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A new favorite series...
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2015
Mary Kay Andrews is one of my favorite writers for when I’m looking for something light, fun, and with a Southern-twist. Little did I know that she also has a mystery series written under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. I read Irish Eyes which is the 8th novel in her Callahan Garrity series and is now being marketed under her pen name. Again, this book delivers what I have come to expect from Andrews, but it also has a serious side, as well.
Callahan Garrity is an Atlanta native and former cop who lives with her mother. While not running a cleaning agency with her mom called The House Mouse, she moonlights as a private investigator. The novel opens on St. Patrick’s Day and her former partner, Bucky Deavers, asks Garrity to accompany him to a St. Patty’s Day party. He wants to introduce her to his fiancée. The host of the event, The Shamrock Society is made up of Irish-American cops. When the fiancée doesn’t show and Deavers becomes too drunk, Garrity insists that Deavers drive her home. But on a pit-stop at a local liquor store, Deavers stumbles upon a robbery and ends up being shot twice. While things are not looking good for her former partner, Garrity starts her own investigation when she hears rumors that Deavers was dirty. In fact, the local rumor-mill is spreading allegations that many cops are dirty and they’re robbing ATMs when businessmen are making their nightly deposits. Of course, Garrity needs the help of her local “cleaning girls,” two who have had their AARP cards for decades, as well as former cops and friends in the know. What she learns puts her life in danger, as well.
Mary Kay Andrews has a way of finding humor in almost any situation. As for Garrity, “I quit the force and bought the business in a snit ten years ago, after the bosses had refused to transfer me to the all-male homicide squad. Still, police work, like venereal disease, gets in your system and is hard to shake.” And thus she ends up with a private investigator’s license. The dynamics with her mother are also funny and I can certainly relate. Her mother is famous for “that look. It’s a real time-saver, that look of hers. Without it, we might spend forty-five minutes to an hour bickering over a particularly sticky issue.” But Irish Eyes also touches on important topics including policemen not getting decent pay and police corruption.
The one bad part about this novel is that I stumbled upon this series with book number eight. I will definitely go back and start reading Callahan Garrity from the beginning.