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The Cat, The Mill and The Murder by Leann Sweeney
We 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.
The 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 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.
The Cat, the Mill and the Murder:
A Cats in Trouble Mystery
5th in Series
Obsidian (May 7, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
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.
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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