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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 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.
“Kathy Hogan Trocheck’s cleverly plotted puzzlers are a gift…witty dialogue, sassy characters, and an unobtrusive subtext about social issues.”
“Murder meets its match in this feisty, funny heroine…A tidy mystery with…polished writing and industrial suspense.”
“As Strange Brew proves, there’s nothing strange about Kathy Hogan Trocheck’s growing reputation. Her writing here is just as flip, just as New South sassy as ever, but underneath is a deepening compassion that wisely gives even her modern-day devils their due.”