Every Crooked Nanny

From  Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  Kathy Hogan Trocheck
Title:  Every Crooked Nanny
I was tracking down a book for a patron and came across the words a Callahan Garrity novel. I can’t say exactly why this combination of names intrigued me so much but I put a reserve on the first in the series and could not put it down. Julia Callahan Garrity was an Atlanta police officer at one time but left the force and bought a housecleaning business. House Mouse was the name of the business and it included a van already emblazoned with the name House Mouse. Money was tight for Callahan Garrity and so the name stayed on the van even though she would have preferred a different appellation. Callahan Garrity’s sideline is investigative work and corralling her mother in addition to riding herd on her house mice. She has a love/hate relationship with her mother but the love portion wins out more often than not which is beneficial since they share one abode. I am on the third book of the series and am curious about what lies ahead for Callahan Garrity. Will she marry? Will the cancer recur? Will she rejoin the police force? Join me in reading about Callahan Garrity and her exploits in riding herd on her friends/employees and her investigative forays. This series, originally published under the name Kathy Hogan Trocheck, is being reissued under the author’s true name Mary Kay Andrews.

The Help

From Shelley Lauer-Bader
author: Stockett, Kathryn
The Help
This very readable account of the lives of the “colored” maids who took care of whites in the South around the time of the Civil Rights movement rings true. Character development is well done and while the dialect is difficult at first, it is just right for the story. While not of the caliber of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, it evokes the times and the gross inequality of the American system as it really was.