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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
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by New American Library (first published March 30th 2009)
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Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery

Opens: My cat is allergic to people – yes, odd, I know – so when I came in the back door and heard Chablis sneeze, I stopped dead. Why was she sneezing?

My Thoughts: THE CAT, THE QUILT AND THE CORPSE is the first of the ‘Cat in Trouble Mysteries’ and I can’t wait to work my way through the rest. Shortly after moving to their retirement home in Mercy Jillian’s husband dies leaving her a widow and single mum to 3 rescue cats all named after different wines. Jillian’s life now revolves around her ca
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
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love motivational cat posters. Who am I kidding...this was pretty good fun. Read it!

"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
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series isn't your typical cozy type, at least not to me. The crime was a little more grizzly and the circumstances and mystery seemed to delve a little deeper. I liked all of the characters and can't wait to read the next one. It also really helps if you like cats. I loved the spunk of the main character, Jillian , and her kindness. I loved what she did for a living and how she deals with loss. She was kind of inspiring that way.
Judy Iliff
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse was a fast-paced, stunning debut that I really enjoyed.

I really like the MC Jillian. she is different from many of the protagonists in other cozy series because of a few reasons. first she is a widow, and second, she was a relative recluse until she stumbles across a murder victim. It was a nice change, in most cozies the MC is well-liked and well-known, but to many of the townspeople of Mercy, South Carolina, Jillian was a recluse that they only heard of throug
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse by Leann Sweeney, Jillian Hart comes home from an overnight conference to find that someone has broken into her home, with her Abyssinian cat, Syrah, missing. The senior officer in the police team  that responds looks upon Jillian with scorn for her frantic response to having lost her cat, but the younger officer, Candace, jumps with enthusiasm into the case, collecting all the forensic evidence she can find and developing a friendship with Jillian. The narr ...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
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leann Sweeney is a pleasant surprise! To benefit from bargains, I collect handfuls of books years before I peer into them. I’m aware there are several in this series and with ‘cozy mysteries’; you just can’t tell if you’re going to get overly cute fluff, or excellent plots in high quality writing. Needless to say these bright covers are picturesque but would the titular cats merely trot across the pages in name? Would their roles be central and at all realistic? It is a five-star, resounding “ye ...more
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, series, 2010
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
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Missing Cats

The first of the Cats In Trouble series. We are introduced to the characters Jillian, a widow who loves cats and her three rescues, Merlot, Chablis and Syrarh who is missing. Candace a young cop who is fascinated with forensic science and Sean Cuddedee who runs a no-kill animal rescue site. The characters well developed and catch your interest at once. This one of my favorite series
Wilco Roos
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

A very pleasant detective story, revolving around cats, missing cats, found cats, and a murder, what's not to like! Love her cats named after wine, now there's an idea ;-)
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Doward Wilson
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read mysteries because I like mysteries, plain and simple. I enjoy the different backgrounds and settings and have always liked how our animal friends are worked into the storyline and murder plot. But, this is the first time where the central characters really were the cats and they were what caused the murder. I really enjoyed how this was presented and can't wait to read more in the series. Jillian is a recent widow living in South Carolina where she and her husband had moved shortly before ...more
Dawn Michelle
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good mystery!!

Read~August 15, 2010
4 Stars

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
Paul Lunger
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I found the main character to be quite odd. Don't get me wrong, I'm an animal lover. I'm allergic to cats, but used to own 3 before I had to rehome them. So, I totally get someone being freaked out when a thief took a cat. However, the extremity of this woman's reaction seemed very strange to me.

Plus, I thought the actual story and other characters just didn't ring the least bit realistic. Granted, one doesn't read a cozy for total realism, but I'd like my stories a little less bizarre.
Hilary S
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-animals
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
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Toni berkshire
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jane Reads (Jane in SC)
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).

Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You love cats. I mean, you really love cats! I get that now."

A cute, implausible mystery for people women who really, really, REALLY love cats.


Note: This review is pretty great.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Cat Lovers!
Shelves: favorites
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.
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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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