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    There's a new cat in town!

    Trouble, son of famous cat detective Familiar, fancies himself a different breed of cat detective: Sherlockian, in the mode of Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal. Thus the English accent. BC and a cat? I’m hooked! Newly adopted by Tammy Lynn, likeable owner of the Book Basket, Trouble guides her through her efforts to uncover the identity of a serial killer in the small, quiet town of Wetumpka, Alabama. Someone is killing young women, all of whom are local girls no one would ever expect to be murdered. Her new love Aidan, whose wife was murdered by the serial killer, is a Deputy Sheriff who teams up with Tammy to uncover the killer. This is a welcome difference from other cozy mysteries where the police generally push away assistance from outsiders. Like Aidan, Tammy has a past and is reluctant to fall in love. Wisely, they seem to get over that quickly. As for Trouble; he is clever, manipulative and charming. He worries he will not live up to the legacy of his father Familiar and is feeling his way. I so look forward to seeing what these folks get up to! The setting in rural Alabama is terrific, with a cast of quirky characters whom I hope to see more of. The story is intriguing: the killer has recently escalated his killings. Why this town? The mystery is subtle and complex. I thought I had the killer pegged fairly quickly but was delighted to be off-base. As usual, Haines’ writing is captivating. No matter the genre, she never fails to entertain and capture her reader.
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    A new cat detective makes his debut!

    For everyone who ever read about Familiar, the introduction of Trouble as his son and fellow sleuth should come as no surprise. Thankfully Trouble was born with an uncanny ability to look after his humanoids, sniff out secrets; trip up intruders, attack would be assassins and find the ‘who done it’ without fail. In Familiar Trouble we are introduced to Trouble, as yet a young cat, starting out in his sleuthing ability on his own although he had training working with his father before. Trouble is in a close relationship with Tammy who seems to attract strange characters and bad situations. Although smart and independent, she lacks in trust from bad experiences and has difficulty letting go of her security blankets. She does quickly learn to trust Trouble’s infallible instincts and whilst they cannot communicate in words, Trouble has multiple ways in which to clearly to warn her of danger. By the end of the story (which is riveting) Tammy has learned a lot of things including to trust new people and Trouble who saves the day. We look forward to many more stories of Trouble to come as he is a very worthy successor of his dad Familiar.
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    Trouble In Alabama

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book with the quirky characters and creepy overtones. A 5 Star Must Read!
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    There's a New Black Cat on the Street

    For those who have read a book or two from the Familiar series, this book stars Familiar's son Trouble. Trouble is a black cat who has been adopted by Tammy, a book store owner in Alabama. The women in this small town are being stalked by the Silk Stocking Killer. Trouble does his best to protect Tammy and to identify the killer. Enjoyable, well-written book. Black cats are the best. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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