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Purr M for Murder A Cat Rescue Mystery
by T. C. LoTempio Crooked Lane Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 14 Mar 2017
When Sydney McCall returns to Deer Park, North Carolina it looks like everything is falling into place. She is home just in time to put her publicity skills to good use, helping Kat save her animal shelter. Everyone is excited about the forthcoming cat cafe adoption event - with the notable exception of Trowbridge Littleton, Deer Park’s own Ebeneezer Scrooge. After a very public argument between Kat and Trowbridge, Sydney and her sister decide to try to smooth things over. Unfortunately they are too late and they discover Trowbridge’s body. Kat is naturally the prime suspect.
Sydney always wanted to be a detective, and now she has the chance. Despite her good friend (and potential love interest) being part of the detective team, Syd fears Kat will be railroaded. Trowbridge had many enemies, the question is which one killed him. Fortunately Syd has an ace up her sleeve - Toby, a gorgeous ginger cat with an uncanny ability to discourage unsuitable adopters. He’s looking for the perfect companion- but he also may hold the key to finding the killer.
If you enjoy pet themed cozies, particularly those with cat you will definitely like T C LoTempio’s Purr M for Murder. The plot is complex enough to keep mystery lovers happy, even though there are plenty of clues to whodunnit. I highly recommend the first book in LoTempio’s new Cat Rescue mystery series.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Purr M for Murder from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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.