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From her time on the Atlanta police force, Callahan Garrity, house cleaner and private investigator extraordinaire, has excelled at mopping up messes -- of all kinds. But she has no idea what she's getting into when she agrees to work for infamous antiques dealer Elliot Littlefield.The first day on the job she and her crew discover the bloodied body of a young woman in a bFrom her time on the Atlanta police force, Callahan Garrity, house cleaner and private investigator extraordinaire, has excelled at mopping up messes -- of all kinds. But she has no idea what she's getting into when she agrees to work for infamous antiques dealer Elliot Littlefield.The first day on the job she and her crew discover the bloodied body of a young woman in a bedroom -- and are soon on the trail of a priceless Civil War diary stolen by the killer. As if two crimes aren't enough, deadly serious collectors, right-wing radicals, and impulsive teenagers make the case even more difficult to tidy up ... and more dangerous....

Title : To Live & Die in Dixie
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ISBN : 9780061091711
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 306 Pages
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To Live & Die in Dixie Reviews

  • Kathy
    2019-06-04 08:41

    Decided to read the Callahan Garrity series written by Kathy Hogan Trocheck who now writes under the name Mary Kay Andrews. Love all the Andrews books and loved this Trocheck one. Just ordered two more from amazonCallahan Garrity quits her job as a policeman and opens a cleaning business in Atlanta called House Mouse. The women who work for her are worth the read all by them selves. Callahan aso gets a private detective's license and mixes detecting with cleaning. the plot of this one is very convoluted and suspects pop up left and right but Callahan straightens it all out in the end

  • Angie
    2019-06-13 06:56

    3.5 stars...Fun, southern, cozy mystery with a colorful cast of characters. This audiobook was my companion during the stocking of a new bookshelf. It was an entertaining and light-hearted murder mystery full of southernisms and charm. Mary Kay Andrews was recommended by a co-worker who shares my love of books and reading, and I'm thrilled to have a new cozy author with lots of books under her belt. Although it's part of a series, I had no trouble jumping in at book 2.

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    2019-06-05 08:44

    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:The cover on this one was just adorable! So Callahan and her ladies kinda find a dead body while cleaning a house. Ergs! The mystery well done and kept me curious and guessing. While Callahan and I didn't agree over a few of her actions I did enjoy the story and spending time with her crazy crew and potential love interest who is just a good guy and kinda yummy. There were some real life issues like eating disorders and cancer scares that add an interesting element to the story and make the characters seem more real.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 :)

  • Book Concierge
    2019-06-04 13:54

    Former Atlanta police officer Callaghan Garrity runs The House Mouse, a professional maid service, and also dabbles in private investigation. A new client has an emergency need for a thorough cleaning; Elliot Littlefield owns Eagle’s Keep, one of Atlanta’s most elegant old mansions and his housekeeper has quit the day before a major party. The team arrives to complete disarray, and discovers a body in an upstairs bedroom. But this isn’t the first time a young woman has met her death at Eagle’s Keep…This is a fast-paced, well-plotted cozy mystery. I like Callaghan – she’s intelligent, resourceful, strong, and professional. Some of her crew members are a little too eccentric to be believable, but it’s all in good fun. I did figure out the murderer the minute that character was introduced, but that was okay because I still liked watching how Trochek developed the plot.

  • Renee
    2019-06-11 11:50

    I suppose we all get what we deserve eventually.This is a solid series so far. Especially if you like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone, or Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott and Sigrid Harald.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-06 09:51

    This is a fun cozy mystery. The main character, Callahan Garrity, is an ex-cop turned business owner of a cleaning service called House Mouse. She has also decided to run a private detective business on the side. Callahan and her team of ladies are hired to clean a large mansion only to discover the place has been ransacked and a young woman murdered. The owner hires Callahan to find the civil war items that were stolen. Callahan knows she should stay out of the police investigation, but she can't help herself and before you know it she is on the trail of numerous suspects. This book is the second in the Callahan Garrity series and just as fun to read as the first. I've both listened to it and read it; and I would recommend the audio book. There is just something about hearing the story that makes the characters, especially the House Mouse cleaning crew, come to life.

  • Nikki
    2019-06-20 05:55

    I'm enjoying this series so far. This was a nice cozy, fun little mystery, but it sort of suffers by comparison. It's somewhere in between Sue Grafton's Alphabet Mystery series with Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. It's not as hard-hitting as the former nor as funny as the latter. On its own merit, if you can avoid comparisons, it's quite the entertaining read with fun, quirky characters whom I am looking forward to getting to know better.

  • Holly
    2019-06-05 05:54

    Murder mystery with comical elements. Set in the Atlanta, GA, Andrews adds a southern flare to the story. Though well written it drags in some places...A whole book covering only about a week in the lives of the characters. There are lots of characters introduced as suspects and persons to interview seeking information about the murder. For the sensitive reader, there is strong language throughout the book. There are no detailed sexual scenes but there are mentions of sexual relationships.

  • Ada Iaboni
    2019-05-26 13:55

    For some reason, I was not thrilled with this novel.I still like the characters, but the story-line was not too interesting to me. I liked it okay. I'll check out some other ones and see if it's just one kind of okay or a trend.

  • Lynn Fortune
    2019-06-19 06:57

    Love this! I lived in Savannah, GA for 18 years and did a lot of travel to Atlanta. So it brought back a lot of memories of that part of my life. Smart, fun characters that exemplify the Southern way of life.!

  • Aubrey Sanders
    2019-06-06 11:02

    It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. I had such a hard time getting into this book. It has taken me two months to get through it. I feel that there were loose ends left. I would not read it again, nor would I recommend it.

  • Amara
    2019-06-10 05:54

    I wasn't planning on coming back to this series, and just turned to this as a last minute book when I was walking out the door to hike, but I liked it. Good mystery, and they hit on some of the race issues a bit in the south, which I am curious about.

  • Alison (Lady Coffin) S
    2019-06-03 09:45

    3.5 stars

  • Eileen
    2019-05-28 11:36

    I really liked reading this mystery. Her books are always good!

  • Kelsey
    2019-06-09 10:02

    Light hearted and fun!

  • Susan Belau
    2019-06-06 08:57

    ok but the language can get vulgar

  • Gina
    2019-06-15 12:57

    This is just a fun series. Hilary Huber is the narrator if you're doing the audiobook thing, and she is fantastic. My absolute favorite.

  • Denise Kuntz
    2019-06-16 07:51

    I enjoy listening to all of her audio books!

  • Sandra
    2019-05-27 10:41

    I'm half way done and I have mixed feelings for this one. It's got murder, mayhem, lots of action. But there's a lot of hard issues in this book. Racism, and dealing with hard subjects like sickness. Callahan and her Mother live together, so they get on each others nerves constantly. It seems like everyone is on edge all the time, or just always in a bad mood. Not just Callahan and her Mother. All of the characters. It really puts a damper on the excitement of solving the case. I would like to read the rest of this series, but I am really debating that now. This book is listed here under the author's name of Kathy Hogan Trocheck, but my book has it under her other name, Mary Kay Andrews. A little confusing. I'll get back here when I finish the book in a day or two. Finished the story. I still haven't decided if I want to read more of this series. The pieces all fell into place, but I still felt the book was really moody. I thought there would be more about the girls in her house cleaning business, but they were only in the book a couple of times. This is a woman who was a cop, but she hides her gun in the oatmeal? Then she can't remember where the clip is? That makes her sound stupid. She also has a serious relationship with a man, for years. She won't commit to moving in together for various reason's, but says she loves him. Yet, she finds her self hot for a man that she thinks might have killed a girl. She agrees to dinner with him and gets all dressed up in a skin tight, short dress and heals and then decides she can't go any further because the guy is a crook. She gets mad at the man she's been with for years when she finds him following her to the other guys place. He just wants an answer to why she's dating others if she's serious about them. She gets mad because he followed her and she really has no good reason. It makes her sound stupid and cheap. You are looking at a story, who's central theme is people's morals, how they act, and she comes off sounding as cheap as the rest. I think I just convinced my self I don't need to read any more of Callahan Garrity's life.

  • Barbara Rogers
    2019-05-23 08:59

    The narrator has a rich, smokey voice that adds a lot to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her.Callahan Garrity (isn't that name a mouth full!) was on the police force for ten years. She left to start her own business. House Mouse is a cleaning service that employs several unconventional ladies. Callahan also got her license to be a private investigator -- and, of course the ladies from House Mouse want to help her investigate whatever case she is working.In this case, a really nasty, infamous man, Elliot Littlefield, hires House Mouse to perform a thorough cleaning of his home prior to a big event he's having the next day. He's a big antiques (especially Civil War) collector/dealer and his home is just filled with memorabilia. Unfortunately, it is also contains the dead body of a seventeen year old who has been stabbed.Littlefield hires Callahan to find the priceless memorabilia that was stolen during the murder. He believes the murder happened when the victim found the perpetrator during the robbery. However, Littlefield had been charged and convicted of a murder twenty years before, so he is the prime suspect. He got out of that murder on a technicality and Callahan firmly believes he's guilty of the first murder -- but -- she doesn't think he's guilty of this one.Callahan and her crew investigate to find the priceless civil war diary of a madam as well as the murderer.

  • Susan Ferguson
    2019-05-23 12:54

    On the whole, I think I liked this book. Callahan Garrity is an ex-policewoman who now owns and runs a cleaning service. She also does a little detecting on the side. The book is set in Atlanta, Georgia, and there are some chiches of the south that I'm not really sure about. Some are irritating and others I'm not sure still exist. Being raised in the south myself (altho only in Arkansas -but my dad is from Alabama), I have not run into some of these cliches. But, that's only a minor detail I guess. I enjoyed this book and may read more.Callahan Garrity lives with her mother Edna, and has a boyfriend/lover Mac, who wants a more permanent relationship. But, she's leery. Her cleaning service is called House Mouse and she runs it out of her house. Her employees are herself, her mother, a friend Neva Jean (whose husband is Swanelle), Ruby, Baby and Sister. They are hired to clean Elliott Littlefield's mansion for a charity event and find a dead young woman - obviously murdered. Several antiques have also been stolen and Littlefield hires Callahan to try to recover them, particularly a very old diary. Then things get complicated when the sister of the murdered girl turns up on Callahan's doorstep looking for a place to stay.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-29 06:01

    Former Atlanta cop and current owner of a cleaning service and part-time private investigator, Callahan Garrity expects to make a nice chunk of money from their newest client, Elliot Littlefield, an antiques dealer with a shady past. What Callahan didn't expect to find at Elliot's mansion is the dead body of a young woman, who was obviously murdered. Elliot immediately proclaims his innocence, of course, and hires Callahan to find a now missing Civil War diary, worth thousands of dollars. I enjoyed getting to know the character of Callahan and her gruff mother, Edna, who lives and works with Callahan, along with the other quirky characters along the way. Callahan also has a nice boyfriend, Mac, who appears to be a bit more serious about their relationship than she is.This book was originally published in 1994, so it is a slight jump back in time with no cell phones, computers or GPS, etc. Callahan has to use a pay phone several times throughout the story, as well as a typewriter! :-)

  • Nancy Madacsi
    2019-06-06 05:38

    My mother loved reading mystery books. I have piles and piles of her books that I have saved for my retirement reading. This was one of the first that I've read and I must say I quite enjoyed it. The book is one of the Callahan Garrity series. The author Kathy Hogan Trocheck, a former reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, places her private investigator in Atlanta. The main character is developed along the same lines as other women detectives, such as Kinsey Milhome or V I Warshaski but with a bit of Southern flair. There are several supporting characters Edna, Callahan's mother and Mac her boy friend, they are used to add color to the story and provide context to Callahan's life. The book is full of Mountain Dew, bourbon, bbq,and beer.The plotting is well done, three plausible suspects are developed and one is kept guessing until the very end as to who is the dastardly culprit. In the end all of the despicable misanthropes get their just desserts. I'm hoping I will find more of this authors books in the stacks.

  • Marleen
    2019-06-07 10:04

    I totally dig Callahan Garrity, an ex-cop turned PI who also runs a house-cleaning service “The House Mouse”. This is my fourth book featuring Callahan, although this is the second in the series and it might be better to read them in order. So yes, I read these books for the characters and the atmosphere. Callahan is a type of person, type of woman I can totally relate to; she’s not willing to give up her life, her work, her sleuthing, her independence for a man, even if she truly loves him (in this case Mac).The mystery plot of “To Live and Die in Dixie” wasn’t as engaging, neither did the story move along as quickly as I wished, but I remained intrigued because a) the author knows her stuff and always entertains, and b) there were so many possible suspects who might have murdered seventeen year old Bridget, I got more curious with each page. The last 35 pages absolutely make up for any other flaws this story has and indeed my patience was rewarded. No doubt, this is another guaranteed pleasant read in this series. ***3,5***

  • Charlyn
    2019-06-06 06:44

    When the House Mouse crew is hired to clean Elliott Littlefield’s mansion in preparation for an event, they never finish the job. As soon as they discover the body of a young girl in a bedroom, everything comes to a halt. In addition to the murder, a number of Littlefield’s Civil War antiques are missing. Littlefield hires Callahan to find a priceless Civil War diary, but she becomes just as obsessed with finding the murderer. And topping her list is her employer, Littlefield, a repugnant character for whom she really doesn’t want to work. Littlefield has already beaten the rap for the murder of a young girl and Callahan fears he may have killed again. But there’s also the possibility that the murderer could have been whomever the victim had been having an affair with or one of the neighbors or one of the students from her school. Along the way, Callahan picks up a helper, the victim’s sister. As always, there’s lots of action and side drama in Callahan’s case. And Callahan once again finds herself the victim of her prey. Another good entry in the series.

  • Sue
    2019-05-26 06:54

    I picked this up at the library because it was the first fiction book in author alpha order that seemed light and interesting enough to get through quickly and give me some reading momentum. I picked well! I will now have to go back and read the first of the Callahan Garrity series, Every Crooked Nanny. This is a quick, enjoyable read with likable characters. It is not the greatest "mystery". It is predictable and I figured out the killer about half way through, but the characters were enough to make me want to keep reading. I think the cop gone cleaning lady gone PI is interesting to set the story. There is a little bit of romance, a little bit of family drama, a little bit of suspenseful action and a lot of entertaining dialogue. Perfect light summer read if you like a character driven murder mystery. I will definitely be reading more of the series.

  • Julie
    2019-06-13 12:48

    I can't stand women like her. She spends one book avoiding/in denial of her health issues and then spends the next ripping into her mom for pushing her/giving her opinion based on her own experiences. Pick a side of the fence.She has a great guy yet wants to "slap the face across the table from her" because he misread a situation SHE created. She constantly tells him she's too tired, too busy, can't handle conversations about them and their future. Grow up. Seriously. If a man had treated her like she treated him, holy hell, that would have been an entire book on what a dick he was.I hate it when the overall plots are great but then the author ruins it with a character that you can't stand by the end of the book. I gave the first two a shot but I'm done.

  • Tammy
    2019-06-10 13:01

    I highly do NOT recommend the audio version of this story. Although the gal reading tries to sound southern. She clearly is NOT. I had to yell at her repeatedly while being forced to listen to her butcher "Kennesaw" (there is no "i" in it. .... Chamblee-Dunwoody..... (It's "sham" doesn't rhyme with "char"... And the one that really gave me eye twitches every time she said it, can't reach through the radio and throat punch her.... was "kudzu". It's not "koo".... It's CUD". Geez.... So, Atlanta natives steer clear of the audio. The book is interesting, mentions many local references. Not a great book, maybe they get better as it's a series.

  • Karen
    2019-05-21 09:47

    Callahan is an ex-cop who runs a cleaning business with some private investigating on the side. When her crew finds the body of a dead girl in a house of murderer (who got off on a technicality), she can't help be drawn in. She is hired to find missing items that were stolen during the murder but ends up finding so much more. Everyone has something to hide and a reason to kill.This is my book club selection for the month. It was a fun read and I liked Callahan. She is tough, no nonsense and gives as good as she gets. My kind of girl. The mystery was complex but kind of predictable in the end. Still I enjoyed it and I think my club will have fun talking about.

  • Tiffany
    2019-06-14 09:39

    This is the second book in the series of reprints of Mary Kay Andrews' Callahan Garrity mysteries from the '90s. If you are a fan of her work, you will appreciate this book despite the fact that there are some very outdated references in it. In this installment, we find cleaning service owner/private investigator Callahan investigating the whereabouts of Civil War artifacts that were stolen during what appeared to be a botched robbery turned murder in the home of an antiques dealer. Callahan's quest to find the artifacts for her client turns into a wild goose chase that you will love being a part of. As usual, Ms. Andrews has concocted an extremely entertaining read.