Purr M For Murder by T.C. LoTempio
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B01N6P3WYP
Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat--along with Littleton's dead body.
Local homicide detective Will Worthington--who just happens to be Sydney's old high school crush--is highly suspicious of the sisters' involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton's death--until the killer notices she's pawing a little too closely at the truth.
About the Author…..
While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM. #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, was released in December.
She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.net and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
Where to find them:
ROCCO’s blog: www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
Twitter: @RoccoBlogger - https://twitter.com/@RoccoBlogger
Purr M For Murder was a very pleasant surprise! If I'm being honest I didn't really go into this with much hope that it would be any different than most of the "cozy mysteries" with animals on the cover. Wow was I wrong! Shame on me for basically judging a book by it's cover! *Bad bookworm, BAD!*
I'll start with the characters. They are Deeee-lightful. Syd is a smart character, that I instantly could see as an actual person. She's flawed but not overly so. Her sister and friends have vivid personalities too, no question about that! If I had to pick someone that I wasn't super fond of, I'd definitely say it's gotta be Will's partner. He was just annoying, although he did have a fondness for good desserts which I can't really fault him in that!
The real star though, was Toby the cat! I want that cat in my life super muchly! His personality was awesome! To top it off, he's also a friggen hero, which makes me love him and want to adopt him (Sorry Syd!) even more!
Alrighty, so onto the meaty bits of the story. Was the mystery any good? Well I should say so! I can usually guess who or what the outcome will be. The murderer is usually the wife, yadda yadda yadda...I was completely clueless til the end! I'm not even joking, the ending took me by surprise! I had completely written off who it turned out to be, chapters before the ending. So you got me there! I guess I need to turn in my junior detectives badge :(
All-in-all, this was a great read. I was surprised, I was entertained, and I was delighted thoroughly! Definitely pick this one up!
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