A PURR Before DYING: A Nick and Nora Mystery
by T.C. LoTempio

About A Purr Before Dying

A PURR Before DYING: A Nick and Nora Mystery
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – California
Beyond The Page (February 21, 2023)
• Number of Pages 256
More details to come

No one’s who they seem in the thrilling new Nick and Nora Mystery, and someone’s playing the part of a clever killer . . .

When a nighttime soap opera comes to town to film an episode, no one’s more excited than Nora Charles, who’s landed the contract for catering the shoot. But if she thought the show’s plotlines were full of drama and intrigue, that’s nothing compared to what she witnesses among the cast and crew, who are sneaking off for secret liaisons one minute and at each other’s throats the next. It’s all a titillating behind-the-scenes look for Nora—until she stumbles across the body of the show’s slain director.

It’s not long before the local authorities finger the brother of Nora’s good friend for the evil deed, and it’s up to Nora and her sidekick Nick to get him off the hook. As she begins to sort out the cast’s romantic entanglements and professional rivalries looking for a motive, she also discovers that the victim was involved in the mysterious death of the show’s previous director.

And then another member of the crew is found murdered, and Nora knows she’ll have to act fast to figure out who’s playing the part of the killer, before she’s cast in the role of the next victim . . .

About 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 last  year as “Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries.”  Book six in the Nick and Nora mysteries, A PURR BEFORE DYING, is released this February from Beyond the Page.  There is also a new series, Tiffany Austin Food Blogger, coming out in April.

You can cat-ch up with them at ROCCO’s blog, www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com or her website, www.tclotempio.net

Q&A With the Author:

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I always enjoy writing about the adventures of Nick and Nora, and I hope it shows!  What I loved most about this particular one was the setting:  a soap opera set!  Not many people are aware that years ago I was a reporter for a Days of Our Lives fanzine.  I went to many fan events in NY and CA and met most of the stars of that soap! It was a thrilling experience, and inspired “A Purr Before Dying” (although no directors were ever killed when I was reporting on the soap LOL)

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

Of course! The third pet shop mystery will be out in June – that one is as yet untitled.  I have a new series debuting in April from Severn House, the Tiffany Austin Food Blogger series, which chronicles the adventures of a former assistant head chef turned food blogger.  In the first entry in the series, EAT, DRINK AND DROP DEAD, Tiffany finds herself the prime suspect in a co-workers death and has to work to clear her name.  And, of course, there’s always the hot detective!!!!

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

I’m currently contracted for Nick and Nora through Book #7 and Pet Shop through #4 at Beyond the Page.  I have Nick and Nora 8 through 10 completed, though, so I’m hopeful Beyond the Page will be picking up the series.  ☺  I am under contract for one more Tiffany with Severn House, so if response (aka sales) are good, hopefully there will be more.

How long have you been writing?

Hah, practically all my life, but only seriously with an eye toward publication in the late 90’s.  I got  my first book contract when I was 58, so...never give up!!!!!

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Nick,  Nora and I appreciate and value every single one of you. Without you, there would be  no Nick and Nora!  We hope to continue providing fantastic adventures to entertain you for many more years!  And you can always catch up with the latest news, as well as author interviews, reviews and giveaways, on ROCCO’s blog: www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting us! TC, ROCCO, Nick and Nora!

  2. This sounds like a great Cozy Mystery. I love the cover!

  3. I used to get Rocco's letter all the time but then it stopped and I don't see a way to resubscribe but I have read many of TC's books and loved them so if could resign me up for the Rocco blog that would be great . peggy clayton

  4. I have long been a fan of T.C. LoTempio's books.

  5. You are a new author for me- after reading the book excerpt I would like to read this book-thanks


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