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About Susan Y. Tanner
Susan Y. Tanner continues to blend her passion for horses with her passion for writing. In Trouble in Summer Valley, she introduced readers to the rescue horses of Summer Valley Ranch where they prove their worth in therapeutic riding. In Turning for Trouble, her own rodeo experience brings that rough and tumble world to life. Her third romantic mystery, Trouble in Action, showcases the risky profession of stunt riding while giving a glimpse into historical reenactments. A Whisper of Trouble provides a glimpse into a talent practiced by few…the art of horse whispering. Published by KaliOka Press, these romantic mysteries feature a super-sleuth in the form of a black cat detective. They are part of the Trouble Cat Detective series written in concert with some very talented authors.
Ms. Tanner’s five historical romances—Highland Captive, Captive to a Dream, Exiled Heart, Fire Across Texas, Winds Across Texas, and A Warm Southern Christmas (a novella)—have been rereleased by Secret Staircase Books, an imprint of Columbine Publishing. All were previously published by Leisure Books.
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14 talented mystery authors team up with Trouble, the black cat detective, to take a whirlwind tour of mystery locales—and holidays—across the country and the calendar. In this unique collection of original stories, the black cat shows his charm and sass as he works with cozy sleuths you know and love!
From facing down the spirits of Halloween with a Maine Coon Cat named Diesel in Mississippi to Christmas in Taos, Trouble is on the prowl for arch criminals, and he’s never needed the skills he learned from watching Benedict Cumberbatch on the telly as Sherlock Holmes more.
Join the wise-cracking cat and a host of “biped” sleuths for a romp across the mystery map—where he works with only the finest amateur sleuths to bring justice.
Authors are Ritter Ames, Rebecca Barrett, Susan Boles, Pamela Sue DuMond, Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Haines, Miranda James, Ava Mallory, Claire Matturro, Joanne Pence, Larissa Reinhart, Connie Shelton, Susan Y. Tanner, Jaden Terrell.
Read the stories all at once—or savor them as each holiday approaches! Just remember: Life is never the same when Trouble takes a holiday!
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.
Horse thieves and flying bullets—A recipe calling for Trouble!
Acclaimed horse whisperer Liz O’Neal heals confused, frightened, or angry horses but she never expected to work in Italy. Her skills are vital to help the horses, especially when bullets start flying.
Private investigator Will Chandler doesn’t know much about horses but when he finds Liz and her talent, he has everything he needs. He’s been hired by the Italian government to retrieve a string of stolen stallions and find the master thief. When murder muddies the investigative waters, Will faces it head on with the help of the beautiful horse whisperer—and a nonchalant black cat with superior sleuthing skills.
From the peace of Summer Valley Ranch to the breath-taking beauty of Rome, the trio match wits with a villain who doesn’t balk at a murder—or six. Trouble fiercely protects his humans while solving a mystery of international magnitude and giving the bipeds a nudge in the right direction when love comes to call.
DUST, GLORY—AND MURDER—at the Rodeo. Malone Summers 'has what it takes' to ride horses to big wins in the rough and tumble world of rodeo. Once young and headstrong, she’d chased her dream with a wild rodeo cowboy destined to break her heart. Now she’s riding high--until she finds a frightened young stowaway named Joss in her rig, and the murders of rough stock riders begin.
Cade Delaney has a past heartbreak of his own. He’s ready for a second chance with the only girl who ever turned his head or stole his heart, but while Malone is a risk-taker in the arena, she’s not willing to put her heart on the line again when Cade reappears in her life.
Trouble, the sleek and talented black cat detective, finds himself in the world of rodeo and murder when he takes on the job of guarding Malone against the mounting danger around her. Young Joss is connected to the murders, but how? Trouble has to help the humanoids determine what role Joss plays in the dangerous events and then help them see the truth their hearts fight against.
BETRAYAL, REVENGE, and GRAND THEFT! After his release from prison, Mace Walker has two goals – prove himself innocent of grand theft and see the guilty party punished. Even if his ex-fiancée, Felecia McIntyre, helped frame him. Maybe especially so.
Three years ago, Felecia’s heart broke to watch prison doors slide shut behind the man she loved. It broke again when Mace refused to allow her to visit and her letters were returned unopened.
Now, just two weeks before Christmas, Mace walks back into her life along with a sleek black cat whose owner believes he can solve mysteries and bring criminals to justice. A crime-solving cat may be just what Felecia needs because Mace has changed. Angry, bitter, and out for revenge, he’s determined to make the woman he once loved help prove his innocence—whether she’s willing or not.
Trouble would rather be home watching Christmas classics with his human, Tammy Lynn, but his creed is always to ‘protect and serve’. Neither of his temporary charges display much in the way of Christmas spirit so It’s A Wonderful Life might seem an unlikely outcome. But, then, they don’t know Trouble …
REENACTORS, VINTAGE WEAPONS, and TWO DEAD BODIES!
Kylah West has faith in her horses and her skill to ride them in a reenactment of the Civil War battle of Albrecht Creek. Still suffering from her husband’s suicide, Kylah’s only focus is work. But her concentration is broken when she meets U.S. Marshal Wolf Stockton and the body of a young reenactor is found, shot through the heart with a vintage rifle.
Is it revenge, an accidental shooting, or a hint that opposing forces in the community are boiling over? Those questions turn personal for Wolf and Kylah when her life is endangered. Into the exciting world of stunt riders, tension between the university sponsoring the reenactment and a Cherokee nation tired of being wrongly blamed for everything, strolls Trouble, black cat detective.
Trouble attaches to Kylah when he realizes her vulnerability. He works with Wolf to determine who is behind the murders—and who is attempting to ambush Kylah and her horses as she gives the key performance of the reenactment. As the feline races the clock to keep Kylah safe, he also realizes the two bipeds have another deep need—for each other. He must help solve the mystery while showing his humans the path to true love.
Trouble thinks with a slight British accent—and has one big attitude. He’s far smarter than the bipeds he helps with solving mysteries involving art thieves, arsonists, and murderers. And he’s more than astute in the ways of the humanoid heart.
Discover Trouble in this boxed collection of the first five books in the series.
Join writers Carolyn Haines, Rebecca Barret, Claire Matturro, Susan Y. Tanner, and Laura Benedict for five complete mysteries—and a lot of fun with a wise-cracking kitty. To meet Trouble is to love him…unless you’re the villain.
“Bipeds—they walk upright and have prehensile thumbs, but I’m the authority when it comes to solving crimes and ambushing love.”—Trouble, black cat detective.
What does a black cat detective and the rescue horses of Summer Valley Ranch have in common? A whole lot of trouble—with a capital T!
Whenever Trouble, a black cat with uncanny sleuthing abilities and an over-fondness for Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, finds a damsel in distress, his mission is always solving mysteries and thwarting the plans of criminals!
THE TROUBLE WITH HORSES comprises a ‘series within a series’ with each book featuring a new horse adventure and one sassy black cat detective.
The horses at Summer Valley Ranch are the heart of Susan Y. Tanner’s compelling storytelling.
TROUBLE IN SUMMER VALLEY
Avery Wilson walks away from divorce court a free woman but with her ex-husband’s threats ringing in her ears. She dreams of adding therapeutic riding for wounded veterans to the equestrian programs at her ranch but finds herself, instead, being investigated for federal fraud. Dirks Hanna has no plans to fall for the beautiful object of his investigation nor to join forces with a unique black cat but fate has other plans. As deadly events unfold, Dirk realizes it will take their combined skills, Avery’s grit to protect the horses, and Trouble’s feline talents to protect the ranch from the dangers that threaten.
TURNING FOR TROUBLE
Malone Summer’s life is barrel racing but her world was once Cade Delaney—and he wants her back. Malone has faith that the athletic mare she rides, a Summer Valley rescue, will take her to the top of the association standings. But Trouble knows trouble when he sees it, even in the guise of a young teen who has stowed away on Malone’s horse trailer. Trouble must find a link between the ruthless murders of rough stock riders and the stowaway that Malone is determined to keep safe. Cade Delaney is just the cowboy to help Trouble solve the mystery and save the day.
TROUBLE IN ACTION
Kylah West, a sought-after stunt rider, is familiar with the heat of battle—when it’s a paid performance. She’s less prepared for the clash brewing around a civil war reenactment. U.S. Marshal Wolf Stockton has experience hauling over-imbibers to jail or home. He’s less accustomed to tucking a tipsy female and her cat into a hotel room. Kylah is tough and independent but haunted by her husband’s suicide. After a night when she gives in to her grief, she awakens to a black cat she doesn’t own, a note from a man she doesn’t remember, and the news that a fellow reenactor has been found shot through the heart with a vintage rifle. What follows is an action-packed mystery and one wise black cat who is determined that the final scene will end in romance not tragedy.