Friday, March 3, 2023

A Purr Before Dying by T.C. LoTempio - Blog Tour with Author Guest Post and Giveaway


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. With half of them 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 . . .

Author Guest Post:

One of the best things about writing the Nick and Nora mysteries is trying out different lunch and sandwich recipes! Below are two good air fryer recipes that will definitely deliver a quick, easy and delicious lunch! Nora and Chantal give it two thumbs up, and Nick gives it four paws!!!!!!!!

Air Fryer Pizza


1 ball pizza dough

4 12 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Desired pizza toppings (pepperoni, sausage, etc)

Jar of 15 oz. Pizza sauce


Using Pizza Dough:

1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Roll crust out really thin (less than ¼ inch). Prick all over with a fork, (this will help it bake flat). Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket. Lift up crust and carefully place in the basket.

2. Cook in air fryer at 400 degrees F for 1 minute, then flip to the other side and cook an additional minute. (check on the crust after 30 seconds to make sure it hasn’t flipped/folded in half.) Repeat with remaining crusts.

3. Add toppings to pre-baked crusts.

4. Lower air fryer temp to 370 and cook pizzas for 1-3 minutes or until warmed through and cheese has melted. (You can open the basket to check).

If you want, you can substitute store bought pizza crust instead of pizza dough. Just add toppings and cook at 370 degrees until cheese has melted and crust is crisp.

Air fryer Chicken Nuggets


2 lb raw chicken tenders

½ cup pickle juice

½ cup milk

One large egg

One cup flour

One half cup milk


Salt, Pepper


Marinate Chicken Tenders in pickle juice for 20 min.

Add milk and egg in bowl and mix.

Preheat air fryer to 350

Remove chicken from pickle marinade and coat each tender in the egg mixture. Roll in breadcrumbs.

Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray, lay down parchment paper. Place tenders on paper. Air fry at 350 for 7 minutes. Then flip tenders over, increase air fryer temp to 400 an cook for 3 minutes, or until you see the tenders golden brown. Cooking time depends on the strength of your fryer and the size of the tenders or nuggets, so check to make sure they are cooked thoroughly.

Remove and serve with your favorite dipping sauce or French Fries. Or both!

And to go with:

Homemade Mocha Coffee

You will need:




Brewed Coffee (Leftover is good)


Combine sugar, cocoa powder and water in mug. Heat for 2 minutes in Microwave. Stir till sauce is smooth.

Add coffee and milk and heat until mixture is steaming. Top with whip cream if desired!

About the Author: 

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, or her website,

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Lynn and Precious said...

Another great book review, and something good to make to drink. Still winter so something hot is always good. Have a good weekend

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.


thanks Melissa for hosting us! T.C., ROCCO, Nick and Nora!


Lynn, it is a great drink and perfect for cold mornings and nights! Even in Arizona we get cold in the morning here.


thanks Rita, if you pick it up I hope you enjoy it as well!

Three Chatty Cats said...

Sounds like a fun book! And now I need to try that air fryer pizza recipe.

Brian's Home Blog said...

That does sound like a good one and fun too!

pilch92 said...

The book and recipe both look good. It looks like Friday on the cover.

Marvelous Marv said...

Great post! We LOVE reading about terrific books to read (That have cats in them) and T.C.'s recipies sound terrific! Keep being awesome! Purrs Marvelous Marv

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

Souhds like a fun read. Thanks for having a giveaway.