Familiar Trouble

Familiar Trouble

by Carolyn Haines


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BLOOD IS THICKER... Sometimes a unique talent is inherited-and such is the case for Trouble, son of Familiar the black cat detective. Trouble's rather indolent life in the sleepy town of Wetumpka, Alabama is upended when a serial killer arrives on the scene. Trouble begins to apply the skills he learned from his dad and his hero, Sherlock Holmes. When local bookseller Tammy Lynn is attacked at the site of an impact crater, Trouble realizes he must protect his human and solve the mystery of the Silk Stocking Killer. Aiden Waters, a local deputy, has tracked the SSK to Wetumpka. Since his wife's murder, Aiden won't risk romance, but when Tammy is endangered, everything changes. Especially their hearts.

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ISBN-13: 9780966395426
Publisher: Carolyn Haines, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Series: Familiar Legacy Series , #1
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 273,670
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

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Familiar Trouble 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
Tammy Lynn owns the Book Basket bookstore in Wetumpka, Alabama. Tammy's companion is her cat, Trouble, the son of Familiar, the black cat detective. She also loves history and is very interested in an old Choctaw legend of "The Spider in the Sky." The legend is what brought her to Rook's Vantage on this dark night. But tonight is not just some ordinary night. While Tammy is there with her cat she hears a noise and goes to investigate. Before she can react, she is tackled by a person dressed all in black and knocked out. Without realizing it, Tammy has encountered a serial killer and managed to survived. The killer had just finished hiding the body of his first victim in Wetumpka, Debby Caldwell, a teller at the local bank. Aiden Waters, a new deputy sheriff in town, is on the trail of the Silk Stocking Killer (SSK). The SSK is a serial killer who preys on small towns, wreaking fear and havoc, them moving on. Will Trouble be able to protect Tammy? Will there be more deaths? Will Tammy and Aiden be able to stop the serial killer? This is a great start to a new series. The story is told from the cat's perspective with plenty of wit and humor. There is also an element of romance in the story, but it does not detract from the main story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I had a hard time getting into the story. It quickly came into it's own. The story was enjoyable and held my attention. Bravo.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Trouble is an extraordinary cat--he takes after his Dad! He is also bound and determined to take care of his humanoid or as he sometimes refers to Tammy as his biped. Life was pretty quiet until Tammy decided to borrow a friend's telescope and go star gazing up at the crater. Then the bodies start--Trouble is worried and knows he has to figure out who this killer is. I will say this cat is very discerning and knows who to trust and who should be ATTACKED with all claws extended! This will keep you guessing until the end. I totally enjoyed this novel and will follow Trouble on some of his other adventures!
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
Book seller Tammy Lynn trespasses on her neighbor’s property to be on the site of an impact crater. She is attacked and finds her life is in danger. When she learns a serial killer is in her small town of Wetumpka, Alabama, she realizes she could have been the next victim. Tammy’s cat, Trouble, is the son of the famous black cat detective, Familiar. Trouble is following the footsteps of his dad and the famous human detective, Sherlock Holmes. It’s Trouble’s job to protect Tammy and he will go to any length to do so. However, Trouble doesn’t have to handle it on his own. The handsome local deputy, Aiden Waters, is also on the case. After losing his wife, he has no intentions of losing Tammy, too. Trouble and Aiden have their hands fun protecting Tammy. It’s especially hard since Tammy is quite independent and prefers to protect herself. Caroline Haines wrote the original Fear Familiar series under the name Caroline Burnes for the Harlequin Intrigue line. I loved that series and was delighted to hear that a sequel series would be released. I enjoyed this very much. It’s a clever series, partly narrated by Trouble (complete with a Benedict Cumberbatch accent). The cat doesn’t speak to the humans, but the readers hear exactly what’s on his mind. I found the story line to be fast-paced and intriguing. Tammy is a bit reckless, but most mystery heroines are :) She is strong, though, and doesn’t back down from a fight. Aiden is a good match for her, although he has many personal demons he has to go through himself. I enjoyed both the mystery and romance in this book. There are more books coming in this series. Each one is written by a different author and features different heroines and heroes, but Trouble is the common denominator as he appears in all of them. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Familiar Trouble by Carolyn Haines is the first book in Familiar Legacy series. Tammy Lynn owns the Book Basket in Wetumpka, Alabama where she lives with her cat, Trouble. Tammy is at Rook’s Vantage stargazing when she hears a noise. She walks over, investigates and is attacked by a person in black. Tammy ends up unconscious. When she awakes, she finds that all four tires of her vehicle have been slashed. Deputy Aiden Waters transferred to Wetumpka six months prior. He is on the trail of the Silk Stalking Killer (SSK) who killed his wife. Debby Caldwell, a local bank worker, has disappeared and Trouble has found a vital clue near where Tammy was attacked. Did Tammy interrupt SSK the night before? Aiden has begun to care for Tammy and now her life is threatened. He does not want to lose another woman he cares about to this serial killer. Trouble puts his detective skills to work to help Aiden and Tammy catch the elusive SSK. Familiar Trouble is a spin-off of the Familiar series by Carolyn Haines. In this series, we are introduced to Trouble, Familiar’s son who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes. I thought Familiar Trouble was an easy to read cozy mystery. I enjoyed the sections written in Trouble’s point-of-views. I found them entertaining and would have enjoyed more. My rating for Familiar Trouble is 3 out of 5 stars. I felt, though, that the characters lacked depth. The author did not provide enough background detail on Tammy Lynn (more detail is provided on Trouble than Tammy). The mystery idea was interesting, but I identified the killer before the first body turned up. There is a small suspect pool and one individual stood out. It would have been better if the author had included more action and had upped the suspense factor. The romance factor is prominent and moves quickly. I found many details repeated several times throughout the story (like the author was padding the story). If you are burnt out and looking for a little light reading, then take a look at Familiar Trouble. The next book in the series is Trouble in Dixie by Rebecca Barrett.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Familiar Trouble by Carolyn Haines is the first book in the Familiar Legacy series and was an awesome mystery. I had read some of her original books in the Familiar series and loved them. So I was eager to read this new series based on Familiar's kittens. Ms. Haines is well known for her descriptive writing and her characters that are "real" with all of our human flaws. The plot was fast paced and so many twists that I just couldn't put the book down. I did finally get a glimmer of who the SSK might be but really wasn't sure until the final few chapters and the twist during the reveal was startling. I loved watching Tammy and Aiden's growth as their relationship began to develop throughout the story. As for Trouble, Familiar's son, he has definitely inherited his father's detective genes. He snooped, he presented clues to Tammy and Aiden and he protected Tammy. Ms. Haines provided Tammy, Aiden and Trouble's points of view as the story unfolded and I really enjoyed being able to "see" the story from their view points. Small town setting, murders by a serial killer, a detective cat and a little romance made this an excellent read for an afternoon. I am hooked on this new series and anxious for the next one. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All of the above opinions are my own.