Familiar Trouble - Carolyn Haines

Familiar Trouble

By Carolyn Haines

  • Release Date: 2017-07-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers


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.


  • First book in A Familiar Legacy series!

    By Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader
    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.
  • Double the Trouble and the fun!

    By SataiStyx
    The new series to complement the Familiar The Black Cat Detective series, this book introduces Trouble, Familiar's son. Also a black cat with a penchant for British crime drama (and affecting the accent), Trouble is just like his father with helping romance along while solving a crime. This book was a very fun and quick read. Carolyn is one of those authors who expands beyond "murder mystery" to "detective story" with these series, and I for one appreciate it. Some of these cozy mystery series would make me think twice about living in a specific town, since people seem to keel over via murder with startling regularity. There are a lot of crimes out there that make interesting stories, and Carolyn shows us how.
  • There's a New Black Cat on the Street

    By Firstbjh
    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.