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Irish Eyes is the latest entry in Kathy Hogan Trocheck's delightfully engaging and suspenseful mystery series featuring the remarkable Callahan Garrity and the outrageous band of "girls" in her Atlanta cleaning crew. Callahan has her hands full for St. Patrick's Day with a crime spree that hit., close to home—and close to her heart.

When Callahan was an Atlanta cop, her partner, Bucky, was a stand-up guy, and he and Callahan have remained the best of pals. Now Bucky needs a date...

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Irish Eyes is the latest entry in Kathy Hogan Trocheck's delightfully engaging and suspenseful mystery series featuring the remarkable Callahan Garrity and the outrageous band of "girls" in her Atlanta cleaning crew. Callahan has her hands full for St. Patrick's Day with a crime spree that hit., close to home—and close to her heart.

When Callahan was an Atlanta cop, her partner, Bucky, was a stand-up guy, and he and Callahan have remained the best of pals. Now Bucky needs a date for the annual St. Paddy's Day bash, and Callahan grudgingly goes along. With Mac, her longtime beau, talking about a possible move to Nashville, she's in need of a fun night out. What she gets instead is the shock of her life.

On the way home, Bucky is shot in what looks like a liquor-store holdup while Callahan waits in the car. She's stunned when accusations fly that Bucky is a cop on the take and that he's actually been an accomplice in a string of robberies.

With Bucky in critical condition, his life and reputation hanging in the balance, Callahan and her crew set out to find the truth. As feisty and relentless as ever, Callahan, her lovable mom, Edna, and her ragtag band of House Mouse employees rely on their usual plucky determination and unorthodox sleuthing skills to get answers. This time, it will take every skill they've got to pierce the veil of secrecy surrounding an Irish police fraternal organization and prove that the case is more than it seems.

In true Trocheck fashion, Irish Eyes is an exciting, heartwarming story filled with lively, unforgettable characters. Witty and entertaining, it is also the biggest, best Callahan Garrity outing yet, tension-riddledmystery that probes the depths of corruption, friendship, and betrayal.

Author Biography:

Kathy Hogan Trocheck has written seven previous Callahan Garrity mysteries, including Midnight Clear and Strange Brew. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Georgia with her husband and two children.

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Editorial Reviews

The Snooper
Original and suspenseful Irish Eyes is the best of the bunch.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A dark tragedy of betrayal and corruption. . . . I highly recommend it."
Original and suspenseful. . . Irish Eyes is the best of the bunch.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Atlanta PI and former police officer Callahan Garrity displays her usual pluck in the eighth outing of this warm-hearted series. On the way home from a St. Patrick's Day party, Garrity and Bucky Deavers, her partner on the robbery squad from her days on the force, stumble on a liquor store holdup. Bucky is shot in the head while a key witness, the liquor store cashier, flees the scene with her screaming baby. Garrity has her work cut out for her. Bucky, like many underpaid cops, has been moonlighting--as a security guard for the owner of the store where the robbery took place--and the police suspect him of having been involved in the crime. To clear her former partner, who lies close to death in the hospital, and to locate the missing witness, Garrity enlists the aid of the Shamrock Society, whose members include ex-cops from the Atlanta neighborhood where she grew up; she also calls upon two elderly sisters who work for House Mouse, the cleaning business Garrity runs to pay the rent. After another cop is shot, Garrity begins to suspect that something is rotten at the Atlanta P.D. Meanwhile, her current love, Mac MacAuliffe, is contemplating a job offer in Nashville. Trocheck skillfully blends family, generational, ethnic, racial, medical and criminal conflicts into her Irish stew. Her Garrity is an appealing heroine, hard-working and principled, while Bucky is just one of many well-drawn members of the community of family and friends for whom she gives her all in this satisfying tale. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060194215
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: Callahan Garrity Series, #8
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Kay Andrews

MARY KAY ANDREWS is the author of nine bestselling novels and ten critically acclaimed mysteries. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


In In 2003, a writer named Mary Kay Andrews burst on the book scene with an entertaining, lighthearted confection entitled Savannah Blues. Hailed as a promising debut, the book received positive reviews; but not everyone realized it was actually the work of journalist-turned-novelist Kathy Hogan Trocheck, author of a bestselling mystery series begun in 1990 and featuring ex-cop-turned P.I. Callahan Garrity.

Trocheck explained in an interview with Reading Group the reason for adopting a pseudonym (derived, by the way, from combining the names of her two children): "Because Blues is so different from my Callahan books, I wanted a chance to try for a whole new group of readers, people who like women's fiction, Southern fiction, and still, mysteries. That Mary Kay is a pseudonym for Kathy Hogan Trocheck is not a secret from my fans."

Savannah Blues introduced readers to Eloise "Weezie" Foley, whose marriage to the wealthy Talmadge Evans III suffers a fatal blow when he announces he is in love with someone else. When Talmadge's mistress moves into his Savannah mansion, it's the backyard carriage house for Weezie, who soon begins to devise a plan to get revenge on her cheating hubby. Blues may have been a marked departure from Trocheck's grittier early work, but it was a rousing success on all fronts. Publishers Weekly hailed it as "delightfully breezy, richly atmospheric" and Kirkus reviews called it "pure fun."

Soon, Mary Kay Andrews had assumed a life of her own. A year later, she published Little Bitty Lies, followed in 2005 by the joyfully wacky New York Times bestseller Hissy Fit. Having revisited the world of her irresistible protagonist Weezie Foley twice more in Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, Andrews continues to craft her winning brand of witty, Southern-fried fiction -- much to the delight of her many fans.

Good To Know

When Andrews was a journalist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she covered the famous "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" murder case.

As Kathy Hogan Trocheck, Andrews's mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards.

When she isn't writing, Mary Kay Andrews lectures and teaches at writing workshops.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Andrews:

"When I finish writing a book, I always celebrate with my favorite junk foods: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Wink grapefruit soda."

"I have no sense of direction and am incapable of reading a map."

"I'm a charter member of the Salty Dog chapter of the Andy Griffith Show Re-run Watchers club."

"I love afternoon naps, junking, reading, cooking with my husband, anything with avocados, English Setters, old movies, anything blue and white. I hate shopping for clothes, cigarette smoke, math, magic, mimes, scary movies, and Star Trek re-runs."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Kathy Hogan Trocheck (real name)
    2. Hometown:
      Atlanta, Georgia
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 27, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tampa, Florida
    1. Education:
      B.A. in newspaper journalism, University of Georgia, 1976
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Chapter One

One of my clients, who has superb taste in these things (he's gay), gives me a bottle of Bushmills for Christmas every year, and every year I hoard it until the afternoon of St. Patrick's Day.

At six o'clock on the afternoon of the appointed day, I took the bottle down from its hiding place in the cupboard over the refrigerator. I set two Waterford tumblers square in the middle of the scarred oak kitchen table. I poured a fingerful of whiskey for Edna, my mother, who drinks hers neat, and one for myself, on the rocks with a little water. Solemnly, we clinked glasses.

"Selah!" said Edna.

"Back at ya," I said.

She dealt herself a hand of solitaire. I went to the kitchen counter and fiddled with the radio until I found WABE, the local National Public Radio affiliate. Usually, we listen to the news this time of day, but today I was hunting for the station's annual all-Irish program.

As soon as I sat down I had to jump back up and turn off the radio. They were playing "Danny Boy."

Edna gave me a quizzical look.

"Not that one," I said. "It's too early in the day. It always makes you cry."

She nodded thoughtfully. "You could be right. It's better to work up to all these things." She slapped a row of cards facedown on the table. "Although," she added, "all those lousy songs get to me."

"They remind you of Daddy?"

She sighed. "He sure loved St. Patrick's Day. Remember?"

"How could I forget? He used to make us dress all in green, head to toe. Then drag us over to Christ the King for Mass with the archbishop."

"You kids marched in that parade every year from the time you were babies,"Edna said. "One year one of the Meehans brought a goat cart into town. You remember that? We piled all you kids in a damn goat cart and your daddy walked on one side of you and Billy Meehan walked on the other side, both of them grinning like idiots, and that goat prancing down Pharr Road like some kind of fine Arabian stallion."

"I remember being in a cart," I said. "The goat had a little straw hat with an Irish flag sticking out of the top. And Daddy bought us hot chocolate because it was so cold that day. And Maureen threw up all over my green plaid skirt, the little snot."

"She always did have a weak stomach," Edna said, smiling. "Go ahead and turn the radio back on. Maybe they'll play ‘McNamara's Band.'"

But they were playing "Rose of Tralee," and Edna's eyes got suspiciously moist, so that she had to duck into the bathroom because, she claimed, she'd dribbled something down the front of her blouse. But she didn't come back for another five minutes, and when she did, she hadn't bothered to change her blouse, so I knew it was a ruse.

It started raining around six-thirty, softly at first. But soon rain started coming down in slashing gusts. I was standing at the back door, looking out at the lightning flashing and dancing on the horizon, when somebody banged at the front door.

Edna looked up from her cards. "Get that, would you?"

I almost didn't recognize our visitor, he was so changed from the last time I'd seen him.

Six-four, with dark hair slicked back from his forehead and a pair of stylish horned-rim glasses, he looked like a mutual-fund banker, not the slapdash cop I'd known for fifteen years or more.


Bucky Deavers pushed past me into the hallway. "Christ! It's coming down in buckets out there."

He stood there, dripping rain onto the floor, until I came to my senses and took his coat. Under the raincoat he wore a forest green blazer, pleated khaki slacks, a crisp white shirt, and a shamrock-print necktie. He had a sprig of heather pinned to his jacket lapel.

"Very nice," I said, motioning for him to turn around, which he did, ending with a little mock curtsy. "Is this another of your phases?"

"We're going to a party," he said, grinning.

"We? Who we?"

"We, as in you and me," he said.

The last party we'd been to together was a Halloween frolic at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, where he'd gone as Jackie Kennedy in drag.

"Where's your pink pillbox hat?" I asked.

"At the dry cleaner's," he said. "Blood spatters are hell to get out of pink. Come on, Garrity. Get going. We're late already."

"What kind of party?" I wanted to know.

"Whaddya mean, what kind of party? Did you just resign from the Irish race, Garrity? It's St. Patrick's Day."

"I know what day it is," I said. "And that's why I'm staying home, where it's safe. You know my policy about this, Bucky."

"Yeah, yeah," he said, waving his hand dismissively. "St. Patrick's Day is amateur night. You wouldn't be caught dead in Buckhead, yada, yada, yada. But that's okay. We're not going anywhere near Buckhead. So get dressed, would you?"

I looked down at my blue jeans and my blue work shirt. "Supposing I were to go to this party with you. What's wrong with what I've got on?"

He shook his head sadly. "It's a party, for Christ's sake. You look like a refugee from a hippie commune. Come on, Garrity. You've got a pair of world-class gams under those jeans. Throw on a dress or skirt or something, would you? Something green, preferably."

I narrowed my eyes. "What's the deal here, Bucky? Since when do you care how I dress?"

He pushed me down the hall toward the kitchen. . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Heart wrenching - True friendship

    Great story about good friends who don't quit looking for the answer. Intrigue, suspense, multi-tier relationships. This story challenges the reader to stay focused trying to figure out what the back story is, how the many character relationships work, and whatntue friendship is about.

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    Posted May 16, 2014

    Good story plot

    The story plot was good but I can do without the vulgar language. I was disappointed in that aspect of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Love it!

    I've read several of Andrews' books, loved them all. This one has a different flavor than the others, but still good. Held my interest

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    As with all books by this author, very enjoyable, fast moving, all and all, entertaining.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    Full of Suspense and Humor!

    Sorry to see the Callahan Garrity Mystery series end (however, I jumped ahead and have two left to read --#5 Heart Trouble and #7 Midnight Clear).

    Irish Eyes was suspenseful and hard to put down as it continues to build during the entire book and keeps you guessing as who all is a part of the murder ring.

    As usual, Kathy Hogan Trocheck (Mary Kay Andrews) truly understands the south and knows Atlanta. It is always nice to catch up with the different spots in Atlanta, and visit the array of colorful, and humorous characters with lots of twists and turns.

    Without giving away the ending, was expecting something different; however, was an engaging mystery full of humor and southern sass. Highly recommend as Irish Eyes and Strange Brew were my favorites in the series. Looking forward to reading the ones I have missed.

    A big fan of Mary Kay, will continue to buy anything she writes as she never disappoints!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is one mystery writer who keeps geting better

    Former police officer Callahan Garrity owns and operates the successful cleaning service, The House Mouse. Callahan also is a licensed private investigator, who works an occasional case. <P>On St. Patrick's Day, Callahan and her former police partner Bucky Deavers attend a party sponsored by the Shamrock Society, a fraternal organization of Irish-American police officers. However, Callahn finds little to entertain her and wants to leave. Bucky begrudgingly agrees to take her home. Bucky stops at a local liquor store, but an armed robber shoots him in the head before safely escaping the scene. The store clerk also vanishes. <P>While Bucky struggles for life in a hospital, rumors surface that he is crooked and part of a series of ATM robberies. Callahan cannot believe that her ex-partner could ever do such horrible acts. She decides to clear his name and uncover the identities of the real perpetrators even though she places herself in danger from individuals desperate enough to kill so that they can keep their identities secret. <P>Kathy Hogan Trochek can always be counted on to provide her audience with an absorbing and entertaining tale. IRISH EYES, the eighth Garrity Callahan novel is her best work in this strong series due to the powerful characterizations. The heroine's strength, near obsessive determination, and stubbornness feel believable yet stays within the persona of the previous seven stories. The mystery is fun and the ambiance of the South comes across throughout the tale. This original story line will leave fans anxiously anticipating Callahan's next exciting adventure. Ms. Trochek know how to keep each work in her ongoing series fresh and exciting. <P>Harriet Klausner

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