Aug 112016
 
the cat, the collector and the killer
The Cat, The Collector and the Killer
(Cats in Trouble Mystery)

8th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – South Carolina
An Obsidian Mystery (August 2, 2016)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451477408
E-Book ASIN: B01839Q396
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Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She’s in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game…

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A feline filled fun mystery!

Married life is off to a great start for Jillian Hart and her “acting” police chief Tom Stewart. When Minnie Schultz is found disoriented wandering down a street in Mercy, Tom calls his wife for a little assistance. Minnie was carrying a kitty in a tote bag on her unexplainable walk around town. Jillian heads to get the kitten and calls Shawn, the owner of the local shelter. He knows Minnie very well and they take a trip to her house to check on the rest of her cats. They not only find many more cats, but also dead man. There is no way Minnie could be a killer, but there has to be a reason she was disoriented. Both Shawn and Jillian know the dead man and they know he had plenty of enemies as does Tom. They are going to need more than a clowder of kittens to solve this mystery.

I love, love, love this series! Jillian and Tom are not only a great couple but a great team. With a houseful of cats there is never a dull moment, especially when Jillian brings home a foster cat or two. Tom’s cat, Dashiell is just settling in with Syrah, Chablis, and Merlot when Jillian brings home Minnie’s Otto into the house. Dashiell is not one bit happy about that but Jillian knows how to handle these cats and I just love everything she does with and for them. Playtime, cuddles, special food for Dashiell, plenty of love to go around. She doesn’t spend as much time with them as they would like during this story. Tom has asked Jillian to help with the case. There is so much evidence to be cataloged that he really needs an extra set of hands and eyes. Of course she is no stranger to investigating murders so her observations are very valuable.

I am always captivated by the way the author writes these characters and the way the all work together. Yes, Tom and newly promoted Detective Candace, tell Jillian that things need to be kept confidential, by Jillian and stepdaughter Kara both make good sounding boards. Then they talk things through and MOST of the time tell Tom their thoughts before running off to get themselves in trouble. The key word here is MOST.

The new characters introduced in this book are very engaging, Minnie, a psychiatrist and her brother. Minnie’s children are an interesting bunch, estranged from their mother since their father died. Circumstances bring them all together in a very realistic way. I hope they pop up in future stories.

The mystery this time was also challenging with a lot of moving elements. I had an idea of the who but the how and the why just never fell into place until the very end. Twists and turns galore and I turned out to be only about 10% right in my deductions by the end of the book. That is why I love Leann Sweeney’s stories, she always surprises me.

Again I have a new favorite in the series, The Cat, The Collector and The Killer.  I bet that will change next October when The Cat, The Boy and Bones is released.  She gives us a sneak peak at the end of this book and I am sorry but I just couldn’t read it. Waiting until next October to read the whole thing would be excruciating.

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the cat, the collector and the killer

The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (Cats in Trouble Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
An Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451477408
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In the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret, a cat collector is suspected of murder.
 
Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She’s in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game…

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Oct 132015
 

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Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks
(Cozy Chicks Kitchen series)
(Volume 2)
Self Published – October 6, 2015
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1517385781
E-Book ASIN: B014OE31SA
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The Cozy Chicks realized that tea was such a perfect complement to cozy mysteries that we decided to write a book about it. Not only does Tea Time with the Cozy Chicks have delicious recipes, but it also includes themed tea menus, fascinating articles, fun facts, curious quotes, and helpful hints on how to host the most memorable tea parties ever! And for an extra treat, a few of us have included excerpts of our work as well! Read, cook, drink tea, savor, and most of all enjoy!

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Tea parties have been around for well over 3,000 years. People on all parts of the earth have tea parties every day. So sit down, pour yourself a cup of tea, and let me tell you about Tea Time With the Cozy Chicks.

First of all who are the Cozy Chicks? If you haven’t visited our blog before, please pop by http://www.cozychicksblog.com. It’s a great way to get to know us and to catch a glimpse at the crazy life of a mystery writer. The Cozy Chicks are…Ellery Adams, Lorraine Bartlett, Duffy Brown, Kate Collins, Mary Kennedy, Mary Jane Maffini, Maggie Sefton, Leann Sweeney.

We write cozy mysteries and in our books characters often gather around the table to discuss cases. They drink a staggering amount of caffeinated beverages and seem to be surrounded by an endless array of mouth-watering sandwiches, cookies, pastries, and chocolate. In short, these gals in our books have a pretty good time…unless theyre chasing the killer…and we thought it would be fun to spend a little time in their world.

The result is Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks filled with the lore of tea in so many of its incarnations. The book offers an assortment of tea parties like how to have a Bon Voyage tea, bachelorette tea, proper Yorkshire Tea, Chocolate Lovers tea etc. There are menus for each party, invitation suggestions, decorations, flowers, table settings, recipes galore and all hosted by characters from our books to add to the fun.

An afternoon tea party is suitable for many celebrations and isn’t as involved as a dinner party. Often a tea party can be the answer to friends just getting together. It’s an ideal format for a simple elegant party where the food is prepared before your guests arrive and is either presented buffet style, or by passing plates of goodies at the table. The best thing about a tea party is that the only thing you need to serve is the tea itself, leaving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy your guests.

There is more in Tea Time With the Cozy Chicks than just tea parties. There are ideas on tea paring, tea towels, antique teapots and cups, reading tea leaves and the book gives favorite tearooms that we’ve discovered. These are tearooms that Duffy Brown came across in Savannah and on Mackinac Island. These tearooms are filled with charm and delicious tea, pastries and delicious sandwiches and are just for you here and not included in the book.

Tea Rooms of the South:

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Gryphon’s Tea Room

337 BULL ST., SAVANNAH, GEORGIA | 912.525.5880

Gryphon’s is located on Savannah’s Madison Square one of the 23 delightful oak and Spanish moss covered squares in the city. It boasts a 1926 Scottish Rite architectural profile and alluring café menu. The white-clothed tables, carved-mahogany bookcases, and original stained-glass panels convey warmth and graciousness and provide a front row seat to the iconic Bull Street. The lovely selection of teas and delicate sandwiches complete the experience. Herb-encrusted goat cheese medallions, sliced pear, toasted almonds, and dried cranberries on baby greens with a Vermont maple vinaigrette is a small sample of the delicious offerings inside.

The Serenity Tea Room

140 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Transport yourself with Serenity House Tea Society and leave your passport at home – that is the owner’s motto.

A trip to the Serenity is a mini vacation to India with the taste of a real Chai with cardamom pods, cloves and more – or perhaps a visit to Morocco with Nana -Mint; drop into China with Heaven’s Green and a Sencha from Japan, Mate from South America and Rooibos and Honeybush from South Africa or flavor a tea at home with fresh organic Lavender from France. Or you can spiritually enhance your mood with Spiritual Energy –relieve your stress with Stressless.

 Mackinac Island:

High Tea at the Grand Hotel is not to be missed

In keeping with more than 100 years of Grand Hotel tradition, Afternoon Tea is served each day in the Parlor. Guests enjoy tea, sherry and champagne, petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and an array of pastries, accompanied by a chamber music recital. High tea dress is required in the sundrenched parlor of green brocade couches, pink club chairs, sparkling chandeliers and a view of the Grand Hotel porch, the largest porch in the world that is two-football fields long and adorned with 2500 germaniums. 

Fort Mackinac Tea Room

7127 Huron Road, Mackinac Island

One of the most delightful and scenic settings on Mackinac Island to enjoy tea. Tour this historic fort then relax afterwards under bright yellow umbrellas with a cup of delicious tea and light fare. The tea room offers a full view of the town below, boats bobbing in the harbor and the busy port.

So tell us about your favorite place to have tea. Do you have a special blend for the summer and one for winter? A tea for when you’re sick or have a cold? Tell us about your tea and we’ll give away two adorable teapot teabag holders and some of our favorite peach tea from the answers.

~The Cozy Chicks

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Leann Sweeney is here today!!

leann sweeneyThe Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim
by Leann Sweeney

I always begin plotting a mystery with a “what if this happened?” question and my latest book is no exception. I believe I was reading a news story about a cat who traveled hundreds of miles to get back to its owner. So, I asked myself, what would happen if the owner had been found dead before the cat could reach his longtime friend? And what if that person had beeMerlot-2n murdered?

I often see pets on shows like Today and Good Morning America with their smiling owners, thrilled by the reunion, and anxious to tell the world how far their pet traveled and how the story began. But mysteries do not always begin with happy endings. They begin with things going wrong and getting worse before that happy ending. My books are no different.

This is the 6th book in the series and I have tried to populate my stories with cats as characters. They don’t talk or think. They simply act like cats—but cats are very smart–and the perfect companions to lead my heroine, Jillian Hart, in the right direction. Clyde, my vagabond cat, is a special guy. He’s a giant orange tabby and wears a “perpetual smile.” But don’t let that smile fool you. He is one determined boy. Of coursSyrah-who me-2e, he is helped along by Jillian’s three cats, the ones who appear in every book—Chablis, Merlot and Syrah.

This was one of the toughest books I have written because, for the first time in almost 20 years, I didn’t have the guidance of my wonderful critique group in Houston, Texas. We moved to South Carolina in 2012 and for this book, I was flying solo. I was also living in a rental house with very little room to move around (I walk the halls to think or spend time taking long showers to come up with ideas). Needless to say, when my editor got back to me after rChabis-2eading my first draft, she had plenty to say about what needed to be fixed. In the end, after all the rewrites and edits, I loved this book and I absolute fell in love with Vagabond Clyde. He seemed so real to me, so wonderful.

The suspects in this book are different than I have created before. See, I’ve met plenty of folks in South Carolina in the last two years and I drew on what I was learning about the people here in the Upstate. These newest characters are more Clyde-becasue I'm happy“over the top” dysfunctional, that’s for sure. I hope this is fun for readers because they were fun to write. I needed to amuse myself as I wrote, seeing as how the rent house where we lived was built in 1963 and had never been renovated. The oven, the stove, the vanities, the tile in the bathrooms were fifty years old. I am happy to say we are now in the home we built on the lake. I never plan to move again. And I certainly never plan to take a 200 mile journey on foot like Clyde did. I don’t have to. I am home at last. If I told you Clyde’s ending, well … that would be a spoiler of major proportions.

~Leann

About Leann Sweeney

Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry and as a school nurse; she now writes full time.

She began crafting fiction in 1980, fulfilling her lifelong dream. After perfecting her skills with classes and a small fortune in writing books, she joined MWA and Sisters in Crime. Now she’s the creator of two NAL/Obsidian mystery series: The Yellow Rose Mysteries and the Cats in Trouble Mysteries. The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse, first in the Cats in Trouble Mysteries was the #1 bestseller on the Independent Mystery Bookseller’s List when it debuted and made several top twenty lists for 2009 at bookstores across the country. Since then, The Cat, The Lady and The Liar and The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon climbed all the way to the NY Times bestseller list for mass market paperbacks.

Leann is married with two fabulous grown children, a wonderful son-in-law and a beautiful daughter-in-law–not to mention three amazing granddaughters: Maddison Grace (Maddie), Morgan Elizabeth and Meika Elise. She lived in Texas from 1974 to 2012 and now lives in South Carolina with husband Mike, her two cats Wexford and Marlowe, and Rosie–the smart, retrieving, golf-ball chasing, busy-busy-busy mini-labradoodle.

THE CAT, THE VAGABONDThe Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim:
A Cats in Trouble Mystery

6th in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (August 5, 2014)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415424
E-Book File Size: 1861 KB
ASIN: B00HZ1E66Q
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Heir of the cat…

When Clyde the cat travels two hundred miles back home only to find his former owner dead, the story makes national news. While everyone seems eager to tell Clyde’s incredible tale, someone needs to step up to care for him. Because the media attention is creating chaos at the local shelter, cat quilter Jillian Hart agrees to foster the loyal orange tabby, hoping his location is kept secret.

But while the media circus around Clyde continues, Jillian learns the real story behind his owner’s death—he was murdered. Why would an elderly man already dying from a serious illness become a murder victim? As the local police search for an answer, Clyde makes another escape. Jillian is drawn into the case when she finds Clyde has returned to his home again—and he’s found another body. When the motive behind these murders is finally revealed, Jillian understands Clyde is in danger of becoming the next victim, and she must help find the killer before the claws really come out.…

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Jillian, Tom, Syrah, Merlot and Chablis are back and they have been joined by the cat with a constant smile on his face, Clyde. In this tale Clyde is the star and more than the media hounds are after him.

Leann Sweeney has really taken us to a new level with this one. I have to say the new characters/suspects are way off the normal quirky character chart. They are family and they don’t even get along with each other. A certain family feud has been going on for years and now that Norm has passed away poor Clyde is right in the middle which means Jillian is right in the middle. She may have her friends on the police force and Tom consulting with them, but that doesn’t mean they can keep her butt out of trouble, literally.

What a fun read!! This whodunit was a puzzler, just when I thought I had it figured out there was a twist to prove me wrong and that happened more than once. Sweeney knows how to keep the reader on their toes.

A great mystery, interesting characters and those wonderful felines.  A perfect book to escape right into!! I loved it!!

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am always happy when Leann drops by for a visit!

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.

~Leann

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:
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
ASIN: B009UZ9ZRK

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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Apr 182012
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

Leann Sweeney and I go way back to when I started blogging back at Dollycas’s Thoughts. The first book in the series The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse was the very first book I publicly reviewed. I know my reviews have improved since then. With Facebook it is nice that we could online friends. Because of that I know Leann while is so excited about the new book The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, she has had a rough week. I will let her tell you all about it!

Hi Leann!!

Hi Lori and all!

Cats in Trouble—Maybe Even in Your Own Home
By Leann Sweeney

Mercy, South Carolina is home to quilter Jillian Hart, her three wonderful cats Chablis, Merlot and Syrah and a cast of characters who help or sometimes hinder Jillian’s quest to help “Cats in Trouble.” (And by the way, the cats NEVER hinder!) Somehow, Jillian’s quest always seems to involve murder. This time, in The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon: A Cats in Trouble Mystery, the investigation is more personal than ever before. I won’t say more than that! I’ll let Lori tell you.

In each novel in the series, I always try to enlighten and entertain—plus include a cat in trouble who might be a bit of surprise. I drew on my own experience with feline diabetes for this new book. My precious cat, Agatha Christie was diagnosed two and a half years ago. She fought the good fight, but this week, seven days after the release of the new book, she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. She was the sweetest cat I have ever known and the third cat in a year I have lost to what was really just old age. They were all teenagers in cat years, but ancient in human years. I miss them so much, but I have a new “fellow” in my life named Wexford (after Ruth Rendell’s police inspector). He turns one-year-old next week, has a great and loving personality and is my new inspiration.

I was so gratified to learn that several people who read the new book last week learned through my heroine, Jillian, that plastic is toxic to cats. They have since removed plastic dishes from their homes. If that information saves one cat’s life, I am so happy. My own Archie Goodwin, a tuxedo cat who died in November, was suffering from terrible mouth and gum sores about seven years ago. I did a little research, found out plastic can cause these sores (and worse things, too). Within a week of removing the plastic dishes, his sores were gone and they never returned.

Next up in the series, I tackle the heartbreak of feral cats and all the misinformation about them—plus the humane and wonderful ways people are saving these colonies of cats. Look for The Cat, The Mill and The Murder next April. Guess I better get back to work, huh?

~Leann

I am so glad Leann is able to stop by today. I know she has a lot on her mind. Our pets work their way into our hearts so fast and we become almost as dependent on them as they are on us. They can always sense when we need them. When we have had a bad day they are there with the head on our knee or jump into our laps to comfort us. It is always painful when they are sick and can’t tell us what is wrong or when we lose them quickly or to a longtime illness. They may be gone from our physical lives but will forever live on it our hearts.

Thank you Leann for sharing!!

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The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon:
A Cats in Trouble Mystery

4th in the Series
Obsidian
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group

Mercy is a town when everyone knows everyone’s business. How is that Jillian didn’t know her friend Tom had a brother?

Jillian returns home after attending craft fairs and cat shows selling her beautiful kitty quilts to find Tom missing and a man claiming to be Tom’s brother looking mighty comfortable in Tom’s house. She also finds Tom’s diabetic cat has gotten out of the house and this stranger has made no effort at all to look for him.

Then Tom’s car is found wrecked with a dead man, thankfully not Tom, inside. Where the heck is Tom and what is going on in Mercy?

Jillian with the help of her feline friends is going to find out and find out fast before someone else ends up dead!

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Each story is better than the last. This is definitely the best of the series so far!!

We get to delve into Tom’s past and it is jam packed with secrets that keep us on our paws until the very last page. I don’t want to give too much away but I will say there are several surprises. Lydia still thinks Jillian is standing in the way of her and Tom living happily ever after. Merlot, Syrah and Chablis meet a new friend and there are some new characters that you have to read to believe. There are parts will have you laughing out loud, parts that will have you shaking in your shoes, and parts that may make you shed a tear or two. Sweeney has written a complex mystery and the dialogue between the characters was some of the best I have ever read.

Leann also always includes some cat facts and trivia woven into her stories and this time she enlightens us on feline diabetes and that plastic bowls can be toxic to our furry friends. I changed my pets water bowls the minute I read about it in the book.

I am not going to pussyfoot around, this book is fabulous, I loved it and you will too!


Dollycas

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As well as being a writer, I am a registered nurse and worked for 35 years, 15 of them mostly in psyschiatry and the last 20 before I took early retirement as a school nurse–but wait. School nursing is a psych job, too. I have degrees in nursing and in psychology and have lived on the Texas Gulf Coast for 32 years. My husband is a chemical engineer and I have two amazing children. My son and his wife live in Seattle. My daughter and her husband rotate between NYC and Massachusetts. Aren’t we lucky to be in between? Well, sorta. Both places are too far away.

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THE CAT, THE LADY AND THE LIAR by Leann Sweeney

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Oct 302011
 

This review was originally posted on Dollycas’s Thoughts January 22, 2011

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This cover is amazing!!

An Obsidian Mystery
Division of Penguin Publishing
A Cat In Trouble Mystery
3rd book in the Series
Date of Release:  April 5, 2011

  • ISBN-10: 0451233026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233028
Jillian Hart is back with her three wonderful frisky felines, Chablis, Syrah and Merlot, for another Cat In Trouble Mystery.  This time they are joined by yet another feline who was found near the highway. This rescued kitty’s high brow attitude has proved to be too much for shelter rescue owner Shawn Cuddahee. He has begged Jillian to take the royal Isis and help him determine if she should be returned to her rightful owner, who  has not returned any of his calls, or be put up for adoption for someone that truly wants her.

This leads Jillian to a huge mansion in nearby Woodcrest, the home of Ritaestelle Longworth, the registered owner of the lovely long haired, green eyed, black cat with diamond studded collar.  Unfortunately the meeting doesn’t go as planned and Jillian ends up making a hasty exit from the grand estate.  

Jillian soon learns the town gossips are questioning the incredibly wealthy Longworth’s sanity due to some unusual behavior and when Ritaestelle shows up at Jillian’s door clad in a bathrobe, wearing slippers claiming she is being drugged and is in fear for her life Jillian starts to believe the gossip.  

But before Jillian can even start to can get to the bottom of Ritaestelle’s claims a body is found in the lake behind Jillian’s home and the eccentric Longworth  is standing at the end of the pier holding Chablis, and both she and the cat are covered in blood.  Ritaestelle begs Jillian to help her and she can’t say no.  So with the help of her intuitive feline companions she begins her quest to claw and paw out the clues to solve yet another murder mystery.  


The last book in this series was my favorite cozy of 2010, so you already know I love this series, but Leann Sweeney has outdone herself with yet another purrfect paws down marvelous mystery.  

The new characters added from Woodcrest to the already beloved characters from Mercy are well defined and cleverly written. You can envision them popping right off the page, from the eccentric Ritaestelle and each of her quirky relatives, down to the gossiping Dolly at a local coffee shop.  Have to say I loved Dolly, reminded me of someone, just can’t put my finger on who 🙂

The plot is strong, smart, intriguing, and will keep those pages turning one right after another until the very end. The cat’s antics will have you chuckling throughout.  Why are cats whiskers a certain length? The answer can be found within the pages of the truly wonderful story.   

If you are already a fan of this series you are going to absolutely love this next edition.  If this series in new to you and you love a fun mystery that will engage you immediately and/or love cats, pick up the first two novels so you are ready when this one is released in April.  I promise you will love each and every word!!  

Thank you Leann for allowing me to read an advance edition and not making me wait until April to enjoy this awesome cozy, kitty treat.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Leann Sweeney is also the author of the Yellow Rose Mysteries.

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The Cat, The Professor and The Poison by Leann Sweeney

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Oct 302011
 

This review was originally posted on Dollycas’s Thoughts April 7, 2010.

A Cat in Trouble Mystery
Publication Date May 4, 2010
The first book in this series THE CAT, THE QUILT AND THE CORPSE was the first book I reviewed on this blog. THE CAT, THE PROFESSOR, AND THE POISON is the second book in the series and I am truly honored that Leann send me an Advanced Copy for me to review.  Thank You Leann.
The stars in this series are three cats, Merlot, Chablis, and Syrah and their “human” Jillian Hart.  Jillian makes quilts for cats but also has time to get wrapped up in a few mysteries.  In this story, she helps her friend Deputy Candace Carson track down a missing milk cow, but that leads to finding fifty, yes 50, stray cats and yet another corpse, the professor.
As if she didn’t have her hands full, her stepdaughter Kara, who never really accepted Jillian marrying her father and has not grieved her father’s death, shows up in Mercy for a visit and get wrapped up in the mystery just like Jillian.
While all the humans are running all over trying to figure out who killed the professor, in the end it will be a cat who has all the information.
I have come to love the characters in these stories.  Mercy is a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business, much like the small town I grew up in.  When you wanted to know what was happening you went to a small hole-in-wall cafe. In these stories you go to a coffee shop, Belle’s Beans.  These stories are so easy to identify with, especially if you are a cat lover, but without the murders, I hope.
**One note of caution, this is a book you will what to read in one sitting, the pages just keep turning and turning, so allow enough time or you may be up all night reading.

Pre-order your copy today.  If you like cozies, cats and mystery this is the book for you.
If you haven’t read the first one, it is available now.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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