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Friday, March 17, 2017

Purr M For Murder by TC LoTempio (Character Guest Post / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Purr M For Murder by author TC LoTempio!

Character Guest Post

Sydney McCall, Publicity Director and Amateur Sleuth!
(Purr M for Murder by T. C. Lotempio)

Okay, I admit it – I’m a closet detective!  I’ve always loved investigating, ever since I used to sneak Nancy Drew books under the covers at bedtime and read with a flashlight!  I guess that’s why I’ve always gravitated toward mystery tv shows like Murder She Wrote and Hart to Hart. I like to sit there and figure out whodunit!

So, when my sister and I stumbled – literally – across the body of our landlord one morning, investigating his murder just came naturally to me.  Of course, the fact that the police were seriously considering my sister Kat as suspect numero uno played a large role in that decision, but…nothing ventured, nothing gained, I say!

And it’s not like I didn’t have help – even though it’s of the four footed variety.  A very charming orange tabby named Toby was right there to deliver clues when I most needed them. Who said animals were dumb?  Not me, never!  Toby is one of the smartest, savviest cats I know!  And since I’ve become publicity director at the Friendly Paws shelter, I know quite a few!

The detective on the case, Will Worthington, just happens to be an old flame of mine from High School.  Will wasn’t too keen on my ‘butting in’ to the investigation, but when all was said and done let’s just say he had a change of heart – although your guess is as good as mine how long that will last!

As for me, as long as there are mysteries around the town of Deer Park, I imagine I’ll get a yen to help solve them – me and Toby together, that is!

Book Review

Purr M For Murder by TC LoTempio
Book 1: A Cat Rescue Mystery Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Format: Hardcover - 304 pages
ISBN: 978-1683310921
BNID:  978-1683310921
Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. 

Book Description:

Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancĂ© 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 cafĂ© 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.

My Book Review:

In Purr M For Murder, the first book in A Cat Rescue Mystery Series, author TC LoTempio weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of Sydney McCall and her sidekick shelter cat named Toby. Sydney and sister Kat find themselves suspects in the murder of their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, and Sydney is determined to clear their name and find the real killer.

Set in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney Mc Call moves back home from New York after breaking up with her ex-fiance to help her sister Kat save Friendly Paws, the local animal shelter that she runs. Sydney and Kat organize a cat cafe fundraiser event to help the financially troubled animal shelter. But when their landlord Trowbridge Littleton threatens to shut down the event, things go from bad to worse when Sydney goes to talk to Trowbridge at his art gallery, and finds Kat already there standing next to his dead body. When Sydney's old high school crush local homicide detective Will Worthington adds Sydney and Kat to the suspect list, Sydney is determined to find the real killer and clear their name with the help of a furry shelter feline named Toby.

Purr M For Murder is a captivating and fast-paced cozy whodunit tale that has enough quirky characters (human and animal), witty banter and humor, drama, danger, a growing list of suspects, romance, and intriguing twists and turns that will keep you engaged and guessing as Sydney's amateur sleuth adventure unfolds with a climatic ending that will leave you wanting more! I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed Sydney's delightful furry feline companion Toby, who chooses Sydney as his person and helps her find clues along the way. Toby gets two paws up! I can't wait to read the next book in this delightful new cozy mystery series!

Purr M For Murder is a purrfectly delightful cozy murder mystery that pet lovers will enjoy reading!


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.

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Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule:

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 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GUEST POST

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 – SPOTLIGHT

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

March 13 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

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

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


  1. I love the cover of this book. After reading the reviews and description of the book, I'm really looking forward to reading.

    1. Hi Dianne! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I appreciate it. I hope you enjoy reading this entertaining cozy mystery. :)