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

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

by Leann Sweeney

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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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451225740
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Series: Cats in Trouble Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 151,961
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Leann Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cats in Trouble Mysteries, including The Cat, The Sneak and the Secret and The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim. Leann 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. A retired registered nurse, she has been writing in the mystery genre for many years and also writes the Yellow Rose Mystery series.

Customer Reviews

The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse (Cats in Trouble Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
BikerLibrarianCyn More than 1 year ago
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
LivsmomCA More than 1 year ago
What a fun, easy read. Just when I thought I'd solved it, no such luck. Very much enjoyed this book.
petecrn More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
kat-mar-dal More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy cats and this mystery has cats, quilts and mystery. I liked this book alot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
200 pages, cost $1.99, clean, cozy mystery, cute. No profanity. Very small amount of violence. Missing cats lead to murder victim. Rather predictable, but a fun book to read. This book is all about cats, the mystery, the friendships, the quilts, the break ins, clues, coversations and even remarks which teach about cats. There are even cat cams. All are centered around cats. After awhile, all this cattiness became tedious. This book is well edited. No sex. It is a cup of tea and a cozy fire read. Enjoyable. Not any any romance, but there is an attraction going on, which was not included in the conclusion. This is the first book in a series of five. More for women and YA females, 14 year olds and up, would enjoy this light mystery. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful romp great read keeps you guessing very enjoyable to the end.
Norma-J More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I love a story that doesn't let you know how the mystery will be solved until the end!
bemislibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
koalamom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't usually want to cry at the very beginning of a book but when cat lover Jillian Hart arrives home to discover her house broken into and the only thing missing is one of her beloved cats, this is what I almost did. And then the plot thickens when the catnapper is later found murdered by none other than Jillian Hart. Things get more interesting from then on until the murderer is found and the motive is discovered.
cfk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A well written cozy with well-defined characters in a small town setting.
LiteraryFeline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Jillian Hart returns home from a business trip, she discovers one of her beloved cats is missing. There clearly has been a break-in, and it's unclear whether Chablis was catnapped or got out of the house. Nothing else is missing. When her house is burglarized a second time, this time the thief caught on tape, she takes matters into her own hand and goes to confront him. Only, what she finds is a dead body.Jillian is sure the murder is tied to the cats that have been going missing around town, but the Chief of police doesn't agree. As a result, Jillian begins her own investigation with the help of her new friend and police officer, Candace.I am not sure how bold I would be, stepping into a police investigation like Jillian did, especially when murder was involved. But then isn't that part of the reason I read books like this, to live vicariously through the characters, stepping out of my own shoes for awhile?Jillian is recently widowed, she and her husband not having lived in the town long before his sudden and unexpected death. Jillian has kept mostly to herself, in the company of her three beautiful cats. As a result, as Jillian begins to step out into the town and become more social in her search for the truth, the reader meets many of the other characters in the book for the first time right alongside her. I really appreciated this approach in introducing the reader to the various characters.Like you might expect in a cozy mystery set in a small town, the other characters are varied and quite entertaining all on their own. Many of which I liked instantly and others that grew on me after awhile. Ed was perhaps my favorite. He's not only charming in a cute sort of way, he's also very resourceful. Oh, and of course the cats! They steal the show in the scenes they are in.The mystery itself was quite engaging. It didn't take me long to finish the book as I didn't want to put it down. It was a perfect book to finish and start a new year with. And the end made me smile. I look forward to reading the next in the series!
jbrubacher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young widow lives in a small town with her three pet cats. Still grieving her recently dead husband, Jillian doesn't connect with the other town residents until her house is broken into and one pet cat is stolen. Investigating his disappearance she stumbles onto a body and other missing cats. A cozy is born.The mystery is intriguing and its solution is satisfying. The writing is well balanced between serious and light-hearted. But the best parts of this book (and other books in the 'Cats in Trouble' series, I'm guessing) are the fabulous descriptions of the cats and their relationships to each other and to Jillian. I miss my pet cat and this book let me relive all the lovely cat moments that make them such rewarding pets. Of course the cats are never *really* in trouble, and that's perfect for the story.A fun and very sweet little tale. (Tail? Ha.)
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable first book in a new cozy mystery series featuring a forty-something cat-lover widow named Jillian Hart in a small town in South Carolina. This book has the usual successful cozy features of a quaint small town, odd characters, and a strange mystery. On top of that it has the cats...many of them. Jillian Hart, the main character, has three and then there are some others as well that appear in the storyline. I had a somewhat difficult time getting into the story at the beginning with the focus on the new alarm system and the forensic evidence and the weird, somewhat snarky characters, but then the plot kicked up and I thought it was a fun read to the end.
LMHTWB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse is indeed about a missing cat, a found quilt, and a dead body. Jillian Hart, a recent widow, is only searching for her missing cat when she finds a dead body. Because of her belief that her missing cat is somehow involved, she turns amateur detective and works to solve the mystery.Will this mystery change your life? No. Will the writing win a Pulitzer Prize? No, again. Was this book enjoyable? Yes!The writing is well-paced and clear with no obvious faults. The characters are overall believable, although one or two of them could have used a bit more depth. The cats were accurately portrayed as real cats by someone who obviously owns and loves cats. And the mystery was a mystery right up to the end, which surprised me.I can think of no major problems with this book -- it's a light, fun mystery with great cats. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
Maydacat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jillian Hart, new resident in a small town and a recent widow, is trying to rebuild her life. She makes and sells quilts for cats, and arriving home after an overnight business trip, she discovers a broken window and one of her own beloved cats is missing. Catnapped! What follows is an intriguing mystery as Jillian unearths clues and makes new friends in the process. This first installment in the "Cats in Trouble" mystery series by Leann Sweeney is nothing but sheer delight for readers who like both cozies and cats. With believable characters who are likeable even with their flaws and a plot that will keep you guessing, this story will have you reaching for the next book in the series as soon as you finish it.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining and I found it hard to put the book down. I'm not an animal 'lover', I like animals but not a fan of having pets, although I have had both cats and dogs that I've become attached to. I think this is the first one of Leann's books that I've read and she is now on my list to follow. I will have to get the rest of the books in this series.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining and I found it hard to put the book down. I'm not an animal 'lover', I like animals but not a fan of having pets, although I have had both cats and dogs that I've become attached to. I think this is the first one of Leann's books that I've read and she is now on my list to follow. I will have to get the rest of the books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the characters and i look forward to reading #2
loue More than 1 year ago
it kept my interest. Did not take long to read. Had a few twists to the story. Did not have grammar errors.
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Caught it skillfully, before shifting slightly, and opened it.