Every Crooked Nanny by Mary Kay Andrews (Kathy Hogan Trocheck)

“I’d always had a lousy poker face … I got away with very little. Which is why I tried to keep fairly straight these days. It simplifies things.”

Callahan is a cop turned private investigator turned house-cleaning business owner. A chance encounter with an old friend due to a maid calling in sick leads to her putting her investigator hat back on to find a missing nanny.

Our library was holding an adult summer reading program contest. It was a bingo game and one square was to read the first book written by a favorite author. Mary Kay Andrews is an author I have always enjoyed, especially when I need a light, fun read. I was surprised to find she had written first under a different name. It makes sense, though, since the genres are very different – chick lit thriller instead of just chick lit. I listened to this book on my phone after downloading the audiobook from Overdrive.

This book is fast-paced with several plot twists. Callahan procrastinates facing her own medical issue while trying to find out why the nanny went missing and where she could be. When she does find the nanny, everyone’s motives in the case need to be re-examined.

The book deals with breast cancer, nannies, murder, Mormonism, adultery and real estate fraud. The real estate fraud is the most heart-breaking part of the book. I would only recommend this book to people who like chick-lit thriller books (like Lisa Scottoline books). It might be a good vacation read. I’m not the biggest fan of crime and thriller books, but there are many out there who do enjoy them. The twists in this book would delight those readers.

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About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.