Friday, December 9, 2016



Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.

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 . . . 


Nick Charles is a fat, sassy, tuxedo cat with a flair for detection and a love of Scrabble tiles.  He enjoys helping his current human, Nora Charles, solve puzzling mysteries using his feline wiles to point out clues that the human eye might not cat-ch.


Nick, how did you first meet main character Nora?
I turned up on her doorstep – literally – and just walked right into her sandwich shop. It was love at first meow for me, but Nora was a tough sell at first. Her friend Chantal actually encouraged her to keep me and now we’re quite the investigative team, if I do say so myself. And I do.

Want to dish about her?

Nora’s a bright girl, a former investigative reporter with strong family values.  She gave up her career as a true crime reporter to run her mothers sandwich shop after her death, and just recently she and I helped keep her little sister Lacey out of prison. Someone was framing her for a murder she didn’t commit. The only thing I could say about Nora is she’s a bit wishy-washy in her love life. She has a good thing going with FBI agent Daniel Corleone, but now that her old flame Leroy Samms is back in her life, well . . . who knows. Purr-sonally, I think I’m all the man she needs, meow!

Why do you think that you've ended up being in a book?
Well, how many cats do you know who can spell out clues with Scrabble tiles and sniff out clues no human can find?  It was inevitable that my story would be told.

I take your point. Tell us about your favorite scene in the book.
Every scene I’m in is my favorite LOL. I’m a cat, after all!

Did you have a hard time convincing Toni to write any particular scenes for you?
Hmm, it might take a bit of extra meowing and some headbutts and leg rubs, but she’s usually putty in my paws.

What do you like to do when you are not stuck in a mystery?
I enjoy lounging in front of Nora’s refrigerator and in the sandwich shop in general. One never knows when a tasty morsel might drop on the floor!

If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
I’d give myself a hot Persian or a Siamese as my love interest. Even a cat has needs.

Tell the truth. What do you think of your fellow characters?
What do cats usually think of humans, LOL.  Nora is the exception, though. And maybe Chantal, when she isn’t trying collars on me!

Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?
Other than continuing my series and ruling the world, none to speak of.

What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
I find people a bit leery of me when we first meet; after all, I am quite a formidable figure. To know me is to love me, meow!

What are you most afraid of?
My food bowl not getting refilled promptly.


How do you feel about your life right now?
Right now my life is pretty darn purr-fect.

What aspect of your Toni’s writing style do you like best?

Everything my author does is wonderful and innovative (she gave me extra catnip to say that).

What makes you stand out from any other characters in your genre?
How many Scrabble-playing mystery-solving cats do you know?


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 – and in Spring 2017, the new CAT RESCUE mysteries from Crooked Lane!  She, Rocco and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York.

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