'Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiance 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 cafe 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.
Delightfully clever and charming, Purr M for Murder, the first in a new series from nationally bestselling author T.C. LoTempio, will leave readers clawing for more.'
I love animals. I always have. Not much of a cat person, but nevertheless, still an animal lover. I love to read mysteries with animals featured in them. For some reason, I really enjoy cat mysteries. One of my favorite mystery series of all times is the Lillian Jackson Braun The Cat Who series. Ms. Braun has unfortunately stopped writing cat mysteries a long time ago and has passed away. I am always on the hunt for a series that reminds me of one I love so much. This cat mystery series has a lot of potential. I enjoyed this book a lot.
I found that I was drawn in by the characters and their stories from very early on with this book. I felt that I could relate to Sydney's character and I love that she has a past that the author only gives us a little glimpse into. I would love to learn more about Sydney and her past. Sydney has just ended a relationship with her ex-fiance and is looking to find some solace and escape from her troubles. She lands in Deer Park, North Carolina where she grew up and where her sister, Kat, still resides. Kat works at the local animal shelter and offers Sydney a job. Sydney and Kat's passion for animals show through every page in this novel.
I really enjoyed this first installment in this all new series. I thought it was well-written and very engaging. I found that I was eager to pick this book up every chance that I got. I will definitely be keeping my eye on this series. It was a light and engaging read that I highly recommend.
Overall Rating: 4.5
Title: Purr M for Murder
Author: T.C. LoTempio
Series: Cat Rescue Mystery #1
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Get It: Amazon; Barnes & Noble
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 – and debuting March 14 2017, the new CAT RESCUE mysteries from Crooked Lane! 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.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
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Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.