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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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    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.

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    Jenny Landsborough, Australia 11-24-14
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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!

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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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    "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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    Renee Spokane, WA, United States 07-26-15
    Renee Spokane, WA, United States 07-26-15 Member Since 2015

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    That the cats all went crazy and ate the lead character to make it some what interesting


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    I have one more in my library but I am going to return it so I don't torture myself


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    She was OK and was excellent at making the lead character sound utterly pathetic


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    None for me


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    A lot of women loved this story...why?
    well you know what they say about obsessive cat owners!

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    Cat lovers


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    Nora Roberts book


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