Saturday, February 26, 2022


I'm so happy to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 5 in the Nick and Nora Mysteries
by T.C. LoTempio

Dead men tell no tales, but in the riveting new Nick and Nora Mystery, they sure leave a lot of clues . . .

“Take my word for it—this tricky whodunit will grab you with its quirky (but believable!) characters, inventive plot, and whopping payoff.” —New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs

When a local PI’s untimely death is ruled a suicide by the police, budding sleuth Nora Charles has no intention of letting sleeping dogs lie—or sleeping cats, for that matter. Certain it was a case of foul play, Nora rouses her trusty sidekick Nick and launches an investigation of her own. Then a second PI is murdered, and Nora knows the two men were on to something—and that she’s on to something too.

Following the enigmatic clues left by her late predecessors, Nora soon uncovers a plot that involves a local politician, missing campaign funds, and what could be a bogus real estate deal. But when hints of treason surface, what started as small-time thievery soon balloons into a matter of national security. With the uncanny Nick sniffing out—and spelling out—leads, Nora follows a trail that will take her to the heart of a shadowy conspiracy, and into a trap set by a conniving culprit that will have her wishing she had Nick’s nine lives . . .



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T.C. LoTempio

LKBR:  Hi, T.C., it’s great to have you with us. Please tell us a bit about yourself.

TCL: I’m currently retired and moved to Arizona from New Jersey in 2020 right in the middle of the Pandemic!  Fun!  I like to write, obviously, and I also enjoy reading other cozy mysteries, as well as true crime!  I’m the mother of two furbabies, ROCCO (who has his own blog) and his brother Maxx.


LKBR: Please tell us about your new book.

TCL: MURDER FAUX PAWS IS the fifth instalment in the resurrected Nick and Nora mystery series!  A gift of PI lessons turns invaluable when a local PI’s death is ruled a suicide, and Nora and Nick suspect foul play.  When a second PI is murdered, Nora knows she and Nick are on the right track – a track that leads them into the heart of a shadowy conspiracy it might take all of Nick’s nine lives to figure out....


LKBR: Do you remember where you were/what you were doing when the idea of this book/series came to you?

TCL: I do indeed!  The idea for Nick and Nora came to me when I was at home one day, watching THE THIN MAN on Turner.  My cat ROCCO jumped onto my lap and I started thinking, what if Nick Charles were shot and came back as a cat! Thus, the idea of Nick and Nora was born.  It underwent many tweaks, a cancellation and a rebirth, but they are still alive today!

LKBR: How did you go about submitting your first idea for a book? Was that first book published?

TCL: My first book was entitled Witch’s Pawn, and I submitted it to a small press that did publish it.  My first traditionally published book was the first Nick and Nora, MEOW IF IT’S MURDER.  I submitted the idea to my agent (see above answer), he liked it, and the rest is history.


LKBR: Is writing your fulltime job? What’s your writing schedule like?

TCL: Since I retired, now it is LOL.  I try to write at least three hours each day, more on the weekends. Some days are more productive than others, but I try to stick to the schedule.


LKBR: No matter where you are, do you write down ideas when inspiration strikes?

TCL: I confess I should but I don’t and it has often been a source of great frustration.  Most of my ideas I get (believe it or not) when I’m in bed, so I have to learn to put a notepad and pen on my nightstand.


LKBR: Do you write your book(s) from beginning to end or do you do you write scenes out of order then pull them together?

TCL: I used to be a pantser, but that wasn’t very productive, so initially I do write an outline from beginning to end that I admit gets changed many, many times before the book is finished.  The finished book rarely resembles the original outline.


LKBR: Have you ever killed off a series’ regular character (if you have a series)? If yes, was it hard for you to do? What were your reader’s reactions to it?

TCL: Not yet, but one never knows. I doubt it though. I cried too hard when they killed off Patrick Dempsey on Gray’s Anatomy.  That bothered me for days, so I doubt I’d kill off a regular character. Still....I’ve learned to never say never.


LKBR: Where do you do most of your writing?

TCL: In my den that I set up when I moved to Arizona.


LKBR: What are three things always within reach when you’re writing?

TCL: Paper, my Bose, and...ROCCO


LKBR: Please describe yourself in one sentence.

TCL: A creative person who loves life.


LKBR: Do you have a message for your readers?

TCL: I am very grateful for all of Nick and Nora’s fans. Without them, the series would never have continued.


LKBR: Thank you so much, T.C. for spending time with us today. Can’t wait to chat with you again!

About T.C. LoTempio


T.C. Lotempio is the national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora mystery series, as well as the Pet Shop Mystery Series and the Cat Rescue mysteries. She lives in sunny Phoenix Arizona along with her two cats, Maxx and ROCCO, who is a talented blogger himself. 
 Catch up with them at her website,
Twitter: @RoccoBlogger 

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  1. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  2. Great interview! This is a new-to-me author. The book looks and sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance!

  3. Thank you for being part of the blog tour for "MURDER FAUX PAWS" by T.C. LoTempio. Greatly enjoyed reading the interview as it's always fun to learn more about both an author and the books they write.

    Sounds like a fabulous book and it's already on my TBR list. Can't wait for the opportunity to dive in reading it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  4. Congratulations on another book! This is a wonderful series.

  5. Thank you so much for hosting us and our blog tour, Lisa! Love your blog and the interview was fun! TC and ROCCO

  6. this looks like a good book. thanks for hosting today

  7. This book looks like a great read. Love the title, book cover, excerpt. Boy would I love to read & review it in print format. Looks like a great series.