Homemade Sin by Mary Kay Andrews

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    Mary Kay Andrews cooks up another winner with Homemade Sin.

    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.

    Some people might call Callahan Garrity nosy, but she prefers to think of her tendency toward snooping as a healthy interest in the truth. So when news reaches her of her cousin Patti’s death during a carjacking, Callahan shakes off her House Mouse cleaning uniform to don her detective’s cap.

    It’s not that she doesn’t have confidence in the Atlanta police – she used to be among their ranks – but the crime is too incongruous with Patti’s suburban life to seem like a random incident.

    Review by John:

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    Once again, Callahan Garrity rides rough shod over family and friends to track down the bad guys while, at the same time, she manages to “clean up” The South with her little mice. Mary Kay Andrews characters may be a tad over blown and a smidge exaggerated, but as a Southerner myself, I have truly known all of the characters she has introduced.

    Hillary Huber does an excellent narration and brings the characters to life in a believable way. Not many people can “do” a Southern accent. 

Callahan may solve crimes a little too easily and can be slightly unbelievable as a detective, so if you are a big crime and mystery buff, this might not be for you.

    If you want a light read, this is perfect. I chose this series after listening to the huge, five book series by Peter F Hamilton, beginning with Pandora’s Star. After that, I needed something light and fun and it fit the bill. 

If you noticed that I capitalized all references to The South it not because I am ignorant of proper grammar, but rather that I believe The South is the proper name of a place that lives in the hearts of all true Southerners.

    Review by T. DeBrock:

    Mary Kay Andrews cooks up another winner with Homemade Sin, the third book in the Callahan Garrity series she wrote in the 90s. In this episode- one of Callahan’s cousins winds up murdered in what appear to be gruesome carjacking, performed in a bad neighborhood and witnessed by her son who was sitting in the back seat.

    The only person who thinks this was no random crime is Callahan. Her instincts are telling her there is more to the story and despite the requests of family to ‘leave it alone’, she starts searching for clues and turning up all kinds of interesting evidence pointing to a possible murder-for-hire.

    But who would want to kill her sweet cousin who was a wife and mother? And more importantly, what on earth was she doing driving on Bankhead Hwy in an undesirable neighborhood in the first place? You’ll enjoy reading this book to find out whodunit!