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The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, Book 1 | [Leann Sweeney]

The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, Book 1

Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats - Chablis, Syrah, and Merlot - as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving. But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing - and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian, Syrah, is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping. Spurred by Chablis and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates - and discovers more missing cats and a murder.
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Audible Editor Reviews

When widower Jillian Hart comes home from a quilting show to find one of her three beloved cats missing, her staid life as a quiet pet owner and competitive quilter is thrown totally out of whack, especially as she strongly suspects foul play....

Vanessa Johansson brings great warmth to her unabridged performance of Leann Sweeney's The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, managing to perfectly balance lighter comedic moments with a strong emotional storyline, as Hart investigates her own cat's disappearance, uncovering further mysteries as she goes. Johansson gracefully accentuates the tension and drama of Jillian's descent into a criminal underworld, in which catnapping pales in comparison to a far worse crime...murder.

Publisher's Summary

Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats - Chablis, Syrah, and Merlot - as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving.

But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing - and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian, Syrah, is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping.

Spurred by Chablis and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates - and discovers more missing cats and a murder. Now she’s got to save more than one cat in trouble - not to mention herself.

©2009 Leann Sweeny (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 12-12-14
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    "Very Good Whodunnit Story"

    I was actually surprised at how much I liked this book. The story is complex and interesting, and the fact that it had cats as central characters in the story worked nicely and added interest to a cat fan like myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Landsborough, Australia 11-24-14
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    Agree with the other reviews - really grating voice and overuse of inflections and nuance in every sentence. Tried with another one in the series but again was so put off by the narration I switched to another book. Try before you buy on this one.

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    Nancy United States 10-24-14
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    If it weren't for the overly saccharine, wannabe actress, I might have given this mediocre book three stars, but with my teeth aching from listening to her, I just can't do it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kwt 10-19-14
    kwt 10-19-14

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    I kept wishing she would just get on with it. Good story with a sense of future events but I don't believe I will sit through another.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 10-18-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 10-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I'm not a cat fan. I also thought the premise of the story was far fetched. However, the mystery plot was actually intriging. It was fast paced and very entertaining. The characters were also likeable and that added to the overall enjoyment of the story. I recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers and cat lovers.

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    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 08-16-13
    Linda Louise Burlington, KS, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2015

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    "WONDERFUL AUTHOR, AND VERY GOOD STORY LINE."

    LEANN SWEENEY IS NEW TO ME AS AN AUTHOR, SO I TOOK A CHANCE AS I SAW AUDIBLE HAD BROUGHT HER SERIES TO US. I AM SO HAPPY AUDIBLE DID THIS. SHE IS A COZY MYSTERY WRITER WITH THE BEST OF THEM. I AM NOT REALLY A CAT PERSON, BUT THE STORY MAKES YOU ONE. GREAT MYSTERY STORIES, I CANNOT WAIT TO BUY THEM ALL. THANK YOU LEANN SWEENEY FOR THE GIFT YOU SHARE WITH US, AND THANK YOU AUDIBLE FOR BRINGING THEM TO US. I HAVE A GREAT NIGHT IN STORE.

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    "Amusing, but"

    I realize to have the plot work, some characters have to do stupid things, but I was disappointed the main character did so many stupid things, esp. in the beginning ... seemed inplausible to me.

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    Sharon D. Moore 06-05-15 Member Since 2014

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    A cute tale that is sure to please cat lovers. A cozy mystery worthy of a blanket and a hot drink .

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    "Undeveloped"
    Would you try another book from Leann Sweeney and/or Vanessa Johansson?

    of course.


    What could Leann Sweeney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could develop the characters more so they were less stereotypical.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Please learn how to say place names correctly. It would have taken two minutes to google Bangor to know it is "ore" on the end after a hard g.


    Do you think The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the characters need more meat.


    Any additional comments?

    i liked the recipes being included.

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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 02-05-15
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 02-05-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Too light for comfort"
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    Maybe when I re-read it for the third time. Too many unnessicary words. As it is I had to keep going bad to figure out what part a specific character played in the storyline. I had to go back to find out the association between the bad guy and the heroine.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This would have been better as a shorter book. I'll bet in an abridge version it would be good. I just don''t do abridge. So....Too many words not enough story.


    What three words best describe Vanessa Johansson’s performance?

    Wimpy, Wimpy, Wimpy...... I thought the main character was at least twenty years younger than the age the book says by the voice of the narrator. The reader is too young in voice. She sounds like a teen. It throws you off.


    Do you think The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    As we know there are many more in the series. It has to loose that wimp factor. Easy no think book. No challange.


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