Words From Candace Carson by Leann Sweeney

Cat, Mill MurderMy name is Deputy Candace Carson of the Mercy Police Department in upstate South Carolina. A few years ago the woman who was to become my best friend moved to Mercy from Texas. We’ve been through a bunch a stuff together ever since, mostly murder investigations. I’m talking about Jillian Hart and let me tell you, if there’s a cat in trouble, she’s your girl.

She’s curious as a cat herself and a bit older than me. She’s taught me a lot about patience and kindness and just how far those two traits can get you if you’re hunting for the truth. Just lately we had a case in that old fallin’ down mill on the outskirts of Mercy—The Lorraine Stanley Textile Mill. Some folks say it’s haunted. Some folks say it’s a plain old mess. And we all found out soon enough cats had taken up residence. Why not? Plenty of rodents to be had in there. And who better than to walk into that old building and make things right for those cats? Jillian, of course.

Little did she know what she’d find in there besides cats who needed rescuing. That’s where I came in. Evidence is my thing—I love picking through the pieces of a crime. Following the bread crumbs that lead straight to a killer. Yes, we had a crime in that mill, all right. But it’s all in the book. The whole story about The Cat, The Mill and The Murder.


Five lucky commenters will win copy of THE CAT, THE MILL AND THE MURDER. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends May 15; US entries only.


Meet the author
NY Times bestselling mystery writer Leann Sweeney, originally from western New York, now calls South Carolina home. She writes two series, the Yellow Rose Mysteries set in and around Houston, and the Cats in Trouble Mysteries set in fictional Mercy, South Carolina. Leann lives with her husband, two cats (Wexford and Marlowe) and Rosie, the labradoodle. Visit Leann at www.leannsweeney.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

77 responses to “Words From Candace Carson by Leann Sweeney

  1. This is a terrific series. I have been reading it from the first book. This one sounds equally interesting. I am a cat lover, as well as a mystery buff, so this combines my two loves together. The author does a wonderful job at keeping you in suspense as to the identity of the villain until the very end and I find the characters to be very realistic and well rounded. I recommend this series, and this author to anyone who loves a good Cozy mystery.

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  2. I’d love to win!

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  3. Jan Mackinem

    I have a special place in my heart for these mysteries since I’m from South Carolina. I’d love to win this!

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  4. Debbie Carney

    I’d love to win this, sounds like a great book

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  5. Sounds like another series to put on my t-b-r list. Dee

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  6. Thank you for the chance to win this. I enjoy mystery books with cats involved.

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  7. Nancy Bradford

    Love this series. Would be great to win.

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  8. This sounds like a great series and one I have yet to start. Thanks for the heads up.

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  9. Kathy Gonzales

    I have been thinking about starting this series for awhile. Would love to win a copy of this book to get started .

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  10. I love this series and so glad that it is still going strong!

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  11. Thanks everyone for stopping by and offering such kind words!

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  12. Sounds like a great series.

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  13. This series has such attractive book covers! Who wouldn’t want to read this book with the picture and message as shown.

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  14. Janice Weierbach

    I’d love to win the book, love the series, can’t wait to read it.

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  15. Leann Sweeney has combined my love of cats and mystery books in to a wonderful series! I have read the entire series and am always excited for a new Cats In Trouble Mystery! Keep up the GOOD work Leann!

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  16. Another great sounding cozy!
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  17. Lynne Wesenberg

    Love, love, love this series! Can’t wait to read the new book 🙂

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  18. I’d love to win.

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  19. I have read 2 books in the series so far. How I would love to have a security system to watch my teenagers or my dog during the day when I am not at home.

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  20. Jennifer Jones

    I can’t wait to read this one! I have read all of the rest of the series and loved them!

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  21. Thanks so much for introducing me to a new series – at least new to me. 🙂
    Who can resist a story with cats? I’ve plugged the book and this site on my blog today. Not that I am kissing up to win, but I wouldn’t turn down the chance. 🙂

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  22. Cats and cozies are just the best combination ever—I can hardly wait to read this book. I’d love to win.
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  23. Paula Tobias

    I love reading cozy mysteries. Thank you for this chance to win.

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  24. I love Leann Sweeney’s mysteries and can’t wait to read this one. Would love to win it! Thanks.

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  25. Toni Murphy

    Love the cats and quilts series would love to win the newest edition.

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  26. vickie shaw

    I love all the cozy books.

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  27. Love this series and your post today. Thanks.

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  28. Sounds like a good read. Thank you.

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  29. Love these stories and most cozies. Would love to have he next book.

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  30. I do enjoy Leann’s books very much and would love to be the lucky winner of her newest book.

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  31. If there’s a cat on the cover, I’m in. In fact, the mere word cat seems to work with me. Thanks for the giveaway. judydee22002@yahoo dot com

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  32. Sounds like a very fun read!

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  33. Looks like a great read, would love to win.

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  34. Love the cover! Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. On behalf of all the crazy cat ladies in training, thank you for this book!

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  36. Hi Leann, what a great series this is! And Dru your blog is AMAZING girl!!!!!!

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  37. Thanks for the chance!!! Looking forward to starting the series

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  38. Bruce Hamilton

    I must admit I have never read any of Leann Sweeney’s books but this series sound so good will add to my to read and to buy lists.

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  39. Love to win a copy. Im a cat and mystery lover. Thanks for the
    giveaway.

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  40. Abby Schwank

    Omg can’t wait till I get to read this! Waited so long!!!!

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  41. Laura Collins

    I love the cover and the cat on the front it looks like my orange 18 pound cat.This looks like such a good book. Would love to win a copy.

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  42. this mystery would be something I would enjoy and a treasure.

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  43. I can’t wait to read this!!! Would love to win a copy!

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  44. lkschetter

    Love this series and can’t wait to read the newest. Hope there will be many more books in this series.

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  45. Llk10retired

    This series is one of my favorites. Can’t wait to read this one. I love the names of the cats.

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  46. I LOVE this series! What’s not to love – cats and murder! I just wish my three cats were as smart as Jill’s. Sadly, they aren’t.

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  47. I can’t wait to get started on this series. Shamefully, I haven’t read any yet, but I have read all the Yellow Rose books, and loved them… wish there were more! Hint Hint! 😉

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  48. jill george

    would love to win a copy trying out new authors and ur mooks look great!

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  49. Rose-Ellen M. Luther

    I love the “Cats in Trouble” series. I like cats (not my own) and mysteries. Got into quilting a couple of years ago. Am really looking forward to reading this one!

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  50. Marsha Campbell

    I am excited to read this next book in the series. What fun it has been discovering it!

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  51. I would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  52. Lisa Garrett

    I do love a cozy with cats.

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  53. Jan Johnson

    Can’t wait to read this one! Love the series!

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  54. Nancy Swift

    Please, pretty please can I win the book. Killian inspired me to make a quilt for my grand-dog and now I’m making quilts for my two cats!

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  55. I just am finding the series, but I can’t wait to read more of them. Thank you or the chance to win another one to read.

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  56. Carol Sullivan

    Great series – I’d love to read this one!

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  57. Cynthia Blain

    Having lived in CT and MA all my life, old mills are everywhere around us. So this book should be extra fun to read, plus we love cats so much that any book with a cat in the story is for me. Have loved all of Leann’s books so far, and would love to win this one Thank you for that opportunity.

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  58. Debra Woloson

    I have Leann’s 1st series, Yellow Rose, & still read it over again. I love this series just as much due to the cats & quilts. I have been lucky to meet Leann in Houston at Murder By The Book before she moved. I would love to win this book and thank you for giving us the chance to win.

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  59. I love this series! Would love to win a book.

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  60. I Love this series and can’t wait to read The Cat, The Mill and The Murder ~ thank you for the giveaway~ Happy Reading and Writing~ Cheers~ Elizabeth

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  61. Barbara Tobey

    Need to add to my TO BE READ stack. Great series.

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  62. Absolutely love this series. Would like to win the latest. Keep them coming!

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  63. Donna Durnell

    Though I do not have a cat, my adult granddaughter has two. However, I’ve always liked to read stories that have cats. Would love to win this book.

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  64. I’m a bit behind in this series, but I love cats and need to catch up!

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  65. I’ve read Leann’s other series, definitely need to catch up with Candace! This looks like a great read, thanks for the info and chance to win.

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  66. This books sounds like a lot of fun.

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  67. This sounds like a great series! I love cats and mysteries and would love to read this book!

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  68. Thanks Leann for letting us catch up with Candace. And a special thanks for offering 5 lucky commenters a copy of your book.

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  69. Margaret S.

    My mom and I love this series.

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  70. I would love to read this book! I love this kind of story. Thank you also for the Happy Mother’s Day wish and I hope you had a GREAT Day as well!

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  71. I just started this series and I love it!! I can’t wait until I get to get to The Cat The Mill and the Murder…I read that it was wrote as a tribute to her own 3 cats that passed on..I have a feeling it will be the best one yet!

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  72. Stacie Amelotte

    This is such a fun series. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. Contest is closed, but comments are always welcome

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  74. Sounds like my kind of series I like her other coat series. Can’t wait to read it.

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  75. Anne Pichette

    I enjoy these books very much and would really like to win a copy this book

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