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After ten years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious nineteen-year-old nanny is gone ... along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sAfter ten years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious nineteen-year-old nanny is gone ... along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents.Before she knows it, the meticulous Callahan is up to her elbows in a case involving illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, and a dead body. Now she has to roll up her sleeves and start some industrial strength sleuthing to solve -- and survive -- this mess....

Title : Every Crooked Nanny
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ISBN : 9780061091704
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Every Crooked Nanny Reviews

  • Una Tiers
    2019-05-24 03:41

    This started out pretty silly. I listened to the audio version and the southern accents saved it.

  • Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
    2019-04-25 01:30

    Review: Every Crooked Nanny! Basic InfoFormat: Kindle/Audio Pages/Length: n/a Genre: Cozy Mystery Reason For Reading: Challenge At A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No Cliff Hanger: No Triggers: n/a Rating: 3.5 stars Score SheetAll out of ten Cover: 7 Plot: 7 Characters: 8 World Building: 8 Flow: 8 Series Congruity: n/a Writing: 7 Ending: 8 Total: 7 In DepthBest Part: Miss Inez! Worst Part: Quick! Thoughts Had: Yes flufffffffff ConclusionContinuing the Series: Yes Recommending: Yes Short Review: Oh cozy mystery. First, Edna, my favorite character for sure, she "accidentally" does a lot of things i like! I liked the MC, bit of a wimp at first, but you grow to like her and she grows as well. I am eager to see how the mass turns out. The ending... i saw it coming, but i didn't see how deep it was going to be. Everyone got their karma in the end, which i always like. Norma Jean is a riot, "You know i like my mt dew with breakfast". I like the hint of romance between the MC and Rufus' owner! The ending was a bit too quick for me, she really ramped up the mystery, then just cleaned it up quick. Misc. Book Boyfriend: Pass. Best Friend Material: Edna!

  • Stacey
    2019-05-09 05:45

    I had a hard time getting into this book because I was unable to read large chunks of the book at a time. I was also bothered by the way she wrote about the teachings and beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a member of that church I noticed discrepancies in what she was writing about and the actual beliefs of the 'mormon' church. She should have used a member of the church to proofread her story.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-01 06:35

    Here's the thing...I actually thought the story was pretty entertaining. Had I not been Mormon myself and known how untrue a lot of the accusations in the story were I would have rated this a lot higher. The thing is, I am Mormon and I found it hard reading this story while I listened to all the false things the author said about Mormons. I don't mind that the bad guy was Mormon...or pretending to be Mormon. We're all human and people make mistakes. Christy pretended to be Mormon because she knew that in general Mormons are usually known for their honesty. Even if she HAD turned out to be Mormon in the story it would have been fine. Just like in real life people of all religions commit crimes. Even Mormons fall and make bad choices. It doesn't mean we all are evil and are like that person who has made bad choices, but we're all still human and make bad choices. So here are a few errors I saw. There were more but I figured I was getting a little nit-picky and decided to let those be. . 1) Sorry, Mormons don't randomly start speaking in tongues. In fact, we don't go into trances and speak gibberish. Sorry, that's weird and you won't find that happening at any LDS ward building either. 2) You don't have to go to Utah to be baptized 3) You are NOT baptized in a Mormon temple. We are baptized in the stake center which is a bit bigger than other church buildings. Sometimes where there are no fonts people are baptized in lakes or rivers.4) We don't believe women should be shuttled to Utah away from big cities to "preserve their innocence". 5. You CANNOT marry a person who is already dead and never married to you. We just don't do that. So, to suggest Collins is planning on marrying Christy in the temple is absolutely ludicrous. We do seal...or Marry people who have passed. This isn't just a normal marriage, it just means we seal the earthly marriage so that after this life you can be with that person after this life. 6. We don't go bragging about how much temple work we do or how much someone else does. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule and someone feels the need to brag about how often they go to the temple, but no one else cares or brags about them going. 7. If you are excommunicated it means you are no longer a member of the church. No matter if you become a member of some polygamist church who still call themselves Mormons they are NOT apart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This means that that fake Mormon church cannot give temple recommends that are valid in a Mormon temple. This book claimed that Collier got his temple recommend in Arizona from his fundamental church. Sorry, can't happen. Since he started going to church in Georgia it is possible that he was interviewed in his new ward and got a temple recommend from his new bishop, but that wasn't what the author was implying. 8) The fundamental church is NOT apart of the Mormon church. The word was used in the book, but overall it seemed to me that the author felt they are one and the same since they both use the Book of Mormon. It's not. They are 2 separate churches. Ultimately, Collier was not Mormon. He was a fundamentalist pretending to be Mormon. Christy was not a Mormon. She just pretended she was to fulfill her own agenda. Okay, so my main point is if Mary Kay Andrews really wanted to write about Mormons and make them the evil bad guy then hooray for her. However, by not doing a thorough research and not knowing real facts really damaged this book. She obviously has a bias of Mormons and used what she thought she knew to write her book. That would be like me writing a book on dinosaurs and instead of doing actual research on dinosaurs I just write a book on what I have read in the past (but not referencing back to those books to make sure the facts I remembered were actually correct) or maybe facts I obtained from watching on dinosaur movies. Some facts may be sort of accurate, but in the end not entirely factually based. This friends is what Mrs.Andrews book reflects. An interesting story based on not much more than her biased and skewed view of what Mormons really are. So, want to know real facts? Perhaps when those missionaries knock on your door why don't you actually invite them in and ask. It doesn't mean you have to join the church, but it does mean you'll be given real facts instead of biased facts provided by Mrs. Andrews.

  • Emily Regenold
    2019-04-30 04:34

    This is the first Mary Kay Andrews book that I will give two stars to, and I believe it will be the last. That's because I'm not a major mystery fan, so I don't plan on furthering myself into the Kathy Hogan Trocheck Callhan Garrity series. Rather, I plan on sticking to the beach read Mary Kay Andrews pseudonyms that haven't failed me yet. Since mysteries are simply not my weapon of choice, it's possible that my problems with this book were of a "it's me, not you" root cause. With that being said, here's why I was less than enthralled with Every Crooked Nanny. There were so many plotlines and secondary characters in this read, I had a hard time keeping track of what was going on. I do believe that what happened within these pages was smart and well-woven, yet I couldn't get past all of the things happening that didn't necessarily matter. Frankly, I'm not sure how Callahan solved this mystery, because if I were her, I would have been way to confused by all the elements thrown my way. There'e plenty of smart things happening in this book, yet at the end of the day, I didn't feel they were presented in the right way to make me want to read more.

  • Kate Vale
    2019-04-27 07:55

    Mary Kay Andrews, aka Kathy Hogan Trocheck, makes me laugh. Her whimsy gets to me every time. This story begins a private detective series starring the owner, Callahan Garrity, of a housecleaning service call House Mouse. Callahan used to be a cop in Atlanta and situations pull her into trying to find out who murdered the nanny of a sorority sister acquaintance who's married a nouveau riche guy who is almost too smarmy to tolerate. Callahan's mother, Edna is also a character in the tradition of other Southern women whose looks seem to hide how smart they are, until they open their mouths.Callahan's former relationships with different members of the police force add interest to her efforts to solve the mystery, but what is most refreshing is how she uses her crew of house cleaners to dredge up clues that finally enable her to come through in the end, but not before she has to endure a biopsy for a breast lump and Edna is abducted by the murderer. All's well that ends well, however, including the little bonus that it looks like, in future stories, Callahan's love life appears to be looking up. I'll have to read the second book in the series to find out.

  • Susan
    2019-05-25 04:35

    I was surprised that this was a first novel. I had just read Irish Eyes and had to go back and read the first Callaham Garrity book. I think the library had to search long and hard to find this 1989 novel, but it was worth it. Set it Atlanta, Callahan Garrity owns House Mouse, a cleaning service, but she has been a police detective who quit to set up a detective business, and she can't seem to leave that behind her. When she runs into a Tri-Delt sorority sister through House Mouse whose nanny has just been murdered, the plot quickly thickens as they say. The supposed Mormon religion of the nanny plays a part in the plot, and Trocheck research LSD background thoroughly. Skillfully blended into the mix were city government political maneuvering that keep the reader guessing. I want to read more of Trocheck's Callahan Garrity books.

  • Bobbi
    2019-05-08 07:27

    This is a reissue of the first in a series that Mary Kay Andrews, as Kathy Hogan Trocheck, wrote in the 1990's. So, this female detective does things old school - no cell phones, no GPS. Actually, it made the book even more fun. She writes wonderful characters with great dialouge and all with a Southern twist! The fact that she makes you laugh is just icing on the cake! Light, fun reading perfect for a bit of an escape.

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    2019-05-04 09:41

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live 6/26/2017)Amazon: Series:So the quick of the series is that Callahan used to be a police officer but now she owns a cleaning service. She and her crew keep stumbling upon strange disappearances and murders and it pulls her back into that investigative lifestyle because Callahan cannot let things go. lol She's a little abrasive, determined, and has a kind heart even if she tries to hide it a little. I'm really enjoying her and the people that surround her.You can tell these titles are older---they originally came out in the 90s and it shows in a few spots with the investigation/dialogue but it wasn't bad and worked for me overall. So a bit about each of the three I've listened to so far!This Book:I had a lot of fun with Every Crooked Nanny. The mystery easily pulled me in and the characters kept my attention as they try to figure out the disappearance of a client's nanny and get caught up in the salacious happenings of the family. It was fun meeting Callahan and her crew of cleaners. They're...eclectic to say the least and keep me laughing. It was a great introduction to the series.The Narration:Hillary Huber was a new to me narrator and I synced up with her narration easier than any other I've tried so far. I finished listening to each of these in about 2 days which is really fast for me when it comes to audiobooks. The narration was just fantastic. Easy to fall in to, excellent distinction between characters, the male voices were nicely done, pacing was great. I have no complaints at all with the narration. I've already put a hold on the rest of the audiobooks at the library :)

  • Nicole
    2019-05-17 03:47

    I read this book because I needed a book that started with an E for a bookclub challenge. I wasn't expecting much. However, I really enjoyed it. It reminded me somewhat of the Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels. Serious and funny all at the same time. There was a mystery you get to help solve with Callahan as she investigates and provides new clues. There are quirky characters you meet along the way. A whisper of a romance. I will be reading others in this series.

  • Sabina Kelly
    2019-05-13 04:36

    cute read.

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    2019-05-18 04:56

    ** This book review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm ( Review: I downloaded this digital audiobook onto my iPhone based solely on the simple fact that I needed a light mystery to listen to as I drove back and forth to work and as I cleaned my house. I love 'reading' hands/eyes free because it totally ups the multi-tasking that I do so love.This definitely was a light mystery - too light actually. Initially I liked Callahan and the secondary characters but I didn't feel like the author took them far enough. They felt muted in their humour, weren't interesting enough nor did they really add to the story. It reminded me initially of a very mild and meek Stephanie Plum but without the laugh out loud humour and strong cast of secondary characters that help to not only move the plot along but add a great dimension too. Callahan has the potential to be a good, solid main character but so far she comes off as bland.The mystery itself was just okay. I realize this is a 'light mystery' but it still has to keep me guessing and unfortunately after about half way through the book the pace really lagged. There were a few red herrings thrown in to attempt to keep the readers' attention away from the real culprit. But, at the same time, so much attention was given to two specific characters that I knew right away that they couldn't possibly be the culprit because it would be too obvious.Lastly, I'm not certain that people who live in Georgia or Mormons will enjoy this read because it felt like the author took many stereotypes of the South and the Mormon religion. These clichés included including the use of the 'N word' (which I abhor) several times and portraying Mormonism in an unflattering light.Overall, I wasn't impressed with this book. I initially chose it for a light read but also based on the fact that I recognized the author's name (Mary Kay Andrews also writes under the pseudo-name Kathy Hogan Trocheck). Unfortunately choosing fairly blindly doesn't always work out for the best.My Rating: 2/5 stars

  • Carolynn
    2019-05-03 07:45

    I just finished this a few minutes ago, and I wanted to get it reviewed while it was still fresh in my mind. I haven't read any of Ms. Trocheck's work before, so no way to compare or judge. Storyline seems a little farfetched in the tie-in of police work to housecleaning, but just doable. Ms. Garrity has ostensibly left police work behind and is building a business in household engineering, when she is asked to help a friend. One thing leads to another and Callahan finds herself back in her old police ways, as well as mining family contacts to learn what she can. It's all petering out, though, until an incident that makes it personal--a beating administered to make her back off. Callahan is not the type to back off--she latches on harder. This book is "lazy" procedural (I guess because it's really a cozy), with lots of human interest and twists and turns, including a number of large ones near the end. I know this is not Ms. Trocheck's first work, so that's partly why the technical aspects and the character development of the book have been so good, but now I'm looking forward to finding the next one in this series and going out to see what else Ms. Trocheck's got waiting for me to try. I certainly recommend this book.

  • Dianne
    2019-05-11 02:29

    The only reason I gave this book such a high rating is that it WAS first written in 1992 and times were very different then.Around the same time that this book was published, I went down to Atlanta to visit some fellow book lovers and I remember the "N" world being used fairly liberally.The characters in this book are shallow, annoying and at times stupid. They were beyond caring about and weren't able to pull me into the story. I looked up most of the LDS references that had been used in this book and unless what I was using as a reference was wrong -I don't see why so many are finding issues with this aspect of this book.No, I didn't finish this book this time, but I have read the full thing in the past -no it is not a great book, but you can pass the time with it.This author writes so many other great books that I hope that readers will discount this particular series and go for the stand-alone books.

  • Sara
    2019-04-30 02:47

    To be clear, this is not the cover of the book that I bought which is bright yellow and has the same title and the author's real name - Mary Kay Andrews. Not a bad book if you are into 90's retrospective. What I hated was this was re-packaged and sold as a fresh NEW book from Mary Kay Andrews. The cars are old (would not still be on the road), all research is done by land line phone (no cell phones), the prices of items (like housecleaning) were too cheap, the outfits were all wrong for modern times. I cannot fathom that someone couldn't go through and tweak a few items to update the book, but even that pales in comparison to the fact that they slapped on a new cover and called it a new book! I was duped, I want to pay the 90s price for this book instead of what I actually paid. This kind of bait and switch is wrong on EVERY level - shame on YOU!

  • LJ
    2019-05-20 09:35

    EVERY CROOKED NANNY - OkTrocheck, Kathy - 1st in Callahan Garriey seriesAfter ten years of cleaning up Atlanta's streets, former cop Callahan Garrity trades in her badge for a broom and buys herself a housekeeping business. She's on the job when her clients discover that their pretty nineteen-year-old Mormon nanny has disappeared... along with jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents.Soon Callahan is involved with a job messier than any she's ever encountered while wearing an apron. Illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, a dead body... it's going to require some industrial-strength sleuthing on Callahan's part if she wants to solve—and survive—this one.Very light, but fun.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-20 07:56

    *** mild spoiler if you've never read this series ***"Every Crooked Nanny" is the debut novel of a continuing "cozy" series by Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The lead character, Callahan Garrity, lives and works out of Atlanta. She is a former police officer who now owns a cleaning-service business called House Mouse. The book was okay, a nice light read with a good sense of place. Perhaps an outdated view of race in the South, but keep in mind that it was written 17 years ago. I quit reading the book about half-way in, at the first mention of the possibility that Callahan might have breast cancer. Being the hypochondriac and worrier that I am, I tend to steer clear of illnesses in novels whenever possible.

  • Susan
    2019-05-03 08:49

    This was an enjoyable read which took me on a nostalgic romp through my hometown of Atlanta. I knew every street and most of the places mentioned and like many of the characters, I briefly worked in Rich's Department store. The over-the-top stereotypes (think Designing Women) were annoying, though, as were some unlikely scenarios. I listened to the audio version narrated by Hillary Huber who is a master at her craft and does great southern accents. Unfortunately, I don't think she's spent any time in Atlanta. Beaufort should be pronounced "bew fert" and no one EVER says the L in Dekalb.

  • Sheryl
    2019-05-21 08:32

    4-1/2 stars: I am so glad that I stumbled upon this book! It was so much fun. I listened to the audiobook and Hilary Huber does a great job narrating. The story itself is interesting and the characters are great. Callahan is multi-faceted and her mother is a hoot. I will definitely be listening to the next book in the series. Well worth the audible credit but also worth reading if you don't do audiobooks.

  • Denise
    2019-04-28 04:44

    I liked this first book in the Callahan Garrity series. Callahan is a very likeable character and right from the first book she is very human with a major fear that all women have--she has a lump in her breast and she is afraid it is cancer. In this book you also get to meet her mother, also a very likeable character and Callahan's employees in her house cleaning business. I look forward to reading more about Callahan and her crew.

  • Katy
    2019-05-20 07:55

    A new series to pursue!!!Callahan is tough, spunky, but very very human and relatable as well - love her Momma, too! The characters are eclectic and so funny!! Reminds of a cross between Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias!

  • Carrie
    2019-04-26 09:40

    Hilarious! I love Callahan and can't wait to see what other messes she can get involved with.

  • Julie
    2019-04-29 09:28

    I had to laugh at her "mormon" comments. Not much reality. A little more research might have been good. Who choose this for a reader's choice?

  • Debbie
    2019-05-06 03:33

    This is the first book I've read by Kathy Hogan Trocheck. I have read all but one or two of Mary Kay Andrews. I really enjoyed this cozy and I am looking forward to reading on in this series.

  • Jen Shapiro
    2019-05-24 08:46

    Fine literature, it's definitely not, but that's not what you look for in a beach read, right? A good little cozy mystery with fun and amusing characters. I've already downloaded the second book.

  • Kristina
    2019-05-23 08:36

    This will be a short review like this book should have been. Since I have read other Andrews books, I thought I would like this murder mystery book, ah no. This was such a boring book for me. Callahan Garrity is an ex-cop turned owner of a housekeeping business. And also, private detective. So when she goes to clean Lilah Beemish’s house she finds out their nanny took off with some of jewelry and important business papers of her husband, Bo. So they hire her to find her and she’s found in a warehouse covered in furs, dead. This story is wrapped in LDS, her Mormon boyfriend and her girlfriend. Callahan goes around to try to find how she died and it’s met with walls up in every direction. From thugs beating her, to law enforcement fining her and Bo Beemish’s shady business dealings. At first I though Callahan was in her 60’s by how she was written, nope 32. And I thought the results came very easily and quickly for her, yes she is an ex-cop but she has no clearance. Even though she found this info fast the storyline took forever to get you there. And I had no idea throughout the book if I was in Salt Lake City around the LDS community or in Atlanta. I had to push through this book. And I mean push through. Don’t waste your time. There are better ones to read

  • Llij Trazoc
    2019-05-09 06:45

    I've read all of Mary Kay Andrews' books except the Callahan Garrity series. I'm not sure how I overlooked them, but it may be because they were written under the author's actual name and re-issued a few years ago under MKA. (I'm not sure this applies to the entire series, but at least to this book). I listened to Every Crooked Nanny on audio and was puzzled at why people were having a hard time reaching each other by phone and driving aimlessly through neighborhoods looking for a particular street; I spent considerable time wondering why they didn't just use their iPhone. Once I got smart and discovered the original copyright it all made sense. It was a little difficult to throw myself back to when current technology didn't exist, but once I did, I enjoyed the book. The one thing that didn't jibe for me was Callahan's age versus her physical description. I spent two thirds of the book thinking she was in her 40s only to find out she was 32. Maybe I didn't pay close enough attention, but she doesn't seem early 30s. Or maybe I just wish everyone was middle aged like me.

  • Barb
    2019-05-15 09:27

    Callahan Garrity is the owner of house mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta's elite. She's also a former cop and a part-time sleuth. She and her coterie of devoted helpers can ransack a house for clues faster than it takes a fingerprint to set.After ten years of cleaning up Atlanta's streets, former cop Callahan Garrity trades in her badge for a broom and starts a housekeeping business. She's on the job when her client announces that her pretty, nineteen-year-old Mormon nanny has disappeared—along with jewelry, silver, and some sensitive real-estate documents.Soon Callahan and her crew of eccentric cleaners are involved in a job messier than any they've ever encountered. Illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams— it's going to require some industrial-strength sleuthing on Callahan's part to solve this one.Everyone loves Callahan. She is smart, creative, and cunning. Just the type of PI you would want.5 stars.

  • jd
    2019-05-06 01:28

    It was an okay start to the series; I didn't find many characters particularly likeable, including Callahan, which was a little disappointing as a reader. Picked up the series because I love female detectives solving mysteries and I really enjoy the author's romances, but didn't seem to mesh well in this particular story. The mystery itself seemed kind of in that rush to tie everything up SOON! during the last 3rd of the book, and other loose ends regarding other suspects were left unanswered once the focus was on the culprit.Did find it a bit rushed/odd how quickly Callahan got together with a certain someone, esp. considering her personality... and thats speaking as someone who has read more than their fair share of romance novels. Still into the concept, will check out more!

  • Kelli
    2019-05-15 02:46

    This mystery had plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing what was really going on behind the scenes. I feel as though the story started out interesting with Callahan being a retired detective newly delved into a house cleaning business and coming across a missing person that could use her skill and mind set. Once the girl was found there ended up being more to the story, but I think that is where I started to wander a little. I felt less connected to the characters as time went on. I do enjoy a good mystery, but I'm not sure if I will follow more of Callahan Garrity's cases.