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 ..Show More »the story worked nicely and added interest to a cat fan like myself.
THIS IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. A WONDERFUL COZY MYSTERY. AUDIBLE, THANK YOU FOR THIS NEW AUTHOR, I AM BUYING THE WHOLE SERIES AND ANYTHING ELSE SHE WRITE..Show More »S. VANESSA JOHANSSON DID A WONDERFUL JOB AS A NARRATOR, SHE NEVER SKIPPED A BEAT, VERY GOOD VANESSA, I WILL FOLLOW ALL YOUR NARRATIONS....YOU ARE RIGHT UP THERE WITH BARBARA ROSENBLAT, I READ ALMOST EVERYTHING SHE NARRATES. GREAT JOB, LADIES.
The story starts slow, and the premise that gets us into the story is kind of ludicrous. But once the story really gets going, it transforms into a p..Show More »retty compelling whodunnit. I definitely enjoyed it and look forward to the other books.
AS USUAL LEANN SWEENEY DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB IN WRITING A VERY GOOD MYSTERY. WE HAVE LOTS OF ACTION, AND THE NARRATOR IS EXCELLENT. WHAT A WONDERFUL..Show More » WAY TO PASS THE DAY, I WAS RIVETED TO THE STORY. THANK YOU LEANN SWEENEY AND VANESSA JOHANSSON FOR A LOVELY JOB. HURRY AND WRITE THE NEXT ONE. THIS IS A GREAT SERIES OF STORIES, GREAT CHARACTERS AND WHO DONE IT MURDER. I CANNOT WAIT TILL THE NEXT ONE.
THIS IS A KEEPER IN COZY MYSTERIES. I LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND THE GROWTH AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE SERIES. PLEAS LEANN, KEEP THIS SERIES GOING. I AM A..Show More »LMOST AFRAID TO TRY YOUR OTHER BOOKS AS I MAY NOT LIKE THE CHARACTERS. HURRY AND WRITE ANOTHER CAT AND WHATEVER MYSTERY. I WILL SNATCH IT UP AS SOON AS IT COMES OUT. THANK YOU BOTH FOR A WONDERFUL DAY AND NIGHT IN LISTENING TO THIS EDUCATIONAL AS WELL AS WONDERFUL COZY STORY. GREAT GROWTH IN THE CHARACTERS, CLEAN LANGUAGE, AND WONDERFUL WRITING. GOOD JOB, KUDOS'S TO YOU AND VANESSA JOHANSSON.
This is a good cozy mystery for listening to something fun in the background while you're doing something else. It's cute, it doesn't require a lot of..Show More » concentration, and it doesn't move quickly. That said, I have really enjoyed Leann Sweeney's cozy mysteries, and this was no exception.
For those who enjoy cat-centered mysteries, this involves a lot of cats, but be aware that they don't necessarily take center stage. The cat doesn't voice the mystery, but there are several felines involved throughout the book.
I listened to it on and off over the course of about a couple of weeks around bedtime to wind down. It was perfect for that, and I particularly enjoyed Vanessa Johansson's narration. Her voice is soothing and has enough cadence to it to keep the listener interested, but it's never jarring.
For those who enjoy nonstop action, look elsewhere. This is not a military thriller and something doesn't happen every second, so if you're looking for heart-pounding excitement, this is not the book for you.
For anyone who wants to wind down their day with a cute story with graceful, soothing narration or for anyone who wants something relaxing playing in the background while they clean up a room, this book is purr-fect.
Leann Sweeney has the gift of creating characters that you love and weaving them into mystery after mystery without anything seeming artificial or imp..Show More »ossible-- even the ghost of "The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder." The mysteries are always intriguing and without obvious resolution, and I have become an absolute devotee. I also highly appreciate the lack of coarse language and smoky sex scenes; her success despite their absence proves how unnecessary these thing are to a good read.
Vanessa Johansson IS the voice of Jillian, and portrays the heroine's sweet spirit perfectly.
In addition to her delightful writing skills, I especially appreciate Leann's perseverance in crafting these stories despite struggling with ill health-- it is amazing what she has accomplished so far! I hope Jillian won't be living so happily ever after that she stops getting involved with the Mercy's many mysteries. Thank you, Leann Sweeney!
Jillian Hart has been married to Tom Stewart, acting Chief of Police in Mercy, SC, for six months, and they and their four cats are very happy. She's ..Show More »stopped going to craft show and instead sells her cat quilts online--with increased sales. Her cats are extremely happy about that change!
So when old friend Shawn, the head of the local animal rescue, needs someone to go with him to the home of an older woman whom the neighbors have reported her cats are, most atypically, wandering, with no signs of the woman, he knows Jillian will be available.
When they find more than three times the number of cats he knew the woman to have, the back door open, and boxes piled everywhere, they are very concerned. It goes beyond "concerned" when Shawn finds a dead body in the guest bedroom.
It gets worse when the body is identified as Chester Wilson, the local Animal Control officer, with whom Shawn has clashed in the past.
Meanwhile, the owner of the home, Minnie Schultz is found, frail and confused, wandering down Main Street, with a kitten in her tote bag.
This is a fun, engaging mystery with smart, mostly good-natured characters, who have their own array of strengths and weaknesses. Eight books in, they're still learning and developing.
This is the first I've read in the series, and there were points at which I simply didn't have background detail that would have been covered in previous books, but at no point did it interfere with following the story or caring about the characters.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review.