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With a nose for crime and grime, Callahan Garrity has handled dirty killers on the streets as an Atlanta cop and on the job as a house cleaner. But she's always been able to keep her private life neatly separated from work -- until her cousin, Patti, is found dead. Exchanging her House Mouse cleaning uniform for a detective's cap, Callahan is hellbent to find the culprit. With a nose for crime and grime, Callahan Garrity has handled dirty killers on the streets as an Atlanta cop and on the job as a house cleaner. But she's always been able to keep her private life neatly separated from work -- until her cousin, Patti, is found dead. Exchanging her House Mouse cleaning uniform for a detective's cap, Callahan is hellbent to find the culprit. It's notthat she doesn't trust the Atlanta PD. She just knows that her suburbanite cousin's death is too strange to be accidental. Callahan's search takes her on a convoluted trail from Patti's priest, who may have provided more than spiritual counsel, through Atlanta's inner city and into the shady deals of her cousin's newly prosperous husband. Yet, as the pieces start to fall into place, Callahan faces an even bigger challenge -- staying alive.


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With a nose for crime and grime, Callahan Garrity has handled dirty killers on the streets as an Atlanta cop and on the job as a house cleaner. But she's always been able to keep her private life neatly separated from work -- until her cousin, Patti, is found dead. Exchanging her House Mouse cleaning uniform for a detective's cap, Callahan is hellbent to find the culprit. With a nose for crime and grime, Callahan Garrity has handled dirty killers on the streets as an Atlanta cop and on the job as a house cleaner. But she's always been able to keep her private life neatly separated from work -- until her cousin, Patti, is found dead. Exchanging her House Mouse cleaning uniform for a detective's cap, Callahan is hellbent to find the culprit. It's notthat she doesn't trust the Atlanta PD. She just knows that her suburbanite cousin's death is too strange to be accidental. Callahan's search takes her on a convoluted trail from Patti's priest, who may have provided more than spiritual counsel, through Atlanta's inner city and into the shady deals of her cousin's newly prosperous husband. Yet, as the pieces start to fall into place, Callahan faces an even bigger challenge -- staying alive.

30 review for Homemade Sin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sabine

    I liked the first book I read (which was actually the 2nd book in the series) enough to download the 2nd book and it was even better than the other one. I'm hooked now! I love quirky the cleaning ladies and Callahan somewhat reminds me of Kinsey Milhone. Now off to listen to the 1st book of the series. I liked the first book I read (which was actually the 2nd book in the series) enough to download the 2nd book and it was even better than the other one. I'm hooked now! I love quirky the cleaning ladies and Callahan somewhat reminds me of Kinsey Milhone. Now off to listen to the 1st book of the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    A disappointing entry in a series that started well with Every Crooked Nanny. In fact, it inspired me to add two new shelves: "implausible" and "stereotypes." In this book, heroine-sleuth Callahan Garrity moves from determined and feisty to simply arrogant, pushy, and tactless. People seem to be willing to tell her secrets likely to endanger themselves for no clear reason, and Callahan plows on basically oblivious to all collateral damage. In addition, the number of stereotypes here is substanti A disappointing entry in a series that started well with Every Crooked Nanny. In fact, it inspired me to add two new shelves: "implausible" and "stereotypes." In this book, heroine-sleuth Callahan Garrity moves from determined and feisty to simply arrogant, pushy, and tactless. People seem to be willing to tell her secrets likely to endanger themselves for no clear reason, and Callahan plows on basically oblivious to all collateral damage. In addition, the number of stereotypes here is substantial, especially negative African-American ones. I did finish it, so I'm giving it two stars rather than one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josianne Fitzgerald

    The narrator for the audiobook had a great range of accents. This is one of those books that are better as audio than print.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Keanes

    Not sure what the title had to do with the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Book on CD read by Hillary Huber. From the book jacket - 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 of her cousin’s murder reaches her, 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 – it’s just that the crime seems too incongruous with Patti’s suburban life Book on CD read by Hillary Huber. From the book jacket - 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 of her cousin’s murder reaches her, 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 – it’s just that the crime seems too incongruous with Patti’s suburban life to be an accident. My Reactions This is a pretty good series. I like the premise of the House Mouse cleaning service for these cozy mysteries; their work provides them access to a wide variety of venues. Trochek gives the reader a nice cast of colorful supporting characters who work for the heroine. Callahan, herself, is a strong, intelligent, resourceful woman. Her background in the police force results in a certain toughness, though she does seem to take some unreasonable chances. Not to worry, though, she generally manages to get out of any scrapes on her own. My main complaint with this work, however, was the rather abrupt ending, and then “neat” epilogue to wrap up all the loose ends. Just seemed rushed to me, as if Trochek couldn’t quite figure out how to end it. Nevertheless, it’s a speedy read, the action is fast-paced, and I like the characters. I’ll read more of the series. Hillary Huber does a fine job voicing the audio version of the book. She has good pacing, and I was never confused about who was speaking.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Another entertaining adventure! I was especially a fan of Miss Sister & Baby in this story. The only thing I'd add to this series is more of Mac & Callahan together. Another entertaining adventure! I was especially a fan of Miss Sister & Baby in this story. The only thing I'd add to this series is more of Mac & Callahan together.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Good series!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

    3.5 stars. Good mystery, but I’m having problems figuring who is actually talking, because other than Callahan and her mom, all the voices sound the same.

  9. 4 out of 5

    jennyreadit

    Predictable storyline with stereotypical white and black characters. No wonder it's out of print. Ironically, I read this in within a month of Paula Deen's confession to using the "n" word 30 years ago. After reading this book, third in the series of the Callahan Garrity mysteries set in Atlanta, I am assuming that in the early and mid-90's it was still acceptable to use the "n" word in Georgia. It's used in this book by some of the characters. Two stars because the storyline is just not that well Predictable storyline with stereotypical white and black characters. No wonder it's out of print. Ironically, I read this in within a month of Paula Deen's confession to using the "n" word 30 years ago. After reading this book, third in the series of the Callahan Garrity mysteries set in Atlanta, I am assuming that in the early and mid-90's it was still acceptable to use the "n" word in Georgia. It's used in this book by some of the characters. Two stars because the storyline is just not that well done and almost too over the top for me.I don't know why I keep reading this series.... aI don't know if KHT was attempting to show discrimination or just plain thinks all blacks in Atlanta are drug pushing thugs during the 90's but I noticed books 4 & 5 involve black characters as well. If they are depicted as they were in #3, I'm through. Would love to know her motivation in writing these.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Love the Trocheck/Andrew’s books! Sense of humor and appealing characters keep me turning the pages in her mysteries. Homemade Sin had the familiar characters and twisting murder mystery. I need more of this type reads. Keeps me reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cora Ryan

    Poor Patti gets murdered in a brutal shooting. The only witness is her son who can barely speak. Callahan will not take that sitting down. She is determined to find out what is happening and how Pattis husband could be responsible. I love her determination and whit in everything she does, she even manages to piss off her own mother in her hunt for the truth. But in the end the killer is brought to justice.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caryn Zdan

    A few parts were predictable but I really enjoyed this book! I absolutely love Callahan and how she handles these murder investigations!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    3.5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    This was originally published in 1995, which explains a lot of my feelings about it. The mystery itself was okay; I figured out who was behind the murder early on but not the entire scenario. But it is the rest of the story that was annoying at times and infuriating at others. Between the dysfunctional family dynamics and the racial attitudes of 90's Atlanta, I wanted to DNF a couple of times. This was originally published in 1995, which explains a lot of my feelings about it. The mystery itself was okay; I figured out who was behind the murder early on but not the entire scenario. But it is the rest of the story that was annoying at times and infuriating at others. Between the dysfunctional family dynamics and the racial attitudes of 90's Atlanta, I wanted to DNF a couple of times.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    Callahan's cousin is murdered and she's not letting her family's disapproval get in the way of her trying to solve the crime herself. Of course, she meets plenty of interesting characters and gets herself into plenty of danger along the way. It was very clear this book was written in 1994 and it hasn't aged very well in its treatment of racialized and marginalized groups. Be warned that there is language in this book that contemporary readers will find offensive. Callahan's cousin is murdered and she's not letting her family's disapproval get in the way of her trying to solve the crime herself. Of course, she meets plenty of interesting characters and gets herself into plenty of danger along the way. It was very clear this book was written in 1994 and it hasn't aged very well in its treatment of racialized and marginalized groups. Be warned that there is language in this book that contemporary readers will find offensive.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Copeseeley

    I just do NOT get the cover for this book, it has nothing to do with pie or cake. *shrug* This book was darker and had a more difficult subject matter. Anything with kids is tough for me to read, and the murder victim is a mother and her boy is with her when it happens. So already a tough book for me. But I did enjoy it. So there's that. And onto the next... I just do NOT get the cover for this book, it has nothing to do with pie or cake. *shrug* This book was darker and had a more difficult subject matter. Anything with kids is tough for me to read, and the murder victim is a mother and her boy is with her when it happens. So already a tough book for me. But I did enjoy it. So there's that. And onto the next...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    The mystery itself was interesting enough, but the racist stereotypes that filled the book were incredibly offensive. In addition, the idea that the main character is a heroine when she blatantly disregards the physical and emotional safety of the people she supposedly loves was completely ridiculous.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kiguru

    Page turner, easy read. Lots of Atlanta references, which I loved.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annah Pettlon

    I love Mary Kay Andrews/ Kathy Hogan Trocheck!! I've read ALL her stuff. So much fun!! Easy quick reads! I love Mary Kay Andrews/ Kathy Hogan Trocheck!! I've read ALL her stuff. So much fun!! Easy quick reads!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Murder hits the family...and nothing will ever be the same.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Pittman

    Jules Knows How to Make A Mystery Exciting Andrews has done. It again! A real winner filled with family values and intrigue. Callahan Garrity is becoming one of. my favorites

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shan

    First 2 books in the series were good, and I liked the author's writing style. I really dislike this one though - the author has suddenly decided to turn Callahan into a somewhat sociopath, obsessed and entitled, reckless of everyone else's lives and feelings. I had read ahead in the series, and this book was likely planned as the fodder for material of the future books, that explains the way some of her important relationships turned out. But that's no excuse for making the main character so re First 2 books in the series were good, and I liked the author's writing style. I really dislike this one though - the author has suddenly decided to turn Callahan into a somewhat sociopath, obsessed and entitled, reckless of everyone else's lives and feelings. I had read ahead in the series, and this book was likely planned as the fodder for material of the future books, that explains the way some of her important relationships turned out. But that's no excuse for making the main character so repulsive - that I find is usually the problem when authors commit to writing serials. I have yet to come across a decent series where the characters, plot and storyline remain within the compounds of logic and sanity after about the 3rd book. How could the author even find it in her imagination to justify her main character's persistent belief that she is doing no wrong in insisting a traumatised child be subject to further questioning and scrutiny, key and only witness or otherwise. That really crossed the lines in my books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    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 H 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. A fiesty PI that gets to the bottom of things, even if it upsets everyone around her. 5 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brown

    With a nose for crime and grime, Callahan Garrity has handled dirty killers on the streets as an Atlanta cop and on the job as a house cleaner. But she's always been able to keep her private life neatly separated from work -- until her cousin, Patti, is found dead. Exchanging her House Mouse cleaning uniform for a detective's cap, Callahan is hellbent to find the culprit. It's notthat she doesn't trust the Atlanta PD. She just knows that her suburbanite cousin's death is too strange to be accide With a nose for crime and grime, Callahan Garrity has handled dirty killers on the streets as an Atlanta cop and on the job as a house cleaner. But she's always been able to keep her private life neatly separated from work -- until her cousin, Patti, is found dead. Exchanging her House Mouse cleaning uniform for a detective's cap, Callahan is hellbent to find the culprit. It's notthat she doesn't trust the Atlanta PD. She just knows that her suburbanite cousin's death is too strange to be accidental. Callahan's search takes her on a convoluted trail from Patti's priest, who may have provided more than spiritual counsel, through Atlanta's inner city and into the shady deals of her cousin's newly prosperous husband. Yet, as the pieces start to fall into place, Callahan faces an even bigger challenge -- staying alive. (from Goodreads)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paul Pessolano

    This is the third novel in the Callahan Garrity series. This installment hits more at home as the story revolves around her family. One of her dearest relatives, Patti McNair, is brutally murdered with her young so. In the back seat of her car. Callahan gets involved in trying to find the murderer and is confronted not only with her family but also with the local authorities. No one seems to want her on the case. In her investigation she finds out that Patti may be having an affair with her loca This is the third novel in the Callahan Garrity series. This installment hits more at home as the story revolves around her family. One of her dearest relatives, Patti McNair, is brutally murdered with her young so. In the back seat of her car. Callahan gets involved in trying to find the murderer and is confronted not only with her family but also with the local authorities. No one seems to want her on the case. In her investigation she finds out that Patti may be having an affair with her local priest and that her marriage is suffering from money and infatalitiy problems. The conclusion takes place in the Oakland Cemetery where Margaret Mitchell and Confederate Soldiers have been laid to rest. Another great easy mystery to read from Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Cpywrited in 1994, it will be difficult to find unless you go to EBay or Amazon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mw

    Book #3 of the Callahan Garrigan mysteries, written by my fav chick lit author Andrews. I enjoyed this one more than the last - even though Garrigan was annoyingly prying and managed to anger her entire family (who were recovering from her cousins murder), I enjoyed seeing her process. It’s probably a little more realistic in the number of leads she had to chase down to figure it out. In a nutshell, her beloved cousin is shot to death in her car in a shady part of town while her speech challenged Book #3 of the Callahan Garrigan mysteries, written by my fav chick lit author Andrews. I enjoyed this one more than the last - even though Garrigan was annoyingly prying and managed to anger her entire family (who were recovering from her cousins murder), I enjoyed seeing her process. It’s probably a little more realistic in the number of leads she had to chase down to figure it out. In a nutshell, her beloved cousin is shot to death in her car in a shady part of town while her speech challenged son is in the back seat. Who did it and why? Garrigan can’t believe it was a random event and (spoiler!), it wasn’t. Twists include the fbi, the kid’s psychologist, a local money launderer, and of course her entire family. All while she’s still running a cleaning service.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    This was an interesting episode in the series. Callahan gets herself into trouble trying to track down who killed her cousin and terrified her cousin's young son. While I liked the plot in general, there were a few times that I didn't understand why she blundered ahead and didn't care who she upset on the way. There were also some strong racial stereotypes - it was very clear this was written in the early 90's and some of the references made me uncomfortable. I'll see how the next one goes... This was an interesting episode in the series. Callahan gets herself into trouble trying to track down who killed her cousin and terrified her cousin's young son. While I liked the plot in general, there were a few times that I didn't understand why she blundered ahead and didn't care who she upset on the way. There were also some strong racial stereotypes - it was very clear this was written in the early 90's and some of the references made me uncomfortable. I'll see how the next one goes...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shavona Thompson

    This book #3 in this series and I am hooked. The characters in this series are unique. I so enjoy how Hillary Huber reads the characters. Hillary is fabulous at changing character voices. Callahan Garrity is my hero. Smart and confident, she gets to the bottom of the investigation into the death of her cousin-even though her family is adamant that she stay out of it. Callahan lives by her own rules and she just can't let it go. She is determined to bring the killer to justice. Can't wait to read This book #3 in this series and I am hooked. The characters in this series are unique. I so enjoy how Hillary Huber reads the characters. Hillary is fabulous at changing character voices. Callahan Garrity is my hero. Smart and confident, she gets to the bottom of the investigation into the death of her cousin-even though her family is adamant that she stay out of it. Callahan lives by her own rules and she just can't let it go. She is determined to bring the killer to justice. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    False

    A disappointing entry in a series that started well. In this book, heroine-sleuth Callahan Garrity moves from determined and feisty to simply arrogant, pushy, and tactless. People seem to be willing to tell her secrets likely to endanger themselves for no clear reason, and Callahan plows on basically oblivious to all collateral damage. In addition, the number of stereotypes here is substantial, especially negative African-American ones. I've seen this in other earlier books of hers--negative ste A disappointing entry in a series that started well. In this book, heroine-sleuth Callahan Garrity moves from determined and feisty to simply arrogant, pushy, and tactless. People seem to be willing to tell her secrets likely to endanger themselves for no clear reason, and Callahan plows on basically oblivious to all collateral damage. In addition, the number of stereotypes here is substantial, especially negative African-American ones. I've seen this in other earlier books of hers--negative stereotypes long past their due date.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sue Jones

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book and the other two in the series are entertaining reads but the language needs to be updated and edited to acceptable standards for a 21st century audience. It’s fine to recycle 25 year old material to a new audience, but the editors should be aware what was considered acceptable then (racist terms) is not acceptable today. Also, while I found this book to be well written, I hate it when the “who did it” is a character you don’t meet until the final two chapters. (spoiler alert!!)

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