Death by a Whisker : A Cat Rescue Mystery

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It's up to Syd and her feline partner-in-crime to save the local animal shelter from scandal in national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio's charming second installment in her Cat Rescue mysteries.

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It's up to Syd and her feline partner-in-crime to save the local animal shelter from scandal in national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio's charming second installment in her Cat Rescue mysteries. It’s up to Syd and her feline partner-in-crime to save the local animal shelter from scandal in national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio’s charming second installment in her Cat Rescue mysteries.

Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event.

The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list.

Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio.


Series Title
A Cat Rescue Mystery
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
T. C. Lotempio
Publication Date
February, 2019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.30 x 5.50 x 0.85 Inches

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Syd McCall is very pas...

Syd McCall is very passionate about animals. With her work at the shelter she keeps herself busy but not busy enough to keep herself out of trouble. It's a big day in her small town when none other than Ulla Townsend is coming to town to promote her book and give a part of the proceeds to the shelter. I wouldn't say everyone was thrilled to find out that Ulla was coming back to town. She did become this famous television personality but can it erase all the horrible things she did to some of her classmates in school? I can't believe how vicious she was. Ulla is what I call a first class bully. Syd is really a smart person who has a bit of a problem. She doesn't seem able to keep her nose out of trouble. The author sets readers up for the crime in a setting that is sure to cause a stir among the community. Ulla is all set to sign her new book as a big crowd starts to grow. I was not surprised that Ulla was going to be the victim and I figured out how she was killed. What I couldn't figure out was who did The dastardly deed. With a room full of suspects and a list a mile long of people she had tortured in the past, I found it hard to narrow it down to just one suspect. I'm not saying she deserved to die, but let's just say sometimes your past can come back and cause you harm. I wanted to feel sorry for Ulla, but she was just a conceited and mean person. I thought the story was well written and I loved that the author showcased pet adoptions. The author really made me want to adopt a cat after reading about all the love able ones up for adoption. I as kinda upset that Syd kept going behind her boyfriends back to investigate the crime. After all, Will is a detective and I'm pretty sure he is good at his job. What makes the story so appealing is their relationship. He seems sensible, smart and patient. Syd is none of those things which makes them the perfect couple. It's a great read and one that I enjoyed with all the shenanigans Syd got involved in. Overall a good book and one I would recommend to all those who like a fast pace mystery. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

Author T. C. LoTempio ...

Author T. C. LoTempio is a fabulous writer. Her Nick and Nora Mysteries won me over and made me a true fan of hers. So, reading her Cat Rescue Mysteries was a no brainer for me. I really enjoyed DEATH BY A WHISKER though I will admit it was a little slow going at first, maybe the first couple of chapters. But sticking with it was completely worth it! It was good to be back in Deer Park, North Caroline with the fun characters of this series. And it was wonderful to see the growth in them since the first book. As in the previous book, the relationship between Sydney and Toby made me smile. He's a cat with his own mind for sure! The mystery was well done. Very nicely plotted by author LoTempio. There were plenty of suspects to consider in the murder, and they successfully led me to the wrong conclusion. A purrfectly delightful second installment in this great new cozy series. I'm looking forward to book three!

Syd might be helping h...

Syd might be helping her sister Kay run a cat rescue shelter, but her real calling seems to be solving murders. When an unpopular author drops dead at a shelter fundraiser, so many people hate her for the dastardly things she has done to them, it's hard to narrow down the suspects. Clues abound in this cozy, and it's likely the reader will figure it out long before Syd does. Still, it is an enjoyable cozy, with likable characters, an interesting plot, a bit of romance, and of course, cats aplenty.

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