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The Cat, the Mill and the Murder (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #5)

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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
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Published May 7th 2013 by NAL (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sue Ross
May 15, 2013 Sue Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful and sweet mystery!!! It was a mystery over 10 years old. Who was it living in the mill all that time? Why were they there and who were the creepers? Leann Sweeney has done it again. I love the fact that her characters are such pet people and care so much about the ferel cats. Now I'm ready for the next one!!!!
Paul Lunger
May 03, 2013 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 5th installment in Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble mystery series, "The Cat, the Mill & the Murder" has our heroine Jillian Hart helping out with a colony of feral cats at a local closed mill. There she finds Jeannie who has been missing for more than a decade & then stumbles onto a dead body after Jeannie lands in the hospital due to an accident. Between ghost cats & the usual assortment of characters, Sweeney does one of her better jobs with the story from start to finish as th ...more
Sara
Jun 20, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 interes
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LORI CASWELL
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
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Ellen
The Cat, the Mill and the Murder



Are you a lover of Cozy mysteries? True Cozies?

Are you right at home and in your element with characters you've grown accustom to and enjoy reading about and being in their company?

Do you appreciate authors who build up to a climax & at the same time evolve relationships with the characters?

If you said "Yes" to any of these questions then this is the author and the cozy (series) for you.

This latest installment in the Cats in Trouble mystery series has Jilli
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bella
May 19, 2013 bella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed this series since the first book, The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse. They are intelligent mysteries that seem like they are written with cat lovers in mind. They deal with some tough social issues (including feral cat populations and kitten mills), and they remain one of my favorite cozy mystery series.

That's why when I discover a new one is going to be released I don't hesitate to pre-order it. This is a series I must read on release day!!

The latest in the series, The Cat, the Mill
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Ian
May 17, 2013 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cozy murder mysteries.
Cat lover and expert on the textiles industry, Jillian finds herself helping to clear out an old textiles mill of feral cats. While there she discovers an old homeless woman and the skeletal remains of a young girl. With the help of a ghost cat (Boots) which adopts her, she is on the trail of the young woman's killer and determined to help the old woman find a home.

The Cat, the Mill and the Murder is pretty much a lesson in what a cozy murder mystery should be. It's the sort of book you read by
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Georgette
Jul 14, 2015 Georgette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so engaging to read. This is the second of the three I picked up recently. I have always been a fan of the Cats in Trouble series. This one, with an old mill on the other side of town, a possible vagrant who has taken up residence and a missing daughter, all starts a journey of discovery and redemption when Sean the Vet and Jillian the cat lady, undertake the capture and repatriation of feral and/or abandoned cats who have also been known to take up residence in the Old Mill, which ...more
Amy
May 24, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a 10 year old mystery that had never been solved. Who is living in the mill? Where did the body come from? Start out with one murder, but a second occurs.
This was a beautiful story with people really caring and that made the characters so real.
Also love the cats being such a big part of the story.
Deborah Almada
Jul 16, 2016 Deborah Almada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Another great addition to this series, these are really good mysteries, and I love that they all start with a cat in trouble, the cast of characters gets bigger but you get more invested in all as each volume goes on and of course the heart of the series is Jillian and the more you read the more you want her as your neighbor!!!!! Again called on to help a colony of feral cats Jillian get caught up by a 10 year old mysterious disappearance that leads to a new murder. How all her friends work toge ...more
Anne-Kathrine
On Note 2.
Again enjoyed this book in this series :)
Barbara
Oct 03, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
The abandoned mill in Mercy, South Carolina holds a lot more than feral cats. Jillian Hart has her hands full when missing person, Jeannie, is discovered along with her invisible cat, Boots. Mix in a murder, plus all of the small town appeal of Mercy, and Leann Sweeney has another successful Cats in Trouble Mystery. I love to listen to the Audible versions of this series while I’m working on my own quilting. It’s the perfect theme match for an afternoon good listening and sewing! Definitely a go ...more
Laurie Garrison
By far, this is the best book out of this series for me. I love the detail the author took in writing about the mill and the town. I live in a town that had a mill almost like this and it too had a small village along with it. This is a great way to introduce our mill history that is now long gone since so much outsourcing and people buying so many products from other seas other than American textiles. I myself can remember a time when theses mills were still producing America jobs. Sad. Anyhow, ...more
Marigold Dicer
Dec 14, 2014 Marigold Dicer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
You know how people talk about curling up with a good book? For me, this was that book.
I read cozy mysteries every now and then and this was the first book of the series I read, even though it’s actually book number 5 in the series. That fact didn’t matter at all – I was able to jump right in without any prior knowledge and the story and characters just all flowed wonderfully. It was a comforting, encouraging read.
I really liked Leann Sweeney’s lightly educational description of the American sou
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Debbie
Jun 02, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Posted from my blog: A Different kind of review

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 tex
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Roxann
Jul 27, 2013 Roxann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, cats
From the cover; 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 nig
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Annette
Aug 08, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best of the series.

Jillian is a widowed quilt maker and a cat lover. She lives in a small town and is involved with much of what goes on when it comes to helping people in life.

Her friends include Candace, a dedicated detective on the police department. They are close friends and that means Jillian is allowed to participate in investigations in ways that normally would not be allowed.

Also, in town is Kara, Jillian's stepdaughter who owns the local newspaper and Tom, the man who love
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Aurian Booklover
The local textile mill in Mercy, South Carolina, has been abandoned for many years now, and is slowly falling apart. And now, suddenly, two different investor groups have plans for the refurbishing of the old place, and the Mercy Council will have to decide which plan has the most benefit for the town. To find that out, they have hired a young architect to study the mill, and recommend what is needed to convert the old place in condo’s or a mill museum with shops. But first, they will have to re ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Five Stars for the fifth book in this well-written, engrossing, and interesting series, A Cats in Trouble Mystery.

Pet quilt maker, and animal lover, especially cats, Jillian Hart is volunteered by a local animal shelter's founder to aid him in capturing the feral cat population that has taken up shelter in a soon to be developed old texture mill. However, there is more than cats found inside...a homeless woman cowering away from 'creepers.' The homeless woman is also trying to protect her cat, B
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Pat Beard
Feb 28, 2015 Pat Beard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite of this cozy series. There is more here - a gentle story of acceptance and compassion and a story that highlights the lasting effects of prejudice. All this is woven around a well done mystery that shows characters looking at their own assumptions and moving beyond them. All this while still keeping with the lighter touch of a cozy. Well done.
Julie Mink
May 09, 2014 Julie Mink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great mystery in this series. I love the ghost cat who made an appearance in this story and helped solve the murder and help catch the killer.
In this series the various characters are very engaging. I am alway anxious for the next book to come out. I like this series even better than the first series she wrote and it was good.
Mary
Jun 16, 2013 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part of the "Cats in trouble" series. I haven't read any of the others yet but I didn't have any problem keeping the characters straight. When Jillian Hart, who makes a living creating and selling quilts, agrees to help relocate a feral cat colony from an abandoned mill about to be renovated, she discovers a woman living there who supposedly vanished a decade before. The reason she is living there ties into the mill's history and the renovation proposals before the city council. Two murd ...more
'jean
Feb 23, 2014 'jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I needed a light book that had a happy ending after the last book I read. I appreciated the little bit of history that was also wrapped into the book...I wonder how accurate it was. I didn't realize until I logged into Goodreads that I had read another in this series about 3.5 years ago.
Jenn Bellant Donner
I love this whole series! Leann Sweeney does a really great job of describing the main character's surroundings, feelings, and actions. Descriptive enough without going overboard with it. In this book, I especially loved the interaction between the main character and the ghost cat.
Mary Schildman
Jun 22, 2015 Mary Schildman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made me cry

Oh my goodness ! Really enjoyed the fourth book in this series. There is a "secret character" too ! Looking forward to next book, I think the author can improve by adding one thing...quilt patterns for the designs mentioned in the story
Marcy
May 02, 2016 Marcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got caught up and lost track of the series and when I came back to it there were several new books. This one was not the best of those I have read, but it was still fun and quirky. It made me want to get into the series again.
Madelyn
An interesting story of a woman who has been missing for a decade. She is discovered living in an abandoned textile mill. The woman refuses to leave the mill and her cat (the cat has been dead for some time but its spirit lives on). A great cozy read.
Angie Butcher
Mar 06, 2014 Angie Butcher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really unpleasant. The presence of a ghost cat really kept me from enjoying the book. It felt completely unrealistic and the writing wasn't very interesting.
K. East
Nov 11, 2015 K. East rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best in the series, in my opinion. The pace was good, the mystery not so convoluted as to be annoying, and the characters are developing nicely over time. The only thing that sort of bugged me at first was the ghost cat. The ghost I could deal with but the suggestion that the cat could predict events and "warned" the protagonist started to stretch my patience.
Phyllis Herrmann
Nov 16, 2015 Phyllis Herrmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was great-- the constant mentioning of sweet tea and obsession with cats put me off and I have three cats.
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Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph's Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry. Currently a school nurse, she began writing about fifteen years ago, fulfilling her lifelong dream. After perfecting her writing skills with classes and a sma ...more
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A Cats in Trouble Mystery (8 books)
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