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Happy Never After (Callahan Garrity Mystery #4)

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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....more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1995)
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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 si...more
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 w...more
Trocheck, Kathy Hogan - 4th in Callahan Garrity series

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 p...more
Judy Collins
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 membe...more
The characters gain depth as the series progresses, or perhaps I just didn't notice it as much at first. I initially shelved these as "southern humor," mostly because of the dialog and especially as read and interpreted by the narrator in the audiobook (who has such a smooth timbre to her voice and does a superb job with various accents!), but there is more "meat"--- or even tragedy--- to this title than one might guess. Looking forward to listening to the next books with Callahan Garrity.
Debbie Maskus
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...more
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.
Callahan Garrity, owner of the House Mouse cleaning service, has been asked to locate a missing member of an oldie singing group. During her search for the missing woman, she gets involved in a murder case. And one of her clients is accused of the murder.
Marilyn Groves
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.
Paula Hatch
I am really enjoying this Callahan Garrity series - A police officer turned cleaning company owner and part time detective makes for a lively story! Well written with colorful characters!
"Music soothes the savage beast" is a famous old saying. in Happy Never After, the savage beast has too much power over music leading to murder.
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...more
Just getting started with this series. Enjoying it but out of order...oh well.
Janet Martin
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.
Good mystery. Kept you guessing till the end.
Turned into a murder mystery. Wasn't my favorite Mary Kay Andrews book, but it kept my attention. Easy summer read
Annette Meier
Didn't care for this one as much as the others.
Jennifer Arnaboldi
I just love Callahan Garrity and her staff at the House Mouse!
excellent example of the genre...a fun read
I always enjoy these books. I picked up one at a used book store on a whim because of the title, and I have read every other one that I can find. They are light hearted with great, memorable characters. I highly recommend them to mystery lovers who enjoy a light read.
Kitty Tomlinson
Callahan hires on to find missing Velveteen (1960s teenage Motown like pop band) member for a musical reunion but gets mixed up in murder when one of the other members is accused of murder. [Fun read. Read 8-21-2010]
This one in the series is a lighter read with more humor. Not as dark as some. Enjoyed the story. Will take a bit of a break from this series.
These kind of drag on and on to me, and then poof, mystery's solved. Only saving factor is that real, dangerous/bad things happen to the main characters.
I am hooked on the Callahan Garrity series. Oldies but goodies. If library patrons like Sue Grafton's Kinsey they will probably like Trocheck's Callahan.
Looks like she is reprinting these under her other nom de plume.

This was originally published (same title) under author name Kathy Hogan Trochek.
I enjoy the books in this series. The author also writes as Mary Kay Andrews, and I always enjoy all of the Atlanta references in her stories.
I love this series. There is a dead body, some humor and some "normal life" stuff.....love every one of the books I've read so far.
Another Callahan Garrity mystery murder. Loved it as usual. These books are such quick easy reads. Great beach pool books.
I've been working my way through this series and think that this is the best one so far. I have four to go.
Heidi Boyd
Solid fast past mystery, I didn't love the leading lady like I do in her later books.
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aka Mary Kay Andrews

Kathy Hogan Trocheck is the author of critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she is also the author of Little Bitty Lies and the Edgar®- and Macavity-nominated Savannah Blues, under the name Mary Kay Andrews.
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