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. ~Girl Lost In a Book
There is no way I can describe how magnificent this book was or how stellar this series will be.
I’m a HUGE fan of this author’s Nick and Nora series, so I was thrilled to learn she was releasing a new series. As hard as it may be to believe, I think I’m going to love this one even more… ~Book Babble
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.
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. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.netand www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
I liked the setting of the book that was in a quaint little town. There are so many animals that need homes and the author did a great job of showcasing an animal rescue center in the story. There is one cat that really shines through the book and I loved how smart he was. Toby is a very bright cat and is looking for his forever home . Who will be his new owner?
Sydney has returned home to be the publicity director for the shelter her sister, Kat runs. I found it funny that the person running the shelter was named Kat. Gotta say the author does have a sense of humor and I wonder if anyone else caught the irony in her name. As the sisters gear up for a big cat cafe at a friend's bakery they run into a roadblock. There is someone in the community that is not happy with the idea. When a body turns up Syd and Kat became prime suspects.
The author does a great job in taking readers into the art world and vividly describes different techniques. I did like the introduction of Will Worthington. He is an old school mate of Syd's and boy has he changed. He is not this awkward teen anymore but a very nice looking man who happens to be investigating the murder. I loved how so many townspeople disliked the murder victim because I had a hard time figuring out who the killer was and why they did it. I was quite pleased with the ending and thought the author did a great job of of keeping readers guessing.
Overall I did enjoy the book and I hope to read more about Sydney and her side kick. The book is a good start to a promising new series.
I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.