Mary Kay Andrews is the pseudonym of a sexagenarian American author whose birth name is Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Incidentally, the latter name is also the one she used during the formative years of her writing career before she adopted the former name. Mary Kay Andrews, who has been a reporter and is a lecturer, is famed for penning many bestselling mysteries. However, the most notable is the Callahan Garrity Mystery series.
Order of Beach Town Series
Order of Callahan Garrity Mystery Series
|1||Every Crooked Nanny||1992|
|2||To Live and Die in Dixie||1993|
|4||Happy Never After||1995|
|9||Fatal Fruitcake (Short Story)||2012|
|10||Killer Fudge (Short Story)||2012|
Order of Mary Kay Andrews Non-Fiction Books
|1||The Beach House Cookbook||2017|
Order of Mary Kay Andrews Standalone Novels
|1||Little Bitty Lies||2003|
|4||The Fixer Upper||2009|
|7||Save the Date||2014|
Order of Truman Kicklighter Mystery Series
Order of Weezie and Bebe Mysteries Series
Callahan Garrity is the featured female protagonist in the “Callahan Garrity” series of books authored by Mary Kay Andrews. The first book portraying character Callahan Garrity was published in 1992 titled Every Crooked Nanny (albeit appearing as written by Kathy Hogan Trocheck), and this series of novels is shelved as (cozy) mystery genre.
Callahan Garrity, who is domiciled in Atlanta upon Georgia, is currently operating a house cleaning company and is also a private eye. She was formerly a police agent with an Atlanta-based force in the run-up to operating the aforementioned business.
The first book in the said Mary Kay Andrew’s series, Every Crooked Nanny, starts by showing how the then law enforcer has a new pursuit after quitting the police service. The first notable task which Callahan Garrity undertakes bears on her former career. Hereby, her customer has a teenage nanny; unfortunately for the customer, the nanny has stolen personal effects and other vital possessions then made a bolt for it. Callahan Garrity belatedly realizes that she is deep into the mire of fraud, shady transactions, and illegitimate romantic affairs. The ensuing plot as Garrity seeks to investigate while watching over her shoulder at the same is a stark pointer to the dexterity of Mary Kay Andrews in the context of writing; and made the woman of letters a nominee for The Agatha Awards in 1993.
Mary Kay Andrews Awards
Mary Kay Andrews has been a finalist for various coveted awards thanks to her bountiful writing career which spans more than twenty years. Perhaps the most notable one is The Agatha Awards in the Best Novel category in 1993. In this case, it concerned her 1993 novel titled To Live and Die in Dixie. In 1994, the same novel penned by Mary Kay Andrew culminated in her being a finalist in the context of the Anthony Awards, also in the Best Novel category.
Concerning The Macavity Awards, the author was also among the finalists in 1993 courtesy of her 1992 novel titled Every Crooked Nanny. This was in the Best First Novel category. The novel which Mary Kay Andrews published in 2002 under her pseudonym and titled Savannah Blues, was a finalist in 2003. This involved both The Edgar Awards and Macavity Awards in the Best Mystery Novel and Best Novel categories, respectively.
Best Mary Kay Andrews Books
A considerable number of the books authored by Mary Kay Andrews are bestsellers. Her books, such as Summer Rental and Savannah Breeze, have featured in bestselling listings of the New York Times. Even then the following are the best books penned by Mary Kay Andrews by virtue of being shortlisted for the aforementioned awards.
Arguably, the best book is the one titled To Live and Die in Dixie. To labor the point, it has been a finalist three times (Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity literary awards to put it in apple-pie order). This is the second book in the Callahan Garrity Mystery series. The plot contained therein revolves around Callahan Garrity who has chanced upon the corpse of a youthful lady after being hired by an antique collector.
Another worthwhile book is Savannah Blues; it has been a finalist twice (Edgar and Macavity literary awards). This 2002 book is the first in the Weezie and Bebe Mysteries and concerns Weezie Foley and her former spouse. Her unfaithful husband throws her out of the mansion she renovated. When she attends an auction early and chances upon the corpse of her ex-husband’s new lover, she becomes a person of interest.
Other Book Series You May Like
Voracious readers of books written by Mary Kay Andrews also found the following interesting. The first one is the Charlotte McNally series authored by Hank Phillippi Ryan; this is about a Boston-based and middle-aged investigative journalist in a luring world but fraught with dangers. Another one is Marty Nickerson book series by Rose Connors which more or less chronicles courtroom processes. The third is The Southern Sisters book series penned by Anne George; this is about Birmingham residents and sisters, Mary Alice and Patricia Anne, with contrasting personas.