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Leann Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of the cozy mystery series, Cats in Trouble Mysteries.

She has also authored the Yellow Rose Mysteries, and a couple of non-fiction books.

A native of Niagara Falls, Sweeney trained at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, New York, and also holds a behavioral science degree from the University of Houston.

Prior to becoming a full-time author, Sweeney worked as a registered nurse, where she spent her days working, being a wife and a mom, and her nights writing away.

She has now been writing for more than two decades, and hopes that her tales will help readers forget about the troubles of the real world, as they venture into her cozy mysteries.

More about Leann Sweeney

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Non-fiction

Website: http://www.leannsweeney.com/

Cats in Trouble Mystery

  1. The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse (2009)
  2. The Cat, the Professor and the Poison (2010)
  3. The Cat, the Lady and the Liar (2011)
  4. The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon (2012)
  5. The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder (2013)
  6. The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim (2014)
  7. The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret (2015)
  8. The Cat, the Collector and the Killer (2016)

Non-fiction

  1. The Cozy Chicks Kitchen: Cozy Chicks Kitchen Series (2012)
  2. Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks: Cozy Chicks Kitchen Series (2015)

Novellas

  1. Dying Embers (2009)

Yellow Rose Mysteries

  1. Pick Your Poison (2004)
  2. Dead Giveaway (2005)
  3. Shoot from the Lip (2007)
  4. Pushing Up Bluebonnets (2008)

Detailed book overview

Cats in Trouble Mystery

The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse

Jill's quiet life is shattered when her house is broken into and her Abyssinian, Syrah, goes missing. Jill's convinced her kitty's been catnapped. But when her cat-crime-solving leads her to a murdered body, suddenly all paws are pointing to Jill.

Soon, Jill discovers that Syrah isn't the only purebred who's been stolen. Now she has to find these furry felines before they all become the prey of a cold-blooded killer-and she ends up nabbed for a crime...

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2009
Ebook: B002361LJ8
Publisher: Berkley
The Cat, the Professor and the Poison

Between her kitty quilt-making business and her three beloved cats, Jill has her hands full. That doesn't stop her from wanting to solve the mystery of the milk cow that's gone missing from her friend's farm. But imagine her surprise when a stolen cow leads to the discovery of fifty stray cats and one dead body-a victim of cold-blooded murder...

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2010
Ebook: B003L78538
Publisher: Berkley
The Cat, the Lady and the Liar

Cat quilter Jillian Hart finds a gorgeous stray cat belonging to the fabulously wealthy Ritaestelle Longworth, who believes she's being drugged. Before Jillian can get to those charges, a body turns up in the lake-and her cat Chablis finds Ritaestelle nearby. Can Jillian's cats aid her in solving a mystery with decades old roots?

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1410440921
Publisher: Kennebec Large Print
The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon

When quilter Jillian Hart returns to her lake house in Mercy, South Carolina, she discovered her friend, Tom, is missing-and his estranged half-brother has moved into Tom's house. Jillian doesn't trust the guy, especially since he allowed Tom's diabetic cat to escape. When police officers find Tom's wrecked car with a dead stranger inside, Jillian is determined to find out what happened to Tom-before someone else turns up dead.

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B0072NWKOM
Publisher: Berkley
The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder

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.

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B009UZ9ZRK
Publisher: Berkley
The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim

When Clyde the cat travels two hundred miles back home only to find his former owner dead, the story makes national news. While everyone seems eager to tell Clyde’s incredible tale, someone needs to step up to care for him. Because the media attention is creating chaos at the local shelter, cat quilter Jillian Hart agrees to foster the loyal orange tabby, hoping his location is kept secret.

But while the media circus around Clyde continues, Jillian learns the real story behind his owner’s death—he was murdered. Why would an elderly man already dying from a serious illness become a murder victim? As the local police search for an answer, Clyde makes another escape.

Jillian is drawn into the case when she finds Clyde has returned to his home again—and he’s found another body. When the motive behind these murders is finally revealed, Jillian understands Clyde is in danger of becoming the next victim, and she must help find the killer before the claws really come out.…

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00HZ1E66Q
Publisher: Berkley
The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret

Jillian Hart and Tom are finally tying the knot, but first they need to make sure Tom’s stepson, Finn, is as comfortable as possible in the lake house they will all call home. So when it becomes clear that Finn has fallen for a pretty cat from the Mercy Animal Sanctuary, Jillian and Tom readily agree to make room for one more—even though the tortoiseshell kitty is a notorious kleptomaniac.

So far, the cat has sneaked out of the adoption center time after time, bringing back trinkets, shoelaces, and socks. But when she brings back an antique locket, Finn enlists Tom’s and Jillian’s sleuthing skills. They hope to return the treasured item to its owner, but their search for answers is sidetracked when a body is found. Still, their sneaky cat’s find may just lead them to a killer.…

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00PT4IWZC
Publisher: Berkley
The Cat, the Collector and the Killer

Jillian Hart and police chief Tom Stewart are enjoying peaceful, newly wedded bliss in Mercy, South Carolina, until a woman is found wandering the streets one night. She's in her night clothes, disoriented, and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. A search of the woman’s house reveals many more cats, a maze of cardboard boxes—and a dead man.

Although the evidence suggests the frail woman is the killer, Jillian doesn’t believe she’s capable of such a crime. The dead man had many enemies in town, which means finding the real murderer may prove to be its own cat and mouse game...

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1410492340
Publisher: Kennebec Large Print

Non-fiction

The Cozy Chicks Kitchen: Cozy Chicks Kitchen Series

The Cozy Chicks are seven mystery authors - Ellery Adams, Deb Baker (aka Hannah Reed), Lorraine/L.L. Bartlett, Kate Collins, Maggie Sefton, Leann Sweeney, and Heather Webber/Blake

Welcome to the Cozy Chicks kitchen! Pull up a stool and let us pour you a cup of coffee. We’ll have a chat as a pot of tomato basil soup bubbles on the stove. While the soup is simmering, feel free to sit back, relax, and listen to the sizzle of lemon chicken cutlets crisping to a golden brown in the frying pan. By the time we catch up on work and family and start discussing the last book we’ve read, the buttery, cinnamon scents of the apple ginger pie baking in the oven will curl around our shoulders like a warm shawl and coax a sigh of contentment from our lips.

Friends, food, and fellowship. That is what home feels like. And the kitchen is the heart of the home. This sense of warmth and companionship is what The Cozy Chicks try to invoke in our novels. And now, our cookbook will invite you to enter the heart of our cozy mystery worlds—the stories of our characters and of their authors, told through food.

For a short while, our protagonists have taken a break from crime solving to don aprons and wield spatulas and wooden spoons. And they’d like nothing more than to spend some time with you. Enjoy!

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1470199302
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks: Cozy Chicks Kitchen Series

By mystery authors Ellery Adams, Lorraine Bartlett, Duffy Brown, Kate Collins, Mary Kennedy, Mary Jane Maffini and Maggie Sefton.

The Cozy Chicks realized that tea was such a perfect complement to cozy mysteries that we decided to write a book about it. Not only does Tea Time with the Cozy Chicks have delicious recipes, but it also includes themed tea menus, fascinating articles, fun facts, curious quotes, and helpful hints on how to host the most memorable tea parties ever! And for an extra treat, a few of us have included excerpts of our work as well! Read, cook, drink tea, savor, and most of all enjoy!

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1517385781
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Novellas

Dying Embers

At 12 years old, Amanda has more on her mind besides the joys of Christmas. Her mom is drunk and her dad is abusive, and her younger brother and sister are hoping for a Merry Christmas that might not come. Discouraged and sad, Amanda has lost all hope...But Christmas is a magic season, and magic might be just what she needs.

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2009
Ebook: B0030GG1FY

Yellow Rose Mysteries

Pick Your Poison

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...

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2004
Ebook: B002DYMBSU
Publisher: Berkley
Dead Giveaway

She's a Texas heiress and a brand-new P.I. specializing in adoption cases. But Abby Rose focuses more on what money can't buy-like answers in a case of a baby abandoned years ago and a present-day murder.

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2005
Ebook: B002DMZ9T0
Publisher: Berkley
Shoot from the Lip

The thought of working with a hot-shot producer and her TV crew is about as appealing to Abby as sticking her hand in a bucket of leeches. But "Reality Check" is a program that claims to turn American dreams into the real thing, and Abby figures that if anyone deserves that kind of bonanza, it's Emma Lopez, who has been raising her three younger siblings since her mother disappeared. Abby is determined to help Emma realize her dream of a reunion-even when it becomes clear that someone out there doesn't believe in happy endings.

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2007
Ebook: B000SEIFCS
Publisher: Berkley
Pushing Up Bluebonnets

When asked to help identify a young woman who may not survive an attempted murder, Abby discovers a possible connection between the girl and a prominent Houston family-the questions about her past are getting stickier than pecan pie. Abby's about to learn the hard way that when she crawls out on a limb, she'd better be certain there's not someone behind her with a saw and a mean spirit...

Author: Leann Sweeney
First Release: 2008
Ebook: B000UZPHYO
Publisher: Berkley