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The Cat, The Professor, and the Poison
The Cat, The Professor, and the Poison by Leann Sweeney
by Leann Sweeney

The Cat's Meow!

When a milk cow disappears from a neighbor's farm, cat lover Jillian Hart already has her hands full taking care of four preemie kittens at Mercy Animal Sanctuary's office with Deputy Candace Carson.  At first, the call seems almost inane and a bit irritating, but the investigation leads to the discovery of a huge number of needy stray cats and the body of a professor.  Who would want the professor dead?  What is the connection between the professor and all the stray cats?  The more Jillian investigates, the more determined she is to solve the case.  Jillian might just need a little help from her cats to solve this one.  When cats' welfare is at stake, cats can depend on Jillian Hart! 

In her second Cats in Trouble mystery, Leann Sweeney once again gives cats lovers a mystery where cats take center stage in all aspects of the mystery.  Jillian Hart makes quilts for cats, rescues cats and has three special cats of her own, Chablis, Syrah
and Merlot.   Jillian Hart may have a soft spot in her heart when it comes to animal welfare, but she is no push over.  If a cat is in trouble, Jillian Hart will use her vast knowledge of cat lore, her intellectual acumen, her instincts and her heart to solve the case.  In THE CAT, THE PROFESSOR AND THE POISON, Leann Sweeney takes readers more into the character of her sleuth as Jillian and Candace form a friendship.  A reader gets to know one character through the other, catching a glimpse of the emotional character as well as the sense of humor they elicit.  One is the perfect counterpoint to the other.  Above all, these additional heartwarming insights into endear a reader to the series.  The first book in the series, THE CAT, THE QUILT AND THE CORPSE is an outstanding introduction to the series, but the character developments and new mystery in THE CAT, THE PROFESSOR AND THE POISON marks the Cats in Trouble series as one well worth following.

The clever and sometimes humorous mystery takes readers right into the heart of feline territory, the good and the bad.  Cat lovers will appreciate some of the distinctions Jillian Hart makes between political activists and those who truly care for the welfare of cats.  Without being preachy, Jillian Hart is a woman whose love and respect of cats is more than surface deep.  Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble mysteries are the cat's meow!

Obsidian Mystery (May 4, 2010)
A Cats In Trouble Mystery
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Previous Cats In Trouble Mystery: The Cat, The Quilt, And The Corpse

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