Join amateur sleuth Sydney McCall and her savvy orange tabby as they pounce on their first case in this “clever, fast and fun” cozy mystery series opener (Suspense Magazine)
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.
About the Author
While T. C. 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 ten—The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and her cat Rocco, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series and make their home in Clifton, New Jersey. This is her first Cat Rescue mystery.
Praise for Purr M for Murder: "This sprightly series opener...offers pure catnip for feline mystery fans." —Publishers Weekly
"An engaging series with a proactive, appealing sleuth. The (nontalking) Toby is sure to be a hit with cat lovers and cozy readers." —Library Journal
“LoTempio’s latest series follows her sweet, simple pattern of cat-focused cozy with uncomplicated characters who are broadly defined.” —Kirkus Reviews
“When a new series begins it’s always fun and rare to say that it’s so clever readers will have an absolute mental ball. Not only a great read for a cat lover, dog lovers will be taken with this too...Clever, fast and fun.” —Suspense Magazine
“Delightfully fun and kept me guessing...An excellent start to a new series!” —Night Owl Reviews
“Purr M for Murder is a fantastic start to a new series and will appeal to cat fanatics and cozy mystery fans looking to curl up with a purr-fectly charming tale.” —Mystereity Reviews
"Both stylish and sweet—this is the kind of mystery you want on your bedside reading table. T. C. LoTempio knows how to develop great characters and an exciting plot and then wallop it home. Made me want to rush right over to Friendly Paws and adopt a cat." —Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author
“A dead body, a murderer on the loose, a spunky sleuth, and a savvy feline all make for a purr-fectly delightful mystery.”
—Kate Collins, New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop mysteries
“Cats and coffee and murder...oh, my! Purr M for Murder is an entertaining read, and Toby is the purr-fect feline sleuth. I’m looking forward to many more adventures with this clever, crime fighting cat.”
—Diane A.S. Stuckart writing as Ali Brandon, NYT bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop mysteries