The Cat, the Professor and the Poison (Cats in Trouble Series #2)

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Between her kitty quilt-making business and her three beloved cats, Jill has her hands full. That doesn't stop her from wanting to solve the mystery of the milk cow that's gone missing from her friend's farm. But imagine her surprise when a stolen cow leads to the discovery of fifty stray cats and one dead body-a victim of cold-blooded murder...

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Between her kitty quilt-making business and her three beloved cats, Jill has her hands full. That doesn't stop her from wanting to solve the mystery of the milk cow that's gone missing from her friend's farm. But imagine her surprise when a stolen cow leads to the discovery of fifty stray cats and one dead body-a victim of cold-blooded murder...

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David Marshall James
Sweeney has created a likable protagonist and an engaging supporting cast. Dedicated pet owners will understand the sometimes unusual exigencies, strange circumstances, and conflagrations that result from their devotion, and thus will find a kindred spirit in Jillian Hart.
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This is the second installment of the "Cats in Trouble Mystery" series, one that is sure to please the cat and cozy fans of the world. I loved Leann's quirky and cute sense of humor and, by default, learned many interesting things about cats, including some about the human persuasion. This chemistry between the characters is beginning to gel nicely and the introduction of new characters is seamless. After reading the first book, I just knew I was going to fall in love with this series and have. I was like a young girl again reading this book. I giggled, smiled, guffawed, and my eyes widened trying to figure out whodunit. I've already conveniently forgotten, so you won't find any spoilers here . . . you'll just have to read the book!
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The clever and sometimes humorous mystery takes readers right into the heart of feline terrority, the good and the bad. Cat lovers will appreciate some of the distinctions Jillian Hart makes between political activists and those who truly care for the welfare of cats. Without being preachy, Jillian Hart is a woman whose love and respect of cats is more than surface deep. Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble mysteries are the cat's meow!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451229809
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Series: Cats in Trouble Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 179,115
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

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    THE CAT, THE PROFESSOR AND THE POISON

    The stars in this series are three cats, Merlot, Chablis, and Syrah and their "human" Jillian Hart. Jillian makes quilts for cats but also has time to get wrapped up in a few mysteries. In this story, she helps her friend Deputy Candace Carson track down a missing milk cow, but that leads to finding fifty, yes 50, stray cats and yet another corpse, the professor.

    As if she didn't have her hands full, her stepdaughter Kara, who never really accepted Jillian marrying her father and has not grieved her father's death, shows up in Mercy for a visit and get wrapped up in the mystery just like Jillian.
    While all the humans are running all over trying to figure out who killed the professor, in the end it will be a cat who has all the information.

    I have come to love the characters in these stories. Mercy is a small town where everyone knows everyone's business, much like the small town I grew up in. When you wanted to know what was happening you went to a small hole-in-wall cafe. In these stories you go to a coffee shop, Belle's Beans. These stories are so easy to identify with, especially if you are a cat lover, but without the murders, I hope.

    **One note of caution, this is a book you will what to read in one sitting, the pages just keep turning and turning, so allow enough time or you may be up all night reading.

    http://dollycas.blogspot.com/

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

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    Simply Purr-fect!

    I absolutely loved it! I was just as good as the first book of the series, if not better. Of course, I found it funny that most of my real life interests are found in this book - Cats, Technology, etc... All that aside, I thought that the characters are well played out, and all have their own well thought out personalities. I felt like I have just made some new friends to hang out with, albeit fictional ones. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Another hit from Leann Sweeney!

    If you are a cat lover who enjoys cozy mysteries this book is just for you. In the second installment of the Cats in Trouble series, Jillian Hart finds another murder on her hands.The story begins with Jilliam helping her friend Candice figure out who stole a neighbors milk cow. Instead she is lead to more than 50 stray cats and a dead body. All Jillian wants to do is spend time with her three beloved cats and continue making quilts for cats in the quiet town of Mercy. Instead she is thrown into the middle of another murder investigation. After she stumbles onto the professors body, her stepdaughter Kara shows up at her door wanting to stay with Jillian. Their relationship has always been strained and Jillian struggles to win Kara's acceptance. Tom, Jillian's first love interest since she became a widow, also wins over a little more of Jillian's heart. He is essential in helping Jillian figure out who killed the professor. This is another great book from Leann Sweeney. I did not want to put this book down and now I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. I can't wait to see what happens to Jillian Hart next!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2010

    Another great adventure for Jillian Hart and her quirky friends, people and cats alike

    Jillian Hart works hard at recovering her balance after her husband's death, and her three Hurricane Katrina rescue cats are a huge part of that recovery. After a couple of years living the small-town life, she is still learning about her quirky and temperamental friends, who add spice to every conversation. Once again, Leann Sweeney finds a way to tie Jillian's love of cats with the solution to a murder, and along the way reminds us that the world is seldom black or white. Was the victim a good guy or a bad guy? The more we learn, the less we know how to answer. Jillian's natural curiosity is whetted even more when shelter pal Shawn presses her into fostering some of the strays that were let loose from the victim's farm. In the midst of all the turmoil surrounding the murder, Jillian must cope with the re-entry of her stepdaughter into her life. Will Kara ever learn to accept her stepmother? Will evidence-obsessed deputy Candace ever get a date with the sexy paramedic? And who had a motive to kill? Leann Sweeney keeps us guessing all the way to the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    Best book ever

    The best book i have read in my 11years of life its awesome its one of those books that u can never forget

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    An unpretentious murder mystery

    Great addition to the Cats in Trouble series. Very fun, fast-paced mystery about an experiment gone wrong, in some uncanny way. The characters were consistent with the first book, allowing me to develop greater relationships with them.
    At many moments, the rapidity of the plot robbed momentum from the story. More emphasis on the characters subsistence and interrelations would have solidified the story for me.
    Despite it being mystery, it is a cute book to read for a quick companion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2010

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    fine whodunit

    In Mercy, South Carolina, the widow Jillian and her friend Police Deputy Candace Carson stay up all night feeding two baby kittens. However, instead of going to sleep, the pair then travels to Robin's farm to see about a missing milk cow. When they arrive at the farm, they find someone took the cow, but returned it. That night they conduct surveillance of the barn and catch Professor Van Kliet who needs the milk; no arrests are made.

    The next day a woman calls the shelter explaining cats are flooding her land. Jillian arrives to find a calico kitten; she follows the feline to a rundown house where several unhealthy looking cats are kept in a small cage. She sees the professor feeding the cats and taking notes. She calls Candace to come out and look. An hour later, Candace arrives at the scene, but Van Kliet is dead and his notes and computer gone. Jillian assists Candace as she investigates the homicide, but a house invasion by a disguised person frightens Jillian. Still the brave civilian asks Rufus the exterminator about the poison the person who killed the professor used and he reacts nervously and runs away. He later is found dead by a killer willing to murder to cover wrong doing.

    Besides the two homicides, Jillian tries to forge a relationship with her stepdaughter Kara the step-daughter who never accepted her in her life. They never bonded when the man they both loved lived, but begin to connect a bit as Karen helps on the investigation. Although using a civilian, even one who has solved homicides before (see The Cat, The Quilt and the Corpse) on a murder inquiry seems a stretch, readers will enjoy Leann Sweeney's fine whodunit as the cats may have nine lives, but the humans have only one.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    highly recommend

    Leann Sweeney writes very well. This and the Abby Rose series are great.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    I do not like cats- well I did not like cats till I started read

    I do not like cats- well I did not like cats till I started reading the Cats in Trouble series by Leann Sweeney. Jillian Hart- and she has a big heart- has three cats- Merlot, Chablis and Syrah. I loved them all. In this book we meet more characters and more cats. I am so addicted to this series. I will let you know how good the next one is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Always a good read

    Very enjoyable series, especially for cat lovers.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    These books are so much fun! I can't wait for more to come out!

    These books are so much fun! I can't wait for more to come out!

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

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    An engaging mystery that's sure to please cat lovers.

    An engaging mystery that's sure to please cat lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Mystery, cat rescuers, still nutty coroner. Enjoying the series.

    If you enjoyed Sophie Kelly¿s Magical Cats Mystery Series, you¿ll also enjoy Leanne Sweeney¿s Cats in Trouble Series. There are currently three books. the Heroine is an early forties recently widowed cat lover. Having rescued her ¿babies¿ from Hurricane Katrina shelters. She is kind-hearted and of course a natural sleuth. Ms Sweeney¿s detail into the cats personalities as well as her knowledge of specific breeds only adds in drawing you in to the story. Can¿t wait for number four.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    Another fun mystery by Leann Sweeney

    Jillian Hart and her cats are back to solve another mystery -- and it's a good one! A stolen cow...missing cats...weird experiments...and murder! Leann Sweeney's characters -- both human and animal -- are well-developed and personable, and her plotting is fantastic. She weaves an intriguing mystery with surprising twists, humorous moments, and real emotion.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    a good cozy

    The murder that Jillian is looking into become more personal when she is threatened in her own home. While figuring out the clues, her stepdaughter comes to visit and her cats play a protective role in keeping Jillian safe. This was a good mystery with good humor and twists and turns as I kept turning the pages to see what happens next. This was a great read and I can't wait to read the next book.

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