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Happy Never After (Callahan Garrity Mystery #4)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,733 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
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.
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ebook, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1995)
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Marleen
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Patty
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
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
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
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L8blmr
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 aroun ...more
Charlyn
(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 murder ...more
Alex
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Mary Kay Andrews book. She is writing as Trocheck.
jd
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 w
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Wanda
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 p
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Amanda
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Living the series

The 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
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did via audiobook.. keep an eye for an easter egg hidden regarding Weezy&Bebe
Cathy
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good
Deanna
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-digital
cute, didn't guess the killer.
Susan
Dec 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish. Too many swear words.
Frank
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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 wa
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Tiffany
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Neva Williams
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 ...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
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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
LJ
HAPPY NEVER AFTER - G
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
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Katy
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 hear
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Jennifer
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
Kathy
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
[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
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, light, 4
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.
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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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