Monday, June 14, 2021

The Time for Murder is Meow (+ Giveaway)

I can’t seem to resist a book that has a cat involved so I’m delighted to be participating in author T.C. LoTempio’s Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for her latest release, THE TIME FOR MURDER IS MEOW, the first installment in her new Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries.

The Time for Murder is Meow

By T.C. LoTempio
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series: Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing (June 9, 2021)
ISBN-10: 1954717199
ISBN-13: 978-1954717190
Digital ASIN: B0937H1KTT

Shell McMillan and her furry sidekicks aren’t kitten around when they set out to catch a killer . . .

When her TV series is canceled, struggling actress Shell McMillan considers it a blessing in disguise. A beloved aunt who recently died left her a pet shop in her will, and she sees it as the perfect chance to walk away from Hollywood and make a fresh start in the sleepy town of Fox Hollow.

But adjusting to small-town life won’t be easy, as Shell realizes when the head of the museum board is found murdered not long after Shell had a very public argument with her. And when the new kid in town is fingered for the crime, she’ll have to rely on her own wit and pluck and the kindness of strangers to get herself off the hook.

Desperate to exonerate herself and catch the real culprit, Shell begins digging into the lives of the local residents, and she quickly discovers that the victim had no shortage of enemies. As the suspect list grows and time runs short, Shell and her cats will have to claw their way out of danger—and it’s meow or never . . .

is now available on Amazon. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf.

Meet the Author: T.C. LoTempio

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 her cat pen the Nick and Nora mystery series originally from Berkley Prime Crime and now with Beyond the Page Publishing.  They also write the Cat Rescue series from Crooked Lane and the Pet Shop series, originally published by Midnight Ink and rebranded in June of this year as “Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries.”  Book 1 will be re-released in June with a brand new cover!  

The series is continued in 2022 with book two, KILLERS OF A FEATHER, from Beyond the Page. Catch up with them at ROCCO’s blog, or her website,

You can check out T.C.’s tour by stopping by the blogs below. Be sure to enter the giveaway. Don’t you just love a story that feature a cat (or any animal)?

June 8 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

June 8 – Literary Gold - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

June 8 – Sapphyria's Book Reviews  - REVIEW

June 9 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST

June 9 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

June 10 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW

June 10 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

June 11 – I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

June 12 – MJB Reviewers - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

June 12 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 13 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW


June 14 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT  

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  1. I am also a sucker for cats as sleuths. Thank you for introducing me to a new series.

  2. Great play on words - cozies have some of the best titles.

  3. This sounds like a fun new series. It's cool that Shell inherits a pet shop.

  4. Oh, this does sound fun, Mason. I love the idea of a pet shop as one of the settings, and it sounds like a solid plot, too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. That's a very cute title and cover. Even the tagline is cute. My mom would enjoy this story, I think. :)

  6. Absolutely adorable cover and story! Looks like a great series.

  7. thank you for hosting us, Mason!!!!! TC and ROCCO

  8. I love that title and the two cute cats on the cover!


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