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BLOG TOUR – 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.

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My “Top Five”Favorite Mystery Series!
I’ve always loved to read, since I was three (which might explain why I became an author, LOL!) Need I add that my favorite genre is mystery, of course! (although thriller runs a close second!)
I thought I’d share my top five favorite mystery series with you!
#5 – Nancy Drew Mysteries: -Carolyn Keen aka Mildred Wirt – The very first mystery I ever read was #21, The Secret in the Old Attic, and after that I HAD to have the whole series! Nancy Drew was a role model, an independent gal who never missed an opportunity to track down a clue! It heightened my love of series books and mysteries in general. I developed an appreciation for finding that “hidden clue” and also a love of blue roadsters! I also devoured the Judy Bolton, Dana Girl, Connie Blair, Vicki Barr, Beverly Gray and Trixie Belden and Kay Tracey msyteries as well, but let’s face it – Nancy was, and always will be, the Queen!
#4: The Entire Perry Mason series by Erle Stanley Gardner: It’s impossible for me to single out just any one of the 46 books in this series – they all fascinate me. I never tire of reading the adventures of Mason, a lawyer who fights hard on behalf of his clients and who takes pride in the unusual, difficult or nearly-hopeless case. Gardner wrote an excellent supporting cast, from the hardboiled DA Hamilton Burger to the efficient Della Street, each is perfectly fleshed out. The thing that intrigued me most was the way he’d just accept cases on a whim, often financing the necessary investigations himself. What lawyer today would go to such lengths for his clients? Perry’s the best, bar none, from The Case of the Velvet Claws right on down to his last, The Case of the Postponed Murder (published posthumostely). I could read ‘em all over and over again (and I have!)
#3: The TeaShop Mystery Series – Laura Childs – I adore this series! Laura Childs has a knack for description and for bringing characters to life, and these are particularly lovable. From Theodosia Browning, the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, right on down to Delaine Dish, the self absorbed owner of a clothing boutique, each character makes their own unique stamp on your heart! Theodosia’s a gal with a mind of her own and a flair for deduction – although she does manage to be a bit destructive in the clothing department! Still looking for Mr. Right, Theodosia has made her way through many a baffling mystery – each one more suspenseful than the last. This series is more “thrillsy” than cozy, so for those who like more than their share of suspense, this might be the one for you!
#2: Mrs. Murphy Series – Rita Mae Brown – This series features the tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, a plump gray cat, Tucker, a lively Corgi – and her human companion, Mary “Harry” Harristeen. Another good mystery where the intrepid detective (in this case Harry) gets an assist in deceiphering the clues from her feline assistants. Over the course of twenty something volumes the characters have grown and evolved, and each msytery is more thought provoking than the last. Then again, a cat co-writes them, so what do you expect?
Now…drumroll…..my very favorite mystery series of all times
#1- In Death Series – JD Robb – ok, this might not be a mystery series per se, but for my money it’s one of the best series around! As with Perry Mason, I love ALL the Eve Dallas books, but the one that stands out ini my mind is Ceremony in Death. It was the first one to bring in witchcraft and magic and also the first one to show Eve in a vulnerable position against an adversary. If you’ve never tried the”In Death” series I suggest you start with book one – you’ll be hooked! (written by Nora Roberts, BTW – JD Robb is a pseudonym)
I also have many runners up: The Black Cat Bookshop Series, the Scrapbooking Mysteries, The Cat Who Mysteries, The Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, and, of course…MIDNIGHT LOUIE!
So there you have it – my top five series! Do you agree with my choices? What are some of your “top ten” must reads?

 

 

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

Website:

https://www.tclotempio.net/

 

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toni.lotempio.5

Twitter:

@RoccoBlogger – https://twitter.com/@RoccoBlogger

Purchase Link:

Amazon B&N

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March 8 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

March 8 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – GUEST POST

March 9 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

March 9 – Must Read Faster – REVIEW

March 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 10 – Book Babble – REVIEW

March 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 10 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW

March 11 – A Cozy Girl Reads and Writes – REVIEW

March 11 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW

March 11 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

March 12 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

March 12 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – GUEST POST

March 13 – My Journey Back – REVIEW

March 13 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 13 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

March 14 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – REVIEW

March 14 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

March 14 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

March 15 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

March 15 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 15 – Books Direct – SPOTLIGHT

March 16 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

March 16 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

March 16 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

March 17 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

March 17 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

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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.

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

Website:

https://www.tclotempio.net/

 

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toni.lotempio.5

Twitter:

@RoccoBlogger – https://twitter.com/@RoccoBlogger

Purchase Link:

Amazon B&N

a Rafflecopter giveaway

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

March 8 – Girl Lost In a Book – REVIEW

March 8 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

March 8 – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – GUEST POST

March 9 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

March 9 – Must Read Faster – REVIEW

March 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 10 – Book Babble – REVIEW

March 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 10 – Classy Cheapskate – REVIEW

March 11 – A Cozy Girl Reads and Writes – REVIEW

March 11 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW

March 11 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

March 12 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

March 12 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – GUEST POST

March 13 – My Journey Back – REVIEW

March 13 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

March 13 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

March 14 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – REVIEW

March 14 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

March 14 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

March 15 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

March 15 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

March 15 – Books Direct – SPOTLIGHT

March 16 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

March 16 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

March 16 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

March 17 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

March 17 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

March 17 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

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1 Comment

  1. Dianne Casey

    I’m really looking forward to reading “Purr M For Murder”. I love the Nick and Nora series and this looks like another great series series. Great cover!

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