Crime and Catnip

Crime and Catnip

by T.C. LoTempio

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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...


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425270226
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Series: A Nick and Nora Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 118,309
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

T. C. LoTempio is the national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora Mystery series, including Claws for Alarm and Meow If It’s Murder.

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Crime and Catnip 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nick is a favored feline. I didn't ? figure it out until the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in the ending. I guess I wanted a more concrete ending for Nora and Daniel. It appears there are no further books in this series. Too bad!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Nora Charles is the owner of Hot Bread Sandwich Shop. She has been asked to cater the Cruz Museum’s fundraiser. While there, the museum director, Violet Crenshaw asks Nora to look into a murder. Nora also learns about Morgan le Fay’s grimoire and how it is the main exhibit. She also learns that it is a very desired book and has almost been stolen in London. If that is not enough on her plate, she is still trying to find Nick. He has disappeared and although his partner Ollie thinks he is dead, they are receiving postcards from New Orleans with coded messages on them. Nora runs a sandwich shop that she inherited from her mother along with Nick, a cat she inherited from missing PI Nick. She is very interested in where Nick is so she can discuss ownership of little Nick. She also write articles for a crime magazine and has a passion for solving mysteries. So when she is to look into the disappearance of Violates niece of course she is going to say yes along with helping to keep the grimoire safe. Nora is a great detective and a strong lead character for this book. Of course little Nick stole the show as he helps Nora out with clues. This is the first book in this series that I have read. I had no problem figuring out what was going on. I really enjoyed this story and am excited to read the first two books in the series. I received Crime and Catnip from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Nora and Nick. the characters are an awesome bunch.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Nick and Nora are back for the 3rd story in this series and they have their hands/paws full. Nora is still trying to track down human Nick, she is catering a huge gala and the director of the event has asked her to continue the case human Nick was on when he disappeared, and then of course there is a dead body found at the gala and maybe some missing jewels. Could all these things be tied together? You will have to read the book to find out. Ms. LoTempio has written a very complex mystery for us to solve. Thankfully Nick, the cat, is there to help both us and Nora find and follow all the clues. He is one smart feline. I still think there is so much more to his story but events in this book have me rethinking my original theory. He and Nora along with Nick’s (the human) old partner have to work out secret codes that may lead to international espionage plus Nick (the cat) uses his unique talents to communicate with Nora and help her out of a few dicey situations. If she would just share her info with the hunky law enforcement officers that are prominent in her life before she goes too far… instead of after her life would be a bit safer. I do love the way they show up just after the “nick” of time. All of these characters are so fun and unique. One thing I have learned reading this series is the author loves to twist things up as much as she can. That is the reason that once you start reading it is very hard to stop. This one kept me up extra late and I needed a midnight snack too. Nora runs her mother’s sandwich shop where she serves sandwiches named after actors and actresses. At the end of this book you will find recipes for the Hugh Jackman Sub and the Emma Stone Capri Sandwich, and many others are described within the story. My mouth was watering. I love this series and each new story quickly becomes my favorite. There is a cliffhanger at the end that leaves me so excited for the next story to be released. Should be out in November or December of 2017. A whole year…I don’t like it but I can make it because I know good things come to those who wait.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
Book 3 continues an excellent series! Two of the things I especially enjoyed about Crime and Catnip were the King Arthur exhibit and the continuation of Nick's (the man, not the cat) disappearance. Plus Nick the Cat is a delightful cat character!
The-Broke-Book-Bank More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the first two books in the Nick & Nora Mysteries series but it was so interesting and I was told it should've been fine as a standalone. Of course, reading in order is always better but a lot of series pull it off to where you can jump in and feel like you're not missing anything. That wasn't entirely successful for Crime & Catnip though. I recommend reading this if you're read the series or starting at the beginning with Meow If It's Murder. You can skip like I did, but it'll only wind up Good instead of Great. There's plenty to love though and I really wish I'd had time and the ability to read the first two novels for receiving this one for review. I liked Nora, her shop, her friends, and her crime reporting past. I didn’t get her reluctance to talk to the two law enforcement officers working the case. There’s mention of a time where she jumped the gun, but I didn’t feel it. The same can be said for the current beau and the former one night stand. The parts I was most excited for was Nick the Cat and the mystery. They were equal parts fascinating and confusing. Considering how much the past wound up involved in everything including the mystery, I really screwed myself on this one. So, spoonful of salt for this one folks but my reading experience was 3 stars. Solid elements and storytelling but the background is extremely necessary for them to come off as realistic, reasonable people instead of a canny valley Twilight Zone episode. Players from the previous books pop back up like Wak-a-Moles. There’s information on how they’re connected but that’s not the same thing as actually reading their history for yourself. And this isn’t some simple small town shenanigans of warring neighbors. I think Nick the Cat wouldn’t have come off as creepily paranormally gifted – I was seriously thinking Nick the Human was transformed into the cat—if I’d read everyone being shocked and getting used to Nick in the first book. I think seeing how Nora and FBI Dude got together and how they were burned by their last relationships would’ve made them more understandable. As it is, meh. Scaredy cats with no chemistry. Also, if I’m to believe Nora and the Cop have a chance, her friends need to make better arguments. I’m in the “he’s a typical guy and she’s a commitment-phobe so she’s creating problems” rather than sparks are flying and none are hitting the page. I cannot say this enough: it boils down to the fact I skipped ahead. I think this series would be great for those who want focus on the mystery and sleuthing with a familiar rather than interpersonal drama and romance. It’s toned down compared to most cozies, swapping the hijinks for more complicated relationships and intrigue. But start at the beginning to give it a fair shot.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a fan of this since the first book, MEOW IF IT’S MURDER. I’m so happy to have had the chance to once again spend time with Nora Charles and her feline buddy, Nick. This duo knows how to take a bite out of crime. And I’m sure Nick has no problem biting if he has to. For that matter, I think Nora wouldn’t either. Author T. C. LoTempio’s writing has a certain something that grabs hold of the reader and won’t let go until the last page. As with books one and two, CRIME AND CATNAP quickly pulled me into the story, and there I stayed until I finished the last word. I will forgive Ms. LoTempio for keeping me up past my bed time. It was worth it a hundred times over. CRIME AND CATNIP was a cozy with a little more than your normal element of suspense. With more than one mystery in play, Nora and Nick had their hands, and paws full. This tale of secret codes, espionage, and missing people will have you questioning everyone and everything. Make sure to check out the simple yet yummy sandwich recipes at the end of the book!