Monday, August 12, 2019



Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves.
While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting―until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell's aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick―her aunt's Persian Purrday―find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter?

Book Details:

Title: The Time for Murder is Meow

Author: T. C. Lotempio

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: Pet Shop #1

Publisher: Midnight Ink

Date Published: August 8, 2019

Print length: 312 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours



If you could talk to someone (living), who would it be and what would you ask them?
Definitely Nora Roberts aka JD Robb! And I’d ask her, “How in the world do you find the time to write all those books!”

If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?

I would either own a bookstore or a pet shop!  I love animals, so maybe a bookstore that also sold pets?

If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
I would meet with Laura Childs, but for tea not coffee LOL. I would love to discuss mysteries with her and where she gets her idea from; also how she manages to keep poor Theo in clothes. That poor girl ruins at least two outfits in every single book!

If you could choose a fictional town to live in what would it be and from what book?
Cabot Cove from the Murder She Wrote series. I think Jessica could use some assistance solving all those murders!  Plus, I’ve always had a secret crush on Dr. Hazlett!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?

OMG, well, I’m relocating to Arizona next year, but if I could afford it, I’d love to live on Maui! I vacationed there years ago in a condo and just loved it! There’s nowhere in the world like Hawaii. I heartily recommend visiting it at least once.


5 favorite possessions:
    •    my Nancy Drew first printings with internals
    •    my Judy Bolton first printings with internals
    •    my Perry Mason hardcover collection
    •    my Jim Shore Grinch carrying the Christmas Tree figurine
    •    my gold cross that belonged to my father

5 things you need in order to write:
    •    comfortable chair
    •    music playing on my stereo
    •    notepad
    •    sharp pencil to jot down notes
    •    ROCCO my cat, lying at my feet and making a general nuisance of himself

5 favorite places you’ve been:
    •    Maui, Hawaii
    •    Phoenix, Arizona
    •    London, England
    •    Disney World
    •    Disneyland   

5 favorite books:
    •    Gone with the Wind
    •    The Thorn Birds
    •    Little Women
    •    Jack and Jill
by James Patterson
    •    Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark  

5 favorite authors:
    •    James Patterson  
    •    Mary Higgins Clark
    •    Agatha Christie
    •    Cleo Coyle
    •    Erle Stanley Gardner


What’s your all-time favorite place?
Maui, Hawaii.

What’s your all-time favorite movie?

Gone with the Wind.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who lay on the horn and pass you on the right when you’re driving.

What’s the loveliest sight you’ve ever seen?
Sunset on Maui – there’s nothing like it.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

What’s your favorite hobby or past-time?

What’s your favorite movie snack?

What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
My keys, LOL.

What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop?
Different cats.

What movie genre do you prefer: drama, comedy, action, adventure, thriller, or horror?

Thriller and horror – a tie.

What do you collect?
First edition girls series books. (Nancy Drew, etc.)

What book are you currently working on?
I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.  

What’s your latest recommendation for:

Food: Sushi!
Music: Anything by Barry Manilow (Yes, Barry Manilow!!!!)
Movie: Annabelle
Book: James Patterson’s Target
Audiobook: Same
TV: Dancing with the Stars! Or Grey’s Anatomy!


T. C. LoTempio (Clifton, NJ) is the national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Her cat, Rocco, provides the inspiration for the character of Nick the cat. She also writes the new Cat Rescue series from Crooked Lane.

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