posted on August 17, 2017 by Rebecca Barrett

    The Cat Women Collective by Rebecca Barrett

    What, you might ask, is the Cat Women Collective? Well, first of all, it’s a whole lot of fun. It involves writers, sentient animals, more specifically Trouble, the black cat detective, and a lot of mischief. As you can see, we like to really get into the story telling mode.

    One of my favorite quotes in literature is from Mark Twain: “It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense.” A master at writing good nonsense, he should know. I enjoy writing a bit of nonsense myself and am delighted with my new project, Familiar Legacy. It is a romantic mystery series that is a spin-off of the series Fear Familiar published by Harlequin Intrigue and written by Carolyn Haines in the 1980s. Carolyn and a group of very talented writers (Claire Matturro, Susan Tanner, Laura Benedict, to name a few) have decided it’s time to revive that romantic mystery form in Trouble, son of Familiar.

    The first book in the series was born in July, the title, Familiar Trouble. It is written by Carolyn Haines. July was an auspicious month for the launch of this series as it also happens to be the birth month of Benedict Cumberbatch, that handsome, erudite, and very clever reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes. Trouble, our equally handsome, erudite, and very clever black cat detective speaks with a British accent and knows, without doubt, that he is the equal if not the superior of Sherlock.

    Trouble in Dixie, is the second book in the series. I had a romping good time writing it and I’ve found myself at the mercy of some very entertaining characters in this book. Not only does Trouble find himself in the lap of luxury, old money, high society, and gourmet food, he also is on the hunt for an art thief and possible murderer. Julia Hampton, a true Daddy’s girl, is taking a stand for her independence with her job as an insurance fraud investigator. Mitch Lawson is a U.S. Marshal who is…well, everything a U.S. Marshal should be: handsome, hunky, and oh so protective. Can he keep the secrets of his assignment from Julia while keeping her safe? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out.

    Join Trouble and the gang and solve the mystery while enjoying a glimpse into the lovely southern town of Savannah, Georgia. Trouble in Dixie, is available Aug. 14, 2017 at  For more of Trouble’s antics and more on the writers in this series, check out our Facebook page: You can find more about my writing on my website: or follow me on Facebook at:



    OLD MONEY AND FRESH MURDER — Trouble, a savvy black cat with a penchant for sleuthing, has landed in the cream of Savannah society. So has a murderer and art thief.

    Julia Hampton comes from old family, old money, and old society, but her job as an art insurance investigator puts her at odds with her background—and with the killer. Julia is determined to stop him.

    U. S. Deputy Marshal Deputy Mitch Lawson knows more than he’s willing to let on. One thing is clear: Julia is in danger—because of secrets he won’t share.

    But have no fear, Trouble the black cat detective is on the job and while Julia and Mitch are distracted by their attraction to each other, he is about to get his man.

    Rebecca Barrett

    Rebecca Barrett

    Rebecca Barrett writes historical fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction (writing as Campbell O’Neal), children’s stories, and short stories of life in the South. An avid reader all her life and a product of “front porch” socializing, she became a story-teller at an early age. Her current novel, Trouble in Paradise (available now), features that handsome, sleek, black cat detective, Trouble. This is a new series with multiple authors (The Mad Catters) who follow the antics of super-sleuth Trouble as he lands in first one crime scene then another. Of course, the humans help a little. These romantic mysteries are fun and light hearted and just perfect for a beach read or a rainy day. Visit the author’s website at to enjoy some of her short stories.

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