I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Meow If It's Murder (Nick and Nora Mysteries, #1) by T.C. LoTempio
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Berkley Pages: 304
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Rebecca Mitchell
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Also by this author: Claws for Alarm
First in a new series!
Nora Charles doesn’t believe in fate, even if she is a crime reporter who shares a name with a character from The Thin Man. In fact, she’s moving back to Cruz, California, to have a quieter life. But after finding an online magazine eager for material, and a stray cat named Nick with a talent for detection, Nora’s not just reporting crimes again. She’s uncovering them… Back in her hometown, Nora reconnects with old friends and makes some new ones, like Nick, the charming feline who seems determined to be her cat. But not everything about Cruz is friendly. Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play. And it seems that her cat does too. Apparently, Nick used to belong to a P.I. who disappeared while investigating Lola Grainger’s death. The coincidence is spooky, but not as spooky as the clues Nick spells out for her with Scrabble letters—clues that lead her down an increasingly dangerous path. Whether fate put her on this case or not, solving it will take all of Nora’s wits, and maybe a few of Nick’s nine lives.
What I thought of this book.
Nora moved back to her hometown to take over her families sandwich shop, but she still wants to work on the side as a crime reporter. She had heard about a death that happened and she is just not sure it was an accident like everyone thinks. She brings the idea of doing a story to her boss but he brushes her off, so she does some snooping on her own.
Then this cat ends up at her place and doesn’t seem to want to leave. He is a pretty cat and she is sure he has an owner and someone says he belonged to a PI guy who was working on the Lola case. She sets out to find his owner but she can’t seem to find him and nobody has seen him. So she names the cat Nick and he seems to be pretty smart with spelling out words.
Her psychic friend says they were destined to be together and since he doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere she keeps him. Her psychic friend also has some other things to say about someone saving her, etc. Then Nora meets David a detective who is interested in why she wants to know more about the accident case.
He is willing to humor her a bit about her ideas on the case and he also makes her all tingly, but there is just something about him that isn’t right. The more she tries to find out what happened the more people keep telling her to leave things alone.
I really like Nora, she doesn’t give up when something is bothering her and this case is really bothering her. Nick is a pretty smart cat and can communicate with scrabble pieces. Her psychic friend is pretty cool though you don’t get to know her much in this one but I am sure we will get to know her and the other characters a bit more as time goes by with the series.
It has a really good mystery and I really had no clue whodunit. I am looking forward to trying the next book in this series, Claws for Alarm.
If you like cozies then you will enjoy this one.
This was my first book with Rebecca Mitchell. She does a pretty good job, though I must say her can noises were kind of funny, but I guess that would just be something hard to pull off…lol. 🙂