The Cat, the Vagabond, and the Victim: A Cats in Trouble Mystery By Leann Sweeney

Aug 16, 2014 | 2014 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze, Pets

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of this review.

Allison Cuddahee, owner of Mercy, South Carolina’s pet rescue/no-kill shelter, knows a cat who travels on his own to return home always makes national news. When a feline named Clyde treks over two hundred miles to find his cancer-stricken human, it’s sure to be a media sensation. The additional hook of owner Norm Jeffrey’s death before they could be reunited makes the story more irresistible. Jillian agrees to foster the massive tabby but soon finds her lawn trampled by reporters salivating for a story sure to pull at viewers’ heart strings. Clues indicate Jeffrey’s death might not have been natural. It’s only a matter of time before Jillian’s best friend, Deputy Candace Carson, is plagued by media interference and their wrong conclusions. The arrival of an inexperienced but ambitious weather girl, Emily Nguyen, means Jillian will have to stay on her toes to protect Clyde and find him the safest home possible. leann

When Clyde, an escape artist, leads them to another body, Jillian admits reporters haven’t been the only ones to ignore Mr. Jeffrey and focus on the cat. Jillian and her friends look into the surprising life of a man who seemed so distant from his very dysfunctional relatives. The rural aspects of a small community are highlighted—very few secrets, everyone seems connected and neighbors often go out of their way to help one another.

Cat-on-quilts and quilts-for-cats maker Jillian may be an unusual sleuth but her complete devotion to her three Katrina rescue cats means she’ll spare no expense to protect felines. The support and aid of fiancé Tom Stewart, a security expert, certainly helps, especially when he assists with creative GPS’ing to leash in a curious reporter. Jillian’s stepdaughter Kara, the owner and editor of the local paper, is on hand to assist. It’s refreshing to see how their relationship has grown since the death of Kara’s father. Jillian is finally ready to move on in her life with Tom. They have developed a strong, romantic, mature and enviable relationship.

Cat people and cozy mystery lovers will rejoice to see this popular series continue. Strong writing explores family dynamics as well as affection for pets, integral to the plot. The theme of animal welfare is never preachy and even those without animal companions will enjoy the characters and intelligent dialogue. Jillian’s nemesis, the completely Tom-obsessed coroner’s investigator, Lydia Monk, does return to plague Jillian’s life. Thankfully, Jillian has learned how to manipulate Lydia into a controllable adversary. In this seventh of the Cats in Trouble series, Sweeney achieves the difficult task of making the jeopardy and fates of felines as impactful as that of humans, without ever losing the humor and realism that are trademarks of this entertaining author.

To enter to win a copy of The Cat, the Vagabond, and the Victim, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Vagabond,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 23, 2014. U.S. residents only.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).


  1. Wow! What a wonderful selection of books! Thanks for GREAT opportunity!

  2. This sounds like my kind of book! Thank you for the chance to win. And btw, I LOVE CATS!

  3. Love it. Would love to win.

  4. Would love to read the next book in this great series. Thx for the review and opportunity!

  5. Sounds like a great book. I’d love to win the contest.

  6. I enjoy reading her books. I haven’t read this particular series, though.

  7. This sounds like such great book and look forward to reading it

  8. I SO want to read!

  9. Love Leann’s series. This is a great addition to the series!

  10. I know Ms Sweeney is a talented writer, and this is a terrific series. Would love to win the book.

  11. I love cats and cozies.

  12. We have a winner
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


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