Friday, November 1, 2013

#BookReview: Every Crooked Nanny by Mary Kay Andrews

I can never really get enough of Mary Kay Andrews' books.  There seems to be a year long wait between them and I know we shouldn't rush authors, but there have been times that I wish she could just write a little quicker.  Until recently, I wasn't aware that Andrews also writes under the name Kathy Hogan Trocheck.  Originally released on the Avon imprint, Harper is re-issuing her series based on former Atlanta detective turned private investigator and owner of a cleaning business, Callahan Garrity.

In the first book of the series, Every Crooked Nanny, Callahan is called on to solve the mystery of what happened to her sorority sister's nanny.  Unlike other private eyes that can devote all of their time to looking for clues, Callahan has a business to run.  With her mouthy mother, Edna, Callahan runs the House Mouse cleaning service and oversees a crew that includes two elderly sisters (Baby and Sister), one who doesn't hear well, while the other doesn't see well; Niva Jean, a good cleaner who always finds herself in the most ridiculous predicaments, usually involving her husband, Suanell; and a motley group rounding out the rest of the crew.

I have to admit that I was hesitant to pick up this book because it was written in 1992.  Story lines don't always have expiration dates, but dated references do.  I had to laugh as Callahan excitedly mentioned her new car phone because  I immediately thought back to what car phones in the early 90s looked like. That's not the only dated reference.  The Internet then looked nothing like it does today.  Most people were still using dial-up service and I can personally attest to using AOL around then, paying hourly rates for the privilege of doing so.  Callahan had to do her research the old-fashioned way, by making phone calls, visiting libraries and chambers of Congress, and calling on people in person.

Of course Callahan solves the mystery, but along the way, she runs into a few roadblocks, including her former boss, C.W. Hunsecker.  Some of her former colleagues are still willing to help her out as needed.  And Edna has her back no matter what.  I'm really glad that Harper decided to bring this series back.  It'll fill the gaps until the next Andrews' book comes out.

Listening time: 10 hours, 2 minutes
Published: July 1992
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