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To Live and Die in Dixie [Hardcover]

Kathy Hogan Trocheck
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Dec 7 1995 A Callahan Garrity mystery
A crime novel featuring a former Atlantic cop, who is now a cleaning lady-cum-sleuth, running foul of radicals of every kind and a murderous antique collector, when she is hired to find a controversial and valuable diary of a Civil War madame. From the author of HAPPY NEVER AFTER.

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From Publishers Weekly

While some mannerly mysteries call for a cup of tea and a plate of scones, Trocheck's Georgia-based tale suggests iced coffee and cornbread. The second appearance of sleuth Callahan Garrity, a 34-year-old former policewoman who runs the "House Mouse" cleaning service, offers the smooth writing and feisty characters introduced in the notable Every Crooked Nanny . While sprucing up the messy mansion of racist Civil War buff Elliott Littlefield, Callahan's cleaners find the bloody corpse of a 17-year-old girl. Although a similar homicide occurred in his home 20 years earlier, Littlefield maintains his innocence, insisting that the killer also stole the valuable diary of a Civil War madam. Hired by Littlefield to investigate the robbery, Callahan plainly itches to implicate her Rebel-loving employer in the murder. Callahan's detective pursuits merge seamlessly with details of her home-based relationships with her nosy mother and steady beau, with attention also given to Callahan's earlier bout with breast cancer and a teenage character's bulimia. Even though the roster of eccentric House Mouse employees is less involved than before, other memorable Southern personalities and on-target dialogue lift this appealing whodunit well above the norm.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Like Emma Chizzit, Atlantan J. Callahan Garrity ( Every Crooked Nanny , HarperCollins, 1992) owns a business and sleuths on the side. When she and her cleaning crew arrive at a notorious Inman Park mansion, they discover the body of a teenaged girl. Police handle the murder, but the mansion's owner--himself a suspect--hires ex-cop Callahan to locate a valuable Civil War journal stolen at the same time. With the help of Mom, crew, and the victim's sister, Callahan closes in on the culprit. A smoothly written work featuring the reappearance of an affable, independent heroine. Recommended for most collections.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight plotting - generally a good read June 26 2000
By Helen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Try this author. She does not have the high public profile of some other female authors but she stands up there with the Graftons and Paretskys. This author has a lovely writing style and has created warm, believable characters. The mystery is compelling but I found myself wanting and enjoying more the dialogue and interaction between the characters.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dixie was never intended to be so bad. April 20 2004
Format:Hardcover
On the cover of this book is the warning: "This title may offend some readers." It wasn't the title but the language used by the writer which is offensive. She is apparently from Georgia, a Southern state, but her resentment and low view of the wealthy and educated people show her status in life.
Even though it mentions such Confederate generals as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate states at the time of the Civil War, (and Abraham Lincoln, the President of the United States at the time), the only thing about Dixie is the theft of a diary purportedly written by a Civil War madam.
It reminds one of the movie IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL which also takes place in Georgia what with two murders by a prominent collector of antiques. Our investigator is a 'has-been' with the police department and now cleans houses for a living. She is crude, calculating, and not very professional.
Not at all what I thought I was getting into, but a slight diversion off the path of knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tight plotting - generally a good read June 26 2000
By Helen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Try this author. She does not have the high public profile of some other female authors but she stands up there with the Graftons and Paretskys. This author has a lovely writing style and has created warm, believable characters. The mystery is compelling but I found myself wanting and enjoying more the dialogue and interaction between the characters.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trocheck Can't BE Beat Dec 19 2006
By 60's fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Kathy Hogan Trocheck's books many many times. She is the best writer of fiction that I have ever read. Callahan is one great sleuth. Also be sure to check out Mary Kay Andrews who is also Kathy Hogan Trocheck.

This book is set in Atlanta and she makes you feel if you are right there with Callahan. If you are familiar with the area, you will recognize a lot of the places that she mentions.

GREAT BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Reader Hooked ! Sept. 7 1999
By Lisa Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was my first read by Kathy and I will be back for more ! I really liked her style and the way your in suspense till the end .I thought Callahan was very beliveable and really liked her. I will be reading alot more of Kathys work. Lisa Miller
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre mystery June 29 2010
By Amelia Kirkland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a quick, light mystery novel. I liked it but I didn't love it. The characters are mostly believable and I liked the way the characters interact. True to form, the women in this book are strong. It held my interest while I was laying on the beach, but if you're a true crime drama fan, skip this one. For us light-weights its fine, but its not for REAL mystery fans!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Easy read June 26 2010
By Micki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the kind of book your select when you don't want to have to put forth the effort to think. An easy, pleasant read.
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