Monday, November 9, 2015
Book Review/Giveaway: Claws for Alarm by T.C. LoTempio
From the publisher: Since inheriting her mother’s sandwich shop, Nora Charles is more about hot grilled paninis than cold-blooded murder—until her sister Lacey is arrested. The victim, an esteemed art collector and Lacey’s bullying professor, was stabbed in the heart. Apparently, all over a lousy grade.
Off campus, things were just as dicey. The prof had an ex with secrets, a trophy wife set to inherit a fortune in masterworks, and a scorned student mistress. Going undercover, Nora realizes that investigating this crime is the biggest test of her sleuthing career. Because if she fails, even Nick’s animal instinct won’t be enough to rescue Lacey from a perfectly executed framing.
Last year Nick and Nora made their debut in Meow If It's Murder as a crime-solving team to be reckoned with, and they're back with their second adventure, Claws for Alarm.
When the story begins Nora is happily running her sandwich shop while still attempting to locate Nick's missing owner, PI Nick Atkins. A new lead promises to take her near her Aunt Prudence's house, but when she calls her aunt to make plans for a visit, she learns that her estranged sister Lacey is being accused of murdering one of her art professors. The hunt for Nick is forced to take a backseat to clearing Lacey's name, but Nick and Nora have no idea what they're up against. Nora goes undercover and meets a cast of shady characters, all whom had reason to want Professor Pitt dead.
Nick once again uses Scrabble tiles and pieces of paper to communicate clues to Nora, and ends up being a furry hero when Nora finds herself in extreme danger. A love triangle is in the works as the lead detective on the case ends up being a familiar face from Nora's college days. I adored the scenes between Aunt Prudence and her childhood friend Irene, who is staying with Prudence while her house is being fumigated (long story). Their squabbling was a hoot.
This complex mystery is filled with twists and turns and even included a brilliant tie to PI Nick's disappearance. By the end his fate is still in question, but the set up for book 3 is purr-fect.
Long live Nick and Nora!!!
Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, November 13th for your chance to win a copy of Claws for Alarm. (US entries only, please.)
Labels: Tortie Shorties