The Time for Murder is Meow: Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries by T. C. LoTempio

The Time for Murder is Meow: Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries
by T. C. LoTempio

About The Time for Murder is Meow


  The Time for Murder is Meow: Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 

  Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing (June 9, 2021) 

  Paperback ISBN-10: 1954717199 

  ISBN-13: 978-1954717190 

  Digital ASIN: B0937H1KTT

Shell McMillan and her furry sidekicks aren’t kitten around when they set out to catch a killer . . .


When her TV series is canceled, struggling actress Shell McMillan considers it a blessing in disguise. A beloved aunt who recently died left her a pet shop in her will, and she sees it as the perfect chance to walk away from Hollywood and make a fresh start in the sleepy town of Fox Hollow.


But adjusting to small-town life won’t be easy, as Shell realizes when the head of the museum board is found murdered not long after Shell had a very public argument with her. And when the new kid in town is fingered for the crime, she’ll have to rely on her own wit and pluck and the kindness of strangers to get herself off the hook.


Desperate to exonerate herself and catch the real culprit, Shell begins digging into the lives of the local residents, and she quickly discovers that the victim had no shortage of enemies. As the suspect list grows and time runs short, Shell and her cats will have to claw their way out of danger—and it’s meow or never . . .


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 T.C. LoTempio

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 originally from Berkley Prime Crime and now with Beyond the Page Publishing. They also write the Cat Rescue series from Crooked Lane and the Pet Shop series, originally published by Midnight Ink and rebranded in June of this year as “Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries.” Book 1 will be re-released in June with a brand new cover! The series is continued in 2022 with book two, KILLERS OF A FEATHER, from Beyond the Page. 

Catch up with them at ROCCO’s blog, or her website,

Purchase Link - Amazon - Preorder Price is $3.99
Price will go up to $4.99 on Release Date.

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