The Cat, The Quilt And The Corpse by Leann Sweeney is the first book in the new “Cats in Trouble” mystery series. Publisher: Nal Obsidian, May 2009

Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats—Chablis, Syrah and Merlot—as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving.

But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing—and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can only mean one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian Syrah is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping.

Spurred by Chablis’ and Merlot’s mournful meowing, she investigates-and discovers more missing cats and a murder. Now she’s got to save more than one cat in trouble—not to mention herself.

This story is a great addition to the cozy mystery genre.  Since I’m a quilter and love cats (can’t have one due to allergies), this was a fun read and you got to learn about the town that Jillian lives in and watch her start to live her life again.  My rating: 4 stars

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