I’m pretty sure SMALL TOWN TROUBLE is my cutest cover ever.



We interrupt our regular Monday programming* to bring you the totally adorable cover for my next novel, SMALL TOWN TROUBLE, a Trouble the Black Cat Detective novel in the Familiar Legacy series. Ever since the moment I saw this a couple of weeks ago, I’ve wanted to share it with you. I’m so proud of this little book–I say little because, as a cozy, it’s a shorter than my suspense novels which come in at over 100 thousand words. But there’s a lot of action and mystery and maybe even a little sweet romance packed into its pages.

What’s it about? Here’s the skinny:


Erin Walsh arrives home to tiny New Belford, Kentucky from college only to clash with her young stepmother, Shelby Rae. When Shelby Rae is kidnapped and a dear friend of the family is murdered, Erin discovers that both victims had secrets connected to the violent death of her mother seven years earlier. In a small town the pool of suspects is limited, but it also means the danger to Erin’s own life is deathly close.

Noah Daly, an old high school friend, is the son of the man everyone blames for the violent death of Erin’s mother. But he’s also the one person Erin feels she can trust to help her find Shelby Rae’s kidnapper and her friend’s murderer. Or is her sudden attraction to him blinding her to his true nature?

Enter Trouble, the wise and wily black cat detective. His paws have barely landed in the bluegrass when he realizes Erin is about to put herself in danger. Can he lead Erin to the truth before she becomes a victim herself?

You’ll be able to get your own copy of SMALL TOWN TROUBLE the second week of January. It’s actually available for pre-order now, but please ignore the glitch that says it will be available December 25th, darn it. (Fine print, uploading, Amazon, blah, blah, blah! It will have the correct date soon.)  Can you believe it’s almost here?! The GREAT news is that it will be available for $3.99 on Kindle, and only $9.99 in paperback.

The series is so fun. It’s a riff on FAMILIAR, Carolyn Haines’s original black cat series. Trouble is Familiar’s very clever, crime-solving son who lives in Wetumpka, Alabama. But Trouble ends up solving mysteries all over the country. In fact, there are four Familiar Legacy Trouble books out already. And if you’re an ebook reader, Carolyn’s first book in the series, FAMILIAR TROUBLE, is free for the next few weeks!

I’m so glad to have you here to celebrate with me!


* Did you do your fall decorating homework from Friday? I did! Photos tomorrow!


3 thoughts on “Cover Reveal! SMALL TOWN TROUBLE”

  1. Priscilla says:

    Wonderful cover, intriguing synopsis, congrats!

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Thank you, Priscilla!

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