DIVORCE, BETRAYAL, MURDER – Avery Wilson knew starting over would be hard, but she never expected to be in an all-out war with her ex. What was he planning next? Her goal of equine rehabilitation for wounded veterans on her Alabama horse ranch was slipping from her grasp, and her precious horses were in danger.
Dirks Hanna had what should have been a simple mission – evaluate Summer Valley Ranch for federal funding. But something deadly was happening in Summer Valley. The beautiful – and headstrong – equestrian was targeted for harm with danger in every direction. And, intertwined with that danger, was a multi-faceted black cat who somehow appeared at the scene of every disaster.
Trouble had arrived at the ranch anticipating bitter human emotions to run high, but the black cat finds his paws more than full with murder and two very stubborn humans who refuse to see they are meant for each other.
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Trouble is back! This time he is in Alabama and has temporarily adopted a new human female, Avery Wilson, who is being threatened by her ex-husband on the courthouse steps. This is also where she meets and is rescued by Dirks Hanna who has been sent by the IRS to determine if her Summer Valley Ranch should be certified to host Veterans with PTSD. It turns out that Avery knows Trouble’s owner Tammy Lynn. (Trouble Skyped Tammy Lynn to let her know where he was.) He is definitely in the right place: someone is playing dangerous games at Summer Valley Ranch and Avery stands to lose everything. His Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlockish persona is a hoot. I especially enjoy the interplay between the humans and little furry detective, also the musings of Trouble as he tries to keep the humans on the trail of the bad guy. He has that true cat arrogance. The mystery is complex with a host of suspicious characters in the mix, making for a solid who-dun-it. I loved the setting of the ranch. I’m not a horse person, but did love the premise of the rescues of both man and beast that is Avery’s life. Hopefully we will see these characters in the future. They have more to share with us! I wonder where we will find Trouble next . . .
Trouble in Summery Valley by Susan Y. Tanner was an enjoyable additon to the Familiar Legacy series. Trouble goes to Summer Valley Ranch to help Tammy Lynn's friend, Avery Wilson. She's just gone through a nasty divorce, her ex-husband has threatened her and more threats appear. Dirks Hanna has come to Summer Valley to investigate for the Verterans Administration as Avery had applied to them to be considered for a veteran rehabilitation program. Avery is smart, independent and cool under pressure; but she's worn out when Dirks shows up. He decides to stay because he needs answers to fraudulent claims. As for Trouble, he is on the case and Avery learns early to pay attention to him as the threats escalate against Avery and her horses. I do love Trouble's adventures. He's definitely Familiar's son when it comes to sniffing out clues, alerting "bipeds" of danger and solving perplexing cases. The story was quickly paced and there were enough twists that I was quite surprised at the reveal as to who was behind it all. I'm eager to see where he travels to next. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All of the above opinions are my own.