Cozy Wednesday with Author Leann Sweeney (Giveaway too!)

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The Cat, The Mill and The Murder by Leann Sweeney

leann sweeneyghost cat2We don’t make much of anything in this country anymore—China seems to have taken over in that department–and though I never think about “themes” while I am writing a book, there always ends up being one hidden between the lines. In The Cat, the Mill and the Murder that’s exactly what happened again.

old millThe inspiration for this book began when I saw an abandoned textile mill for the first time in the town where I now live. These old buildings are like discovering dinosaur bones—except they aren’t buried. They lie unattended across the South, begging to be used again. Bricks lie scattered, old smoke stacks rise but with no purpose, stone staircases lead to nowhere. I was sad when I saw the Greenwood Mill, but I saw a story.


the cat, the mill and the murderferal catsThe Cat, the Mill and the Murder begins with the town’s intent to “repurpose” a mill in Mercy, South Carolina. Resident Jillian Hart is a quilter and has a degree in textile arts so she is asked to join in the assessment of the old, mammoth building. Not only does she know about such places, a colony of feral cats have taken up residence inside. She’s respected for her expertise with cats, too. It seems like the perfect job for her. But old buildings aren’t completely exposed inside or out. Some folks believe they are haunted and there is no doubt secrets lie within. When those secrets come to light, murderers crawl out with them. And a very unusual cat will be with heroine Jillian Hart throughout this journey to help her catch a killer.


About The Author
Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, New York. She also has a degree in behavioral science from the University of Houston and has worked in psychiatry. A former registered nurse, she has been writing in the mystery genre for many years, and also writes the Yellow Rose Mystery series.

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the cat, the mill and the murder

The Cat, the Mill and the Murder:
A Cats in Trouble Mystery

5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Obsidian (May 7, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415417
E-Book File Size: 534 KB

In this fifth installment of the Cats in Trouble series Jillian has volunteered to help relocate a clowder of feral cats from on old mill so the city can help investors revamp the space. She was quite surprised to also find a woman living in the mill. Jeannie went missing from Mercy 10 years ago shortly after her daughter disappeared.

Jeannie has no plans to evacuate the mill where she lives with her cat Boots. She tells Jillian, it is a “holy place” and she must protect it from “creepers”. When Jeanie is hurt and forced to leave the mill to go to the hospital Jillian learns there are more surprises in the old mill. Secrets that have been buried for years start to see the light of day.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Leann’s love of felines shines brightly in her stories and each one is better than the last. This one features the Lorraine Stanley Textile Mill. Cozy loves will recognize this homage to two special ladies.

This story takes us to the “other side of the tracks” to the Mill Village. A little trip back in history but even in 2013 there is still the division of classes even as one of mighty rich have fallen on hard times. They still have the hoity-toity attitude.

We also learn about feral cats in a very entertaining way. Shawn explains the difference between the cats we love to cuddle and the cats we just can’t.

In addition to the wonderful character of Jeannie, our favorites from the past return. Jillian and Tom’s romance is evolving even with Lydia still trying her best to keep them apart. I laughed out loud as she was kept out of crime scene and she begged Tom for his help while doing her best to ignore that Jillian was even in the room.

But the characters that capture my heart have four paws, Merlot, Syrah, Chablis and now Boots add the special touch to this story. I love how much Jillian loves her kitties and even has an app on her phone to check on them. I also love the way most of the residents of Mercy are pet lovers and believe in humane treatment of all animals. In fact this book was part of Penguin’s Read Humane Campaign. All through the month of May you can purchase special copies of six different books and Penguin will donate $25000 to the Humane Society of the U.S. to fight animal cruelty.

Another “catavating” cozy from Leann Sweeney! and may I add another New York Times Bestseller! Kudos my friend!!

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45 thoughts on “Cozy Wednesday with Author Leann Sweeney (Giveaway too!)

  1. I am always sad to see out mills going to waste when so many are out of work. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Dee

  2. I have the whole series up to this one. May need to reread the first one cause it has been awhile.

  3. I think it would do everyone some good to take a trip to ‘the other side of the tracks.’ Lots of people have forgotten what made America the place to be.

    1. Thanks for the great comments. I learned so much writing this book. Mill workers spent long hours in the factories making very little money. They made quality fabric and today, we do not make any cotton fabric here. We have shipped our equipment and our raw cotton overseas. Plus, during my research, I discovered so much about the mill culture–things never taught in any history book. I am so glad I was inspired by two things–3 of my senior cats passing one after another and seeing one of those broken down mills in person.

  4. I read about this book at another blog and put it on my public library’s ‘to read’ list. I look forward to reading it.

  5. Leann, since I was a small child reading and learning have been an enjoyable pastime for me. Your books are some of my favorites -they are “cozy” and I learned something from each book I have read!

  6. Hi Leann, I love this series and even own a few of the titles… I’d love to be able to add this one to my library so I can share it with my kids.

  7. From the synopsis and review, this book sounds wonderful and is going on my TBR list 🙂

  8. What an interesting mystery series! Love cats and will be putting Cats in Trouble on my TBR list. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. My daughter would love this book, thank you for the chance to win it for her.


  10. This has to be one of my all time favorite series!! I can’t wait to start reading this Cats In Trouble addition. Any reader out there that loves a good mystery and cats, HAS to read this series! Please keep them coming! =)

  11. I like mysteries but I have not come across these before, shall have to keep an eye open for them

  12. Thank you for once again sharing about what sounds like a really cute and fun read. I think it is awesome that Penguin so generously supported this cause.

  13. Oh, this sounds like a lovely book. And it’s part of a series. I will have to look into finding them.

  14. What a novel way to set the story, with a “repurposing” of the mill. Glad you stopped by today! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Thank you for the wonderful review and interview from Leann ~ I love The Cats in Trouble Mysteries and can’t wait to read Leann’s latest~ Happy Reading and Writing~ Cheers~ Elizabeth

  16. We have cats and I love mysteries and I do genealogy so Im interested in old mills also. Sounds really like one I would enjoy reading.

  17. I love the setting for your book, old buildings brought back to life are so interesting.

  18. I love cats. I also love mysteries that revolve around people who own cats.

  19. I’ve been a fan of the Cats in Trouble series since I read the first book. I hope I’m the winner, so I can add this one to the others in my (very small) library. Can’t wait to read it! Each book in this great series gets better and better!!

  20. I love reading cozy mysteries, and the kitty cats are cute. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  21. wonderful review <3 i love cozy mysteries with felines in it, always makes me feel good when I read one and have my cat snuggling near me

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