- Series: Callahan Garrity Mysteries (Paperback)
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (November 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061091707
- ISBN-13: 978-0061091704
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 201 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every Crooked Nanny (Callahan Garrity Mysteries (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2004
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"This book is great. It has my nomination for Best First Mystery. Every character is fully realized, from outspoken Edna, Callahan's mom, the chauvinistic detective, to the crew of cleaning 'girls' who do their part in helping to solve the case. Who says a good mystery can't be funny?""-- Mystery News""Characters like these beg to be brought back. Lucky for us, Ms. Trocheck is already under contract for another novel in the series.""-- Atlanta journal-Constitution""This quick-paced thriller provides an intriguing introduction to a delightfully down-to-earth sleuth.""-- Booklist""Positively sparkles with originality .... Tie all this together with fresh, lively characters, a setting that has not been overused, a puzzle that is as devious as the people involved, and you have a reading session to savor.""-- Murder ad lib""Crisp intelligence and earthy wit.""-- New York Times""A clever, colorful page-turner, not to be missed...(a) high-caliber debut.""-- Publishers Weekly"
About the Author
Kathy Hogan Trocheck is the author of ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she is also the author of Little Bitty Lies and the Edgar®- and Macavity-nominated Savannah Blues, under the name Mary Kay Andrews.
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Overall, I really liked this book and my rating would actually be closer to a 3.5 stars than just a regular old 3 stars but I couldn’t quite give it 4.
Callahan is an awesome character who I really liked from the start. She is great to her employees and a loving and compassionate person but with a hint of tough cop remaining. I also really enjoyed her mother who she lives with and who helps her run House Mouse.
Some of the secondary characters were fun as well but I have to admit there were times when I felt overwhelmed and had a hard time keeping everyone straight. There were all the House Mouse employees, Callahan’s sorority sister and her family, several cop friends, several people connected to the missing nanny, several government officials, and medical staff too. I felt like it was just a bit much.
Every Crooked Nanny has several secondary story lines and there are actually two intertwined mysteries going on. The missing nanny who is later found murdered and the contents of some missing papers that she presumably had with her but that were not found with her body. There was so much going on that I sometimes felt overwhelmed especially since it was book one in the series and I was trying to get used to the many characters etc. I felt like the story line involving Callahan’s health concern could have waited until book two even though it did play a role near the end of the mystery.
The mystery itself was intriguing as there were many elements to it but I felt only so so about the ending. There were certainly hints along the way of who the killer was but it was just a bit unusual and their motive was not what I expected.
One thing that I had some mixed feelings about with the book was the portrayal of Mormonism. I was raised Mormon and though I am no longer practicing it is still near and dear to my heart. I can’t say exactly that I was bothered by the portrayal and I did understand that much of it was meant to be comedic but it still didn’t necessarily sit well with me. Mormonism is a fascinating and complicated religion and the book made some elements of Mormonism just seem crazy without any explanations which could have been given by some character to help educate the detective since she says she wants information as the nanny was posing as a Mormon in order to be hired. I know I said before that there were already too many characters so perhaps this complaint is counter intuitive but I just felt that Callahan says she wants to understand but then she doesn’t get good information and elements of the religion are largely taken out of context.
This book was a good read and I think mystery lovers will enjoy it though it is perhaps a bit longer than absolutely necessary. I may read another of the books in this series because I really did enjoy Callahan and the writer’s style and sense of humor (most of the time). This book was humorous and kept me guessing until the end. If you pick this up be prepared for the large cast of characters and complex plots. Reading it over the span of a few weeks is not really ideal for a book this complex. If I had been able to read it in one sitting I might have enjoyed it more and had less trouble keeping track of everything and everyone.
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.
Callahan is an e-cop who never reached homicide because being a woman. She has taught a house cleaning services called the House Mouse. The stories are character driven against an Atlanta background.
Callahan is a determined and cares about the underdog. Edna, her Mother and co-owner adds spice. Her crew is great Neva Jane and her husband, the elderly sisters Easterbrooks and fellow police officers add much to stories.
House Mouse has a new customer and Callahan goes to the house. She finds an old friend as the owner. Her Nanny has disappeared along with the family jewels and business papers. She hires Callahan to find her and the items stolen. As Callahan investigate she begins to wonder about her friend as she is being embarrass by the police and city. After find the missing Nanny in a fur vault, Callahan is fired by her friend. Her curiosity demands she find the answer before an innocent person is convicted for the murder and the guilty party ruins a section of the river.