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The Cat, the Mill and the Murder (Cats in Trouble Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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When cat lover and quilter Jillian Hart volunteers to help a local animal shelter relocate a colony of feral cats living in an abandoned textile mill, she never expects to find a woman living there, too. Jeannie went missing from Mercy, South Carolina, a decade ago, after her own daughter’s disappearance.

Jeannie refuses to leave the mill or abandon Boots, her cat who died years ago. After all, she and Boots feel the need to protect the ...
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The Cat, the Mill and the Murder (Cats in Trouble Series #5)

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Overview

When cat lover and quilter Jillian Hart volunteers to help a local animal shelter relocate a colony of feral cats living in an abandoned textile mill, she never expects to find a woman living there, too. Jeannie went missing from Mercy, South Carolina, a decade ago, after her own daughter’s disappearance.

Jeannie refuses to leave the mill or abandon Boots, her cat who died years ago. After all, she and Boots feel the need to protect the premises from “creepers” who come in the night. After Jeannie is hurt in an accident and is taken away, those who've come to town to help repurpose the mill uncover a terrible discovery.. As the wheels start turning in Jillian’s mind, a mysterious new feline friend aids in her quest to unearth a long-kept and dark secret.
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Amateur sleuth, quilter, and cat lover Jillian Hart was expecting to find feral cats in an abandoned mill, not a human corpse. The South Carolina-set cozy series is up to number five (after The Cat, The Wife and the Weapon).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101609682
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: Cats in Trouble Series , #5
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 57,125
  • File size: 941 KB

Meet the Author

Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, New York. She also has a degree in behavioral science from the University of Houston and has worked in psychiatry. A former registered nurse, she has been writing in the mystery genre for many years, and also writes the Yellow Rose Mystery series.
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  • Posted May 23, 2013

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    In this fifth installment of the Cats in Trouble series Jillian

    In this fifth installment of the Cats in Trouble series Jillian has volunteered to help relocate a clowder of feral cats from on old mill so the city can help investors revamp the space. She was quite surprised to also find a woman living in the mill. Jeannie went missing from Mercy 10 years ago shortly after her daughter disappeared.




    Jeannie has no plans to evacuate the mill where she lives with her cat Boots. She tells Jillian, it is a “holy place” and she must protect it from “creepers”. When Jeanie is hurt and forced to leave the mill to go to the hospital Jillian learns there are more surprises in the old mill. Secrets that have been buried for years start to see the light of day.





    Leann’s love of felines shines brightly in her stories and each one is better than the last. This one features the Lorraine Stanley Textile Mill. Cozy loves will recognize this homage to two special ladies.




    This story takes us to the “other side of the tracks” to the Mill Village. A little trip back in history but even in 2013 there is still the division of classes even as one of mighty rich have fallen on hard times. They still have the hoity-toity attitude.




    We also learn about feral cats in a very entertaining way. Shawn explains the difference between the cats we love to cuddle and the cats we just can’t.




    In addition to the wonderful character of Jeannie, our favorites from the past return. Jillian and Tom’s romance is evolving even with Lydia still trying her best to keep them apart. I laughed out loud as she was kept out of crime scene and she begged Tom for his help while doing her best to ignore that Jillian was even in the room.




    But the characters that capture my heart have four paws, Merlot, Syrah, Chablis and now Boots add the special touch to this story. I love how much Jillian loves her kitties and even has an app on her phone to check on them. I also love the way most of the residents of Mercy are pet lovers and believe in humane treatment of all animals. In fact this book was part of Penguin’s Read Humane Campaign. All through the month of May you can purchase special copies of six different books and Penguin will donate $25000 to the Humane Society of the U.S. to fight animal cruelty.




    Another “catavating” cozy from Leann Sweeney! and may I add another New York Times Bestseller! Kudos my friend!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2013

    The bad news here is that this is the last one in the series so

    The bad news here is that this is the last one in the series so far and I have to wait till the next one is published. But the good news is that this book is great. Jillian Hart owns three cats and makes cat quilts. But she seems to find herself trying to help some person or animal and gets herself in trouble. I this book she tries to rescue feral cats from an old mill and finds more than she bargained for. This will make a great Halloween read as there is a ghost cat. And best of all the one ends with a cliffhanger

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    How does Leann Sweeney just keep getting better!? I've enjoyed

    How does Leann Sweeney just keep getting better!?

    I've enjoyed Leann Sweeney's writing since I picked up the first book in the Yellow Rose series. Each entry was better than the last, then she started the Cats In Trouble series so of course I had to follow! I was hooked from the first book and this latest entry did not disappoint!

    Jillian Hart is helping her friend Shawn with the feral cat colony in an old mill...yes, she wants to save the cats and trapping them is the best option, but her interest in quilting, fabrics and textiles makes her curious to see the inside of the building as well. As she and Shawn work their way through in the dark one night, they're shocked to find a homeless woman living in the old mill office. The woman was thought to have left town years ago after her daughter's disappearance...this is just the first mystery to unfold.

    All the usual characters are there, with a few more introduced as the "town vs. mill village" culture is presented. I hope some of those new faces will pop up in future books as well.

    I won't go into more detail because I hate reviews that give too much away. Just know that this is another excellent book and I look forward to the next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

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    Posted to my blog: As planned, I picked up The Cat, The Mill an

    Posted to my blog: As planned, I picked up The Cat, The Mill and the Murder shortly after it was released in early May. I’ve read Leanne Sweeney‘s mystery books before, and this one didn’t disappoint. Not only was it a satisfying read with a great mystery and an unexpected last sentence, but the backdrop was a subject near and dear to me, textile mills and textile history. Normally, I would buy an e-book edition of what I’m reading, but seeing that this involved a textile mill, I bought a paperback version so I could add it to my textile library. So rather than review the book for its story, I’m going to review it in regards to the mill. I don’t want to give anything away about the plot – just take it from me, it’s good!

    The Cats in Trouble series takes place in the fictitious town of Mercy, South Carolina, located within an hour of the Greenville/Spartanburg area and in the center of what had once been a major hub of the textile industry. The story opens in the Lorraine Stanley Textile Mill, a three story building that had fallen into hard times with the loss of the textile industry. Our heroine, Jillian Hart, is involved because investors had been found that were interested in repurposing the mill, though it’s up in the air whether it’ll be condos or shops. Jillian is here for two reasons – she has studied textile history and knows about the mills, and to help humanely trap and relocate a clowder of feral cats living in the building. What else they find in the building sets off the mystery.

    Since I started the hobby of photographing textile mills, I’ve been allowed inside several of them and Leanne’s description of an abandoned mill is spot on. Besides the overwhelming darkness from closed doors and sealed windows, there is the powerful smell of decay and rot, clouds of particles from asbestos and flakes of paint on the floor. I’ve been in some areas where it feels like a sensory deprivation chamber: dark and silent. It’s musty and damp from molds and mildew. A lot of flooring is still intact, but areas where leaking pipes or animal droppings have rotted the boards so you have to be careful where you step as they can’t support weight anymore. Having been in these types of mills, I felt the same thing with Jillian’s description of what she saw and felt. I was also glad to see that Jillian and I share the thrill of being in these old abandoned giants and remembering the activity in it, and the history it had been a part of. I can almost imagine the deafening hum of the looms, the floors covered in lint and thread, and the people hard at work.

    Which brings me to another enjoyable part of the book: the mill village! Every mill I’ve come across has one, provided to the workers by the mill owners. It allowed them to have homes close to their employment, and also included schools, shops and churches provided by the mill owners so that the mill village was a town unto itself. Leanne notes in the story the bigotry between the classes as many folks considered the Lintheads (mill workers) as poor white trash. She also showed the fierce pride of the mill workers through one of the characters, Jeannie.

    Overall, this was a very satisfying read. The story was great and the backdrop was well researched and made it even more enjoyable for a mill enthusiast like myself. For that matter, I’d love to pick the brain of some of Leanne’s friends who helped her with the research – I’m always on the lookout for new mills to photograph! And one last thing… where can I go to take courses in textile history?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    strongly recommend this book

    as with her other books in this series it held my interest. can't wait for the next installment. this book would be perfect for what they call the cozy reader or your tea drinking lace curtain rocking chair reader

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    awesome

    As always, Leann Sweeney delivers a delightful mystery that leaves you guessing until the very end.

    A delight for mystery and cat lovers alike! This is a must read. I've read all of the other books in this series and love the quirky characters and cats of course.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    Whenever I read a book by Leann, I know that I'm going to be tak

    Whenever I read a book by Leann, I know that I'm going to be taken on a delightful journey. In the latest book in the "Cats In Trouble" series, Leann has outdid all the others in delivering a well-written and character driven whodunit that captured my attention from beginning to end. Jillian finds herself, once again, involved in a caper when a woman is found in a closed-down mill and when she is later attacked, Jillian resolves to help her get closure by looking for the truth and exposing a murderer. This is a good mystery that had plenty of suspects and I enjoyed watching it all come together. Boasting a lovable cast of characters, a warm and friendly atmosphere and great dialogue, this is the best one yet in this charmingly pleasant series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    This series just keeps getting better and you learn a little of

    This series just keeps getting better and you learn a little of the history of the mill villages as well!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Good series.

    These books are a good and easy read. I can usually figure out who the bad guy is about half way through most books, but these keep you guessing. Can't wait for the next one

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Best one in the series to me!

    Best one in the series to me!

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    Recommend

    Well written, enjoyable series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    I loved it. Too bad I have to wait so long for #6! I was so wrap

    I loved it. Too bad I have to wait so long for #6! I was so wrapped up in the story I started and finished in 1 day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    This is the 5th book in the Cats In Trouble mystery series. Jill

    This is the 5th book in the Cats In Trouble mystery series. Jillian finds a homeless woman named Jeannie living in an abandoned mill. Jillian then helps solve the mystery of what happened to Jeannie's daughter.
    This book was my favorite in the series so far. I liked the supernatural part of the book. Jeannie's cat, even though she's dead, still remains with Jeannie & as the book goes on Jillian is able to see the ghost cat. Two of Jillian's three cats also see the ghost cat!

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Recommended

    Enjoyed the story plot. Easy reading.

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    Good Mystery

    I love this series, glad another came out. Will be patiently waiting for the next!

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