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Since retiring from the Atlanta Police Department, Callahan Garrity is really cleaning up with her House Mouse housecleaning company -- especially since she added"crime investigation" to the list of services offered.Callahan agrees to locate the missing member of the popular '60s girl group, the VelvetTeens, and she doesn't have to search long. Deloras Carter, the a.w.o.l.Since retiring from the Atlanta Police Department, Callahan Garrity is really cleaning up with her House Mouse housecleaning company -- especially since she added"crime investigation" to the list of services offered.Callahan agrees to locate the missing member of the popular '60s girl group, the VelvetTeens, and she doesn't have to search long. Deloras Carter, the a.w.o.l. singer, is found passed out drunk by a swimming pool near the dead body of the trio's former producer. The smoking gun in Deloras's hand suggests that the VelvetTeens won't be reuniting for a comeback tour anytime in the near future ... unless Callahan and her "Mice" can spotlight -- and survive -- a different killer act....

Title : Happy Never After
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ISBN : 9780061093609
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Happy Never After Reviews

  • Marleen
    2019-06-19 13:49

    On a hunch I picked this book out of a bargain bin not knowing what to expect. It turned out this was an easy and entertaining read about a former Atlanta cop named Callahan Garrity, who quit the force and started running a cleaning service with her mother from their house, while doing some private detecting on the side. This is actually the 4th book in the series, but I didn’t feel like I missed out on prior history with these characters. Callahan accepts to search for Delores, the long lost sister of one of her acquaintances, who was part of a trio of singers in the sixties, called the Velveteens, who have been offered a chance at a comeback.I must say that having recently enjoyed “20 Feet from Stardom” the documentary, I fell into the story right away; I better understood how so many female singers and acts were financially taken advantage of in the old days. The case gets more complicated when the trio’s star producer is found dead in his pool house and one of the trio is holding the smoking gun, literally.I liked all the characters in this story; there was an ordinariness about them that spoke to me. They were also quirky and brave. I enjoyed the sense of family and friendship that was at the centre of it all.I look forward to reading more books in this series.

  • Patty
    2019-06-05 09:49

    I enjoy these mysteries - fast paced, places I know, and not too deep - perfect poolside read.I had to laugh at this one....the book was written in the late 1990s and Callahan makes a comment about how the 80s as it was the decade that gave us Donald Trump. If Callahan could comment now! Just had to laugh out loud!

  • Book Concierge
    2019-06-08 07:38

    Digital audio book narrated by Hillary Huber.From the book jacket: In this fourth installment of the Callahan Garrity series, the South’s favorite cleaning lady/sleuth immerses herself in the world of sixties girl groups and nineties rap groups to hunt the killer of a suave, self-serving record producer. My reactions:I like this mystery series. It’s a little edgier than a traditional cozy, because Callahan is a former Atlanta Police Officer, but it has many of the classic elements of a cozy: an “amateur” sleuth, a regular cast of characters surrounding the main character’s life/business (in this case, her mother and the other maids of her house-cleaning business), and murder that happens (mostly) off the page. We also have a love interest that is getting complicated. Callahan, however is NOT an amateur – she’s a licensed private investigator, and can carry a gun (and sho0t it). She’s also intelligent, determined and usually gets herself out of a jam rather than wait around for help. I really enjoyed the premise in this installment, especially as I was a teenager in the era of the sixties girl groups. There were plenty of references to that era that kept me entertained and enough plot twists and red herrings to keep me interested. And … I did NOT guess the perpetrator until the reveal. Hilary Huber does a fine job of narrating the audio version. She has good pacing, clear diction, and the skill to give the many characters distinct voices, making it easy for the listener to distinguish who is speaking. I particularly love how she voices the elderly Easterbrooks: Baby and Sister.

  • L8blmr
    2019-06-05 07:36

    When I read that this Callahan Garrity story was going to be about a singing group from the sixties and the music industry in Georgia, I thought it just might be my favorite in the series so far. However, it occurred to me about halfway through the book that I really do not like Callahan that much (nor her mother Edna, as a matter of fact). Therefore, I had to rely on the mystery and the locales I might recognize to keep me reading and neither of those factors met my expectations this time around. I am hoping that Callahan's personality takes a turn for the better in the second half of this series and that the mysteries are a little less plodding and predictable. There is still plenty here to like, and I am hoping that maybe this book is the one weak link.

  • Charlyn
    2019-05-24 11:38

    (So, not only does the blurb on the back of the book have the plot wrong, the name of a character is spelled wrong, too.) Callahan is initially hired to look for Delores, the missing member of the VelvetTeens who is needed so the former trio can work on a movie about their career and maybe stage a comeback. Instead, Callahan finds Rita, another member, passed out drunk with a gun in her hand, the gun that killed the VelvetTeens' former manager. Callahan's focus now shifts to find the real murderer. Along the way, she also needs to discover why her boyfriend, Mac, keeps visiting his ex-wife. This book keeps the pace of others in the series.

  • Alex
    2019-06-11 13:53

    This is a Mary Kay Andrews book. She is writing as Trocheck.

  • jd
    2019-06-19 08:40

    The 4th book in the series, for some reason I had thought it was the 2nd and read it immediately after the first. With that noted,I did enjoy the characters a lot more this round, maybe from familiarity with them from the first book, but they all seemed more engaging, save for one glaring cheater, gonna have to find out what happened in their relationship during books 2-3 because it seemed not only out of character but what he said to Callahan was really out of line? at one point and I am done with him because of it. (Hopefully Callahan is too)...Enjoyed the plot of this mystery, didn't find the language used vulgar or unnecessary--it's just how people talk? Maybe I'm used to worse IRL and in other books because it didn't even register as something that could be an issue until I read other people's reviews talking about it. I have 2 major gripes about this book, both of which was shared by the first novel:It goes from 0-60 once you find out who the murderer is, and not in a good way, in a internet meme "that escalated quickly" way that leaves you kind of shocked and wondering if the editor was demanding the final copy NOW and the author just wrote every terrible thing that could possibly happen, done! And, once you are halfway through or in the last 3rd of the book, any other mysteries or loose ended suspects remain that way, possibly with a mention at the very end of the book. It's particularly egregious here because in this case, it was the inital mystery Callahan was hired to solve. LITERALLY NO MENTION of the missing Delores starting about halfway through, and no description or effort indicated to find her until the VERY end, in a couple of paragraphs that were like, oh yeah btw totally found her, she was here doing this. Like ????? really? It feels like even that was stuck in there because there was probably an advance reader who was like, sooooo.... reunion? Delores? where? what? Callahan solving that in addition to the murder is something I would have liked to read, on her followup for it, could have her dealing with some of her demons in the aftermath of everything that happened, but maybe that would have made the book too long? Dunno.But! am now definitely invested in Callahan as a character and will try to now read the rest in order. :D

  • Wanda
    2019-06-12 06:42

    Callahan Garrity is asked to help find the third member of an old girl group. One of the members is the ex of a friend of hers. One member is a drunk and she ends up accused of murdering their former recording exec. Story centers around the music industry.Callahan starts working on the murder case and gets her House Mouse employees and her mother involved in searching for clues. There are lots if people who didn't like the victim and she has lots of motives to evaluate. She is having boyfriend problems which is adding to her stress levels. She gets into some dangerous situations and nearly gets killed.Fast paced, lots of drama, southern charm, references to "oldies" music.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-27 07:47

    Each book in the series seems to improve a little, though it is still a pretty generic murder mystery. The main character is likable, and doesn't try to always be the superhero/damsel in distress, and she definitely isn't perfect, which makes her a little more relatable.

  • stacey
    2019-05-20 07:03

    Living the seriesThe series is something I wasn't expecting but very pleased. Callahan and her merry band are a good story that I can't wait for the next book.

  • Gwen Menz
    2019-06-07 11:45

    Meh couldn't get into this story at all. I guess I didn't realize it was #4 in the series... I marked it "read" but never got past page 50.

  • K
    2019-06-08 08:42

    I did via audiobook.. keep an eye for an easter egg hidden regarding Weezy&Bebe

  • Cathy
    2019-06-02 10:54


  • Deanna
    2019-06-06 09:02

    cute, didn't guess the killer.

  • Susan
    2019-05-28 05:47

    Didn't finish. Too many swear words.

  • Frank
    2019-06-16 05:53

    [library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]My rating is how much fun it would be to read this book. Normally this would be close to a 4. It seems to be early in the Callahan Garrity series. It has some nice research detail about the music industry and black performers. Having read subsequent books in this series, I know that the break with "Mac" will not be permanent...The problem with the book is the obligatory Perils of Pauline sequence at the end. Consistent with the series, Garrity always walks into danger, neglects her gun and cell phone, falls under the control of the baddy, struggles and, because it's a series, survives. However, in this case, the baddy pours bleach into an ammonia based cleaner in a supply closet - requires some prior knowledge and planning not clear how it could happen. The main problem is that the noxious gas is called "chlorine" when the product of the mixture would be chloramine, more potent...Not sure how this could be handled in narrative, it's too wonky, but nevertheless, a deduction.I'll plow through as many of these as I can find on the library site.

  • Tiffany
    2019-06-07 08:38

    Happy Never After was rereleased this year and is the 4th book in the Callahan Garrity series. In this book from the series, Callahan is tasked with finding the third member of a now defunct girl group from the 60s called the Velvet Teens. The other two members of the group, her cousin and sister, have not seen her for 20 years. The search is on as a movie producer wants to use some of the Velvet Teens' old songs in a movie and possibly record new tracks with the group. Unfortunately along the way someone gets murdered and Callahan's investigative work changes from looking for a missing band member to trying to figure out whodunit. This book is a fun read; just remember as you are investing time in the book that it was written in the 90s. Things like the internet weren't around. The author references looking people up in the yellow pages and paying extraordinary sums for calls made on a car phone. It's a trip down a technological memory lane as well as a great mystery. I'm looking forward to the next books in the series that are schedule to be rereleased in October 2013.

  • Neva Williams
    2019-05-27 06:59

    I have always enjoyed books by this author (aka Mary Kay Andrews). This is one of her earlier novels and I listened to the audiobook. Didn't like it at first - although I love audiobooks and normally the only difference I see between books and audiobooks, is that I can do other things while listening to audiobooks, which makes for a productive day. In this case, I believe it was the narration I didn't really like. I prefer that a book just be read to me, maybe occasionally changing voices just a little. This was a little like listening to an over-produced play. While the narrator was very talented to be able to produce this many voices... as a Southerner myself, I cringed at the accents. That said, I did finally get into the story and was able to tolerate the narration. I'm also happy to say that I feel Trocheck, aka Andrews, improved her writing skills greatly in future books.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-06-19 12:58

    I am in the process of reading the Callahan Garrity Mystery Series-- not entirely in order; however, each can be a standalone, as these are being released this year. This was #4 and Kathy Hogan Trocheck (Mary Kay Andrews) always adds spice and humor with her sassy southern belles. With the housekeeping business (House Mouse) and her detective work, the array of colorful characters (quite eccentric) are always into some sort of mischief. This time, Callahan is trying to track down a missing member of the popular 60’s group the Velvet Teens. It will take you back in time if you were from this era (which I was) with lots of laughs before all the new technology – entertaining – looking forward to reading them all since I have read all Mary Kay’s books (one of my favorite authors)– picking up Trocheck’s mysteries.

  • Debbie Maskus
    2019-05-20 11:37

    This is Trocheck's (Mary Kay Andrews) first series about a private investigator/maid service owner named Callahan Garrity and set in Atlanta. This is the 4th in the series, I had read the prior three novels many years ago, and decided to return to this series, since I am not employed. The characters in Trocheck's series are everyday people, but some of the characters are very comic, like the two old sisters: Baby and Sister, who are over 80 and still clean and help with investigating. This novel centers on the murder of a record company CEO, and the arrest of one of his past singers. Trocheck is very good with showing normal people in normal situations. Of course, this is more like a beach reading, than the serious mystery of PD James or Elizabeth George, but a light mystery is always a treat.

  • LJ
    2019-06-20 09:46

    HAPPY NEVER AFTER - GTrocheck, Kathy Hogan - 4th in Callahan Garrity seriesSince retiring from the Atlanta Police Department, Callahan Garrity is really cleaning up with her House Mouse housecleaning company -- especially since she added"crime investigation" to the list of services offered.Callahan agrees to locate the missing member of the popular '60s girl group, the VelvetTeens, and she doesn't have to search long. Deloras Carter, the a.w.o.l. singer, is found passed out drunk by a swimming pool near the dead body of the trio's former producer. The smoking gun in Deloras's hand suggests that the VelvetTeens won't be reuniting for a comeback tour anytime in the near future ... unless Callahan and her "Mice" can spotlight -- and survive -- a different killer act.It was good but fairly light. I don't know how many more of these I'll read.

  • Katy
    2019-05-23 11:54

    It's not summer (or any other season) if you are not reading Mary Kay Andrews. This is an earlier writing--mid 1990s, when she was writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck, about retired Atlanta police detective turned House Mouse housecleaning maven Callahan Macgarity.Have you ever wondered what happened to some of the girl bands from your youth? Callahan sort of, somewhat had heard of the black girl band VelveTeens when a friend's ex-wife hires her to find a missing member of the group. No one had heard from her except occasionally in 30 years or so. Throw in a drunken lead singer, an abrasive manager, a relationship on the skids, and dealing with old nemesises, and you have a great story.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-18 08:05

    I just finished this book, the most recent in this series, but I was a little disappointed. I think it was very drawn out, with too much going on. Callahan is hired to find a missing sister by her sisters, that made up a girl band from the 60's, due to a movie deal that would feature the group, however, when there old manager Stu turns up dead, one of the sisters is a prime suspect. Many twists & turns, interesting characters, murder, & mystery, for me it was all too much for one book. I did finish listening to it, but had hoped for better, not my favorite, but definitely not the worst!

  • Kathy
    2019-05-30 08:36

    Another book in the Callahan Garrity series. Callahan is hired to track down the missing third girl from a 60's trio. A simple tracking assignment turns out into murder when one of the women is found dead drunk and passed out holding the gun that killed their old manager whose body is lying there. There's a lot of insight into the world of the music industry of that era up until the 90's when the book was written. fast moving and very enjoyable.

  • Darlene
    2019-06-18 08:57

    6/29/2015 I reread this book / ebook version. I really don't remember reading it before except for the breakup. I had forgotten how much I did like the Callihan Garrity mystery novels. I don't remember why I only gave my previous reading a 3 star but several years later I am going to give it a 3.85. I may read them all over again.

  • Pr Latta
    2019-05-23 08:01

    [audio] Narrator did a fine job. This could almost be "historical" in the focus on the black experience in Georgia in the 1990's (or earlier) which might be offensive to some. Once again, I find the insertion of Callahan's breast cancer to be superfluous. Cute, convoluted mystery sprinkled with some serious topics.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-28 07:04

    I enjoyed this Callahan Garrity novel! It is a fun series by Kathy Hogan Trocheck (Mary Kay Andrews). This was a great mystery involving motown, the record business, "current" (1994) events as well as events from the 1960's. It had a few more serious moments than I had noticed in previous books in the series.

  • Janet Martin
    2019-05-20 05:53

    Decent mystery--I enjoyed the story about the music business quite a lot, although the main character was a bit short tempered and self destructive in this episode. Hilary Huber's performance turned it from a slightly better than ordinary read into a terrific listen.

  • Kate Copeseeley
    2019-06-05 12:45

    This one took me a bit longer to get into, but by first quarter of the book I was totally involved. Once again, I love the narrator and the interactions between all the characters. I will be sad when I'm all out of these books.

  • Marilyn Groves
    2019-06-20 10:57

    A sidetrip back to the 60s Motown music when Callahan is hired to find one of the members of a singing group so they can have a comeback. Callahan ends up delving into the workings of an independent record label, which was interesting as well.