The “Cats in Trouble” Mysteries - Leann Sweeney - Dark Streets
Leeann Sweeney spells trouble “Success”!
Leann Sweeney was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph's Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry and as a school nurse; she now writes full time.
She began crafting fiction in 1980, fulfilling her lifelong dream. After perfecting her skills with classes and a small fortune in writing books, she joined MWA and Sisters in Crime. Now she's the creator of two NAL/Obsidian mystery series: The Yellow Rose Mysteries and the Cats in Trouble Mysteries. The Cat, The Quilt and The Corpse, first in the Cats in Trouble Mysteries was the #1 bestseller on the Independent Mystery Bookseller's List when it debuted and made several top twenty lists for 2009 at bookstores across the country. Since then, The Cat, The Lady and The Liar and The Cat, The Wife and The Weapon climbed all the way to the NY Times bestseller list for mass market paperbacks.
Leann is married with two fabulous grown children, a wonderful son-in-law and a beautiful daughter-in-law--not to mention three amazing granddaughters: Maddison Grace (Maddie), Morgan Elizabeth and Meika Elise. She lived in Texas from 1974 to 2012 and now lives in South Carolina with husband Mike, her two cats Wexford and Marlowe, and Rosie--the smart, retrieving, golf-ball chasing, busy-busy-busy mini-labradoodle.
About Her Series'
Leann writes two series, chock full of suspense: The Yellow Rose Mysteries and the Cats in Trouble Mysteries!
The Yellow Rose Mysteries feature an adoption private investigator in Texas. The idea came from an article she read in the newspaper about illegal adoptions. A corrupt judge had known that many of the children whose adoptions she approved in her court were indeed forged through illegal methods and at times the children were actually stolen from their birth parents. Fascinating stuff and it made her think—"What if a woman found out she was illegally adopted? What would she do?" What happened is she became a private detective seeking to help other adoptees searching for their pasts.
The “Yellow Rose” Mysteries!
Pick your Poison
A Wedding to Die For
Shoot from the Lip
Pushing up Bluebonnets
Out of school, out of work, and out of motivation, Abby Rose is contemplating her life and wondering what to do next. It's the kind of situation that would get some girls down, but luckily Abby's got a heart the size of Texas-and a bank account to match. But when she discovers the gardener dead in her greenhouse, Abby realizes what she needs to do with herself: she needs to solve a murder...
The Cats in Trouble Mysteries came from a brainstorming session with her editor. She’s been owned by kitties all her life, and has also been a quilter for many, many years. So, she built a series around a quilter who had 3 amazing cats. An amateur detective is curious by nature and so are cats. It seemed a perfect fit. the "what if?" question that started the first series was this: "What if your cat was allergic to human dander? And what if you came home to find your allergic cat sneezing and one of your other cats missing? What dandruff—bearing human had stolen that cat?" That is heroine and amateur sleuth Jillian Hart's very first mystery to solve—and she does it with the help of her feline friends in one way or another book after book.
When cat lover and quilter Jillian Hart volunteers to help a local animal shelter relocate a colony of feral cats living in an abandoned textile mill, she never expects to find a woman living there, too. Jeannie went missing from Mercy, South Carolina, a decade ago, after her own daughter’s disappearance.
Jeannie refuses to leave the mill or abandon Boots, her cat who died years ago. After all, she and Boots feel the need to protect the premises from “creepers” who come in the night. After Jeannie is hurt in an accident and is taken away, those who've come to town to help repurpose the mill uncover a terrible discovery.. As the wheels start turning in Jillian’s mind, a mysterious new feline friend aids in her quest to unearth a long-kept and dark secret.
The “Cats in Trouble” Mysteries!
The Cat, The Quilt and the Corpse
The Cat, the Professor and the Poison
The Cat, the Lady and the Liar
The Cat, theWife, and the Weapon
The Cat, the Mill and the Murder
I confess, I have a partiality to the “Cats In Trouble” mystery series. (Hey, four cats own me – how can I not?). Leann writes with warmth and humor in both her cozy mystery series!
For all you cat owners out there: Leann is proudly owned by two ragdolls, and her fictional cats are also prime breeds: (Katrina rescues, FYI!)
About Her Cats
Merlot is a red tabby Maine coon cat who weighs almost twenty pounds: Ninja protector cat!
Syrah is a sorrel (with chocolate ticking) Abyssinian: Jillian Hart’s top cat–quiet, smart, and can even open doors.
Chablis is a sable point Himalayan with crystal blue eyes: Loving and a little clueless, but a great mouser; always wants to be on Jillian’s lap.
Pick Up a Book!
Whether you are proudly owned by either a cat or a dog, you will enjoy this series!
Here are all the places you can connect with Leann to learn more about her books!
Cozy Chicks Blog
Facebook Personal Page
Facebook Author Page
Toni LoTempio – By Toni LoTempio – admin by day, writer by night, Toni is the author of several paperback and e-books of paranormal suspense – her latest, SOAPSUDS, SEX AND SILVER BULLETS, will be released from Entangled Publishing July 2014. As T. C. Lotempio, she pens cozy mysteries, debuting with the upcoming Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkeley Prime Crime. (MEOW IF IT’S MURDER, Fall 2014). She and her cat ROCCO do fundraising for Nathan Fillion’s charity, KIDS NEED TO READ, when they aren’t interviewing authors on ROCCO’s blog! You can keep up with all the latest interviews and news (including her 2014 releases!) at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com