The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery
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The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #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 c...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by New American Library (first published March 30th 2009)
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Ian
Jun 28, 2013 Ian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love motivational cat posters. Who am I kidding...this was pretty good fun. Read it!
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"You love cats. I mean, you really love cats! I get that now."


Jill's home has been broken into and her cat stolen. With fingers pointing in one direction she joins the owner of a local cat shelter to confront the guilty party, Flake Wilkinson. After Flake's body turns up with a rather large knife in his chest suspicion immediately falls on Jill.

Jill is convinced that his murder must be related to the cats he has been stealing and with the police not interested in her theories she takes matters...more
Judy Iliff
I really enjoyed this book and will read the others in the series - as soon as my Kindle gets fixed! Again the main character is a woman who doesn't do whatever because she's told to not do it. I'm so over simpering, ditzy women that finding strong women characters is refreshing!

Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about the book:
"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 livin...more
Zoe
Excellent first book in this new series about Jillian,a quilter and owner of cats that bear wine names ( really cool ! )I love Leann's writing style and I will definitely keep reading. Of course the fact that I' m a cat aficionado is a plus!You can expect to have a good time curled up with "The Cat, the quilt and the Corpse" and trying to find out who the killer is.
Paul Lunger
The initial novel in the "Cats in Trouble" series, "The Cat, the Quilt & the Corpse" is a fun introduction to Jillian Hart & her 3 cats (Syrah, Chablis & Merlot). When Jillian returns from an overnight quilting show & finds a window broken & Syrah missing she must enlist the help of people in a town that she really doesn't know based upon just moving there recently. When a local man, Flake Wilkinson comes up dead & cats are found along with Syrah a murder mystery ensues w...more
Wendy
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 tow...more
Lori
At first I didn't think I would like this book. It is written in the first person, and I've had a lot of bad luck with books written like that and the drama it dumps on the reader. But this book didn't do that. Jillian Hart is a crafter and cat-lover, two things that give her a plus in my book. If fact, she cares more for the cats in trouble than the person murdered. Another plus from me.

The characters around her good too, from her first friend Candace, the female police officer with a gung-ho...more
Sandy H
I started this book and, after a couple of chapters, put it down again and decided it wasn't something I was at all interested in. Then, due to internet issues and not being able to load anything else onto my Kindle, I ended up finishing it for lack of any other options. After finishing it, my opinion got slightly better, although not much. The mystery got slightly more interesting midway through the book, but even as much of an animal person as I am, I got really tired of being bashed over the...more
Dawn Michelle
Aug 25, 2010 Dawn Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good mystery!!

Read~August 15, 2010
4 Stars

WOW!!!!
This has the potential to be a REALLY great series. Very well written with LOTS of humor. The "crime" was very believable, as were all the characters (including the cats. We have cats. They ARE that smart). Jillian is a delightful (if slightly odd, in a good way) heroine, as are her wine-named kitties, who all have interesting personalities of their own (ONE is allergic to humans!!!).

I really enjoyed this book. So much n fact that I am going right out and buy...more
bella
The Cat, The Quilt and the Corpse is the first book in the Cats in Trouble Mysteries series by Leann Sweeney.

I'm an avid cat lover and am constantly bossed around by my own two felines, so when I saw that Leann Sweeney had a new series out involving cats of course I had to read it!

Jill's new life in Mercy is in shambles when her house is broken into and her cat, Syrah, is missing. She sets on the trail to find Syrah and discovers a dead body, by the way of a evil man who is stealing Mercy cats a...more
Julie P
An interesting twist to a mystery - add cats. Not necessarily a new concept, but this mystery series is very cat-driven, and it's not half bad. Jillian Hart, a widow with three spoiled cats, becomes involved in a murder when she finds the victim with a knife sticking out of his belly. She also finds cats, and is intent on rescuing them. If you like cats and a cozy mystery, then this is the book for you. If you are fanatical about cats, then this is really the book for you, as it is filled with a...more
Cheryl
I bought this one for a theme read in one of my reading groups. Cats have always been an important part of my life, so reading it was bound to be a pleasure. I'm so glad I did. Ms. Sweeney's characters are full-bodied, just like I like them. She rounds them out with both good and bad; strong characters to build on. I thoroughly enjoyed all the cat facts interspersed throughout the storyline; some I knew and some I didn't. Overall, this is a very good book and I definitely would recommend it. Can...more
Hilary
Catnapping, murder, small town America and Quilting, this is the first book in a new series and I found I read it from cover to cover in one sitting so I am looking forward to the next, three rescue cats (one allergic to humans) and their staff (sorry the lady they live with!) have to cope with one of the feline members being stolen, a corpse being found and the human member of the team slowly getting her life back after the death of her husband a year previously. Would I recommend this? without...more
Kate
I'm more of a dog person than a cat person, but I still really liked this book. The three main cats in the story are like characters in their own right- and it was fun to read about their different idiosyncrasies, and to see what they were up to when Jillian checked in on her "cat cam." The mystery, ,which had to do with missing cats, was very unique and I liked that the animals played such a big role in this book. I just bought the next title in this series so I guess I'm officially hooked :)
Lizz
Sep 22, 2010 Lizz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Cat Lovers!
Shelves: favorite-series
I thought this was a fantastic book, especially if you are a cat lover like me! The book is written in first person, which is my absolute favorite way to write a cozy mystery. It makes everything more personal and intriguing. The characters were well thought out, and the individual personalities came through. All in all, this is a great lazy afternoon, with a cup of tea, read.
Jane in SC (JaneReads)
I enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to reading more in the series.

The protagonist Jillian is a likeable character. I like that she is cooperative with the law enforcement officers, instead of being evasive.

I also like that her cats act like cats -- they don't talk (to humans or each other) and they don't have special powers (like Koko with his extra whiskers).

Toni berkshire
Other reviewers find fault with the method of cat rescue, handling of the cat quilts and plot. I can't say that they are wrong, but I just didn't care. It had cats, quilts and mystery. The characters were colorful and the leading character was likeable. There was humor, surprise and wonderful descriptions of living with multiple cats. Go, Leann. Write More.
Nora-adrienne
Jan 03, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: cozies
I finally had room on my TBR list to start reading Leann's latest series. It's funny, cute, and an amazingly easy read. I love the characters that Jillian (our intrepid heroine) is surrounding herself with, and the love interest that is working his way into her life.

I'm looking forward to reading all the books in this series and I hope you do to.
Rachel
Jillian Hart returns from a trip selling her cat quilts and finds that one of her cats has been stolen. Jillian's husband died of a heart attack 9 months ago right after they moved to town. Now Jillian is meeting townsfloks while searching for her cat Syrah. Then she stumbles upon a dead body. A good cozy mystery
Mary Kennedy
Leann Sweeney had me at the title of the series (Cats in Trouble). This is the star of a terrific new series and I'm glad to see it's getting a lot of buzz. Wonderful mystery by a master story-teller.
Anne-Kathrine
What a fun book to read on a rainy day. Really enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the next book in the series :)
Barb
Need I say more other than I love Leanns cat series. There's no other way to describe her books.
DJ =^^=
I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. CAN'T WAIT TO READ BOOK #2 :) =^^=
Libtechgurugoddess
Yeow, or should that be meow? The title drew me to read this book because I love quilts, mysteries, and cats, but the heroine, Jillian Hart, of the first book in this "Cats in Trouble Mystery" series is seriously obsessed with her kitties! Granted there seems to be good reason, since she is new to the small town of Mercy, South Carolina, and living alone because her husband died 10 months prior, leaving her isolated and lonely. Her 3 cats are her only company and best friends, and are her only c...more
Natalie
I liked this cozy a lot more than I thought I would. I initially picked it up because I liked the cover (yeah, I know, a supposed no-no) and I was looking for a mystery series involving cats that WASN'T written by Lillian Jackson Braun (I don't really care for her). I really liked the main character, Jillian, and understood her love of cats, even if it got a little over-the-top obsessed at some points. Candace simply got on my nerves, but Mike, Tom, and Daphne ended up making up for her annoyanc...more
Nicola
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Julie
I have to admit, I really enjoyed this book. I actually enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I don't know if I was just on vampire/fae/paranormal burnout or what, but it was nice to get back to a "real" story.

I liked the main character, Jillian, even if she did seem a little over the top when it came to her cats. Some of her actions were a little hard to believe (like when she still stormed the house looking for her cat even after stumbling across the body), but after all, it's a work of...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I'm a quilter and cat lover who enjoys a good mystery once in awhile, so what was not to love about this book? It's a quick-read, light-as-air whodunit set in a small town where the recently-widowed, recently-arrived main character Jillian manages to solve the mystery in one short week, with the help of the town grapevine and her new friends.

I'm not enamoured of people who give their pets "group names" such as Jill's choice of "Merlot, Chablis and Syrah" for her cats. Why not give each pet a nam...more
Kathleen Dixon
I'm convinced that half the people who write blurbs for books don't actually read the book all the way through:
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...
No cats are ever in danger of being a killer's prey! You can read this book, cat lovers, without fearing anything more than the involuntary removal of an animal from one abode to another. There is an accidental death of a beloved pet, and tears are shed f...more
Fanficfan44
I have looked at this series several times and finally decided to try it on my Kindle. I read lots of mysteries and love cats and wine, so expected to love this. The main character is a young widow who is a relative stranger in the small town she lives in, people know of her but don’t know her. Her life revolves around her three cats and her quilting business and the mystery begins with one of her cats, an Abyssinian, named Syrah, being catnapped. The other two, Merlot and Chablis, were apparent...more
Amy Palmer
Aug 03, 2010 Amy Palmer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, cozy mystery fans
Recommended to Amy by: @MaggieTKat
My most recent read was "The Cat, The Quilt And The Corpse" by Leann Sweeney. It is a "cozy mystery" which I was not familiar with, nor was I familiar with the author or her series, "Cats In Trouble" mysteries. I chose this book as part of a book club I came across on Twitter. It was one of three choices for the next meeting and after weighing two of the three titles, I went with this one.

Cozy mysteries are stories that are more lighthearted than other mystery novels. The characters working to s...more
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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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