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Midnight Clear explores the family ties that bind and blind...[It] will make you laugh, make you cry, make you mad, and make you wonder right up until the very last page.” (Boston Globe)

“A strong series that is liberally laced with unusual characters, snappy dialogue, and wry Southern humor. Midnight Clear is a Christmas mystery that can be relished year-round.” (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)

“A five-star read...wonderful.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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In this heartwarming, suspenseful, and hilarious novel, Callahan Garrity and the outrageous band of "girls" in her Atlanta cleaning crew join together during the Christmas rush to prove that her trailer-trash brother didn't kill his even trashier estranged wife.

It's a few days before Christmas, and sometime sleuth/full-time cleaning lady Callahan Garrity has things under control for a change, until her ne'er-do-well brother, Brian, shows up. He's kidnapped his toddler daughter, Maura, from his estranged wife, a vengeful shrew with the law on her side.

When his ex-wife is found dead, the cops suspect Brian. To save her brother and her holiday, Callahan, along with her irascible mom, Edna, and a gaggle of House Mouse employees, will crisscross yuletide Atlanta, going everywhere the search for truth leads.

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Product Details

  • Series: Callahan Garrity
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006219514X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062195142
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anna on August 1, 2014
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Before Mary Kay Andrews wrote Hissy Fit, Christmas Bliss, Save The Date, and many other books, she wrote a series of books under the name of Kathy Hogan Trochick about a retired Atlanta policewoman who runs a house cleaning service and also takes cases occasionally as a private eye. Midnight Clear is the fifth book in that series and is the best of the series thus far. In this book, Callahan Garrity, the house cleaning private eye, spends her time trying to solve the murder of her sister-in-law to help pave the way for her brother to obtain custody of his daughter, Maura.

The book is suspenseful, has lots of twists, and a surprise ending. This book is the first one that Kathy Hogan Trochick wrote that gives one a glimpse of the kind of writing her readers have come to expect of her once she began writing as Mary Kay Andrews. I suggest you purchase at least one of the first four books before you read this so you will know who the various characters are when you come across them in this book. You can still read this as a standalone book, but Ms. Trochick spent a lot of time developing some off-beat characters in her first four books, it would be a shame not to read at least one of them. Nevertheless, regardless of whether you read any of the other books, definitely read this one.
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Midnight Clear is the latest recently re-released book in the Callahan Garrity series from the '90s. This book has all the ingredients of the other novels in the series that make it easily digested- a murder occurs that hits close to home for Callahan. When her brother's estranged wife turns up dead, all fingers point to Callahan's brother. Even Callahan has her doubts about his involvement, but ultimately she believes he had nothing to do with it and starts investigating the circumstances and evidence surrounding her late sister-in-law's death. Midnight Clear is another terrific installment in the series. I would have given it 4 stars instead of 3; but being a new mom, I had trouble reading some of the themes surrounding the neglect and maltreatment of Callahan's young niece.
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Liked the book, very much. It was a fast and pleasant read during the bustling holday season while I wanted to read but had very little time or concentration necessary to spend on a heavy-duty novel. The characters were well developed, likable and unlikeable, if the author wanted that from the reader. Glad I had it there at the end of each holiday-worn-out-tired day. Refreshing and light.
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This is the story about the youngest brother Brian and his three year old daughter Maura. Much of the story details Brian's struggles in life for the past 10 years. I think the story could be related to someone we all know in this situation and on how difficult we often find the times. Great author and great story!
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Each book I read by this author pulls me further in. I feel like a true Southerner complete with my tall glass of sweet tea as I read each and every page. I truly want to be a part of the story, albeit, not so much the dangerous part. Thank you Mary Kay for another great book.
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I love this series and only wish Mary Kay Andrews would write more of these mysteries. It's not your typical mystery in that there is also humor. I love all the characters - so well developed. If you have not read any in this series, what are you waiting for? You are missing out!
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This is another great read by Mary Kay Andrews. The characters are believable as well as their various predicaments! There is plenty of interesting character interaction.
There are funny moments along with more thoughtful and serious ones and together they make for an enjoyable story!
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This is a great read but don't let the snowman on the cover make you think of cocoa, trees and carols. This is a fast moving murder(s) mystery with child kidnapping, irish family disfunction and some Christmas festivities. The characters are so real that you believe you know them and aren't just reading fiction. The ending..down to the last paragraph will throw you for a loop and leaving you thinking....what???? Great read, good author.
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