Thursday, March 16, 2017


Purr M For Murder by T.C. LoTempio

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (March 14, 2017) 
Hardcover: 304 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1683310921 
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.

Wonderful debut of a new animal themed cozy mystery series. 
Sydney McCall is starting over by returning to her roots. I love the characters in this series - a great sister relationship, a best friend from high school who is the new roommate, and even a best friend, now detective, who returns to the hometown unexpectedly but just when needed.
Of course the star and hero is Toby!
You'll have a tough time telling who are the good guys and bad ones in this tale.
Is money the motive for murder as if often expected or is greedy only one factor?
Danger is not enough to keep Sydney's "Nancy Drew" impulses under control.

This adventure is just the beginning, and it is a wild ride until the very end.

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. 

Where to find them: ROCCO’s blog:
Twitter: @RoccoBlogger -

 Purchase Link: Amazon B&N 

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  1. Thanks for being a part of this blog tour. I'm very excited to read this new book. And I'm also tickled to find so many new blogs to check out.

  2. This sounds like a great start to a new series. Can't wait to read more about Toby.


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