Irish Eyes (Callahan Garrity Series #8)

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Irish Eyes is the eighth outing in this heartwarming mystery series featuring Callahan Garrity and the outrageous band of “girls” in her Atlanta cleaning crew

In her former life as an Atlanta cop, Callahan Garrity trusted no one more than her partner, Bucky Deavers. Now, when her old friend asks her to go to the annual St. Paddy’s Day bash, she can’t say no. Looking for fun, Callahan gets the shock of her life instead. Bucky is shot in a liquor...

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Overview

Irish Eyes is the eighth outing in this heartwarming mystery series featuring Callahan Garrity and the outrageous band of “girls” in her Atlanta cleaning crew

In her former life as an Atlanta cop, Callahan Garrity trusted no one more than her partner, Bucky Deavers. Now, when her old friend asks her to go to the annual St. Paddy’s Day bash, she can’t say no. Looking for fun, Callahan gets the shock of her life instead. Bucky is shot in a liquor store on the way home.

Stunned but clear-headed, the tenacious Callahan turns on all her skills to find the culprit. What she discovers, though, are accusations that Bucky might be working both sides of the law as an accomplice in a string of robberies.

With her friend’s life and reputation hanging in the balance, Callahan, her mom, Edna, and her feisty band of House Mouse employees kick the investigation into high gear, using their unorthodox methods to get answers. This time, it will take every skill they’ve got to pierce the veil of secrecy surrounding an Irish police organization and prove that the case is more than it seems.

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Editorial Reviews

Orange County Register
“Entertaining…If you are up for a big helping of humor and heartbreak, insanity and intrigue, read Irish Eyes.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“There’s no blarney here...Callahan is feisty and brave, exactly the kind of person you’d trust to dust under the bed or watch your back.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A dark tragedy of betrayal and corruption...I highly recommend it.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482992137
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Callahan Garrity Series , #8
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, and a diplomat of the Maas Brothers Department Store Charm School. A New York Times bestselling author, she also has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia. After a fourteen-year career as a reporter, mainly at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she quit newspapers to make a living telling lies. She wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her new alias is a combination of her children’s names. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives mostly in Atlanta, although sometimes also on Tybee Island, Georgia.

Biography

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 Guides.com 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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  • 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    recommended

    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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