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The winds of change are blowing, bringing gentrification to Callahan Garrity's funky Atlanta neighborhood. Though it probably won't harm her House Mouse housecleaning service, not everyone welcomes the rebirth. And when the body of a murdered microbrewer is discovered in the aftermath of a furious Halloween gale, suspicion falls on the aging "flower child" shopkeeper whom The winds of change are blowing, bringing gentrification to Callahan Garrity's funky Atlanta neighborhood. Though it probably won't harm her House Mouse housecleaning service, not everyone welcomes the rebirth. And when the body of a murdered microbrewer is discovered in the aftermath of a furious Halloween gale, suspicion falls on the aging "flower child" shopkeeper whom the victim put out of business. A former cop, Callahan isn't as quick to condemn a colorful local character as some law officers still on the force. But her investigative zeal is stirring up secrets that are forcing her to reassess old friendships and a one-time love—and is brewing up more lethal trouble than Callahan and her "mice" can safely swallow.


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The winds of change are blowing, bringing gentrification to Callahan Garrity's funky Atlanta neighborhood. Though it probably won't harm her House Mouse housecleaning service, not everyone welcomes the rebirth. And when the body of a murdered microbrewer is discovered in the aftermath of a furious Halloween gale, suspicion falls on the aging "flower child" shopkeeper whom The winds of change are blowing, bringing gentrification to Callahan Garrity's funky Atlanta neighborhood. Though it probably won't harm her House Mouse housecleaning service, not everyone welcomes the rebirth. And when the body of a murdered microbrewer is discovered in the aftermath of a furious Halloween gale, suspicion falls on the aging "flower child" shopkeeper whom the victim put out of business. A former cop, Callahan isn't as quick to condemn a colorful local character as some law officers still on the force. But her investigative zeal is stirring up secrets that are forcing her to reassess old friendships and a one-time love—and is brewing up more lethal trouble than Callahan and her "mice" can safely swallow.

30 review for Strange Brew

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Good one... on to number 7

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    Strange Brew is the 6th book in the Callahan Garrity mysteries and so far my least favorite. The plot rather bored me, and although I recognize this author’s talent to always find astutely ordinary characters to play out the plot, I didn't warm to these people. I didn't find any sympathy or connection with them. I thought this whole mystery was depressing and dark. On Halloween night Callahan discovers the body of a businessman, named Jackson Poole. Rapidly the police concludes that an old hippie Strange Brew is the 6th book in the Callahan Garrity mysteries and so far my least favorite. The plot rather bored me, and although I recognize this author’s talent to always find astutely ordinary characters to play out the plot, I didn't warm to these people. I didn't find any sympathy or connection with them. I thought this whole mystery was depressing and dark. On Halloween night Callahan discovers the body of a businessman, named Jackson Poole. Rapidly the police concludes that an old hippie woman, Wuvvy might have killed him. At first Callahan isn't really interested in investigating this, but when Wuvvy disappears and then is found dead, and later her mother is mugged right in her front yard, Callahan can’t let the case go. As the mystery develops, it takes Callahan, her mother Edna, and the Sisters to a small South Georgia town where they meet some characters from the past who may know the real truth about the history of these culprits. From then, Callahan never gives up and continues to uncover more of the puzzle. Overall, an okay read, but nothing more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Why did she have to end the series and move on to fluffy chick lit under the name Mary Kay Andrews? Booooo

  4. 4 out of 5

    Books

    I had no idea the wonderful Mary Kay Andrews has written the equivalent of a cozy mystery. You can’t help but fall in love with the quirky cast of characters and the trouble they can get into. This was a fun, fast, easy read. An enjoyable,entertaining story from beginning to end. Callahan Garrity (main character) is a strong woman along with her mother Edna who’s just as strong willed. If you want a great mystery that keeps you guessing along with some lovable characters as well as not so lovabl I had no idea the wonderful Mary Kay Andrews has written the equivalent of a cozy mystery. You can’t help but fall in love with the quirky cast of characters and the trouble they can get into. This was a fun, fast, easy read. An enjoyable,entertaining story from beginning to end. Callahan Garrity (main character) is a strong woman along with her mother Edna who’s just as strong willed. If you want a great mystery that keeps you guessing along with some lovable characters as well as not so lovable characters, this book is for you! I highly recommend this book. This is book #6 in the series but can definitely be read as a stand alone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tgordon

    Lord lord it’s the south and is always the best! It’s a great book! Fun and full of southern fun!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I listened to this as an audio book and it was utterly charming. The reader was outstanding a setting the place and characters. I need to read things for just fun sometimes, and these mysteries are toward the top of the heap for just pure enjoyment--especially with this reader.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ailleen

    Enjoyed the read. Good story

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I'm working my way through the reissued Callahan Garrity series from Mary Kay Andrews. So far, Strange Brew was my favorite novel in the line up. This book finds the protagonist - a house cleaning service owner and former PI- in a precarious situation. As a brewing company moves into her neighborhood, one of the owners winds up murdered. Could it have been the previous tenant who was angry about being evicted that did him in? Inquiring minds want to know and Callahan is on the case!! In true for I'm working my way through the reissued Callahan Garrity series from Mary Kay Andrews. So far, Strange Brew was my favorite novel in the line up. This book finds the protagonist - a house cleaning service owner and former PI- in a precarious situation. As a brewing company moves into her neighborhood, one of the owners winds up murdered. Could it have been the previous tenant who was angry about being evicted that did him in? Inquiring minds want to know and Callahan is on the case!! In true form to the series, Mary Kay Andrews features many venues and places in the metro Atlanta are with great affection. Anyone familiar with the city will love her depiction of Atlanta, set in the 90s, when the book was originally written. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. They are all quick reads and great fun.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin L

    Review of the audiobook. I like these books. As I get closer to the end of the series, I get a little sad that it's going to end for me soon (2 more books). I like the characters and the situations. This is probably more of a 4.5 than a 5, but darn it, I like this series. This book has Callahan investigating the murder of a new business in town when another business owner is accused of the crime. When the second business owner apparently commits suicide, the police declare the mystery solved. Call Review of the audiobook. I like these books. As I get closer to the end of the series, I get a little sad that it's going to end for me soon (2 more books). I like the characters and the situations. This is probably more of a 4.5 than a 5, but darn it, I like this series. This book has Callahan investigating the murder of a new business in town when another business owner is accused of the crime. When the second business owner apparently commits suicide, the police declare the mystery solved. Callahan has questions so she continues to investigate, eventually getting hired to do so by the first business owner's girlfriend (yeah, ok, so that's confusing here but not confusing in the book).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    Now this was a little strange--gentrification is coming to a quirky (and crime-ridden) Atlanta neighborhood and Callahan--who runs a house cleaning service like a mom-and-pop Merry Maids--doesn't like it that much but concedes that some new businesses and money and safer streets would be good. The guy opening the new brewpub is murdered, and she's thrust into solving the mystery. The set-up had potential, but the execution wasn't believable and a couple of the characters/twists were just so, "O Now this was a little strange--gentrification is coming to a quirky (and crime-ridden) Atlanta neighborhood and Callahan--who runs a house cleaning service like a mom-and-pop Merry Maids--doesn't like it that much but concedes that some new businesses and money and safer streets would be good. The guy opening the new brewpub is murdered, and she's thrust into solving the mystery. The set-up had potential, but the execution wasn't believable and a couple of the characters/twists were just so, "Oh c'mon give us a break!" Maybe pick it up if it's free and you got nothing else to do.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    Unlike other titles by this author, this particular story did not grab me. If you like Southern humor, check it out. If you like suspenseful murder mysteries, go ahead and sample it. Unfortunately, the combination seemed forced at times and while some of the characters I made acquaintance with in previous titles are here, too, I had trouble getting involved in the suspenseful part of the tale. It seemed to take Callahan too long to solve it and her ex-buddy cop seemed particularly dense this time Unlike other titles by this author, this particular story did not grab me. If you like Southern humor, check it out. If you like suspenseful murder mysteries, go ahead and sample it. Unfortunately, the combination seemed forced at times and while some of the characters I made acquaintance with in previous titles are here, too, I had trouble getting involved in the suspenseful part of the tale. It seemed to take Callahan too long to solve it and her ex-buddy cop seemed particularly dense this time around. Why doesn't Bunky LISTEN to her? Oh well...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    I have come to love Callahan Garrity and her House Mouse cleaning girls. I only have two more books in the series, and I am going to be so sad when I am done. I think I will be slowing my roll on these so I can come back to an old friend if I get in a rut any time soon. This one was fun, as it involved a brewery and some other places in the Little Five Points area that I remember and still exist today. I started to guess some of the mystery, but was still surprised at the very end. Just the way I have come to love Callahan Garrity and her House Mouse cleaning girls. I only have two more books in the series, and I am going to be so sad when I am done. I think I will be slowing my roll on these so I can come back to an old friend if I get in a rut any time soon. This one was fun, as it involved a brewery and some other places in the Little Five Points area that I remember and still exist today. I started to guess some of the mystery, but was still surprised at the very end. Just the way I like it.   Bottom Line: Such a fun cozy mystery series!!! Read it if that is your thing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    This book was not that suspenseful. It had a long climb to the climax and that didn't happen until the end of the book. It was like you finally got to the top of the mountain and the view was better from the bottom. Really?!? I only have one more book (that the library has) to read in this series. The library does not have the first book and its not going to hurt my feelings if I don't ever read that book. This book was not that suspenseful. It had a long climb to the climax and that didn't happen until the end of the book. It was like you finally got to the top of the mountain and the view was better from the bottom. Really?!? I only have one more book (that the library has) to read in this series. The library does not have the first book and its not going to hurt my feelings if I don't ever read that book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Robinson

    I loved how the subject was the nascent brewing industry. Microbreweries are so common now. Many large companies have their own in house micro brewed brand. Blue Moon and Widmer Brothers are now national brands. The challenges of gentrification is going on twenty years later. People that lived in low cost housing, single room hotels, are displaced on to the streets.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Watts

    This book was off compared to her other Callahan books. Something didn't jibe, the story was perhaps too disjointed? This book was off compared to her other Callahan books. Something didn't jibe, the story was perhaps too disjointed?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    A curious mystery based in the place I now call home - Atlanta. Familiar terrain I was able to navigate, which was fun. Likable, well developed characters but some loose ends: probably because this is the 6th in the Callahan Garrity mysteries, but my first. Still, I think I caught on. Am planning to read 1-5, and then the remaining 2 (I heard there are only going to be 8). So, regarding Strange Brew: a revitalization of a community draws the attention of a newly formed independent brewery. *note A curious mystery based in the place I now call home - Atlanta. Familiar terrain I was able to navigate, which was fun. Likable, well developed characters but some loose ends: probably because this is the 6th in the Callahan Garrity mysteries, but my first. Still, I think I caught on. Am planning to read 1-5, and then the remaining 2 (I heard there are only going to be 8). So, regarding Strange Brew: a revitalization of a community draws the attention of a newly formed independent brewery. *note* you will learn about the brewing process in depth, but that's not a bad thing. I wasn't always following the main character's thought process, but like all good mysteries (think Jessica Fletcher style), Trocheck/Andrews explains it all in the end. Quite intriguing, tho, is this backstory mystery that Callahan stumbles on & decides to look into. Without giving it away, this guy ends up dead and when Callahan realizes there is a long-lost history connecting him to her client, she can't let it go. But, it turns out, his death is unrelated to their history, so what's the point other than adding a little interest? I gotta tell ya, tho: this part of the tale is by far the best part of the book. It is utterly FASCINATING - scandalous, stunning, thought provoking... it truly could have been a stand alone story. Yep, it's true, it's true: a story within a story that's better than the main story. Give me more of that, please.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I threw myself into the middle of this series and got to know the characters quickly with the author's help. Callahan Garrity is ex-cop, a P.I., and house cleaner for the House Mouse. Edna, her mom, is not letting anyone tell her she can't do anything. Sweet ladies, Baby and Sister, bring a certain humor to the story no matter what the situation. Young and seemingly innocent and hard-working Cheezer surprises you. I'm not too fond of Callahan's cop friend, Deavers. He likes to get in your face a I threw myself into the middle of this series and got to know the characters quickly with the author's help. Callahan Garrity is ex-cop, a P.I., and house cleaner for the House Mouse. Edna, her mom, is not letting anyone tell her she can't do anything. Sweet ladies, Baby and Sister, bring a certain humor to the story no matter what the situation. Young and seemingly innocent and hard-working Cheezer surprises you. I'm not too fond of Callahan's cop friend, Deavers. He likes to get in your face and won't believe what you say when you really need him to. Yet, he's an honest, hard-working cop. I don't understand the relationship between Mac and Callahan. This was a book where I was really surprised about friendships, new acquantances, family and with that the histories, secrets, and outcomes. For that reason, I give it all the stars for surprising me and making me want to read it without putting it down.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheri Ruble

    I picked this book up at a used book sale and it had been in my stack for a long time. Decided to read it now because I saw that the book was dedicated to Celestine Sibley, and I had just finished reading a wonderful collection of Sibley's holiday pieces. Strange Brew is a good, light reading mystery with some humor, a few twists and turns. I like the setting - the Little Five Points area of Atlanta, that was on the verge of gentrification when the book was written. I needed a little light readi I picked this book up at a used book sale and it had been in my stack for a long time. Decided to read it now because I saw that the book was dedicated to Celestine Sibley, and I had just finished reading a wonderful collection of Sibley's holiday pieces. Strange Brew is a good, light reading mystery with some humor, a few twists and turns. I like the setting - the Little Five Points area of Atlanta, that was on the verge of gentrification when the book was written. I needed a little light reading at the time and recommend it for the same reason.

  19. 4 out of 5

    L A Andrews

    Not quite up to the same high level as the others, but still entertaining. The killer was pretty obvious and and the characters were not as well drawn as in the earlier books of the series. Technology has advanced a lot. 20years is a long time. I have enjoyed these books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Betsy Hamel

    Good for Callahan. A topical Callahan PI story with a happy ending. Easy read and quick. Parts of the story do grab you. I do recommend this if you like Mary Kay Andrews books, one of the better ones.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Beese

    WOW! I am loving this Callahan Garrity character! She is one strong, brave, independent woman. This book had me guessing all the way through. I guessed right on some things; however I sure had a big surprise at the end!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Deb White

    Callahan visits her local bar. A brewery is moving next door into the shop where Wuvvy had a shop for years. Convoluted plot. Wuvvy was in jail for killing her husband. Governor pardoned her. Did she kill her stepson and then commit suicide?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I hadn't listened to this series for awhile and so checked this one out online. This installment involves an upturn in crime in the neighborhood, a murder and a suicide. As always the characters are the best part. I hadn't listened to this series for awhile and so checked this one out online. This installment involves an upturn in crime in the neighborhood, a murder and a suicide. As always the characters are the best part.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I do still like the series but book after book, Callahan continues to seem like a bumbling idiot who then has to rely on others to save her. She certainly doesn't act like a woman who graduated from the police academy. I do still like the series but book after book, Callahan continues to seem like a bumbling idiot who then has to rely on others to save her. She certainly doesn't act like a woman who graduated from the police academy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    I really enjoy this series, prefer them to Andrews/Trochek more recent novels. Love the Baby and Sister characters. Makes me think of a southern version of Sue Grafton's Alphabet/Kinsey Millhone books. Fun reads! I really enjoy this series, prefer them to Andrews/Trochek more recent novels. Love the Baby and Sister characters. Makes me think of a southern version of Sue Grafton's Alphabet/Kinsey Millhone books. Fun reads!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    I generally love all of KHT/MKA books. This was not a bad story. I just felt like someone challenged the author to write a book with as many references streets and landmarks in Atlanta she could include. Enough already! Light read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amara

    It was fine, not great.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Not a bad read. Somewhere in between a cozy mystery and the regular vein.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Better Just gets better twisty and turney with humor and suspense that keep you guessing. On to the next will be very sorry when I have read them all.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Light, fluffy read...just what I was looking for.

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