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on May 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Rather than admit to her friends and neighbors that her husband Parker left her (and drained their accounts), Mary Bliss does what any self respecting southern belle would do - pretend he is dead and collect the life insurance. With the help of her eccentric best friend Katherine (who is nursing who own wounds of abandonment), the two women set out to create a fake diving accident with the help of a shady con man.

She does not count on nosy investigator, Matt Hayslip coming into the fold. Or her babbling mother in law who just might be in contact with Parker. Or her newly separated neighbor wanting to be more than neighbors. Or con-man Dinky Davis coming back for more.

Just what's a girl to do when she digs a hole this deep? "Little Bitty Lies" is a humorous tale of one woman's quest to not be idle gossip, only to wreak more havoc on her life, and learn that her perfect marriage was just an illusion.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By jeanne-scott on November 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
With a main character named Mary Bliss you are handed a quirky clue of where this story, by a skillful and adept author is headed!

While Mary Bliss is busy worrying about her friends, whose marriages are falling apart, she is stunned to find out that her own marriage has taken an unbelievable turn when she discovers a note from her husband. Mary Bliss attempts to avoid the embarassment and humiliation by telling just one "little" lie, which snowballs into a series of events that must all be hidden by more lies. On top of having no money to pay her bills and taking a part time job just to buy food, she must deal with a cantankerous, nasty mother-in-law and the sudden secretive behavior of her teen-aged daughter.

As always Mary Kay Andrews crafts an endearing tale dealing with serious issues and yet woven with her delightful sense of humor, it is a delight to read!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the untimate housewife's revenge. After years of creating the perfect home for her husband, Mary Bliss comes home to find that the rat has drained their accounts, put the house in hock up to its shingles, and taken off for parts unknown. How she survives is a wonderful romp through matrimony and suburbia (with a sidetrip to Mexico thrown in for the hell of it!) But then, this talented author could even make the Atlanta phone book sound funny. Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Heckart on July 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED this book. Mary Kay Andrews is bound to hit to bestseller list and perhaps this is the book that will do it for her. Little Bitty Lies reads very quickly, and that was because I found it difficult to stop reading before I finished it. Mary Bliss and Katherine are wonderful characters, and show friendship at its finest. I wanted to slap Erin, slug Parker and smooch Matt, all great characters. The book has sex, love, friendship, money, humor in addition to a great chicken salad recipe (and yes, I've tried it, and it's super). A fast, fun, frolicky read that is a perfect summer book. Another winner from Mary Kay Andrews. Keep 'em coming, Mary Kay! Eager readers everywhere will be panting waiting for your next one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lazy Day Gardener on February 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A few weeks ago I read Mary Kay Andrews' Savannah Blues and really enjoyed it, so I thought that I'd give Little Bitty Lies a try. The reviews that I read at Amazon pretty much said that it's okay but not as good as Savannah. And that pretty much hits it.

Lies is the story of Mary Bliss McGowan, an Atlanta yuppie who doesn't realise that her marriage is in trouble until the night she finds a note from her husband telling her that he's gone - with all their joint assets. Mary Bliss responds by telling one 'little bitty lie' - that he's just out of town. The one little lie escalates until she and her best friend end up faking his death to collect the insurance.

Andrews [who is really Atlanta author Kathy Trocheck] does a great job catching the Atlanta/Southern ambience, but it's hard to see Mary Bliss as a sympathetic character when she lies to her daughter and mother-in-law about her husband's death and when her major concern with the end of her marriage is financial.

I'm giving this one a C and hope that Ms Andrews will slow down and do better preparation before she writes her next one.
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