Atlanta-based author Mary Kay Andrews’ recent series of novels – “Hissy Fit," etc. – is about life and love in the deep South. The other series of mysteries set in Atlanta – “The Family Jewels,” “Killer Fudge” and 11 others – is published under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck.
Mary Kay Andrews’ most recent novel, due out in May 2015, is “Beach Town,” the story of the love affair between a film location scout and the mayor of a small Florida-panhandle town. When exposure threatens the town’s environmental recovery, the two lock horns despite their mutual attraction. The latest in Andrews’ study of Southern life, “Beach Town” features Andrews’ idiosyncratic characters in quirky settings and situations already familiar to readers of “Hissy Fit” – about a bride who catches her husband-to-be and her maid on honor in flagrante delicto on the night before their wedding.
Andrews’ series of mysteries – published under Kathy Hogan Trocheck – follows erstwhile police officer now private investigator/cleaning service operator Callahan Garrity through Atlanta as she investigates murders. For instance, in “The Family Jewels,” Garrity investigates the suspicious death of an elderly client whose antique jewelry is missing. In “Killer Fudge,” when the grandson of an employee is charged with the death of an elderly antiques dealer, Garrity finds more than one motive for murder.