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The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse    by Leann Sweeney order for
Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse
by Leann Sweeney
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Signet, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Jillian Hart comes home from a business trip to find her cat Chablis is having an allergy attack. Chablis is allergic to human dandruff so Jillian is sure someone has been in her house while she was away. After searching the house she finds a broken window. The only thing missing is another of her cats, Syrah.

Jillian is a recent widow living alone in the dream house she and her husband built on a lake in Mercy, South Carolina. While in mourning for her husband, Jillian hasn't felt up to meeting her new neighbors, but they all know everything about her. When she calls to report her missing, cat two officers arrive. Morris, the older officer, is not sympathetic to her loss, but his young partner immediately gets to work trying to find any clues the burglar may have left.

Jillian and Candace, the young officer, become instant friends. Candace sends Jillian to an animal rescue home where she meets Shawn and his wife Allison. As Jillian searches for her missing cat she meets more of her neighbors including the man who repairs her window and another who puts in her alarm service. For the first time she visits the town coffee shop and meets people there, but she is no closer to finding Syrah.

When she does find her cat she discovers a murder and becomes a suspect. To keep her new found friends and herself from being harassed by the police, she sets out to find the murderer.

This is a first in Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble mystery series. Although I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next book, I don't find Jillian as interesting a protagonist as Abby Rose, the adoption detective in her Yellow Rose series.

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