Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Crime and Catnip by T. C. LoTempio

Please welcome T. C. LoTempio author of Crime and Catnip.

T. C. Lotempio will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Crime and Catnip

by T. C. Lotempio


GENRE: cozy mystery




Five Minutes – what do you save?

T. C. Lotempio

Hello, today I’m asking my characters from the Nick and Nora mysteries “If you were faced with an emergency where you have five minutes to safe something of value to you, what would it be and why?”

Nora Charles: Hm, that’s a difficult question. There’s so much I’d want to save. I think I’d want to save my mother’s locket, but if it came down to a choice between the locket and my cat Nick, it would probably be Nick (with the locket around his neck!)

Daniel Corleone: As an FBI agent, I’ve been in that situation many times. You do what you have to do to minimize risk. If it were a personal emergency, like a fire in my apartment, I’d probably grab my framed photo of Nora.

Leroy Samms: I think this question pertains to a personal emergency, so I’m going to say the antique pistol my grandfather left me, since I don’t have a framed photograph of Nora to save…yet.

Chantal Gillard: Ma oui, such a difficult question! I would probably reach for my favorite deck of tarot cards! They have never failed me, and a good deck of tarot cards is not easy to come by!

Lacey Charles: Wow, that’s a tough one. I’d like to say my Vidal Sassoon hair dryer, but then again it could be my Wen conditioners – I can’t survive without them. Or maybe my favorite shade of Urban Decay lipstick….it would be a beauty product, for sure. I’m just undecided about what one I’d grab.

Nick Charles: Well, since I’m a cat it would be difficult for me to “grab’ anything, but I’d be certain to make sure that my favorite toy, my pouch of Scrabble tiles, made it out safely. After all, how can I help Nora solve mysteries without them??????



While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.

As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him…







“Yes, so you needn’t worry about anything, Nora, other than preparing your excellent food,” Nan remarked and then added with a twinkle in her eye, “unless you think the grimoire and its history might make a good story for that magazine you write for.”


“NOIR. It might. I’ll ask Louis.” Louis Blondell, the owner and editor of the online true crime magazine I wrote part time for, was always eager for any article that smacked of mystery – plus I owed him two articles already. I tucked the tip about previous theft attempts away, determined to do a bit of research on my own regardless of whether or not he’d be interested – although knowing Louis, I was sure he would be. “I can name some of the sandwiches and main dishes after the more popular characters in Arthurian mythology. I’ll just need to do some research on them – and I know just the person to help me.”


“Splendid!” Nan clasped her hands in front of her. “And several food critics will be there – they’re patrons of the museum – so it will be a wonderful opportunity for your shop, Nora. Why, you might generate more business than you can handle.”


“An increase in business is not a bad thing.” Violet glanced at her watch and rose. “We’d best get going. The exhibit manager is waiting for us back at the museum. Apparently there are many cases to unload. At this rate we may have to move the exhibit the Red Room.”


Nan shrugged into her fleece jacket. “We’ll give you a key to the kitchen, so you can just stop in anytime to look it over or whatever. You can pick it up later, and do let me know if there’s anything you’ll need.”


Nan bustled out the door, Violet trailing at a slower pace. She paused to lay her hand on my shoulder. “I hear you’ve become quite the sleuth. I heard what you did for your sister, and I read the account of the Grainger case. Very impressive. Like that sort of work, do you?”


“I do. Then again, I enjoyed tracking down leads when I was a true crime reporter so I guess it’s really not that much of a stretch.”


She nodded. “Well, then, when you’ve got a bit of time to spare, stop by my office. There’s a matter I’d like to discuss with you that the sleuth in you should find quite a challenge.” She looked at me, and I caught a glimmer of a twinkle in her eye. “It involves a disappearance, and there’s even the possibility it might also involve…a murder.”






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


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, is out this 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 and


Where to find them:

ROCCO’s blog:


Amazon- Crime and Catnip


Amazon: All Books Page










T. C. Lotempio will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


9 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Crime and Catnip by T. C. LoTempio

  1. achristay
    November 29, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  2. Thank you for hosting

  3. Toni LoTempio
    November 29, 2016

    Thank you so much for hosting!

  4. Lisa Brown
    November 29, 2016

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  5. Debra Holloway
    November 29, 2016

    Thanks for the opportunity and for hosting.

  6. bernie wallace
    November 29, 2016

    What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

  7. Victoria
    November 29, 2016

    Great post – thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  8. Nikolina84
    November 30, 2016

    I really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!

  9. Bea LaRocca
    December 3, 2016

    Congratulations on the book and the tour and thanks so much for sharing the info and offering a Giveaway! When I first saw the title of the book I immediately thought of the movie “That Darn Cat”, one of my favorites when I was a kid. Anyway, thanks again for sharing!

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