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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Purr M for Murder

Purr M For Murder
by T.C. LoTempio

Purr M for Murder: A Cat Rescue Mystery
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.

What I Thought:
This was a great start to a new first series.  I always enjoy reading cozies with animals in them and this author does a great job introducing us to Toby and Syd, the human he choose to be his companion.  Syd has come home to help her sister with marketing for the local no kill shelter.  Syd comes up with the idea of cat café at the local coffee shop, but of course a local business man threatens to shut down the event.  Kat, Syd's sister, is found leaning over the dead body of that business man, so of course she is the main suspect.  Syd and Tody have an adventure trying to prove that Kat is innocent.  This was a well written book that flowed well and have several twists and turns. It kept my attention from the beginning and I was totally surprised at the end. I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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 and
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  1. Thank you for such a great review of this book. I'm really looking forward to this series.

  2. "Purr M for Murder" sounds like a great start to a new series. Like the animal shelter setting and want to get to know more about Toby.

  3. This is one of my favorite authors! Love her books.
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