The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse (Cats in Trouble, Bk 1)
The Cat the Quilt and the Corpse - Cats in Trouble, Bk 1 Author:Leann Sweeney 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... more » 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.« less
This book had all the elements I enjoy in a story - cats, quilts and a good mystery. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the mystery and learning a few things about cats as well. I look forward to more books by this author.
I love cats, quilting was a former passion, and who doesn't like a good mystery.
Leann Sweeney's first book in her new Cats in Trouble series was truly enjoyable.The characters are realistic and relatable, the cats are truly stars in this book, and the plot is well thought out. The Cat Trivia within the story are little added gifts. (I did not know a group of kittens was call a âkindleâ, I thought a kindle was the new electronic gadget for reading books.)
Jillian and John Hart move to Mercy, S.C. where everyone knows everything about everybody, or do they?
John dies all too soon and leaves Jillian with their three cats, Merlot, Chablis, and Syrah and her quilting business, knowing almost none of her neighbors. When she returns from an overnight business trip she finds her home has been broken into and one of her beloved cats is missing. After reporting the break-in and the missing cat, she knows the police are not going to be of any help to find her cat and realizes she must look for him herself. While searching for her cat she also finds a corpse, and her investigation is just beginning, not only is she going to meet her neighbors, she's going to find out one of them is a murderer.
This book was just bad. Maybe if you are cat obsessed there would be parts that would appeal to you, but for the rest of us, the monotony of characters that put more into their pets then into people runs out in about two chapters.
Jillian Hart, recently widowed, of course, spends her days making cat quilts for fellow cat fanciers. Somehow this obsession came to be when Jillian and her then living husband, rescued three abandoned cats while working in a shelter just after hurricane Katrina.
When Syrah, all the cats are named after wines, is stolen from her home, she spends money that she barely has to install a alarm / computer system that allows her to record what is going on with her pets all day. Through the use of her cell phone and the security system, rather James Bondish, Jillian is able to identify the cat-napper when there is a return visit for the other other cats. Of course, when she goes to confront him, he is found dead, which then leads Jillian on a redundant caper of trying to find the real killer.
I love cozies, I love the quirky characters and the slow meandering pace that leads to a happily-ever-after ending, but there was nothing unique about this book - it was too choppy and filled with characters that I could not find myself caring about. Unfortunately, I can't see myself reading the next in the series. Sweeney really needs to step up her game if she wants seasoned cozy readers to follow this series.
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WONDERFUL BOOK. I'd read a couple reviews here, and then, after that 'non-positivity', I could not get into this, the 1st bk.of the new series. REMEMBER: when you've loved another series by an author, that makes a transition take a little more time too. IT JUST DOES> 2nd time trying to read this book, I just read it all in one sitting and enjoyed it immensely. DONT read those non-positive reviews first. Make up your own mind!!!!! It is a fun book!
A slow-moving mystery that even for an avid cat lover like me, became a chore to finish. The characters are stereotypical and there is not enough mystery to be engaging. The basic premise of the mystery was far-fetched and the telling of the story was choppy and not always logical.
Factual errors in books always burn my bacon. Sumatra is NOT in Africa! Fact-checking is easy today and the lack of same in this book was a real turn-off.