The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse (Cats in Trouble Series #1)

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the author of the yellow rose mystery series, leann sweeney, is...

"A welcome new voice in mystery fiction." (Jeff Abbott, bestselling author of Collision

...and her brand new series about adorable cats that just can't stay out of trouble is bound to be a hit!

Jill's quiet life is shattered when her house is broken into and her Abyssinian, Syrah, goes missing. Jill's ...

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Overview

the author of the yellow rose mystery series, leann sweeney, is...

"A welcome new voice in mystery fiction." (Jeff Abbott, bestselling author of Collision

...and her brand new series about adorable cats that just can't stay out of trouble is bound to be a hit!

Jill's quiet life is shattered when her house is broken into and her Abyssinian, Syrah, goes missing. Jill's convinced her kitty's been catnapped. But when her cat-crime-solving leads her to a murdered body, suddenly all paws are pointing to Jill.

Soon, Jill discovers that Syrah isn't the only purebred who's been stolen. Now she has to find these furry felines before they all become the prey of a cold-blooded killer-and she ends up nabbed for a crime...

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Sweeney (Pick Your Poison) launches the Cats in Trouble mystery series with a meandering whodunit. Jillian Hart is content making and selling cat quilts and living quietly in Mercy, S.C., with her three cats, Syrah, Chablis and Merlot. When Syrah is catnapped, Jillian finds not only the thief-thanks to a state-of-the-art alarm system installed by charming PI Tom Stewart-but also a murder mystery to solve. The cats are entertaining four-legged assistants, with traits like Chablis's human allergy and Merlot's ninja-style defensive tactics. Jillian's quirky neighbors also liven up the thin plot, particularly Tom, whose knack with alarms and computers comes in handy, and flamboyant deputy coroner Lydia Monk. Kitty-lovers will enjoy the feline trivia, but readers looking for a complex mystery will chafe at the slow pace and last-minute revelations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451225740
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Series: Cats in Trouble Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 151,857
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    More Than a Cute Cozy

    If there's one problem Yellow Rose Mystery Series author Leann Sweeney might encounter with her new Cats in Trouble Mystery Series it would be scaring off readers who run at the mention of "cute," "cats," or "sewing." That would be a shame, as in spite of the title, THE CAT, THE QUILT, AND THE CORPSE is a complex, touching, and very entertaining mystery that will please even the most cat-cozy-phobic of readers.

    In the ten months since her husband's death, forty-one year-old Jillian Hart has hidden herself in world that consists of sewing quilts and caring for her three Katrina-rescued cats. Her isolation ends when she returns home from a business trip only to discover a shattered window and her beloved Abyssinian cat Syrah missing. The Mercy, South Carolina police are quick to write it off as a prank, but Jillian finds unexpected aid in the form of Candace Carson, a young, very eager deputy who is more than willing to utilize her fledgling forensic skills. An ex-cop PI who sets up a security system provides additional help, and it's his pet-cam system that leads Jillian to a suspect when she spots another attempt to break into her home. Her desperation to find Syrah compels her to impulsively rush out to confront the suspect, only to discover a body and pushing Jillian into the spotlight of both the small town and the police department.

    Sweeney's superior character development elevates this mystery to a higher level as she reveals how Jillian is slowly able to immerse herself into the small town and begin to once again form relationships and re-enter the world. The town's lightning-speed gossip network is highlighted and exploited by Jillian, as is the way the people have come to watch out and care for each other. The relationship between cats and their owners is never overplayed and is displayed in a way that is touching and plays a significant role in the mystery. With her unique characters, complex relationships, and a plot that continually engages the reader, Sweeney once again creates a very entertaining new mystery series.
    Cindy Chow

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

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    OK it has been a few days, but... Just get the book and start reading. You will find that it pulls you in with entertaining characters, a good plot, excitement and suspense. I lent this to a fellow cat lover at work and the next day she said "Oh my! I love it I cannot put it down!" Then a day later "What a great book do you have another one in the series?" Now is my compliant. I want more. The next in the series is due May 2010. I will have to wait(Sad looks need more cat books)

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2011

    Fun!

    There are so many interesting and likable characters, and one in particular I just love to hate. There's cats, quilts, murder, humor, a little romance in the early stages, and much more. I finished this very quicky and went on to the next. I am now on the third book in the serious and intend to continue to follow these.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Loved it. Easy reading mystery.

    What a fun, easy read. Just when I thought I'd solved it, no such luck. Very much enjoyed this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Fans will enjoy this amateur sleuth investigation

    Ten months a widow, Jillian Hart obtains solace from her three cats who she loves with all her heart. Jillian comes home from an overnight business trip to hear Chablis sneezing, which means his allergy to humans was triggered by a trespasser. She searches her house until she finds a broken window near a busted door. The only thing apparently missing is her Abyssinian Syrah; Jillian calls the police, but catnapping is not high on their list of crimes.

    She finds a clue when she visits the animal shelter run by Alison and Shawn. They believe Flake Wilkerson abducted her feline because he was always looking at purebreds; additionally some of their sheltered cats, also purebreds, are missing. Jillian visits Flake's home, but finds nothing. On her second trip, she sees Syrah leaving out the open from door, but also sees her go back in. She tries to catch her cat but instead she finds Flake on the floor with a knife protruding from his gut. The cops assume Jillian is the killer as she had motive, means, and opportunity until evidence leads to another suspect. Jillian is happy her cat is home with her but disagrees that the suspect in custody is guilty. She wonders if her South Carolina town is home to the Keystone Cops. She investigates and wastes one of her nine lives almost getting killed by the culprit.

    Cat lovers will empathize with the grief the heroine feels when one of her felines goes missing. Already somewhat a recluse since her husband died, Jillian forces herself to rescue her beloved Syrah. Thus the catnapping leads her to make new friends and to start living again though she will feel incomplete until the killer is in custody. Fans will enjoy her amateur sleuth investigation though wonder why she risks her life to prove the suspect is innocent.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2010

    The Cats Meow!

    This book was amazing!! I loved the complexity of the charactors and how they learned and grew in there own ways!!! You will learn to love it as much as I do! READ IT READ IT READ IT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    must read

    Delightful romp great read keeps you guessing very enjoyable to the end.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Check out this mystery

    I really enjoy cats and this mystery has cats, quilts and mystery. I liked this book alot.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Cat Mystery Series

    I loved this series. I read 1, 2, 3 and 4 and can't wait until #5 comes out. Holds your interest from one book to the next.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    This whole series is such fun to read! Its like wonderful candy

    This whole series is such fun to read! Its like wonderful candy for my mind with CATS! :D

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

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    A very cozy mystery and a great start to what I hope will be a l

    A very cozy mystery and a great start to what I hope will be a long running series. Purrfect for reading while snuggling with your kitty. I liked it so much I started the next one immediately after finishing this one.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    great new series

    Since cats are my passion, and I love mysteries, I am always eager to see a new series with the combination of the two. This series is not a disappointment. I couldn't put the first one down, and quickly started the second in the series. I have #3 ready to go, and can't wait for the 4th installment being released in April. I will stay with this series as long as Leann Sweeney keeps writing them. Good job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Cats, sleuthing, nutty coroner, loved it!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    Excellent, especially if you like cats

    As much as I love cozy mysteries, I rarely find any I would call "a page turner." This is one of the rare ones. Elements of the story are a bit far fetched, but it doesn't really matter. Being a cat person may be essential to liking this book, but as I am a cat person, I thought it was great. More than a murder mystery, another mystery throughout keeps it interesting. I'll definitely read more in this series.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Catnapping and Quilting don't mix

    Don't expect to get away with murder if you catnap a cat-loving quilter's cat. *** Widow Jillian Hart is hysterical after Syrah, her purebred Abyssinian cat, goes missing after a break-in. When the security camera she has installed reveals the feet of the thief trying to catnap yet another cat from her, she springs into action only to find somebody already confronted the miscreant, with a knife. Why won't the police chief accept that the murder was about the cats, especially when the thief had several cat quilts Jillian had made? Follow Leann Sweeney's cat hair trail to figure out whodunit in her new "Cat in Trouble" mystery series. This mystery is best read curled up on the couch with a cat on your lap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Leann Sweeney's Cat series are great for cat lovers!

    This book was the 1st in a series about cats and their investigative Mom. I had already read The Cat, The Lady and The Liar which was also very good. I hope Ms. Sweeney continues to write more in this series. I'm passing mine on to other cat lovers who are friends.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    The Cat

    This is the first book I have read by Leann Sweeney. I love the fact it is set in Mercy SC a little town where everyone knows your name. This was a cute read as I love cats as well as mysteries so I knew I would enjoy it. There were some slow parts and I made it through them. Over all the book is good.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Entertaining cozy

    This book introduces me to a new craft (cat quilts - who knew?) and a new series. Cats and cozies really do go together, but this one also has plenty of plot twists.

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  • Posted October 16, 2009

    The Cat The Quilt and the Corpse

    I loved this book! I can't wait to read Ms Sweeney's next one in this line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Quick and Easy Reading

    Good for a rainy afternoon or evening. Nothing earth shaking, but a pleasant read.

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