A native of Mississippi, Carolyn Haines is the author of over fifty books in multiple genres. Her dark historical thriller, Penumbra, was named one of the top five mysteries of 2006 by Library Journal. Hallowed Bones, the fifth in the Mississippi Delta mystery series, also received that honor in 2004. Writing as Caroline Burnes, Haines published thirty-seven Intrigue books, seventeen of them featuring Familiar, the popular black cat detective. She is the recipient of a writing fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and she teaches fiction writing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Active in animal rescue, she has twenty-one "critters"—horses, dogs and cats.