It’s all Mary Kay Andrew’s fault. I swear; that girl can really write a book. All about girlfriends, real life problems, the beach, relationships … oh yeah, and a little love interest thrown in for good measure.

If you haven’t read Summer Rental, grab it and settle in. I’ve already had my vacation but I really enjoyed some more beach time with Ellis, Julia, Dorie and their mystery guest Maryn in their classic old Outer Banks house, Ebbtide. The connection was personal. From the first page, it was like meeting old friends you never knew you had.

And all this from the pen (well, maybe keyboard) of Mary Kay Andrews, the nom de plume of Atlantan Kathy Hogan Trocheck. I’ve followed Kathy for years now, starting from our first meeting over lunch at the Georgian Club during her 10 year stint as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and I had clients whose stories were worth a line or two.

Little did I know that beneath those dark curls lurked the soul of a mystery-writing wife and mom. Talk about multi-tasking! Early on she introduced us to former Atlanta detective Callahan Garrity, turned household engineer with her cleaning agency House Mouse. From Every Crooked Nanny to Happy Never After, we solved those pesky murders that seemed to haunt Callahan even after she’d left the force.

Callahan led to our all too brief acquaintance with Truman Kicklighter, a retired reporter with a nose for not so good news – for the victim, that is. And then, Kathy’s alter ego began to emerge. Writing as Mary Kay Andrews, we’ve had a Hissy Fit, listened to Little Bitty Lies, celebrated a Blue Christmas, and now we’re all sharing a Summer Rental,with lots going on in between.

If you don’t know Kathy – or Mary Kay – now’s your chance! I think she’s one multi-tasking woman who’ll keep you up nights.