Familiar Trouble (Familiar Legacy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I can’t tell you how excited I am about the return of the ‘Familiar’ series!!
Tammy, a bookseller, has deep ties in Wetumpka, Alabama. Small town life suits her best, but even small towns are not immune to crimes… even murder. However, Wetumpka is about to experience a highly unusual wave of murders when it appears the ‘Silk Stocking Killer' has chosen to settle down in the small town.
When Tammy and her ‘British’ cat, Trouble, discover the body of a woman, the local deputy, Aiden Waters is on the case.
Aiden and Tammy discover they have a simmering connection between them, but Aiden is a man on a mission, determined to find the ‘SSK’ no matter how often he must relocate, which means he can’t settle down until the murderer is caught, and that kind of throws a wet blanket on their romance.
As the bodies begin piling up, it becomes clear that Tammy could be in danger, which brings out ‘Trouble’ and Aiden’s protectiveness, while Tammy does a little amateur sleuthing.
Will they find the killer before Tammy becomes his next victim?
Many of you remember the ‘Familiar’ series written by ‘Caroline Burnes’ which began in the 1990’s. The romantic suspense series featured a cat named ‘Familiar’ who has uncanny detective skills. The long running series ended several years ago, but several of the books, are being released in digital format and are now available in the Kindle store. It’s been a long time since I read a book from that series, but I do remember I enjoyed them a lot and it will be fun to read them again. If you like this book, you might enjoy the original series as well.
However, this book in the beginning of a new series, a spin off, or ‘the next generation’, if you will, featuring ‘Familiar’s’ son, ‘Trouble.’ ‘Trouble’ has inherited his dad’s detecting skills and after helping protect Tammy and solve the case, he is ready to use those skills full time, taking on cases as they come.
This is a wonderful start to what I hope will be another long running romantic suspense/ cozy mystery series. This story was very well rounded, with a well plotted, twisty, mystery coupled with a nice romantic element and the shout out to cat lovers everywhere, with ‘Trouble’ developing his newly discovered detecting skills. The smart, black cat, often steals the show, with his running monologue that is often hilarious, but always heartfelt.
As an animal lover, I am drawn to books that feature pets and animals. I do, however, like it to stay on the plausible side of things, if at all possible. This book gives ‘Trouble’ a wonderfully delightful disposition and personality, and because I know cats can do incredible things for their humans, I enjoyed the whimsical quality, ‘Trouble’ brought to the story, and I believed in his incredible talent and loved his loyalty.
The human characters were okay, too. LOL! No, seriously, I really loved seeing Tammy’s character growth, and was happy she is comfortable in her own skin now, unafraid of trusting people, and can find peace and contentment no matter what the future holds.
If you enjoy romantic suspense, cozy mysteries, or books that feature pets and animals, I really think you will enjoy this one!!
I can’t wait to see what adventure awaits ‘Trouble’ in the future!
In this first book in the Familiar Legacy series we're introduced to Tammy, a bookseller in Wetumpka, Alabama. It's a rural little town in big trouble when it appears that a serial killer has made it his new hunting ground. It's personal for local deputy Aiden Waters when bodies start piling up because his own wife was murdered by the Silk Stocking Killer, and when he starts having feelings for Tammy he's forced to put them on the back-burner while making sure she stays safe. Thankfully her newly adopted cat Trouble, who learned some crime-solving techniques from his famous father Familiar and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, is also on the case! The sections narrated by Trouble break the tension a bit with his completely feline way of viewing the action around him. This book is cozy but it's also purrfect for fans of romantic suspense. Four paws up!
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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