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Author Showcase ~ The Cat, The Collector and the Killer by Leann Sweeney

The Cat, The Collector and the Killer

Release: August 2016
Series: Cats In Trouble #8
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Penguin Random House

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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My Musing ~ The Cat, The Collector and the Killer by Leann Sweeney

The Cat, The Collector and the Killer by Leann Sweeney is the 8th book in the “Cats In Trouble” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, August 2016

the-cat-the-collector-and-the-killer2In 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. . .

A bewildered woman. A dead man. Missing cats. Another tragedy. This is what met me when I started reading this book and couldn’t put down because I had to know what connections they all had. This was a story that appeared to be one way but it was so much more and the author did a brilliant job in bringing this story to life. Setting the pace, this tale flowed easily and evenly from chapter to chapter as I watched the drama unfold with tenderness and emotions as everyone involved wanted to know the truth about the murder and its collateral damage.

The narrative puts me right in the middle of all the action and I’m felt the pain of both Mrs. Shultz and Brenda’s surgery and the comfort of Jillian’s belief that something more is involved than what is seen. The author does a great job in pulling this all together and had my adrenaline running during that pivotal scene with Jillian in the house. Well done. Excellent and well-written plot, engaging dialogue and a feel-good atmosphere is what I found in this endearing story. This is one of the best book in this delightfully charming series and I look forward to the next adventures with Jillian, her cats and her friends.

A Day in the Life with Kara Hart by Leann Sweeney

Marry1My stepmother, Jillian Hart, is tying the knot with one of the best guys I know—Tom Stewart. Jillian married my dad when I was a teenager. When they moved to their dream home on Mercy Lake in South Carolina, he died suddenly. She was heartbroken and so was I, but now she has found love again and I am so happy for her. I’m certain my dad is smiling down from heaven. He adored Jillian.

I used to work for Tom when I first moved to Mercy, South Carolina, so I know he’s the right man for her. I still help him out occasionally, but now I am editor-in-chief of the town newspaper, The Mercy Messenger. Small towns still like to read their news in print, but twice a week is enough–unless something big happens. I love special editions as much as my readers do.

But my mom—yes, I think of her that way—gave me a new job: wedding planner. What fun! I guess I have been wasting my organizational skills all these years. Or maybe I just love telling folks what to do. Jillian gets distracted by any cat in trouble and the one she just took in is a handful of trouble, that’s for sure. I never knew cats could be kleptomaniacs, but this little tortoiseshell has that particular malady and I’d say it’s quite severe. My own kitties, Pulitzer and Prize, would never do anything like that. Their specialty is shredding drapes.

Even though I’ve been trying my best to keep Jillian on track, I am not having as much influence as that kitty has with her. You’d think a pretty wedding, with Jillian wearing an heirloom dress, would be enough to keep her occupied. But no. When tragedy strikes and a cat is involved in any way, shape or form, my mom is all over it. I guess I wouldn’t love her as much if this wasn’t the case. Her heart is as big as her home state of Texas.

Will I get her to the church on time? That’s the question, isn’t it?


You can read more about Kara in The Cat, The Sneak and The Secret, the 7th book in the “Cats In Trouble” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is The Cat, The Quilt, And The Corpse.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on August 24 for the chance to win a print copy of The Cat, The Sneak and The Secret. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
Leann Sweeney has written seven books in the bestselling Cats in Trouble Mystery Series and five in the Yellow Rose Mystery Series. She has been writing for more than twenty years and lives with her husband Mike, her brilliant labradoodle Rosie, loving and beautiful ragdoll cat, Wexford and tuxedo kitty Lynley. They make their home in South Carolina via Texas and New York. Visit Leann at www.leannsweeney.com, on Twitter or Facebook.

The Cat, The Vagabond and The Victim by Leann Sweeney

The cat, the vagabond the victimThe Cat, The Vagabond and The Victim by Leann Sweeney is the sixth book in the “Cats in Trouble” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, August 2014

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 eldery 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.

Leann continues to deliver a dynamic and light whodunit that always leaves me filled with warmth towards a diverse cast of characters that engaged and entertained me from the first page to a finale that I wanted to re-live over and over again. The tone was very comfortable and refreshing and I liked how easily the chapters flowed from one scene to the next in this mystery were the suspects were few with some surprises that culminated in an ending that picked up speed as the story came to a close. The small town atmosphere adds to the warmth of this character-driven drama as well as the dialogue between Jillian and those she encounters. This is the best one yet and I’m thrilled there is another book forthcoming in this delightfully charming series.

The Journey by Clyde, The Vagabond Cat, via Leann Sweeney

The cat, the vagabond the victimI am Clyde, a cat with a mission. I don’t speak on the pages of Leann Sweeney’s latest Cats in Trouble Mystery, but I thought I would make an exception for Dru Ann’s blog. She’s a special friend of Leann, my creator.

I set out on a long journey from Hilton Head Island to Mercy, South Carolina because I am one determined feline. I missed my best friend and besides, he was a very sick man when I was sent to live with his relatives. Why I was sent away is spelled out in the book, so I won’t spoil that part for you.

Cats can be as loyal as dogs, they can travel miles on end to get back to where they belong and I am no exception. You’ve heard the stories in the news, so you know it’s true. You’ll learn how I ended up with heroine Jillian Hart if you read the book, so instead I will offer a little backstory about me, Clyde. I am a big, handsome orange tabby and rescued by Shawn Cuddahee as a kitten. I was then adopted by a wonderful man. We became best friends. He needed a friend like me because his family is—what do you humans call it?–dysfunctional. I prefer crazy, but then cats always tell it like it is.

Behind Clyde's smileMy 200 mile trip wasn’t as difficult as it might have been. I know how to make friends and influence people who have cat food readily available. I’d stay for a bit at a nice home and then be off again. See, cats have the equivalent of GPS in their brains. That’s why you hear those stories about long return trips to beloved owners. It may be amazing to the public, but it’s what cats do when people mistakenly believe they’re lost—that is if certain cats are so inclined.

What I found when I returned to Mercy wasn’t what I expected. But you’ll have to read the book to find all that out. I just wanted to say hello and let you know that Leann Sweeney told my story. I appreciate her help in bringing me to life. And I don’t even require fictional treats as a thank you.


You can read more about Clyde in The Cat, The Vagabond and The Victim, the sixth book in the “Cats in Trouble” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is The Cat, The Quilt, And The Corpse.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on August 12 for the chance to win a copy of THE CAT, THE VAGABOND AND THE VICTIM. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, unless specified.

Meet the author
Leann Sweeney has written six books in the bestselling Cats in Trouble Mystery Series and five in the Yellow Rose Mystery Series. She has been writing for more than twenty years and lives with her husband Mike, her brilliant labradoodle Rosie and two loving and beautiful ragdoll cats, Wexford and Marlowe. They make their home in upstate South Carolina via Texas and New York. Visit Leann at www.leannsweeney.com, on Twitter or Facebook.

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.


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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

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The Cat, the Mill and the Murder by Leann Sweeney

Cat, Mill MurderThe Cat, the Mill and the Murder by Leann Sweeney is the fifth book in the “Cats in Trouble” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, May 2013

When cat lover and quilter Jillian Hart volunteers to help a local animal shelter relocate a colony of feral cats living in an abandoned textile mill, she never expects to find a woman living there, too. Jeannie went missing from Mercy, South Carolina, a decade ago, after her own daughter’s disappearance.

Jeannie refuses to leave the mill or abandon Boots, her cat who died years ago. After all, she and Boots feel the need to protect the premises from “creepers” who come in the night. After Jeannie is hurt in an accident and is taken away, those who’ve come to town to help repurpose the mill uncover a terrible discovery. As the wheels start turning in Jillian’s mind, a mysterious new feline friend aids in her quest to unearth a long-kept and dark secret.

Whenever I read a book by Leann, I know that I’m going to be taken on a delightful journey. In the latest book in the “Cats In Trouble” series, Leann has outdid all the others in delivering a well-written and character driven whodunit that captured my attention from beginning to end. Jillian finds herself, once again, involved in a caper when a woman is found in a closed-down mill and when she is later attacked, Jillian resolves to help her get closure by looking for the truth and exposing a murderer. This is a good mystery that had plenty of suspects and I enjoyed watching it all come together. Boasting a lovable cast of characters, a warm and friendly atmosphere and great dialogue, this is the best one yet in this charmingly pleasant series.

The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon by Leann Sweeney

The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon by Leann Sweeney is the fourth book in the “Cats in Trouble” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), April 2012

After returning from craft fairs and cat shows to her lake house in Mercy, South Carolina, quilter Jillian Hart discovers her friend Tom is missing—and his estranged half brother has made himself at home in Tom’s house. Jillian doesn’t trust the guy, especially since he allowed Tom’s diabetic cat to escape.

When Mercy police officers find Tom’s wrecked car with a dead stranger inside, Jillian’s worry turns to dread. What is this man doing in the car—and who killed him. Aided by a trio of cats and a spunky rat terrier, Jillian is determined to find out what kind of trouble Tom has gotten himself into—before someone else turns up dead.

Upon returning from her travels, Jillian learns that Tom is missing and when she finds a stranger in his home and his diabetic cat has disappeared, Jillian’s concern springs her into action. She finds Tom bruised and learns that Tom’s stepson has run away from home. When the boy’s stepfather is found murdered, Jillian knows that neither Tom nor Finn is capable of this crime, especially when evidence points to Finn. This was an emotionally filled story that captivated me and tugged at my heartstrings in this well-crafted whodunit. The tension-filled mystery kept me turning the pages, as I had to know what happens next. The characters were superb, the plot well defined and the dialogue powerfully moving. This is the best one yet in this wonderfully fantastic and charming series.

Jillian Hart: A Life Filled with Cats, Quilts and Mystery by Leann Sweeney

I feel the soft tap on my nose at dawn. Before I even open my eyes I know which one of my three cats is nudging me awake. Chablis, the seal-point Himalayan. I’m Jillian Hart, by the way. I live in Mercy, South Carolina with Chablis and two more cats (all Katrina rescues). Chablis is my “girl” fur-friend and the boys are Syrah (an amber sorrel Abyssinian) and Merlot (a red Maine coon). The boys tend to sleep in just a tad longer, but once I open my eyes, let the singing for breakfast begin.

What is it about needing “fresh” cat food for breakfast? There’s still Fancy Feast left from last night’s dinner. No matter. Once I’ve made my housemates happy, I start my day with a tall glass of sweet tea out on the back porch where I can see the sun shedding light on Mercy Lake. Later, there will be coffee—a vanilla latte, to be exact–when I head to The Cotton Company to pick up the fabric I ordered. After I visit the quilt shop, I always head down Main Street to Belle’s Beans. Best coffee east of Seattle, I always say.

Mornings are usually spent checking for any orders that have come in from my online business. I make little quilts for cats. Some folks may think “yarn” when it comes to felines, but they really love fabric. My big boy, Merlot, who weighs in at twenty pounds, has been known to sit on a square of fabric no bigger than three inches by three inches. And quilt bindings? They do love to play with those. You’ll have to read about my latest mysterious adventure in The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon to know just how much we love them!

Before I’ve even finished my tea, a Mercy Police Department squad car pulls into my driveway and Deputy Candace Carson arrives. She seems troubled and I soon learn why. There’s been a murder in Mercy and the victim owned a cat. Though Shawn Cuddahee, owner of the Mercy Animal Sanctuary, usually helps the police out with such matters, he is unavailable. Would I help?

And so it begins. Mercy is a small town and we never hesitate to help each other out. This particular cat may end up staying with me if the Sanctuary is full. No doubt secrets will be revealed and trouble for this cat is in store. We are off in the squad car after I turn Animal Planet on TV for my three friends. On the way to the scene of the crime, I get a call from my very special and good-looking friend Tom Stewart. He knows about the murder and also knows I’ve been recruited to help out. (News travels faster than a cat with its tail on fire in Mercy.) He says he’ll meet me at the scene to help with the orphaned cat. But I know he’ll also be looking out for my safety. He and Candace are very special friends that way.


You can read more about Jillian in THE CAT, THE WIFE AND THE WEAPON, the fourth book in the “Cats in Trouble” mystery series. The first book in the series is The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse.

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Meet the author
NY Times bestselling mystery writer Leann Sweeney, originally from western New York, has called Texas home for many years. 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 (Agatha Christie and Wexford) and Rosie, the labradoodle. Visit Leann at www.leannsweeney.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.