Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery

Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery

by T. C. LoTempio

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Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery by T. C. LoTempio

It’s up to Syd and her feline partner-in-crime to save the local animal shelter from scandal in national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio’s charming second installment in her Cat Rescue mysteries.

Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event.

The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list.

Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio.

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ISBN-13: 9781683314875
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 153,541
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

While T. C. 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 ten— The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and her cat Rocco, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series and make their home in Clifton, New Jersey. This is her second Cat Rescue mystery.

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Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
T C LoTempio’s Death by A Whisker Sydney McCall has returned to Deer Park, North Carolina. Sydney plus her tabby cat, Toby whose antics with Melvin the Marvelous Mouse will make you chuckle, are helping her sister Kat at the Friendly Paws Animal Shelter. They are gearing up for a cat adoption and a book signing at Tara’s bookshop. The Friendly Paws will receive a percentage of the book sales plus take applications for some of their fur babies to find their forever homes. The book takes off quickly providing the reader with a myriad of cats described so vividly you can see and hear them. The story keeps up an invigorating pace right up to its dramatic conclusion. The original author has to back out of the signing so in his place, a former Deer Park resident who is now a shopping channel star and has written a tell all book will be there. This person, Ulla Townsend was a cruel person in high school pulling many pranks that ended badly on her classmates. In her professional life, Ulla has not changed. She is not very well liked by her crew. What a surprise when Ulla has a attack with the end result of death!!! Seems she had an allergic reaction. but what caused this reaction?? The characters were all well defined, creative, vivid and complex involving the reader in the story by the fluid description used. There is plenty of mystery, suspense, drama, twists and turns plus intrigue to keep the reader on their toes. Snyder gets involved with the investigation even after she is warned not to interfere by a new arrogant detective plus she also receives two mysterious notes to stop investigating. A well written cat friendly cozy mystery. I volunteered to read the book. Thanks to the author and publisher via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the book. My opinion is my own.
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
A pawfully wonderful read! This was the first book in this series that I have read; I had no trouble immersing myself in Syd's world. You can definitely start with this one. I loved the shelter theme. It was very well done. I found myslef wishing that this shelter existed off of the pages so I could could go get a couple of those kitties! Syd has a lot of drive. She is an enthusiastic character, which makes the reader enthusiastic as well. Plus, anyone who takes two pieces of cake instead of one is my kind of person! Syd's best friend is a reporter, which I though was a smart move on the author's part. Together they can get a lot of details out of suspects under the guise of a story. Leila, the reporter friend, was a really fun character. I liked the way she and Syd play off of eachother. Another constant in Syd's life is Kat, her sister. Will, Syd's detective boyfriend, seems like a nice character. Throughout the book he was very busy because of his job. I would love to see a little bit more of him in the next book. The murder took place at a great time in the book, leaving the perfect amount of time to solve it. I really liked following along and sorting out the clues with Syd. Syd is known around town as being a Nancy Drew type. I think she could have downplayed her investigating a little bit more. Everyone and their cat seemed to know that Syd was looking into it, which I found a little reckless. Syd is a great sleuth with a knack for deduction. I think you will love her and her world as much as I do! I received a free copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
djerickson14 More than 1 year ago
Death By A Whisker is the second book in A Cat Rescue Mystery series. Sydney McCall has returned home to Deer Park, North Carolina to assist her sister Kat with her animal shelter. This story revolves around a fundraiser in which a TV shopping network star, Ulla Townsend, agrees to appear and donate proceeds from sales of her book to the shelter. Ulla lived in Deer Park when she was younger, but moved away while in high school. When Ulla drops dead at the event, Syd finds herself once again racing to solve the crime. This charming cozy mystery is a fast read, with suspects galore. Ulla Townsend was a mean girl in high school and played some nasty pranks and left several still angry with her, including the shelter administrator Maggie Shayne. Syd is known for her puzzle solving skills and uses them once again to assist her boyfriend, Detective Will Worthington in finding the murderer. Toby, Syd's rescue tomcat, is a fun addition to the cast of characters. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment. I received a copy of this book in return for a honest review.
KatzMama More than 1 year ago
Motives abound I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Set against the background of an animal rescue shelter and a fund-raising event, this book had a well thought out plot with a believable and tantalizing pool of suspects. I really enjoyed it, cover to cover. Any story that includes lots of lovable animals draws me right in. Add a cool amateur sleuth, an unlikable murder victim, mix with shots of pathos and humor, and the result is a very satisfying read. The book’s story also brought in several issues that are common in our world and that bear revisiting. One issue is the plight of animal shelters and their inhabitants. Rescue organizations are always looking for ways to finance their work and to improve the quality of life of their guests. So many have personnel that are almost entirely volunteer. Any funds go to feeding, housing, and seeing to the health needs of the boarders. Adoption fees won’t cover a bit of that. Yes, I’ll be upping the frequency of my donations! Then there is bullying, what we used to call kids being mean to other kids. Usually the targets are weaker, smaller, younger, or vulnerable in some other way. I realized as I read the book that the victims of bullying are not the only ones who sometimes have emotional or psychological scars in later life from the abuse. The bully in this story never grew out of that behavior. She simply didn’t learn any other way to behave and suffered huge consequences as a result. Revenge is another theme that is explored. Reasons for revenge, the need for revenge, and what seeking revenge does to the life of the revenge-seeker. This book suggests that the thirst for payback can become an obsession and ultimately become the undoing of the wronged individual. All in all, I have to say that there was a lot to like about this book. I’m looking forward to more from the same author.
MyWhims More than 1 year ago
Death By A Whisker is the second book in A Cat Rescue mystery series by T.C. LoTempio. The main character is Sydney McCall who lives in Deer Park, North Caroline with her sweet tomcat Toby. She and Kat (her sister) operate Friendly Paws Animal shelter, which is gearing up for a fundraiser featuring a popular shopping channel celebrity Ulla Townsend who is a former local of Deer Park. Of course, there is high level of excitement from the community and surrounding areas once it is announced the successful Ulla is the guest of honor. Unfortunately, Ulla’s past (and present) is not all flowers and rainbows. This mystery is well written with likeable characters and lovable felines. Many potential perpetrators could have done the deed so it was fun to whittle down the list. I found the book to be a little slow at the beginning (this is the first book I have read so I was learning about the characters) but it quickly became exciting, and it was hard to put it down. This is a great book for anyone who loves a fun cozy mystery with felines! I am looking forward to reading the next one (and the first book) of this series. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
K_Kendler More than 1 year ago
I will not come up as a verified purchaser as I was given a copy of this book by Crooked Lane Books. These are my own opinions and I was not swayed to give a positive review. I enjoyed this book. This is the first I have read in the series. It is well-written thought out and has humor. The author provides a sea of suspects all with a solid motive. It’s fun trying to weed through them to see who actually killed Ulla Townsend, local girl who isn’t the nicest person. I like that the sleuth, Syd, listens and connects the dots, doesn’t try to take over the case from the police, and isn’t placing herself in harm’s way. The cats are cats with attitude and smarts and do not have some super power. This book is great as a stand-alone but I will reread it after I read the initial book in the series to get to know the characters better. A plus for this book is Toby is reminiscent of my cat who adopted us and quickly became an indoor cat. I liked the fact that the book acknowledges that pets have personalities all their own.
MicheleWatson More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I feel that there were too many characters with nothing to make me invest in any of them. I had no emotional attachment to the main character, the victim, or anyone else for that matter. I found it difficult to keep track of all of the characters, many of whom seemed to lack any contribution to the plot or character development. Additionally, there seemed to be an abundance of irrelevant events and details that didn't advance the story or any of the arcs. I found myself 180 pages into the book genuinely not caring if Ulla was poisoned or not, nor who presumably poisoned her. I had lost any desire to care what was going on or what the outcome was. I couldn't bring myself to finish the book.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Syd and her sister Kat are gearing up for another fundraiser for their Friendly Paws Animal Shelter. This time Ulla Townsend, shopping channel queen and former resident of Deer Park will be the special guest with a book signing. There will also be cats playing nearby that are all up for adoption. Not everyone is excited about the guest of honor so when she is found dead in the bathroom in the middle of the event there are quite a few suspects including Maggie Shayne from the shelter. Seems the author/queen of shopping left behind some upset people behind when she left Deer Park and the people she has been working with lately aren’t her biggest fans either. With a bit of help from her lovable tabby Toby, and her friend Leila, Syd purr-sues the truth to get Maggie off the hook and the real killer pawing around in prison. This was a very entertaining read. Cat lovers, rejoice. The felines in this story are super special and I love the pop-up events Syd and Kat host to get these wonderful animals into their fur-ever homes. I am so glad Syd has stayed in Deer Park to work at the shelter. Ms. LoTempio creates fantastic characters, both 2-legged and 4-legged. They are immediately engaging and readers quickly become invested in their well being. She also gives us those characters that rub us the wrong way. Ulla is quite a diva, and the people she surrounds herself with have secrets, affairs that are not so secret and other reasons to get rid of the woman. They all make great suspects in her murder. The story starts out slow to refresh the reader’s memory and introduces the new characters but after the body is found the pace really picks up and the pages quickly turning. I was patting myself on the back for figuring everything out only to have a twist and turn send my theory out with the kitty litter. But that is the joy of a cozy mystery, and the reason I love them. Toby has found a place deep in my heart. His antics with Melvin the Marvelous Mouse made me laugh out loud, especially when taking the empty threats of his new person, Syd. She loves that cat and spoils him rotten, just as she should.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
Syd McCall is very passionate about animals. With her work at the shelter she keeps herself busy but not busy enough to keep herself out of trouble. It’s a big day in her small town when none other than Ulla Townsend is coming to town to promote her book and give a part of the proceeds to the shelter. I wouldn’t say everyone was thrilled to find out that Ulla was coming back to town. She did become this famous television personality but can it erase all the horrible things she did to some of her classmates in school? I can’t believe how vicious she was. Ulla is what I call a first class bully. Syd is really a smart person who has a bit of a problem. She doesn’t seem able to keep her nose out of trouble. The author sets readers up for the crime in a setting that is sure to cause a stir among the community. Ulla is all set to sign her new book as a big crowd starts to grow. I was not surprised that Ulla was going to be the victim and I figured out how she was killed. What I couldn’t figure out was who did The dastardly deed. With a room full of suspects and a list a mile long of people she had tortured in the past, I found it hard to narrow it down to just one suspect. I’m not saying she deserved to die, but let’s just say sometimes your past can come back and cause you harm. I wanted to feel sorry for Ulla, but she was just a conceited and mean person. I thought the story was well written and I loved that the author showcased pet adoptions. The author really made me want to adopt a cat after reading about all the love able ones up for adoption. I as kinda upset that Syd kept going behind her boyfriends back to investigate the crime. After all, Will is a detective and I’m pretty sure he is good at his job. What makes the story so appealing is their relationship. He seems sensible, smart and patient. Syd is none of those things which makes them the perfect couple. It’s a great read and one that I enjoyed with all the shenanigans Syd got involved in. Overall a good book and one I would recommend to all those who like a fast pace mystery. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Crisp writing and a fast paced storyline DEATH BY A WHISKER by T.C. LoTempio The Second Cat Rescue Mystery The Friendly Paws Animal Shelter is gearing up for a big media event, when the author planning to attend is hurt in an accident. A replacement is quickly found, another Deer Park native and current shopping host megastar and new author, Ulla Townsend. While Sydney McCall and her sister Kat are pleased to have a replacement, especially one who will also donate a portion of the book sales to the shelter, Maggie is aghast and vows to be nowhere near the event. Ulla and her entourage ooze scandal, vindictiveness, and a proclivity for backstabbing so when Ulla dies at the event there are plenty of suspects...including Maggie. Syd is bound and determined to prove Maggie's innocence and help her detective boyfriend solve the case. But is she risking her future by looking into Ulla's past? One of my favorite aspects of this book is that the setting centers around an animal shelter. I appreciate the dedication and hard work necessary to provide a haven and a chance at a new life for animals in need and am glad that this series shines a light on it, even though it doesn't really touch on the sadness and harsh realities also found there. The cats here are real characters with personalities and ties to the action and plot. They're also plain lovable. I want to hang out with Toby and give him another Melvin the Magnificent Mouse. I am also sorely tempted to adopt Annie Reilly myself, even if she is fictional! DEATH BY A WHISKER is a cautionary tale dealing with bullying and how the past impacts both the present and future. Can we fully escape our past? How do we move on...or do we? Crisp writing and a fast paced storyline kept me quickly turning the pages easily following the multiple suspects and many motives. This second Cat Rescue Mystery was a fun read and I look forward to hearing more from Syd and the residents of Deer Park, North Carolina. Meanwhile my cats want to know where they can get their own Melvin toys! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author T. C. LoTempio is a fabulous writer. Her Nick and Nora Mysteries won me over and made me a true fan of hers. So, reading her Cat Rescue Mysteries was a no brainer for me. I really enjoyed DEATH BY A WHISKER though I will admit it was a little slow going at first, maybe the first couple of chapters. But sticking with it was completely worth it! It was good to be back in Deer Park, North Caroline with the fun characters of this series. And it was wonderful to see the growth in them since the first book. As in the previous book, the relationship between Sydney and Toby made me smile. He’s a cat with his own mind for sure! The mystery was well done. Very nicely plotted by author LoTempio. There were plenty of suspects to consider in the murder, and they successfully led me to the wrong conclusion. A purrfectly delightful second installment in this great new cozy series. I’m looking forward to book three!
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the Cat Rescue Mystery series with the first book, Purr M for Murder, and couldn't wait for the next installment. And Death by a Whisker did not disappoint !!! T.C. LoTempio knows how to grab the reader from the first sentence to the last sentence and boy is everything in between captivating !! You will fall in love with Sydney and more in love with her very smart cat, Toby !! Toby has a way of taking over the story......from the way he listens to Sydney to the way he "points' out things to help her work through whatever case she is trying to solve. If you aren't a fan of cats, you will be after reading this series. But if cats really aren't your thing, that's okay because there are a lot of other things for you to fall in love with. Sydney and Toby live with Leila who is a reporter for the local newspaper and Sydney's boyfriend is Will who is a detective. And then there is Sydney's sister Kat who runs Friendly Paws Animal Shelter. As they are finalizing their latest charity event, the author who was going to be the main attraction is unable to attend. Luckily for them though they are able to get Ulla Townsend who is a celebrity spokesperson who has a new book release AND she grew up in Deer Park. Unfortunately she was a mean bully back in high school and when she is found dead at the charity event, the list of suspects is longing that the waiting list to meet Ulla was. But have no fear because even though Sydney's man is on the case, it never hurts to do some questioning of her own...... With so many people on the suspect list with the top one being Kat's right hand girl, Maggie, it is no wonder that Sydney jumps right in with the help of Toby, Leila and the help of a UTube video..... Grab Death by a Whisker, your drink of choice, and a comfy place because you are going to be there for a while .......
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
Syd McCall enjoys being the publicity person for Friendly Paws Animal Shelter, and works closely with her sister, Kat, who is the FPAS director. The town is excited when Ulla Townsend, a former local who’s now a popular shopping channel host, agrees to attend a local fundraiser for the shelter and; hopefully, donate a percentage of her bestselling book sales to the floundering shelter. Ulla loves cats! However, it appears that someone doesn’t like Ulla when she goes into anaphylactic shock and expires. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag by giving more details on the murder, but will happily report that several felines find their furrever homes in this light and entertaining cozy mystery. The author provides plenty of suspects for you to dish about their suspicious behaviors and activities, and the finale is a whopper of a reveal! I voluntarily read and reviewed a digital ARC provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
This delightful cozy is second in A Cat Rescue Mystery series, and it is even better than the first! Syd, Kat, and the ladies of the Friendly Paws Animal Shelter are putting together a pop-up cat cafe at Crowden’s Bookstore. To sweeten the event, a book signing is planned; the cat café and book signing will complement each other. I love the characters, including Syd’s cat, Toby (fka The Wanderer until he adopted Syd). The mystery is intriguing, humorous, and fast-paced. Ulla Townsend came from the less-affluent part of town, but has been a host on the Shopping Your Way show for the past fifteen years. Her autobiography has people lined up several hours before the event. The shopping network decided to film Ulla’s event, so the bookstore is crowded even before the doors open. Syd and her sister Kat, the manager of the shelter, have brought the cats they hope to adopt out in the event. Maggie, Kat’s right hand, usually willing to do whatever she can, refuses to help. Maggie knew Ulla in high school, and whatever happened between them, Maggie won’t reveal. Ulla is the queen of snark and is generally rude and nasty to everyone, and her book is full of the dirt she could reveal about co-workers and people she had known back in her high school days. One positive thing about Ulla is that she adores cats, and there is one that she is particularly attracted to. She is even filmed playing with her favorite. After a break from signing books, Ulla seems not quite well, and collapses. As EMT’s take her away, fans are snapping photos and uploading videos faster than you can say “adopt a cat”. At the end of the day, Ulla is dead, all cats have adoption applications in for except one, and Maggie has been seen in a video outside the bookstore – just before she left town and stopped answering her cell phone. Because of her strong dislike for Ulla, she is now a person of interest. Syd and Kat are my favorite ladies in this mystery. I envy their work at the shelter! That would be a dream job in many ways, especially as their fur babies are held until adopted. It may be frustrating, but ultimately rewarding, work! Especially among the people in Deer Park, most of whom are supportive of the cause. Ulla is so well defined that I can almost hear her, syrupy sweet in front of readers, and a bully around the rest. All the primary characters are well defined, as well as those who are suspects. First, I love this series! And second, where can I find some Toby’s favorite Melvin the Marvelous Mouse toys? There is no shortage of suspects in this novel, including those girls and guys who she tormented in school. Literally. The plot twists are well-placed and perfect, changing the mystery over and over. There were a couple people who I liked for the culprits, who should have spent a bit of time behind bars for general principle. I learned some new things, including … I can’t say what! While I had an idea about a part of the crime, I just couldn’t come up with the right person. Which is great, as the real killer had barely registered on my radar and been quickly eliminated. This is an A+ story that I highly recommend! Cat lovers, cozy mystery lovers, and even those who love bookstores will enjoy this. It can be read as a standalone or as part of the series, but either way, don’t miss it! From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this from the publisher and NetGalley, and here is my honest review.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Death By A Whisker is the 2nd book in the enjoyable cozy mystery series. The story is well told and the plot kept me guessing. Life long secrets, bullying, and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in this story. Getting revenge always sounds like a good idea, until the revenge ends with murder! Join Sydney and the gang as they try to unravel the secrets surrounding the murder in their hometown. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.