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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451233026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233028
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2 x 17.5 cm
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This was a very easy read. Once i'd started reading I found it was a book I just wanted to sit on the couch with my feet up, pot of tea at my side and not move. I really enjoyed it, and if you like a mystery with a bit of magic, then this a book for you.
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This book is is an enjoyable mystery that continues to build on the characters introduced in earlier books. If you enjoy 'cozy cat mysteries' then you will enjoy this series.
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By Deborah on 25 Oct. 2014
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I like this series. The plots don't take too many warped twists and turns, just enough and had characters with which I can identify.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Bratton on 27 April 2014
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excellent prompt service everything was as i expected and i really enjoyed the plot and characters will buy more editions
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Mansions, Murders, and Cats With Diamond Collars 5 April 2011
By Ellery Adams - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love the Cats in Trouble series. From the small-town South Carolina setting, to the cast of interesting characters, to the memorable animals, reading books in this series is like going out for coffee with old friends. In this third installment, a cat with a diamond collar is in trouble and behind the closed doors of her owner's antebellum mansion, all is not as polished and genteel as it appears. Jillian sets out to aid the abandoned animal and, in her gentle and patient manner, uncovers an even more serious crime. Jillian's passion for animals will resonate with all pet lovers. The perfect read for a lazy spring or summer afternoon!
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
For mystery and cat lovers alike 5 April 2011
By Cindy Chow - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even though Leann Sweeney's newest book, THE CAT, THE LADY, AND THE LIAR, is the third entry in what is labeled A Cats In Trouble series, it really is the love of cats that unites characters and helps them to connect with one another. When quilter Jillian Hart tries to help the owner of a cat shelter by speaking to the reclusive owner of a pampered and spoiled abandoned cat, Jillian is prevented from speaking to Ritaselle Longworth by a guard of personal assistants and even warned off by the local police chief. Unwilling to give up on a pet that was obviously once cared for greatly, Jillian continues to reach out to Ritaselle; right up until Jillian discovers the assistant's body and Ritaselle standing over her covered in blood.

Ritaselle has recently acquired a reputation in Woodcrest for erratic behavior and kleptomania, but Ritaselle claims instead that she is being framed and drugged. When a fall lands Ritaselle in the hospital, Jillian is protective enough to take her in to protect her from any possible attacks. It turns out that Ritaselle has been supporting a number of relatives and hanger-ons who all would profit from her death, so Jillian believes that Ritaselle may be correct in her suspicions.

The author of the extremely enjoyable Yellow Rose Mysteries (featuring sisters specializing in adoptive investigations), Sweeney excels in creating realistic and engaging characters. Jillian is a delight who has forged a relationship with her three cats after the death of her husband and since reconnected with his daughter. Jillian has also forged a tentative relationship with a security specialist, enraging the deputy coroner who imagines herself to be a romantic rival for his affections. Even more poignant is an accusation against Jillian that brings to surface all of her insecurities and has her relating to Ritaselle's feelings of persecution and isolation.

Although cat-fanatics will enjoy this series and the characters whose lives are enhanced by their pets, readers who look down on cat mysteries should not ignore this series. Cats are not the investigators and actually are the background to the plot and characters. The solution to this mystery is not easy to solve but is definitely satisfying. This is a series that has grown in complexity and continues to entertain with wit, humor, and enjoyable characters. Neither cutesey nor grim, this is a series that can please all fans of "light" mysteries.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This is *the* best mystery the cats have dragged in so far in this series! 5 April 2011
By Deb - Published on
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It couldn't be said that Shawn Cuddahee, owner of the Mercy Animal Sanctuary, had much going for him at times, but he did have one thing going against him and that was a restraining order from the animal control officer. Cats with diamond studded collars weren't often left along the side of the road, but try as he might he couldn't get anyone at the Longworth Estate to respond to his calls. Jillian Hart, who was quickly learning how to be a small town busybody from the best of them at Belle's Beans, was up for helping a cat in trouble any day and was going to head over to the estate to investigate if and why Isis had been abandoned. It was said that Ritaestelle Longworth, once a pillar of the community and Isis's owner, was now five short of a six pack and was turning into a klepto.

Jillian, who had three cats of her own, Syrah, Chablis, and Merlot, had a soft spot for cats and an investigative streak that wouldn't quit. She soon found herself standing in front of Ritaestelle's antebellum mansion in Woodcrest, South Carolina ready to claim she was a journalist checking out "grand homes of the south." Jillian lucked out and got past the butler to see Evie Preston, Miss Longworth's assistant, who was onto her act even before she set one toe through the door. "I don't' seem to be able to find anything on the Internet about a journalist named Jillian Hart, but there is certainly a good deal about that woman by that name who takes a great interest in cats. Have you come about Isis?" A "muffled cry" and a thud interrupted their conversation.

Evie hurried up the staircase and Jillian wasn't far behind. Instead of Scarlett O'Hara getting ready to flounce down the stairs to meet Rhett, she spotted Ritaestelle struggling on the floor. For some reason, Ritaestelle seemed to recognize her. On her escape from yet another potential calamity one other person recognized her ... for speeding. Police Chief Nancy Shelton, who didn't mince words, said, "I advise you to keep away from the estate and out of Woodcrest." No problem. Jillian was just going to have to get her good friend Deputy Candace Carson's help on this one. After a relaxing evening at home after her ordeal, Jillian was more than ready to head to bed when the doorbell rang. "You weren't expecting me?" It was Ritaestelle, who promptly began to rant about sabotage and people drugging her. No, Jillian wasn't expecting her and she sure wasn't expecting to find Evie Preston "facedown in the water" floating around like a fishing bobber by her dock a short time later. Did she miss something in her "investigation?" Just in case anyone needs reminding, this was, count `em if you please, the third corpse on her hands since she'd moved to Mercy!

This is *the* best mystery the cats have dragged in so far in this series. Just when you think things can't get any better they do. Sometimes when the plot thickens in a series they simply fall apart, but when Leann Sweeney mixed up her version of this cat mystery the recipe was smooth, sweet, and ultra delectable. All the characters I've come to enjoy from the first two in the series, including that cornball, Lydia Monk, are back on the scene ready and willing to help Jillian figure out whodunit for the third time around. There was just the right amount of mystery, intrigue, and humor to keep me flipping the pages. This is one sweet Southern cat mystery full of pecans and they're not baked in a pie!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding! Special book in series 17 Jun. 2011
By D. Merrimon Crawford - Published on
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When a cat is in trouble, sometimes the person behind the cat is also in trouble. When a beautiful pampered cat is found by the side of the highway, the task to talk to the owner falls to cat enthusiast and quilter Jillian Hart. The cat belongs to none other than Ritaestelle Longworth, a wealthy high-society lady. Why won't she return the numerous phone calls to her about her lost cat? What about the rumors of her erratic behavior? When Ritaestelle unexpectedly shows up at Jillian Hart's home with a plea for help, Ritaestelle's troubles suddenly become all the more serious when a body turns up in the lake behind Jillian's home. Ritaestelle is found next to the body and the preliminary clues all lead to her. With so many ready to accuse Ritaestelle, Jillian knows that she must help both Ritaestelle and her beloved cat Isis. With her three cats to guide her, will Jillian be able to get to the hidden truth behind the murder and help both a cat and the lady in trouble?

In THE CAT, THE LADY AND THE LIAR, the third in the Cats in Trouble series, Leann Sweeney pens another delightful cozy mystery in which cats take center stage. Not only does a cat lead Jillian Hart to the mystery, but her own cats are an integral part of helping her solve the case. The character of the spoiled Isis is humorous and somehow still adorable, at least to cat fancying readers. The mystery surrounding Ritaestelle, a grand Southern dame, intrigues. Even when one feels certain of the basic motive, the cast of possible murderers and the specific motive remains a puzzle to leave readers guessing until the final resolution. THE CAT, THE LADY AND THE LIAR is one fun mystery!

THE CAT, THE LADY AND THE LIAR is a special book in the series. The preceding two books are just as fantastic, but here in the third book, the author brings the reader into the heart of the series' major characters, making them memorable in ways that touch the heart. From Candace to Tom, a reader catches a deeper glimpse of the characters who populate the town and the series. Even Jillian herself makes more of an impression as one discovers more about her inner feelings, her past and her relationship to other characters in the story. In this third book, there is a transformation within the series that moves it from cool, fun cat mystery to a mystery in which characterization creates another richer dimension. A reader starts to feel like an insider in the town and the series. With this the third book, a reader feels the series has come together in a manner that will sustain itself through multiple new additions to the series. A reader can enter the series at any point and read the first three books in any order although the preceding books do explain more about Jillian Hart's propensity for saving cats in trouble and her making of cat quilts. THE CAT, THE LADY AND THE LIAR is a must read for cat lovers and cozy mystery enthusiasts!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A first rate cozy 16 July 2011
By Sassy girl - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I realize there are some wonderful reviews of this book already.
But, I was so happy with this book, I couldn't resist adding my own two cents.
Leanne Sweeney has created a mix of cats, characters, and a good mystery to boot!
One I just had to read for the story it tells of the rich, the spoiled, and the envious.
Jillian Hart is a rescuer of animals. Bringing beloved pets back home where they belong.
Unfortunately,this rescue is more trouble than she can handle.
With the help of Tom,a former cop, and her friend Deputy Candace,Jillian sets out
to find the owner of Isis(a beautiful black cat)with green eyes and a rhinestone collar.
Trouble ensues when the cat owner, Ritaestelle, comes to Jillian's house for help.
The happy reunion is just not to be.
Lady Ritaestelle is found with a rock in her hand,and her secretary dead in the water.
Ms. Hart has her hands full trying to protect Isis, Ritaestelle, and figure
out who the real culprit could be.
Is it the butler, the cook, an old flame, or one of her moneysucking, freeloading relatives?
A tough case to solve.
But what fun to watch Jillian have the time of her life in this caper.
"Button, button, who's got the button?"
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