Death Steals the Spotlight


Death Steals the Spotlight (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries)
by T. C. LoTempio

About Death Steals the Spotlight 


Death Steals the Spotlight (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Beyond the Page Publishing (June 27, 2023)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 202 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1960511173
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1960511171
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C62G13J9



It’s exit stage left, permanently, for a big-time director who lands the starring role in an unscripted death scene . . .

Desperate to find a director for their annual production, the Fox Hollow Players have a stroke of luck when Shell McMillan’s actress mother lands a prominent theater director for the job. He’s more gruff and demanding than the small-town cast and crew are used to, but his soft side for animals quickly endears him to pet shop owner Shell. Persuading her to let him use a shed on her property where he can work in peace, Shell is horrified when she finds his dead body there. And with obvious signs of foul play, she can’t help but investigate the murder.

As she digs into the man’s past, it becomes apparent that at one point or another he was romantically entangled with just about every woman involved in the play. And just when Shell discovers he may have been blackmailing one of them, other clues surface that suggest a more sinister motive. With her hands already full with a beautiful stray cat she found and christened Princess Fuzzypants, Shell will have to fill two roles, caring for the Maine coon and trying to track down the killer before it’s her turn for a fatal curtain call . . .

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.”  Number three in this series debuted June 27, DEATH STEALS THE SPOTLIGHT. Recent other releases include Book six in the Nick and Nora mysteries, A PURR BEFORE DYING, and book one in the new Tiffany Austin Food blogger series, EAT, DRINK AND DROP DEAD.

You can cat-ch up with them at ROCCO’s blog, or her website,

Q&A With the Author:

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I always enjoy the plotting, making sure that all the pieces of the puzzle are in place and all the threads hang together. To me that is the most challenging and rewarding part of writing. Believe it or not, I also enjoy rewriting!  Some of my best books have come out of rewrites!

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

I just sent in the second Tiffany Austin book, A CRUST TO DIE FOR, to my editor in England. That book will be released in January 2024.  I’ve also finished the last book on my Nick and Nora contract with Beyond the Page which will be released next September (It’s a Halloween mystery).

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

I’m hopeful of writing more Nick and Noras!!!!!  And Tiffany and Pet Shop too.  And who knows, maybe another project. One never knows.  Keep watching my blog, www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot  and my Facebook page for news. You can also visit my website,, and sign  up for my quarterly newsletter.  

How long have you been writing?

Professionally?  The first Nick and Nora was accepted by Berkley in 2013 and published December 2014, but I’ve been writing since I was ten years old.  I did self-publish a few paranormal mysteries early on, that I believe are still available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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

I appreciate each and every one of you – without your support there would be no Nick and Nora, no Shell or Tiffany!  As long as you keep reading, rest assured I’ll keep writing! 

Author Links

ROCCO’s blog:


Twitter: @RoccoBlogger


Purchase Links – AmazonB&N


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  1. I really like the overall book cover design! Can't wait to give this a read-- thank you so much for sharing it!

  2. Such a great series! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  3. Wonderful premise to your book, cheers.

  4. Rocco another book for the reading I love your books and so glad that you are still writing the mysteries peggy clayton


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