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The winds of change are blowing, bringing gentrification to Callahan Garrity's funky Atlanta neighborhood. Though it probably won't harm her House Mouse housecleaning service, not everyone welcomes the rebirth. And when the body of a murdered microbrewer is discovered in the aftermath of a furious Halloween gale, suspicion falls on the aging "flower child" shopkeeper whomThe winds of change are blowing, bringing gentrification to Callahan Garrity's funky Atlanta neighborhood. Though it probably won't harm her House Mouse housecleaning service, not everyone welcomes the rebirth. And when the body of a murdered microbrewer is discovered in the aftermath of a furious Halloween gale, suspicion falls on the aging "flower child" shopkeeper whom the victim put out of business.A former cop, Callahan isn't as quick to condemn a colorful local character as some law officers still on the force. But her investigative zeal is stirring up secrets that are forcing her to reassess old friendships and a one-time love—and is brewing up more lethal trouble than Callahan and her "mice" can safely swallow....

Title : Strange Brew
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ISBN : 9780062195135
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Strange Brew Reviews

  • Marleen
    2019-06-11 07:43

    Strange Brew is the 6th book in the Callahan Garrity mysteries and so far my least favorite. The plot rather bored me, and although I recognize this author’s talent to always find astutely ordinary characters to play out the plot, I didn't warm to these people. I didn't find any sympathy or connection with them. I thought this whole mystery was depressing and dark.On Halloween night Callahan discovers the body of a businessman, named Jackson Poole. Rapidly the police concludes that an old hippie woman, Wuvvy might have killed him.At first Callahan isn't really interested in investigating this, but when Wuvvy disappears and then is found dead, and later her mother is mugged right in her front yard, Callahan can’t let the case go.As the mystery develops, it takes Callahan, her mother Edna, and the Sisters to a small South Georgia town where they meet some characters from the past who may know the real truth about the history of these culprits. From then, Callahan never gives up and continues to uncover more of the puzzle.Overall, an okay read, but nothing more.

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-30 08:42

    I'm working my way through the reissued Callahan Garrity series from Mary Kay Andrews. So far, Strange Brew was my favorite novel in the line up. This book finds the protagonist - a house cleaning service owner and former PI- in a precarious situation. As a brewing company moves into her neighborhood, one of the owners winds up murdered. Could it have been the previous tenant who was angry about being evicted that did him in? Inquiring minds want to know and Callahan is on the case!! In true form to the series, Mary Kay Andrews features many venues and places in the metro Atlanta are with great affection. Anyone familiar with the city will love her depiction of Atlanta, set in the 90s, when the book was originally written. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. They are all quick reads and great fun.

  • Erin L
    2019-06-09 10:05

    Review of the audiobook.I like these books. As I get closer to the end of the series, I get a little sad that it's going to end for me soon (2 more books). I like the characters and the situations. This is probably more of a 4.5 than a 5, but darn it, I like this series.This book has Callahan investigating the murder of a new business in town when another business owner is accused of the crime. When the second business owner apparently commits suicide, the police declare the mystery solved. Callahan has questions so she continues to investigate, eventually getting hired to do so by the first business owner's girlfriend (yeah, ok, so that's confusing here but not confusing in the book).

  • Kate Vale
    2019-05-26 06:53

    Unlike other titles by this author, this particular story did not grab me. If you like Southern humor, check it out. If you like suspenseful murder mysteries, go ahead and sample it. Unfortunately, the combination seemed forced at times and while some of the characters I made acquaintance with in previous titles are here, too, I had trouble getting involved in the suspenseful part of the tale.It seemed to take Callahan too long to solve it and her ex-buddy cop seemed particularly dense this time around. Why doesn't Bunky LISTEN to her? Oh well...

  • Betsy Hamel
    2019-06-13 09:57

    Good for Callahan. A topical Callahan PI story with a happy ending. Easy read and quick. Parts of the story do grab you. I do recommend this if you like Mary Kay Andrews books, one of the better ones.

  • L A Andrews
    2019-05-23 11:53

    Not quite up to the same high level as the others, but still entertaining. The killer was pretty obvious andand the characters were not as well drawn as in the earlier books of the series. Technology has advanced a lot. 20years is a long time. I have enjoyed these books.

  • Christine
    2019-06-03 08:48

    Light, fluffy read...just what I was looking for.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-27 12:47

    Better Just gets better twisty and turney with humor and suspense that keep you guessing. On to the next will be very sorry when I have read them all.

  • Jill Wallace
    2019-06-08 09:54

    Cute mystery.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-19 05:44

    This was the best of this series so far. Hard to believe to took until book 6 for the author to really capture my attention, but I enjoyed this book.

  • Amara
    2019-06-09 10:04

    It was fine, not great.

  • Kim
    2019-05-23 09:57

    Not a bad read. Somewhere in between a cozy mystery and the regular vein.

  • Kristin
    2019-05-22 10:53


  • retronerdSteinkuehler
    2019-05-29 05:40

    A comfy read. Not my style but wanted to try it and since some reviewers said it may be the best of the series I thought this one would be my pick. Nicely written for those who enjoy this genre.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-06-14 06:48

    This was an awesome mystery (Callahan Garrity Mystery series) with lots of colorful and quirky characters – keeps you guessing all the way through the book. Voted for this book as the best mystery for 2013 Good Reads awards. If you love Mary Kay Andrews (which I do and have read all her books), try her older books (under the name of Kathy Hogan Trocheck) are now available as e-books.This can be a standalone; however, you will want to read the other books in the the Callahan Garrity Mystery series as the characters are a riot (I have only read a few and trying to get to the others) on my to read list. I loved the Atlanta references (as lived there most of my life) and Little Five Points (setting) is a trendy, funky cool area and fitting for this book. This is a great book to read now in the Fall Season as the setting was Halloween with a mystery Callahan Garrity seeks to solve. She was a former Atlanta cop and now owns a house cleaning business (House Mouse) with her mother and other quirky funny characters. She takes on private detective jobs and this one is a big one which the cops cannot solve. Lots of twists and turns with some shocks along the way. A body turns up on Halloween night (murder of a microbrewer) and Wuuvy (a hippie flower child who owns a shop in L5P is somehow connected. (will not spoil the rest) as too good! In the meantime, her mother (Edna) was robbed and she has formed a neighborhood group. (too funny as worked for a Coors Distributor in Atlanta years ago, as Marketing Director so could relate). As the mystery develops more bodies are dying and takes them to a small South Georgia town where they meet some characters from the past who may know the real truth about the history of these culprits. Callahan never gives up and continues to uncover more of the puzzleThis book was full of Mary Kay’s humor and sass---full of mystery and thrills! I look forward to reading more of the Callahan Garrity Mysteries. Highly recommend!

  • Christia
    2019-05-26 09:39

    This was an oldie but a goodie. Part of a series written in the 90's featuring Callahan Garrity, owner of House Mouse cleaning services and private investigator, this particular book is set in Little Five Points, a trendy area in Atlanta. Trocheck does a fantastic job of incorporating Atlanta neighborhoods and landmarks in all of her Callahan Garrity books, and this one is no exception. While celebrating Halloween at her favorite watering hole, the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club (which actually is a real bar), Callahan discovers a body in the space next door which is in the process of transitioning from a frisbee shop to a microbrewery. Everyone suspects the shop owner, a down on her luck hippie named Wuvvy who has been forced out of her space, but Callahan begins to wonder if there is more to the story once Wuvvy is found dead a few days later. This like all the others in the series is a highly entertaining read featuring wonderfully colorful characters such as Callahan's no nonsense mother Edna, whom she shares her bungalow home with, her cleaning employees (who are always willing to help with the detecting) Neva Jean, Ruby, Cheezer, and my favorites, Baby and Sister, 2 very funny, elderly ladies (one blind, one deaf) who live in a retirement home but could always use a little extra income from their housekeeping jobs for lottery money. I think there were about 7 books in this series before it ended, and I've always wished that Trocheck had continued it. Although I also have enjoyed her more recent books, I still like this series best, and I recomend them to her fans who are not as familiar with the older books that make up this series.

  • Robert
    2019-06-08 11:56

    "Strange Brew" is Kathy Hogan Trocheck's 6th in-a-series of Callahan Garrity cozy mysteries. The fictional Garrity is a retired police officer and current/sometime private investigator who lives with, and runs a house cleaning business with, her cantankerous mother Edna in suburban Atlanta, Ga. In this installment Garrity becomes involved with a murder on Halloween night of an ageing hippie (Wuvvie) who runs a head shop in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Atlanta, next door to a neighborhoow bar. The title of the novel pertains to the new tenent of the space Wuvvie is being ejected from, an upscale brew pub.Trocheck is a talented writer generally, and excells at the cozy mystery genre. Her series is populated with wonderfully drawn characters, and the recurring characters especially have a readers looking forward to their reappearance. The mystery quotient of Trocheck's books is above average with just enough red herrings to keep readers interested, and her love of the South and its ways add personality to this series."Strange Brew", while not great "literature", is a recommendable addition to the cozy mystery / holiday themed genre and a quick, entertaining experience to read.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-21 11:42

    Strange Brew is the first novel I've read (listened to) by Andrews/Trocheck and by extension in this series, so I'm not sure how it might compare to her other Callahan Garrity mysteries.I ended up listening to this book because I was looking for a light mystery in the vein of Sue Grafton that was available as an audiobook through my library's electronic resource library. I listened to it over the course of a couple of days at work, so my attention was not focused entirely on the novel.It was an entertaining enough story, and it worked well for my purposes of wanting a story to listen to that didn't demand a lot of concentration to follow along. The characters around Callahan are pretty interesting, though Callahan herself was difficult to know through this story. I was also disappointed how long it took for the mystery story to really get going. While we did hear bits about the crimes prior to Callahan being hired to investigate, I thought it was odd that she wasn't formally charged with investigating the murders until the end of Chapter 16 or 17. I love the interviews and research part of investigations, and they were in short supply for my taste.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-20 06:55

    I'm a fan of Mary Kay's and I found this title under her name at my library. I had no idea that Mary Kay is her 2nd pseudonym or that she has a whole series of mystery's about a cop/private eye/house cleaner named Callahan under another pseudonym of Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Not sure where in the series this book is but I had no problems following the story.Starting on Halloween night, Callahan is on her way to a costume contest in Little 5 Points Atlanta. while she's going out, a hurricane is coming in. A runaway dog in the middle of the storm leads Callahan to a dead body next to her local bar, the Yacht Club. Then a 2nd body turns up. Now there is a mystery of was this 2nd body really suicide or could this have been murder no matter what the crime scene looks like.

  • Ryan Mishap
    2019-05-20 07:51

    Now this was a little strange--gentrification is coming to a quirky (and crime-ridden) Atlanta neighborhood and Callahan--who runs a house cleaning service like a mom-and-pop Merry Maids--doesn't like it that much but concedes that some new businesses and money and safer streets would be good. The guy opening the new brewpub is murdered, and she's thrust into solving the mystery. The set-up had potential, but the execution wasn't believable and a couple of the characters/twists were just so, "Oh c'mon give us a break!"Maybe pick it up if it's free and you got nothing else to do.

  • Debbie Maskus
    2019-05-24 13:51

    #6 of the Callahan Garrity series set in Atlanta, Georgia. In this installation, Atlanta has been hit by a big storm and the neighborhood is ungoing cosmetic and financial changes. The yuppies are moving in and throwing out the street people and the old stores. The story revolves around a microbrewery and a secret from the past. I enjoy the closeness of Callahan and her mother Edna, plus the friendship among the ladies and man of the cleaning crew. Trocheck writes like many of her friends: Margaret Maron, Sarah Shaber, and Cathy Pickens. All four of these women are etched in Southern fiction.

  • L8blmr
    2019-06-02 09:44

    First completed book of 2015 toward my goal of 102. This story, which I believe is 6th in the Callahan Garrity series, barely mentioned the House Mouse and focused instead on ... what else? A murder mystery. The "big secret" was careful guarded until the very last pages of the book, actions that took place many years before in little Hawkinsville, Georgia (I lived 10 miles from there when I was a child) that had much to do with the crimes that started the story. Callahan will probably never be y favorite heroine and, indeed, few if any of the characters really make me want to stand up and cheer, but the author is skilled in keeping me guessing and interested.

  • Caitlin
    2019-05-23 12:37

    I enjoyed this book. I hadn't realized it was part of a series and I'm interested in trying more. It was an easy read and while I was able to figure out some of the guilty parties, the ending was a pleasant surprise (I like that in these murder mysteries). It's very much a Stephanie Plum-esque book with a smart, sassy main character and colorful sidekicks. I appreciated that it wasn't too focused on the romantic life of the main character as that can sometimes become a bit distracting IMHO. Overall, it was an enjoyable book that I think others who enjoy this genre would appreciate.

  • Pr Latta
    2019-06-16 12:58

    [audio version] 6th in the reissued series, this title feels a bit less dated than the earlier titles. Less House Mouse and more Callahan Garrity PI but boy, a lot of bodies before the mystery is solved. The solution was a bit of a let down for me but, hey, to each his own. Sense of place: Atlanta. Holiday: Halloween. Other issues represented: homeless / street people, race relations, women's relationships.The narrator created a voice for Callahan that too often sounded whiney and for Bucky, insolent -- I actually noticed the narration, which is not good!

  • Sharyn
    2019-06-06 10:41

    Since I have been reading Mary Kay, I saw this new book and read it before I realized it was a series written under a pen name, and now I gave to go read the others. I hate when I start in the middle of a series. Interesting protagonits, Callahan is an ex cop now a PI and also runs a cleaning service in Atlanta. Has some of the trademark Andrews dialogue and quirky characters, including Callahan's mother and cleaning crew. Good mystery and lots of info on micro-brewing.

  • Mary Ann
    2019-05-27 11:03

    "Strange Brew" is a wonderful mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Early in the story I was concerned about a victim’s dog. The lady is murdered. What happened to her dog? I am not giving any of the story away to say, the dog turns up again in the end, and does quite well. The story may not end happily for all the people, but Brownie the dog stays with Callahan, the narrator, and she looks for a great home for him.

  • Maggie
    2019-06-09 12:53

    This book was not that suspenseful. It had a long climb to the climax and that didn't happen until the end of the book. It was like you finally got to the top of the mountain and the view was better from the bottom. Really?!? I only have one more book (that the library has) to read in this series. The library does not have the first book and its not going to hurt my feelings if I don't ever read that book.

  • Val
    2019-05-27 12:44

    Callahan Garrity's neighborhood is having some security issues. There's a peeping tom in her yard, her mom is attacked in her own yard, and to make matters worse, a tornado blows through and takes out a few trees and the House Mouse van. Not to mention a couple dead bodies and now you have a case for Callahan. These books, written 20 years ago and now republished are still worth a read. A good mystery holds up even when times change.

  • Zimmer
    2019-05-22 06:46

    some interesting minor characters - Edna, Cheezer, Neva Jean, Baby and Sister in addition to main character Callahan Garrity - set in Atlanta, Georgia re: Sunday afternoons "We sit on the porch, my mother and I, wave at the neighbors as they drive by, cuss out the politicians, or the Atlanta Braves, or the weather, or each other. It don't mean a thing." - p. 1

  • Nancy
    2019-06-04 13:38

    This is a surprisingly well-written story about a female private investigator with quirky family and friends. There are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, some clever phrases, and no unrealistic feats of derring-do. The plot has a few twists, but they didn't feel contrived to me, and I didn't have any of those "no one would never do that" moments.