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Ex-cop Callahan Garrity was more than happy to leave the Atlanta P.D. behind her to start her own business -- the House Mouse cleaning service -- and to indulge in a bit of freelance private investigation on the side. However, she owes too much to her former partner, Bucky Deavers, to refuse his request that she accompany him to the department's annual St. Patrick's Day ba Ex-cop Callahan Garrity was more than happy to leave the Atlanta P.D. behind her to start her own business -- the House Mouse cleaning service -- and to indulge in a bit of freelance private investigation on the side. However, she owes too much to her former partner, Bucky Deavers, to refuse his request that she accompany him to the department's annual St. Patrick's Day bash. But the celebrating ends abruptly -- and badly -- when Bucky is shot during an apparent liquor store robbery while they're on the way home. Callahan is devastated -- and the talk that perhaps Bucky was "dirty" only intensifies her pain. Now, with the help of her feisty "Mice," she's determined to find the culprit and clear her friend's name, even if it means piercing the veil of secrecy surrounding an Irish fraternal police organization that might be brewing up something far more lethally potent than green beer.


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Ex-cop Callahan Garrity was more than happy to leave the Atlanta P.D. behind her to start her own business -- the House Mouse cleaning service -- and to indulge in a bit of freelance private investigation on the side. However, she owes too much to her former partner, Bucky Deavers, to refuse his request that she accompany him to the department's annual St. Patrick's Day ba Ex-cop Callahan Garrity was more than happy to leave the Atlanta P.D. behind her to start her own business -- the House Mouse cleaning service -- and to indulge in a bit of freelance private investigation on the side. However, she owes too much to her former partner, Bucky Deavers, to refuse his request that she accompany him to the department's annual St. Patrick's Day bash. But the celebrating ends abruptly -- and badly -- when Bucky is shot during an apparent liquor store robbery while they're on the way home. Callahan is devastated -- and the talk that perhaps Bucky was "dirty" only intensifies her pain. Now, with the help of her feisty "Mice," she's determined to find the culprit and clear her friend's name, even if it means piercing the veil of secrecy surrounding an Irish fraternal police organization that might be brewing up something far more lethally potent than green beer.

30 review for Irish Eyes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annierose

    I loved this series, but figure that the author must have been in a really bad place in her life to have ended it this way. Relationships vague, like did she break up with Mac? she alludes to them never getting into a rhythm after he moves. It just seemed to leave loose ends and it left a bad taste in my mouth at the end. I bought the short stories to read, but they don't continue chronologically. Wish that the series could have ended on a better note, it's hard enough to say good bye to an awes I loved this series, but figure that the author must have been in a really bad place in her life to have ended it this way. Relationships vague, like did she break up with Mac? she alludes to them never getting into a rhythm after he moves. It just seemed to leave loose ends and it left a bad taste in my mouth at the end. I bought the short stories to read, but they don't continue chronologically. Wish that the series could have ended on a better note, it's hard enough to say good bye to an awesome series, but you at least want to imagine the characters in a good place....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This is the last if the Callahan Garrity novels by Kathy Hogan Trocheck (Mary Kay Andrews) still on my to read list, and I would rank it as the best in that series. I am a reader after a good character, and the ones in MKA's books from early in her career until today always pull me into the story. Over the past 10 years I have become a MKA junkie and always am excited when I can see her in person. I just saw today on Facebook that she has a short story featuring Callahan Garrity published electr This is the last if the Callahan Garrity novels by Kathy Hogan Trocheck (Mary Kay Andrews) still on my to read list, and I would rank it as the best in that series. I am a reader after a good character, and the ones in MKA's books from early in her career until today always pull me into the story. Over the past 10 years I have become a MKA junkie and always am excited when I can see her in person. I just saw today on Facebook that she has a short story featuring Callahan Garrity published electronically, so I suppose I haven't run out of material to read about this character yet. If MKA sees this, I hope she will remember I am one of her ladies from Tifton, and I hope to see her at Seaside Sisters very soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Maskus

    This is the last of the Callahan Garrity series, Trocheck changed her name to Mary Kay Andrews and began writing about Weezie and Bebe. I must admit that the last 4 of the Callahan series are good. This is a Southern writer, but I think that readers in the 1990's were not ready for stories where blacks and whites were friends. Irish Eyes deals with the problems of police officers: the lack of salary and the need to work extra "security" work to survive financially. The sad news is the death of d This is the last of the Callahan Garrity series, Trocheck changed her name to Mary Kay Andrews and began writing about Weezie and Bebe. I must admit that the last 4 of the Callahan series are good. This is a Southern writer, but I think that readers in the 1990's were not ready for stories where blacks and whites were friends. Irish Eyes deals with the problems of police officers: the lack of salary and the need to work extra "security" work to survive financially. The sad news is the death of detective Bucky Deavers, Callahan's best friend, and Mac moving to Nashville for a new job. I will miss this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    Very enjoyable book. I liked the characters and Hillary Huber does a fantastic job reading the story. I will definitely read the seven books before this one. Hopefully as audiobooks. You don't know who was involved with all the crimes until the very end. Love the two 80-year-old sisters. There are some funny characters in this story. Definitely recommend this book. Very enjoyable book. I liked the characters and Hillary Huber does a fantastic job reading the story. I will definitely read the seven books before this one. Hopefully as audiobooks. You don't know who was involved with all the crimes until the very end. Love the two 80-year-old sisters. There are some funny characters in this story. Definitely recommend this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Final book in this series!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    Sorry to see the Callahan Garrity Mystery series end. Kathy Hogan Trocheck (Mary Kay Andrews) delivers an quirky and fun-filled series! To celebrate St. Patrick's IRISH EYES --makes for an awesome read; highly recommend the audio version, narrated by Hillary Huber. IRISH EYES is suspenseful and hard to put down --keeps you guessing - who is a part of the murder ring. As usual, Trocheck truly understands the south and knows Atlanta. It is always nice to catch up with the familiar spots in Atla Sorry to see the Callahan Garrity Mystery series end. Kathy Hogan Trocheck (Mary Kay Andrews) delivers an quirky and fun-filled series! To celebrate St. Patrick's IRISH EYES --makes for an awesome read; highly recommend the audio version, narrated by Hillary Huber. IRISH EYES is suspenseful and hard to put down --keeps you guessing - who is a part of the murder ring. As usual, Trocheck truly understands the south and knows Atlanta. It is always nice to catch up with the familiar spots in Atlanta, and visit the array of colorful, and humorous eccentric characters with lots of twists and turns. Without giving away the ending, was expecting something different; however, was an engaging mystery full of humor and southern sass. Irish Eyes, Heart Trouble and Strange Brew my favorites in the series. A big fan of Mary Kay, will continue to buy anything she writes--she never disappoints!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Peterson

    Picked up Irish Eyes as a St. Patrick's Day bargain not knowing it was a Callahan Garrity Mystery...#8 I'm sure I would have understood the quirkiness of some characters if I had read the previous books. My personal take... I'm not a fan of cussing, and some of the words in this book made me wince even while jumping over them. The ending was rushed and wrapped up a little too neatly. I'm sure to give hints to story #9, which I doubt I'll be reading, even if it goes on sale. Picked up Irish Eyes as a St. Patrick's Day bargain not knowing it was a Callahan Garrity Mystery...#8 I'm sure I would have understood the quirkiness of some characters if I had read the previous books. My personal take... I'm not a fan of cussing, and some of the words in this book made me wince even while jumping over them. The ending was rushed and wrapped up a little too neatly. I'm sure to give hints to story #9, which I doubt I'll be reading, even if it goes on sale.

  8. 5 out of 5

    SS

    Enjoyed this book...til the end. What a vague, unsettling way to end this book. I enjoyed almost all of the rest of this series, but not this ending.

  9. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    I loved Sister and Baby!!! They made this book!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Hilarious dialogue and cast of characters!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tgordon

    I just love this series! It’s fun and always entertaining! I’m from the south and appreciate the southern voices! Fun fun books! This one did have some actual sadness that I had not felt about the others!

  12. 4 out of 5

    L8blmr

    Thanks to a good friend who loaned them to me, I have now read every book in the Callahan Garrity series. Did it end the way I wanted it to? No! I fact, I really needed two rating scales so that I could grade high for the writing and grade really low for how I felt when I finished the book. Did Trochek intend for this to be the series finale or did she just...stop? I don't think it's the best send-off; in fact, the ending was a real downer. This story was much more about detecting and hardly any Thanks to a good friend who loaned them to me, I have now read every book in the Callahan Garrity series. Did it end the way I wanted it to? No! I fact, I really needed two rating scales so that I could grade high for the writing and grade really low for how I felt when I finished the book. Did Trochek intend for this to be the series finale or did she just...stop? I don't think it's the best send-off; in fact, the ending was a real downer. This story was much more about detecting and hardly anything about the House Mouse and its odd cast of employees. Therefore, very little if any humor could be found, and that also was a disappointment. I have enjoyed the couple of books I have read so far by this author writing under her Mary Kay Andrews pseudonym, and it has occurred to me that a crossover book including both her Atlanta and Savannah characters could be a lot of fun. Maybe Mac and Callahan could plan a long weekend and stop by Weezie's shop or stay in BeBe's motel...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin L

    Review of the audiobook. Well, that's it. It's over. End of series. And what an ending it was! As the cover blurb tells you, Bucky gets shot in this one and Callahan starts investigating as Bucky's own coworkers at the Atlanta PD start pointing fingers at him and calling him corrupt. She's sure that he isn't, but soon another cop is shot and things start getting more dangerous. I'm sad this series is done. It's one of my favorites and this installment didn't disappoint at all. I absolutely recomme Review of the audiobook. Well, that's it. It's over. End of series. And what an ending it was! As the cover blurb tells you, Bucky gets shot in this one and Callahan starts investigating as Bucky's own coworkers at the Atlanta PD start pointing fingers at him and calling him corrupt. She's sure that he isn't, but soon another cop is shot and things start getting more dangerous. I'm sad this series is done. It's one of my favorites and this installment didn't disappoint at all. I absolutely recommend this series, even if it is a few years old.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Shoaf

    I didn't really know this with in a series, I just happened to see it at a library book sale and got it because it was my favorite author! This was a great mystery! Such good writing! Callahan was really a good character. I liked her motivation, caring, sincerity, and no back down attitude the whole entire book. I recommend, great read! I didn't really know this with in a series, I just happened to see it at a library book sale and got it because it was my favorite author! This was a great mystery! Such good writing! Callahan was really a good character. I liked her motivation, caring, sincerity, and no back down attitude the whole entire book. I recommend, great read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    AlienDog

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not my favorite in the Callahan Garrity mystery series. I found it hard to fathom how Callahan could so quickly vacillate about whether or not Bucky, her former partner on the police force as well as best friend, could have been a dirty cop. She knew him better than anyone and, when his life and reputation hang on the line, she isn’t really sure if he was a good, clean cop. I’m also surprised that she spent so much time away from her business in spite of the trouble it was causing for her mother Not my favorite in the Callahan Garrity mystery series. I found it hard to fathom how Callahan could so quickly vacillate about whether or not Bucky, her former partner on the police force as well as best friend, could have been a dirty cop. She knew him better than anyone and, when his life and reputation hang on the line, she isn’t really sure if he was a good, clean cop. I’m also surprised that she spent so much time away from her business in spite of the trouble it was causing for her mother and her fears for Callahan’s safety. Then again, I was disappointed that her mother had more problems with Callahan investigating this case than she had with other cases. I also cannot understand how Callahan nor her employees seem to question the feasibility of using the large, pink, House Mouse van as a surveillance vehicle, or to park it near a house into which they are illegally breaking. Especially after the many other times her cover gets blown by the use of her very pink House Mouse van As with all her other books, I’m dismayed about how little regard (or knowledge?) KHT and her editors have for the English language. They seem to have no understanding of when to use an adverb or adjective, ie: “she said breathless” vs breathlessly. Nor do they follow the rules which separate humans from objects like “who” vs “that” or “which.” I’m no grammarian, but these were drilled into all students staring in elementary school and through their senior year, until recent years, so mistakes like these stick out and grate on my nerves. Lastly, I disliked KHT’s disregard of her fans surrounding how the series ended. What the heck? Really? THIS is what you envisioned? I wish I had known so I could have avoided wasting my time. I have no desire to pick up the other books I had missed in this series, nor the accompanying short stories. I’m not sure I will invest much time reading her stand-alones nor anything in her other series neither.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Have really enjoyed this series with all it's quirky characters. Was a little sad when Bucky, one of the main characters, gets shot and eventually dies. It is always a tough thing when one of the characters you like is killed. This story starts with a celebration for St. Patrick's day which then moves on to Bucky getting shot. Callahan is determined to figure out who did it. She is up against the police department as they seem to think that Bucky may have been involved in some illegal activities Have really enjoyed this series with all it's quirky characters. Was a little sad when Bucky, one of the main characters, gets shot and eventually dies. It is always a tough thing when one of the characters you like is killed. This story starts with a celebration for St. Patrick's day which then moves on to Bucky getting shot. Callahan is determined to figure out who did it. She is up against the police department as they seem to think that Bucky may have been involved in some illegal activities. The issue of low salaries for police officers and the need to work side jobs is brought up and a main story in the book. Callahan is also dealing with her ongoing relationship with boyfriend, Mac. They seem to resolve things but the ending is still a bit vague. Lots of intrigue, humor involving her House Mouse workers, and some sadness when some she discovers who some of the bad guys are. Good read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Koren

    Have read several other books by Mary Kay Andrews and liked them, but this one I chose to put down after the first sentence. “One of my clients, who has superb taste in these things (he’s gay), gives me a bottle of Bushmills for Christmas every year, and every year I hoard it until the afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day.” Just wasn’t in the mood for a book that was clearly going to be full of foolish stereotypes. Being gay doesn’t automatically equate superb taste in things anymore than being straig Have read several other books by Mary Kay Andrews and liked them, but this one I chose to put down after the first sentence. “One of my clients, who has superb taste in these things (he’s gay), gives me a bottle of Bushmills for Christmas every year, and every year I hoard it until the afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day.” Just wasn’t in the mood for a book that was clearly going to be full of foolish stereotypes. Being gay doesn’t automatically equate superb taste in things anymore than being straight means a lack of. I fail to see how the client’s sexuality has anything to do with this sentence and wasn’t in the mood to find out. Hopefully it becomes literarily relevant later in the book, but I’m fine with never knowing the answer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Moore

    This is an interesting mystery. Bucky Deavers, friend and former police partner of Callahan Garrity, takes her to an Irish party on St. Patrick's Day. On their way home, he stops at a liquor store and unfortunately is shot while Garrity waits in the car. The book is devoted to Garrity's investigation of what really happened and who is responsibe. Another cop is shot, and this appears to be a related matter in a crime spree. The police give her little cooperation, but she persists. The characters This is an interesting mystery. Bucky Deavers, friend and former police partner of Callahan Garrity, takes her to an Irish party on St. Patrick's Day. On their way home, he stops at a liquor store and unfortunately is shot while Garrity waits in the car. The book is devoted to Garrity's investigation of what really happened and who is responsibe. Another cop is shot, and this appears to be a related matter in a crime spree. The police give her little cooperation, but she persists. The characters are unforgettable, and Garrity is shown to be a compassionate, caring individual as well as a thorough investigator. This is a good read and a lively mystery.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Storm

    The main storyline is good, but too much time was spent on Callahan’s love life. Also, some of the secondary characters seemed to be pulled from a book of cliches. The sisters who accompany Callahan on some of her adventures came straight from the ”somewhat eccentric older ladies” chapter. There were too many other characters to keep track of, which is one reason why I can’t give this a higher rating. It’s not bad, if cozy mysteries are your thing. Be warned, however, that this one is a bit on t The main storyline is good, but too much time was spent on Callahan’s love life. Also, some of the secondary characters seemed to be pulled from a book of cliches. The sisters who accompany Callahan on some of her adventures came straight from the ”somewhat eccentric older ladies” chapter. There were too many other characters to keep track of, which is one reason why I can’t give this a higher rating. It’s not bad, if cozy mysteries are your thing. Be warned, however, that this one is a bit on the darker side. The ending didn’t completely surprise me. Overall, I think it took too long to get there.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lael Braday

    Callahan's buddy Bucky Deavers drags her to a Shamrock party, and afterward stops at a liquor store, where he gets shot in the head. Callahan, against police instructions, investigates the shooting and uncovers a burglary ring. I'm really enjoying the Callahan Garrity series, with the main character remaining true to her flawed self, following her gut without communicating to friends or family, but always surviving the bad guys. Readers who like stubborn characters whose hunches come to fruition Callahan's buddy Bucky Deavers drags her to a Shamrock party, and afterward stops at a liquor store, where he gets shot in the head. Callahan, against police instructions, investigates the shooting and uncovers a burglary ring. I'm really enjoying the Callahan Garrity series, with the main character remaining true to her flawed self, following her gut without communicating to friends or family, but always surviving the bad guys. Readers who like stubborn characters whose hunches come to fruition and save the day will like this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    chels marieantoinette

    My biggest complaint was how many names Callahan had... maybe if id read other books in the series before this one, I wouldn’t have been confused, but this one was on sale on kindle, soooo. I liked the Atlanta setting and all the cop talk. The Irish girl in me loved all the Irish details and mentions of K of C organizations, Irish songs, and St. Patrick’s day celebrations. Callahan got herself into some pretty wild pickles, though, and put a lot of people in danger- which was, overall, pretty unr My biggest complaint was how many names Callahan had... maybe if id read other books in the series before this one, I wouldn’t have been confused, but this one was on sale on kindle, soooo. I liked the Atlanta setting and all the cop talk. The Irish girl in me loved all the Irish details and mentions of K of C organizations, Irish songs, and St. Patrick’s day celebrations. Callahan got herself into some pretty wild pickles, though, and put a lot of people in danger- which was, overall, pretty unrealistic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Irish Eyes is a book that has a beginning, middle and an end wherein all pieces are neatly tied up. The book was written by an author who likes her chosen profession because she did not just end the story leaving the reader wondering. Irish Eyes deals with brutal murders and robberies. It was a believable story in that no character just all of a sudden produces information. Because the book was neatly written, with a good story it received four stars here. It is recommended for who'dun it fans. Irish Eyes is a book that has a beginning, middle and an end wherein all pieces are neatly tied up. The book was written by an author who likes her chosen profession because she did not just end the story leaving the reader wondering. Irish Eyes deals with brutal murders and robberies. It was a believable story in that no character just all of a sudden produces information. Because the book was neatly written, with a good story it received four stars here. It is recommended for who'dun it fans.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Mary Kay Andrews is one of my favorite modern writers, and I was so happy to see she has a pseudonym and had written mysteries. In this one, Callahan --ex-cop and now a PI and owner of a housecleaning service---is trying to unravel why some of Atlanta's finest are being implicated in ATM robberies, shot and killed, and why a young mother who witnessed a robbery at her convenience store job just suddenly disappears. Mary Kay Andrews is one of my favorite modern writers, and I was so happy to see she has a pseudonym and had written mysteries. In this one, Callahan --ex-cop and now a PI and owner of a housecleaning service---is trying to unravel why some of Atlanta's finest are being implicated in ATM robberies, shot and killed, and why a young mother who witnessed a robbery at her convenience store job just suddenly disappears.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Theresa T

    I really like to read any books by MKA. And I know she is very familiar with the Atlanta area. So this one small criticism is with the reader Hillary Huber. Please get the pronunciations of the towns around Atlanta correct. Ie: Hap e ville. Hapeville, long A. There were a couple of other mispronunciations. Like I said just a small criticism, but do your homework and say it right. Otherwise, good job!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Helen Gaye Brewster

    I’ve never met a book by Mary Kay Andrews I didn’t like. I’ve read all her books except this one, and especially like the Callahan Garrity series. Callahan, her mama, and the House Mouse team don’t disappoint as they figure out why Atlanta policemen are being shot. If you lived in Atlanta during the 90’s, like I did, the references to familiar places will make you nostalgic. I’m really glad I finished up the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series and am sad it's over as I don't think it was wrapped up very well at all so a bit disappointing which is why 4 stars instead of 5. Also, I was tired of the way Callahan continued to treat Mac like an afterthought and this was also still not wrapped up by the end of this book. So sad that the series had to end with Bucky's death. As usual the House Mouse girls were funny and completely enjoyable. I wish the series would be continued. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and am sad it's over as I don't think it was wrapped up very well at all so a bit disappointing which is why 4 stars instead of 5. Also, I was tired of the way Callahan continued to treat Mac like an afterthought and this was also still not wrapped up by the end of this book. So sad that the series had to end with Bucky's death. As usual the House Mouse girls were funny and completely enjoyable. I wish the series would be continued.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amara

    Not the best Callahan book, and not the worst. I think this was the last full book in the series, and it came through as a library hold, so I went for it. It seems like every one of these treats a more serious issue as a sideline, in this one it was an underpaid police force. There was a little more humor in this one than the last one, so that helped it go by more easily.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    I am so sad that this is the last full length book in the series. I have enjoyed the stories and the narrator of the audiobooks very much. So much that I have spread the books over a long period of time so they would last. My one regret is that this book, the final book, did not end on a more positive note.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diana Boyce

    Good Read A realistic read, but not with long descriptions of gore. The killings just are; "just the facts, Jack!". The characters are all flawed, human. A cozy in that it's not too graphic , with some humor thrown in, but still believable, with no sewn-up tight happy ending. It's somewhere in between --and I enjoyed it. Good Read A realistic read, but not with long descriptions of gore. The killings just are; "just the facts, Jack!". The characters are all flawed, human. A cozy in that it's not too graphic , with some humor thrown in, but still believable, with no sewn-up tight happy ending. It's somewhere in between --and I enjoyed it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paula Williams

    Another fantastic Callahan Garrity book. I’m really hoping there’s more to this series. I’ve become attached to Callahan, her mom & House Mouse employees with all the entertainment they offer as they solve crimes! If this is the end, this was a great conclusion, although with a sad ending for a character.

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