Saturday, August 10, 2019


The Time for Murder is Meow

(A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery)

by T. C. LoTempio


About the Book

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Midnight Ink (August 8, 2019
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-10: 0738760366
ISBN-13: 978-0738760360 
Digital ASIN: B07HL4F1Z6

Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop
Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves.
While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting—until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell's aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick—her aunt's Persian Purrday—find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter?

 When her long running television series is canceled, "Shell" McMillan relocates to small town Fox Hollow, Ct to take over the recently closed pet shop her aunt ran until her illness and resultant death. Thinking this is the right time to retire, but being too young to be without something purposeful in life, Shell is full of ambition and passion.
Even before she gets the pet shop up and running she meets the local shop keepers and some local animals. She also meets the most despised woman in town and has her own run in and disagreements with her. So when, before her first full day in town has ended, Shell is the one to discover this notorious woman's body, she finds herself investigating in real life what she as she had done on television for a decade.

With interesting characters and plenty of suspects, this is a study of motivation and opportunity.
Figuring out the "who" wasn't difficult. Early clues sort of gave it away too soon but my interest was held as the rest was revealed. This series has potential to be a lot of fun.

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 her cat pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime and the Cat Rescue series from Crooked Lane. Her latest, the Pet Shop Mysteries, makes its debut August 8 with The Time for Murder is Meow.
You can cat-ch up with them at ROCCO’s blog, or her website,
Where to find them:
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  Purchase Links: Amazon B&N IndieBound 

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