#newrelease Crime & Catnip by @RoccoBlogger  #review #4stars

Cozy Mystery
Date Published: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime
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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…

This is book 3 in the Nick & Nora Mysteries series, and I really wish I had read the previous books as I did feel a little lost at the beginning. There wasn’t much back story but I soon got into the swing of the story and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nick is crime solving cat with a love of scrabble letters, unlike other stories featuring pets/animals I found him to be quirky and an integral part of the story. His former owner who is a PI has been missing since the first book and even in this story he is still very much missing, so Nick has taken it upon himself to adopt Nora as his new human counterpart.

This was a quirky cozy mystery that the author has weaved a fun and easy read, with twists and turns that kept me guessing throughout, not only did Nora and  cat Nick try to solve the disappearance of her friends niece but she also continued to try and find out what has happened to human Nick. I wonder when he will finally make an appearance.

About the Author

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 the just released Cat Rescue Mysteries from Crooked Lane!  The first volume, Purr M for Murder is out now! She, Rocco and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com or at www.tclotempio.net
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