Purr M For Murder
A Cat Rescue Mystery, Book #1
T. C. LoTempio
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. (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed, well rounded, and three dimensional. Sydney loves her sister, Kat, and is willing to work very hard to help make Kat’s animal shelter a huge success. And when a dead body is discovered and Kat is a person of interest, she is willing to do whatever it takes to clear Kat’s name. She does not think twice about jumping into the investigation, trying to find the real killer. Even if snooping puts her in harm’s way, she is determined to find the culprit before Kat is put behind bars. She does have some help from her sister, from Will, one of the homicide detectives assigned to the case, (who happens to be an old crush from high school), and from the rescue cat that Sydney has adopted, Toby. Toby is the most helpful of all, and I personally think he is a mystical cat. Although this is the first book in the series, I felt like I have known these characters for a long time. I really enjoyed getting to spend time with all of them.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and eavesdropping on conversations. She created a small town setting that seemed realistic and was a place I would like to visit. The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough suspects to consider and enough clues and red herrings to make it hard to figure out the real killer.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. I found myself reading this book whenever I could and reading it well into the night, when I should have been sleeping. But it was worth losing sleep over, it was that good.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. It has everything I look for in a cozy: great mystery, great small town setting, great characters and plenty of cats. This is the first book that I have read by this author but I guarantee it will not be my last. I cannot wait to read the next one in this series and I plan on reading her other series. She is one of my new favorite authors.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this great book.