Spotlight: Carolyn Haines

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Today on my blog I have an Author Spotlight for Carolyn Haines.  I have information about her and her many different books and  series, including her latest release, Bone-a-fied Trouble.



Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of over eighty novels in a number of genres, including the acclaimed Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series, the Pluto’s Snitch mystery series, and the Familiar Legacy romantic mystery series.

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Haines was honored with the prestigious 2009 Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Haines was also 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished writing. Haines was most recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Writers Guild. She is the 4th recipient of the prestigious award which has also been given to James Meredith, Greg Iles, and John Evans.

Her novel BONE TO BE WILD was named best suspense for 2014, and the Sarah Booth Delaney series was also named best amateur sleuth. Two of the Sarah Booth books were included in the “Best 5 mysteries of the year” by LIBRARY JOURNAL.

Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Alabama on a farm with more dogs, cats, and horses than she can possibly keep track of! She has been an animal advocate and activist her whole life and urges all pet owners to please spay and neuter.

Carolyn Haines


The worlds of Sarah Booth Delaney’s Zinnia, Mississippi and Trouble, the black cat detective, collide in this fast-paced tale of high stakes cotton research, abduction, and murder.

Trouble, the Sherlockian feline, falls in with Pluto, another cat with a yin for detective work, to find the missing Trudy Wells. But the cats aren’t alone. Tabitha Kingsley, posing as a psychic medium, has come to the Mississippi Delta to find her missing sister.

Standing in Tabitha’s way is the cynical—and compelling—Roger Long. Roger manages the vast Long Agricultural Products farm and business. Trudy was his newly hired receptionist—and possible loverbefore she disappeared.

In a world of wealth and privilege, Tabitha must discover the truth of what her rebellious, sometimes law-breaking, sister was really up to. And she must trust Roger to help her.

Trouble and Pluto aid the bipeds in finding the answers—to Trudy’s vanishing act and also to the path to trust.


Bone-a-fied Trouble (Familiar Legacy Book 9) by [Haines, Carolyn]

Multi-author series background.

In the 1990s, writing as Caroline Burnes, Carolyn Haines wrote 22 books featuring Familiar, the black cat detective, for the Harlequin Intrigue line. Familiar, who patterned himself after Sam Spade, was a popular character. Now, Haines is reissuing some of those titles and has begun a multi-author spin-off series featuring Familiar’s son, Trouble. A number of her writer friends are joining her to write romantic mysteries in the world of the smart, sleek, and savvy Trouble, black cat detective.

Like his father, Trouble is a traveling cat who finds himself at the doorstep of adventure, mystery—and a little romance—wherever he goes. He learned his detecting skills from his dad (who is a globetrotting PI) and from watching TV shows featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes. Trouble is so taken with his Sherlockian hero that he’s developed a slight British accent.

Each book in the series features Trouble, who “thinks” but doesn’t speak. But each individual author is free to put her spin on the story and the human characters. This format allows for each writer to play to her strengths. The books are seventy percent mystery with a bit of romance thrown in, and of course, that darn cat.

The books are–

FAMILIAR TROUBLE, #1  Carolyn Haines

TROUBLE IN DIXIE #2 Rebecca Barrett



SMALL TOWN TROUBLE #5 Laura Benedict

TROUBLE IN PARADISE  #6  Rebecca Barrett


BONE-A-FIED TROUBLE  #9  Carolyn Haines



Trouble Under The Mistletoe  Rebecca Barrett

Other Series by Carolyn Haines:
Them Bones Buried Bones Splintered Bones Crossed Bones Hallowed Bones Bones To Pick Ham Bones
Sarah Booth Delaney (20 books) 

Carolyn Haines (Goodreads Author)
#1 Them Bones

#2 Buried Bones

#3 Splintered Bones

#4 Crossed Bones

#5 Hallowed Bones

#6 Bones to Pick

#7 Ham Bones

#8 Wishbones

#9 Greedy Bones

#10 Bone Appetit

#11 Bones of a Feather

#12 Bonefire of the Vanities

#13 Smarty Bones

#13.5 Shorty Bones

#14 Booty Bones

#14.5 Bones on the Bayou

#15 Bone to Be Wild

#15.5 Guru Bones

#15.6 Jingle Bones

#16 Rock-a-Bye Bones

#17 Sticks and Bones

#17.5 Bones and Arrows

#18 Charmed Bones

#18.5 Clacking Bones

#19 A Gift of Bones

#20 Game of Bones

The Book of Beloved The House of Memory The Specter of Seduction
Pluto’s Snitch (3 books) 

Carolyn Haines (Goodreads Author)

Dixon Sinclair

#1 Touched

#2 Judas Burning