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Editorial 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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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 10-18-14

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy
  • United States
  • 10-24-14

Too bad about the reader

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!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lorian
  • Yucaipa, CA, United States
  • 10-12-15

Enjoyable

This book was very enjoyable, an interesting mystery, fun characters, awesome kitties, and an absence of the graphic violence, sex and language so common these days. I recommend it for anyone who loves cats and mysteries, and people who like good stories without all the above mentioned additives.

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  • Jenny
  • Landsborough, Australia
  • 11-24-14

Not good listening

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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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An easy read, full of fluff.

Ok so this isn't an award winning crime of the century type novel. But I'm not always interested in books that make my head spin. This was cute, full of fluff and a no brainier. But sometimes entertainment is just, well, entertaining.
I purchased this book to listen to on a plane trip. It was amusing although the characters are very bland. But trust me, they will offend no one! Even the villain in this book is like able.
Will I buy the next book in the series? Maybe. Because sometimes you just don't want to think too hard.

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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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a little simplistic for me.

story was ok but didn't really have much in the way of clues. nice enough characters but would be good for younger adult readers.

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A strong intro to a great series

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 narrator, Jillian only moved to Mercy, South Carolina a year earlier in a relocation to her and her husband’s dream home when he suddenly died right after they arrived, leaving Jillian isolated and virtually friendless for months until this incident, which has forced her to make friends in order to survive and also to solve the mystery.

It takes only a few days before Jillian finds the man who has stolen Syrah, but there’s one problem: He is dead with a knife in his chest! Just as she goes searching for Syrah and other cats that seem to fill the house, Tom, the private investigator who installed Jillian’s security system, finds her there, leading to Jillian’s becoming a temporary suspect until the beauty queen assistant coroner rules her out for lack of any blood on her clothing or person.

Jillian is certain that this crime is related to the cats that the man has stolen, but despite her best efforts and those of Candace, police chief Mike Baca thinks very little of this theory and persists in the belief that this is all about money, which leads him to point the finger at the murdered man’s estranged daughter. Certain that her new friend has not committed this murder and further determined to prove the connection to cats, Jillian gets involved in trying to solve this murder herself and with the help of her cats.

This book was really enjoyable and well-written. The characters come to life, making me feel that I know each one. I could connect to Jillian in her earliest stages of emerging from her grief over the loss of her husband and her need to find new friends. Each of these friends also has a distinct character. The plot takes interesting twists and turns, and the conclusion was full of excitement.

The audio version is narrated by Vanessa Johansson, who does an enjoyable job of reading this book. She handles a number of accents deftly. As a native Californian, I am no expert on Southern accents. Is Texan considered Southern? The narrator hails from Texas, and I would have expected her to have a much stronger accent than that used in the audio book. I don’t know about the different accents found in South Carolina, but to this woman born in Hollywood, the ones used by Johansson came across as realistic.

I really enjoyed listening to The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse and found it very helpful at distracting me from the migraine I’ve been suffering from, giving me something to enjoy. I would encourage people to read this book and give it five stars!

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OK bop

I have listened to this book at least 5 times. My only issue with narration is the over use of "he said or she said". When only two people are speaking, the listener can tell which person is speaking. Othervise, the story is great and since I'm a quilter, I love hearing the quilt references.