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Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves. While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves. While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting—until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell's aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick—her aunt's Persian Purrday—find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter?


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Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves. While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves. While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting—until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell's aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick—her aunt's Persian Purrday—find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter?

30 review for The Time for Murder is Meow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    I’m three for three on cat-themed cozies in the past month and I couldn’t be happier! Two felines and their owner Shell help discover the identity of a killer amidst local politics, small-town gossip, and a cast of wacky townsfolk. Adorable, fun, and a great read to escape the trouble of life! At merely 38 years-old, TV actress Shell McMillan retires from Hollywood after her show is cancelled. Mourning the death of her aunt, Shell moves to Fox Hollow, Connecticut to take over the mana I’m three for three on cat-themed cozies in the past month and I couldn’t be happier! Two felines and their owner Shell help discover the identity of a killer amidst local politics, small-town gossip, and a cast of wacky townsfolk. Adorable, fun, and a great read to escape the trouble of life! At merely 38 years-old, TV actress Shell McMillan retires from Hollywood after her show is cancelled. Mourning the death of her aunt, Shell moves to Fox Hollow, Connecticut to take over the management of her aunt’s pet shop, Purr N’ Bark. Shell loves animals, and after inheriting her aunt’s cat, she has two cats of her own—Kalhua and Purrday. As Shell gets to work setting up for the grand re-opening of Purr N’ Bark, she also begins investigating why the board of the local museum refuse to display items from her aunt’s Cary Grant movie poster collection. Given the prestige of this collection, Shell is certain that something else is underlying the decision. When one of the board members Amelia Witherspoon is murdered, Shell’s suspicions seem to be confirmed. There is something going on with the board of the museum and she needs to get to the bottom of it. That is easier said than done though when Shell becomes the number one suspect in the murder after reports of her argument with the victim surface. Amidst the WASP-y townsfolk and local drama, the town of Fox Hall is actually quite charming and fun to read about. Shell is a fantastic leading character. From the outset, she might seem as though she could be tough to connect with given her fame, beauty, and fortune. But I found Shell to be intelligent, confident without being arrogant, and generous! The characters in this novel are all so well-developed and fun to read about, from the new people she meets in Fox Hall to her former co-star Gary. There’s even a potential love interest in the local detective that promises to carry over into future installments! Each character truly adds to the story and they were surprisingly well-developed for a first book. I loved that the book was kept light and humorous despite the murder (though given the title I should have expected the humor!). The two cats were fun additions to the story and will definitely appear in the future books. Altogether a fun read and an intriguing mystery that had me excited each time I got to dive back in! Thank you to Kaye Publicity and Midnight Ink for my copy. Opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Chishell McMillan moves from LA to Connecticut after her elderly aunt dies and leaves her a house and pet store. Chishell (or Shell for short) leaves behind an acting career and a failed love affair. Her fiance cheated on her with a scipt girl, creating all sorts of celebrity gossip. That's when she knew she needed to exit stage left and change her life. Connecticut, a small town, and running a pet store sounded perfect. She arrives in town just in time to have an altercation with the town's can Chishell McMillan moves from LA to Connecticut after her elderly aunt dies and leaves her a house and pet store. Chishell (or Shell for short) leaves behind an acting career and a failed love affair. Her fiance cheated on her with a scipt girl, creating all sorts of celebrity gossip. That's when she knew she needed to exit stage left and change her life. Connecticut, a small town, and running a pet store sounded perfect. She arrives in town just in time to have an altercation with the town's cantankerous, controlling old biddy. As if that isn't bad enough, she then discovers a dead body and is a suspect in a murder case. An old friend from her old life comes in to help her investigate before she's behind bars for a murder she didn't commit. I loved the two Cat Rescue series books I read by T.C. LoTempio so jumped right on this new series. But I never really connected with Shell. I liked her friend and acting partner Gary better. Not sure why exactly. I just didn't "click'' with Shell. At one point she threatens to "press charges'' about a situation that isn't really that big of a deal and not really something that really warrants a formal complaint. It felt like a bit of a contrived plot point to create animosity between two characters so that the plot could continue.....didn't really gel with me. I was like "File charges with who? And for what?" Just didn't work for me. All in all, I liked the story. It just wasn't a "wow'' for me. The mystery followed the usual cozy formula...girl inherits property, moves to a new town, sees sexy cop, finds dead body, girl is suspect and investigates, etc etc etc. I've read many, many similar cozies. I did like the premise of a known actor being the main character. The cats were a plus -- love them both! And I like the quirky side characters. So, I liked it....didn't love it. I will definitely be reading the next book to see if with a little character development I might feel more on board with Shell. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Midnight Ink via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda 📚

    I thoroughly enjoyed this light cozy Mystery. I was entertained from beginning to end by the great protagonist, Shell McMillan, a former actress. I enjoyed the set-up of her inheriting her Aunt Tillie’s pet store and deciding to move to Fox Hollow, Connecticut for a slower, calmer pace of life. Shell has a beautiful Seal Point Siamese cat, Kahlua, and also inherits her aunts Snow White Persian, Purrday. Almost immediately, there is a division of opinion amidst the local museum board when Shell w I thoroughly enjoyed this light cozy Mystery. I was entertained from beginning to end by the great protagonist, Shell McMillan, a former actress. I enjoyed the set-up of her inheriting her Aunt Tillie’s pet store and deciding to move to Fox Hollow, Connecticut for a slower, calmer pace of life. Shell has a beautiful Seal Point Siamese cat, Kahlua, and also inherits her aunts Snow White Persian, Purrday. Almost immediately, there is a division of opinion amidst the local museum board when Shell wishes to loan them Aunt Tillie’s extensive Cary Grant memorabilia collection. Shell wonders why board member, Amelia, is so spiteful? The author offers reader’s a plethora of suspects to mull over. Shell gets the chance to get to know handsome Detective Josh Bloodgood, the investigator of the murder. Shell’s former co-star and friend, Gary, shows up for a stay and makes for a great partner to help Shell ponder motive for the homicide and get her name removed from the suspect pool. The plot is clever and interesting, and I believe the author has debuted a great first story in a new cozy series, A Purr N’ Bark Mystery. Cat lovers are sure to enjoy the two cats! I look forward to reading book two when Shell re-opens the pet store. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Midnight Ink. Thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Time for Murder is Meow is the debut of A Purr N’ Bark Pet Shop Mystery series. When Crishell “Shell” McMillan finds herself a person of interest in the murder of Amelia Witherspoon (think Wicked Witch of the West with white hair), Shell sets out to clear her name with help from her new friends. She believes her experience in playing a spy on Spy Anyone will come in handy. Shell talks to a variety of people around town gathering information and clues. This gives us a chance to meet the secon The Time for Murder is Meow is the debut of A Purr N’ Bark Pet Shop Mystery series. When Crishell “Shell” McMillan finds herself a person of interest in the murder of Amelia Witherspoon (think Wicked Witch of the West with white hair), Shell sets out to clear her name with help from her new friends. She believes her experience in playing a spy on Spy Anyone will come in handy. Shell talks to a variety of people around town gathering information and clues. This gives us a chance to meet the secondary characters and learn about Fox Hollow. Shell’s co-star, Gary Presser arrives in town and helps in solving the crime. Gary was my favorite character and he outshone Shell. He has a great personality and provides engaging humor. Purrday, Aunt Tillie’s cat, is a delight and I like how he communicates with Shell (cats have a way of telling us what they want). I like how Shell talks to Purrday and her cat, Kahlua. Kahlua acted in typical cat fashion when first introduced to Purrday—by hissing. I am glad that the author took the time to introduce the characters and the town (set the stage so to speak). Amelia Witherspoon was a disagreeable woman which leads to multiple suspects and misdirection. The clues were a little too on-the-nose which allows readers to pin down the guilty party early in the story. I enjoyed the movie references and how Shell would compare an individual to a movie character or actor. I liked the descriptions of Aunt Tillie’s collection and the Victorian home she left Shell. Detective Josh Bloodgood provides a potential romantic partner for Shell. The Time for Murder is Meow is a lighthearted cozy mystery with movie memorabilia, a wicked victim, bewitching brew, a gregarious co-star, playful Purrday, and one anxious actress.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    Well, I really enjoyed this new first for a brand new series. It releases in a couple of days, and I was happy to be able to read the ARC of it. The characters drew me right in, and I love that Shell didn't waste any time letting the detective know that she was interested in him. I'm pretty sure the feelings were mutual from the beginning though. There was a fairly early clue that told me exactly who the killer was, but it was a lot of fun to read as Shel and her three new friends from town alon Well, I really enjoyed this new first for a brand new series. It releases in a couple of days, and I was happy to be able to read the ARC of it. The characters drew me right in, and I love that Shell didn't waste any time letting the detective know that she was interested in him. I'm pretty sure the feelings were mutual from the beginning though. There was a fairly early clue that told me exactly who the killer was, but it was a lot of fun to read as Shel and her three new friends from town along with her former co-star Gary all sleuthed together. If Gary hangs around town now that the case is solved, I can see a lot of fun possibilities for Shell sleuthing with him...or I think it would be cute if he got together with Olivia. But only the next book can tell us all that, and I'm definitely anxious to read it! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Cat lovers rejoice! T. C. LoTempio is penning a new series! The Time for Murder is Meow introduces readers to Crishell “Shell” McMillan who has retired from acting to move to Fox Hollow, Connecticut to reopen the pet shop her aunt left her when she passed away. Not everyone is happy or understands how she could leave Hollywood behind but she knows this is where she is meant to be. Aunt Tillie was a true old movie buff with a vast collection of Dollycas’s Thoughts Cat lovers rejoice! T. C. LoTempio is penning a new series! The Time for Murder is Meow introduces readers to Crishell “Shell” McMillan who has retired from acting to move to Fox Hollow, Connecticut to reopen the pet shop her aunt left her when she passed away. Not everyone is happy or understands how she could leave Hollywood behind but she knows this is where she is meant to be. Aunt Tillie was a true old movie buff with a vast collection of memorabilia. With a Cary Grant festival coming up Shell is asked by the local museum to loan them her aunt’s Cary Grant movie posters, some them signed by the actor! But one member of the board rallies her cronies to vote against the display. Shell learns that member had been in a feud with her aunt for years. When the woman calls Shell to set up a meeting she is surprised but agrees to meet if it gets her aunt’s posters displayed. When she arrives at the museum she finds her aunt’s nemesis dead and finds herself at the top of the suspect list almost as soon as the police arrive. Putting the reopening of Purr N’ Bark, on the back burner, she delves into an investigation of her own to cat-ch the killer like a dog with a bone. ___ Ms. LoTempio brings together a great group of characters that band together to help find the culprit that took down Amelia Witherspoon. The woman didn’t have a lot of friends but Shell didn’t know her at all. That brings in the group that welcomed Shell to town, Olivia, Rita, and Ron. When her former co-star Gary Presser calls to check in with her, he knows something is up and it isn’t long before he pulls into town. Together the group is determined to solve the case. Detective Josh Bloodgood admits that while Shell had motive and opportunity he really doesn’t think she did it, but isn’t happy she and her friends are snooping. All these characters are believable and fleshed out nicely for the first book in a new series. The human characters shine but so do the pets. Shell’s cat Kahlua soon meets Tillie’s cat Purrday. Will they get along?? Together due to their instincts and actions they play a key role in solving the mystery. I love when animals in cozy mysteries are involved and more than just pets. The author has constructed a nice whodunit too with plenty of suspects and surprises. I did solve the murder a bit before the reveal but totally enjoyed the story right up to the last page. As a fan of classic movies, I loved those references and would love to see Aunt Tillie’s collection in person. I hope we delve into other parts of it as the series continues. Lighthearted, fun, and entertaining. This series is off to an excellent start! I hope Gary sticks around Fox Hollow! He turned out to be my favorite non-feline character 🙂

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    This is a classic cozy mystery and a good start to the new "Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery" series by author, T.C. LoTempio. The two felines appearing on the book's front cover were what first caught my attention and they are a playful pair, for sure. The main protagonist, Crishell ("Shell") McMillan, is an L.A. actress known to most by her stage name, Shell Marlowe, and t.v. spy, Hermione DuVal. Shell's Aunt Tillie recently passed away two days after the t.v. program got canceled. As Aunt Tillie This is a classic cozy mystery and a good start to the new "Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery" series by author, T.C. LoTempio. The two felines appearing on the book's front cover were what first caught my attention and they are a playful pair, for sure. The main protagonist, Crishell ("Shell") McMillan, is an L.A. actress known to most by her stage name, Shell Marlowe, and t.v. spy, Hermione DuVal. Shell's Aunt Tillie recently passed away two days after the t.v. program got canceled. As Aunt Tillie had no children, it was not a total surprise that her aunt's home and pet store business were left to Shell. So Shell snuffed out her foot-candles, retired from Hollywood and settled into small-town, Fox Hollow. In addition to the real-estate, Shell surprisingly inherited her aunt's one-eyed Persian, Purrday, which was carefully introduced to Shell's coffee colored seal point, Kahlua. Feline detente was soon established and the relaunch of the Purr & Bark pet shop commenced. Soon after, Shell has a public run-in with a leading member of the local museum board of directors. Shell is later summoned by this woman to the museum on a Sunday morning. Upon approaching the museum offices, Shell discovers the woman dead on the library floor and suddenly becomes a person of interest and front page fodder for the local paper. Shell figures the best way to get back on track for the shop's grand re-opening is to solve the murder and clear her name, and so the sleuthing begins. This is certainly a light and humorous read with civilian characters having an inordinate amount of unrealistic participation in the detective work. It is a cozy mystery, after all. Personally, I prefer a bit more real world police procedural added to my cozies where the local constabulary reluctantly rely on the assistance of the book's protagonist. The sleuths in this book are instructed to stay out of it and of course they do not nor are they arrested for interfering in the investigation. The character development is good and their interplay classic. The small New England village is well laid out with all the charm and tourist attractions one would hope for that setting. You catch a whiff of the steaming lattés served in the town's café and taste the richness of a true Reuben sandwich at a local pub restaurant where the town's residents all seem to hang out. All in all, this was a charming light read for in between the heavier novels. Will I seek out further installments in this series?...maybe.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the first in a new series for this author and to be honest it wasn't my favorite book. I liked the characters well enough. Shell is starting over after leaving Hollywood to re-open her aunt's pet store after her passing. She is likable and I think the author will develop and grow her character. The secondary characters were also entertaining and I enjoyed them as well. I think her former co-star Gary was my favorite and I hope he stays around. For me, where the book fell apart was the my This is the first in a new series for this author and to be honest it wasn't my favorite book. I liked the characters well enough. Shell is starting over after leaving Hollywood to re-open her aunt's pet store after her passing. She is likable and I think the author will develop and grow her character. The secondary characters were also entertaining and I enjoyed them as well. I think her former co-star Gary was my favorite and I hope he stays around. For me, where the book fell apart was the mystery. It seemed like the victim was not well liked but the reasons were not that strong or it wasn't flushed out enough to make any of the suspects seem to have viable motives for murder. I like this author so I will be checking out the next book in the series to see where it goes. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! I just really needed a good cozy mystery to read in the bath, and this was the first one to catch my eye (incidentally, I should probably think about getting a waterproof kindle for the bath xD) It was a fun animal based mystery, and by an author I've read before and instantly trust. Yet again I wasn't disappointed, because we get an awesome small town feel, an almost arrogant but still likeable sleuth, and of Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! I just really needed a good cozy mystery to read in the bath, and this was the first one to catch my eye (incidentally, I should probably think about getting a waterproof kindle for the bath xD) It was a fun animal based mystery, and by an author I've read before and instantly trust. Yet again I wasn't disappointed, because we get an awesome small town feel, an almost arrogant but still likeable sleuth, and of course a pair of cats that know more than the poor humans. My unlikely superhero is Gary; can we get more platonic friendships in cozy like Shell and Gary? Like he knows how she likes her tea, knows when she's dressed up/putting in effort, but he isn't even slightly in the romance field. I LOVED HIM. There were a few inconsistant things that I'll mention to Netgalley in the comments, but overall this felt polished and read through really well. I could read this author all day and enjoy it each time. A must for cozy fans! Five stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Series: A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery - Book 1 Author: T. C. LoTempio Genre: Cozy Mystery/Pet Shop Publisher: Midnight Ink Page Count: 312 Publishing Date: August 8, 2019 A new cozy series from Midnight Ink “A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery” written by T. C. LoTempio, The Time for Murder is Meow will have readers clamoring for more. It is a dynamic fluid read that will keep readers guessing and happy. Shell has had enough of Hollywood, it’s time for something different. Alt Series: A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery - Book 1 Author: T. C. LoTempio Genre: Cozy Mystery/Pet Shop Publisher: Midnight Ink Page Count: 312 Publishing Date: August 8, 2019 A new cozy series from Midnight Ink “A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery” written by T. C. LoTempio, The Time for Murder is Meow will have readers clamoring for more. It is a dynamic fluid read that will keep readers guessing and happy. Shell has had enough of Hollywood, it’s time for something different. Although she mourns the death of her aunt, her inheritance is a boon. She loves animals and running a pet shop is right up her alley. Shell is enthusiastic and can’t wait to get started. Unfortunately, a woman she was seen and heard arguing with is killed and she becomes the number one suspect. Shell is at an age when a person begins to think of the future more often. She is beautiful but not arrogant, intelligent but not full of herself. Readers will enjoy learning and growing with her as she begins a new life and sets out to catch a killer. She makes new friends and brings along an old one on her adventure into a new life. She also gets a few people very angry and upset. Readers will like Shell, Gary, and the gang immediately. They will cheer them as they dig into the murder of a person no one liked, and everyone had a reason to want dead. The cast of characters are fun, they each add something to the story and keep readers entertained. The two cats take center stage several times endearing themselves to the audience for what will hopefully be years to come. Characters, with fur and without, evolve over several books in any new cozy series but most of the cast of The Time for Murder is Meow is already well-developed and have fascinating personalities. The writing is good, easy to follow and the plot stays true. Some of the less exciting details slow it down slightly. There are a few inconsistencies which should be fixed by press time. Overall, I am happy to recommend this new cozy mystery series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves. While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting—until a museum board mem Synopsis: Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves. While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting—until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell's aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick—her aunt's Persian Purrday—find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter? (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well rounded and well developed. I liked getting to meet Shell, she seems like a hardworking likable person. And I enjoyed the secondary characters, I thought they added a lot to the story. I felt the cats, Kahlua and Purrday, stole the show. I could have read about them all day. The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the beginning. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I had a pretty good idea who the killer was, and this time I was right (that does not happen very often). I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next book when it is released. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Midnight Ink, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    THE TIME FOR MURDER IS MEOW by T. C. LoTiempo is the first in the Purr ‘N Bark Pet Shop mysery series that features Crishell “Shell” McMillan, former internet series star who has inherited her aunt’s pet shop and decided to leave Hollywood behind her for the lower stress life of owning a store in a small town. While she is expecting lower stress, the exact opposite is what she gets when a local woman, with whom she has had a loud and public disagreement is murdered. While Shell is named a person THE TIME FOR MURDER IS MEOW by T. C. LoTiempo is the first in the Purr ‘N Bark Pet Shop mysery series that features Crishell “Shell” McMillan, former internet series star who has inherited her aunt’s pet shop and decided to leave Hollywood behind her for the lower stress life of owning a store in a small town. While she is expecting lower stress, the exact opposite is what she gets when a local woman, with whom she has had a loud and public disagreement is murdered. While Shell is named a person of interest, the local detective in charge of the case doesn’t really suspect her. There is the hint of attraction between the two that holds promise for future books. Having worked on a detective show, Shell decides to put some of the tactics she learned there to use and find the murderer herself. She sets out to interview people and gather information, ruffling more than a few feathers along the way. At the same time, her former co-star Gary, unable to persuade her to return to Hollywood, decides to travel to the small town of Fox Hollow and help Shell in the hope she will come to her senses since her presence is a requirement for the producers to continue the series. Gary proves himself to be a genuine friend to Shell who is equally invested in solving the crime. To add to the book’s appeal, LoTiempo has included two cats, Kaluha, Shell’s siamese and Purrday, her aunt’s persian. Together the cats nudge objects and draw Shell’s attention to items that will help her solve the mystery. They present an interesting addition as LoTiempo has imbued them with some personality traits that are consistent with each breed. If you are a cat lover, you will enjoy the additional by-play of the cats throughout the book as they engage in behavior that you will recognize, particularly if you have ever lived with a cat. This is an interesting beginning to a new series. It introduces the reader to some wonderfully quirky characters with the hope they will continue in future books. In addition, there is the promise of a future romance to engage people who like their mysteries with a little love interest on the side. While the book seems to follow a formula in terms of cozy writing, the puzzle is interesting enough to keep the reader engaged if only to find out if they are correct in their solution. My thanks to NetGalley and Midnight Ink publishing for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. In summary, I would define it as a light cozy with some interesting characters and two delightful felines. While it wasn’t difficult to solve, that may be fine for readers wanting to relax and rest with a book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. First of all, this is a cozy mystery where the readers will not find gratuitous violence, bedroom scenes, or an abundance of profanity. There are a few times that "Oh My G--" and the like are exclaimed, but overall, this book should not offend the vast majority of readers. From the beginning, I was enthralled. Two cats with delightful pe I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. First of all, this is a cozy mystery where the readers will not find gratuitous violence, bedroom scenes, or an abundance of profanity. There are a few times that "Oh My G--" and the like are exclaimed, but overall, this book should not offend the vast majority of readers. From the beginning, I was enthralled. Two cats with delightful personalities. A retired actress who inherited her aunt's pet business and movie memorabilia collection. A small town with plenty of secrets. A handsome detective and a protective former co-star. Not one murder, but two! This book had all the elements of an enchanting cozy mystery including an amateur, unlikely sleuth who happened upon the real murderer! And to be honest, while I had my suspicions, I wasn't entirely sure until our auspicious heroine figured it out. I sincerely hope that this series continues for years to come! This book is well-written with fun characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep the readers guessing. And the classic movie references captured my heart throughout the book. I highly recommend this mystery series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rima Aiello

    A strong start to a new series! The characters are well developed for first installment and get you in their clutches from the first page. A fun mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    THE TIME FOR MURDER IS MEOW by T. C. LoTempio The First Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery Inheriting her aunt's home and popular pet store was just the opportunity Crishell McMillan was looking for. With her popular TV series cancelled and no desire to join the reboot, she's ready to retire to a quiet life in Fox Hollow. Shell receives a warm welcome from several of the town's business owners and discovers she has a roommate as well, a charming Persian named Purrday, much to the dism THE TIME FOR MURDER IS MEOW by T. C. LoTempio The First Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery Inheriting her aunt's home and popular pet store was just the opportunity Crishell McMillan was looking for. With her popular TV series cancelled and no desire to join the reboot, she's ready to retire to a quiet life in Fox Hollow. Shell receives a warm welcome from several of the town's business owners and discovers she has a roommate as well, a charming Persian named Purrday, much to the dismay of her own cat, Kahlua. Not everyone in town is friendly though, especially Amelia Witherspoon, who has a striking resemblance to the Wicked Witch of the West, and not just in appearance. Within forty eight hours of arriving, Shell managers to anger a good portion of the museum board, finds herself getting bad press from the town's newspaper editor, and becomes a person of interest in the murder of Amelia, the museum board member who had a feud with Shell's aunt. In order to start fresh and re-open Purr N Bark without any hint of scandal, and perhaps pursue a relationship with a gorgeous detective, Shell gathers her friends to figure out who actually killed the wicked witch. The Purr and Bark Pet Shop Mystery series is off to a great start. I felt an immediate bond with most of the characters and loved spending time getting to know them. Shell McMillan is down to earth and completely real, despite being a successful Hollywood actress. She's friendly, honest, and determined, yet can get angry and act rashly. Her desire to resolve matters oftentimes gets her in more trouble! I especially love the unexpected arrival of her former co-star. She and Gary continue to make a great team. I look forward to the upcoming romance between Shell and Josh. Of course, Purrday, Kahlua, and Rocco are wonderful additions, smart cats and a lovable goofball of a dog are perfect assets to a cozy mystery. This book would have received my highest rating, except for two things. The author gave a significant clue leading me to know the identity of the murderer early on. However, I considered it may have been a red herring and it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the story. The flaw for me was when the killer suddenly becomes crazy. The rational murderer with a solid motive who at the end of the mystery is now described as being crazy is a major pet peeve of mine. Still, I absolutely loved everything else in the book! THE TIME FOR MURDER IS MEOW is a fantastic start to a new series. Entertaining, smart, and funny, the Purr N Bark series has wormed its way into my heart and I can't wait to spend more time with its residents! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    After her TV series is canceled, Crishell “Shell” McMillan gives up her life in in Los Angeles and heads to the small town of Fox Hollow, Connecticut. Her late aunt left her a pet shop and Shell is more than ready for the career switch. Not only does she inherit the shop, but she inherits her aunt’s Persian cat named Purrday. Her own cat, Kahlua, does not seem too happy to meet their new family member. As Shell prepares for the grand re-opening of the Purr N’ Bark, she offers her aunt After her TV series is canceled, Crishell “Shell” McMillan gives up her life in in Los Angeles and heads to the small town of Fox Hollow, Connecticut. Her late aunt left her a pet shop and Shell is more than ready for the career switch. Not only does she inherit the shop, but she inherits her aunt’s Persian cat named Purrday. Her own cat, Kahlua, does not seem too happy to meet their new family member. As Shell prepares for the grand re-opening of the Purr N’ Bark, she offers her aunt’s Cary Grant collection to the local museum to exhibit. She’s disappointed to learn the museum board voted against her offer. Shell is determined to find out their reasoning. All signs point to one particular board member who had a problem with her aunt. Shell is convinced the board member convinced other members to vote against her. Then, Shell finds the board member dead. It’s obviously homicide and the number one suspect is Shell herself. With her freedom on the line, Shell figures she’s the best one to investigate this murder. After all, she used to play a spy on TV. With some help from her new friends, as well as her old ones, Shell vows to find a killer. She gets quite a bit of help from Purrday and Kahlua. Two cats trying to get along and helping to solve a murder mystery? You know I’m going to love this one. I, also, love that it’s the first book in the series so I got in on the ground floor. The author did a great job of introducing the cast without the stiffness that sometimes accompanies a new series and characters. Shell immediately came to life and her former co-star fit right in as well. They made a great team with a great rapport. There’s no romance involved between them, just a very close friendship. There is a possible romance for Shell, but we’ll find out more about that in subsequent books. My favorite characters, of course, are Purrday and Kahlua…the kitties! There were so many cute scenes between them. They also helped to solve the mystery along with Shell. I found Shell having conversations with them to be so realistic, since I do that too. LOL The mystery itself was filled with suspects and twists galore. I had my suspicions about who did it, but changed my mind numerous times throughout the book. It’s a fast-paced story and I can’t wait to read more. This is an excellent start to a brand new series. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lelia Taylor

    3.5 stars A pair of cute felines are part and parcel of this fun cozy but fear not, those of you who cringe at the idea—they don’t really help solve the crime(s) unless you count some judicious nudges and they don’t talk to Shell 😉 That doesn’t mean she doesn’t talk to them; any self-respecting cat person knows that’s a given, right? When Shell inherited her aunt’s pet shop, she fully expected a quiet life, much less stressful than her former acting world, but she didn’t al 3.5 stars A pair of cute felines are part and parcel of this fun cozy but fear not, those of you who cringe at the idea—they don’t really help solve the crime(s) unless you count some judicious nudges and they don’t talk to Shell 😉 That doesn’t mean she doesn’t talk to them; any self-respecting cat person knows that’s a given, right? When Shell inherited her aunt’s pet shop, she fully expected a quiet life, much less stressful than her former acting world, but she didn’t allow for the animosity she encountered from Amelia Witherspoon. Shell never knew her Aunt Tillie had a feud going with Amelia but, then again, maybe Aunt Tillie wasn’t as invested in the feud as Amelia still is. This crabby woman won’t even allow the local museum to have a showing of the marvelous Cary Grant memorabilia just because the collection belonged to Tillie and Shell is determined to change the woman’s mind. Unfortunately, she won’t get the chance because somebody has done away with the woman and Shell is the popular choice as the murderer thanks to rumors and gossip. Meanwhile, why is the publisher/reporter, Quentin Watson, of the village rag so interested in her shop and why is he pointing the finger at Shell as the killer? There are a number of likely suspects and, as you might expect, a potential love interest in Detective Josh Bloodgood who wisely doesn’t really believe she’s guilty but my favorite character is Gary, Shell’s former co-star, entirely because…well, you’ll see ;-). The mystery here is a bit lightweight, especially in Shell’s supposed motivation for the murder and I figured out who done it too early, but an appealing cast of characters and a healthy dose of humor make this a nice way to while away a few hours. I’m already looking forward to the next book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: I admit I like T C LoTempio because she writes “good cat”. It may be the influence of her co-authors, Rocco and Maxx but she does get to the feline heart of things. I admit to a further connection as I was used as a character in her last series. That being said, I must be honest in my reviews. I love this new series. The idea of a former tv star giving up the spotlight to take over the Pet Shop her aunt bequeathed her and having her costar follow her across country Princess Fuzzypants here: I admit I like T C LoTempio because she writes “good cat”. It may be the influence of her co-authors, Rocco and Maxx but she does get to the feline heart of things. I admit to a further connection as I was used as a character in her last series. That being said, I must be honest in my reviews. I love this new series. The idea of a former tv star giving up the spotlight to take over the Pet Shop her aunt bequeathed her and having her costar follow her across country is a bit out there. The long running series has a chance to be rebooted but only if Shell signs on which is why the costar hopped the plane. But once there he likes it so well he joins Shell in finding out who killed the woman who has been riding roughshod over the entire town for decades. The fact that Shell and the woman had a very loud and public disagreement and that Shell discovered the body puts her on the suspect list. Good thing the hunky policeman whose dog loves Shell doesn’t think she’s guilty. The humans are all interesting characters but the kitties are the true stars. Kalhua and Purrday are fabulous and Purrday is a very smart and very talented fellow as well as being adorable. The cat people are going to love him. I know I do. Five purrs and two paws up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    The Time for Murder is Meow is the first in the new Purr n' Bark Pet Shop Mystery series by T. C. LoTempio. This series focuses on an actress who inherits her aunt's Purr n' Bark Pet Shop and gives up her acting to start life over in the small town. Soon after arriving in her new hometown, Shell becomes embroiled in a controversy. She quickly forms some friends and some enemies among the townspeople. After coming across a dead body and becoming a person of interest in the case, Shell works to cl The Time for Murder is Meow is the first in the new Purr n' Bark Pet Shop Mystery series by T. C. LoTempio. This series focuses on an actress who inherits her aunt's Purr n' Bark Pet Shop and gives up her acting to start life over in the small town. Soon after arriving in her new hometown, Shell becomes embroiled in a controversy. She quickly forms some friends and some enemies among the townspeople. After coming across a dead body and becoming a person of interest in the case, Shell works to clear her own name and find the actual murderer. The Time for Murder is Meow is a great start to the series. You have cats, murders, and ex-actresses which combine to make a fun book to read. Of course the cats do help to solve the murder as well. I was not previously familiar with LoTempio as an author ,but I plan to read her other books and will be watching for the next titles in the Purr n' Bark series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received The Time for Murder is Meow via NetGalley from Midnight Ink. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    The Time for Murder is Meow -" A Purr N' Bark Pet Shop Mystery" by T. C. LoTempio, is a good start to a new mystery series . Being a cat lover I am always drawn to mysteries involving one or two felines, and I wasn't disappointed. Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Ba The Time for Murder is Meow -" A Purr N' Bark Pet Shop Mystery" by T. C. LoTempio, is a good start to a new mystery series . Being a cat lover I am always drawn to mysteries involving one or two felines, and I wasn't disappointed. Shell and her two furry sidekicks must cat-ch a killer to save their pet shop Crishell "Shell" McMillan sees the cancellation of her TV series as a blessing in disguise. The former actress can now take over her late aunt's pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, and do something she loves. While getting the shop ready for re-opening, Shell is asked to loan her aunt's Cary Grant posters to the local museum for an exhibit. She finds the prospect exciting—until a museum board member, who had a long-standing feud with Shell's aunt, votes against it. When she discovers the board member dead in the museum, Shell becomes suspect number one. Can she, her Siamese cat Kahlua, and her new sidekick—her aunt's Persian Purrday—find the real culprit, or will her latest career go up in kitty litter? Protagonist Shell is hardworking, very likeable plus all the characters are well developed and, Kahlua and Purrday, (the cats) were adorable.. I enjoyed the setting of Fox Hollow, Connecticut. The mystery was well plotted and there were just enough twists and turns ad red herrings to keep me interested. I Figured out whodunit before Shell and for once I was correct. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries featuring cats. I am looking forward to reading the next instalment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Ellis

    Vintage cozy! This is the first book, just released, of the author's newest cozy mystery series, and it is thoroughly enjoyable. "Shell" McMillan has retired from a successful acting career in Hollywood and has moved to the quaint town of Fox Hollow, Connecticut, where she has inherited her aunt's Victorian home and pet shop. Soon after arriving, she has a confrontation with a museum board member, a woman who had a longstanding feud with Shell's aunt and who has managed to prevent the use of her Vintage cozy! This is the first book, just released, of the author's newest cozy mystery series, and it is thoroughly enjoyable. "Shell" McMillan has retired from a successful acting career in Hollywood and has moved to the quaint town of Fox Hollow, Connecticut, where she has inherited her aunt's Victorian home and pet shop. Soon after arriving, she has a confrontation with a museum board member, a woman who had a longstanding feud with Shell's aunt and who has managed to prevent the use of her aunt's movie memorabilia in a museum display. When the board member is found murdered, Shell becomes the most obvious suspect. This has all the enjoyable requirements of a cozy: smart heroine determined to make it on her own, the murder of the town's most disliked citizen, lots of quirky fun characters, a handsome detective, and best of all, two adorable cats: a sealpoint Siamese named Kahlua and a one-eyed white Persian named Purrday. Looks like the makings of a fun series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    This novel is surprisingly positive for being in the murder mystery genre. I was kept guessing the entire way through and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole storyline. Although the crime/murder/suspicions were spoken about throughout the story, it didn't feel particularly sinister to me. I really liked that element because although the investigation was at the forefront of the story, it wasn't totally drenched in fear. This meant that the other aspects of the story could also shine through and meant This novel is surprisingly positive for being in the murder mystery genre. I was kept guessing the entire way through and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole storyline. Although the crime/murder/suspicions were spoken about throughout the story, it didn't feel particularly sinister to me. I really liked that element because although the investigation was at the forefront of the story, it wasn't totally drenched in fear. This meant that the other aspects of the story could also shine through and meant that the crime/thriller element felt really natural, as opposed to being at all forced. Before reading this book I already loved cats, and I partially picked the title because of the punny cat related title. But after reading, I can honestly say that I am even fonder of the friendly furry felines. I would recommend this book and rate it at 5 stars because it's honestly such a fun read, you really experience everything with our leading lady and you really get to know all of the characters, meaning that you too can try to investigate along with the novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    When her long running television series is canceled, "Shell" McMillan relocates to small town Fox Hollow, Ct to take over the recently closed pet shop her aunt ran until her illness and resultant death. Thinking this is the right time to retire, but being too young to be without something purposeful in life, Shell is full of ambition and passion. Even before she gets the pet shop up and running she meets the local shop keepers and some local animals. She also meets the most despised woman i When her long running television series is canceled, "Shell" McMillan relocates to small town Fox Hollow, Ct to take over the recently closed pet shop her aunt ran until her illness and resultant death. Thinking this is the right time to retire, but being too young to be without something purposeful in life, Shell is full of ambition and passion. Even before she gets the pet shop up and running she meets the local shop keepers and some local animals. She also meets the most despised woman in town and has her own run in and disagreements with her. So when, before her first full day in town has ended, Shell is the one to discover this notorious woman's body, she finds herself investigating in real life what she as she had done on television for a decade. With interesting characters and plenty of suspects, this is a study of motivation and opportunity. Figuring out the "who" wasn't difficult. Early clues sort of gave it away too soon but my interest was held as the rest was revealed. This series has potential to be a lot of fun.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    *I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Oh boo. :( This just didn't click with me and I found myself losing interest constantly. I stuck it through to the end, cos I am a simple girl with simple desires and a love for all things cats and this seemed so cozy and comforting and like I could just sit back with a hot chocolate and sip, and in the end all I could think of is what I could be doing instead. I'm sure someone will love this, it mig *I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Oh boo. :( This just didn't click with me and I found myself losing interest constantly. I stuck it through to the end, cos I am a simple girl with simple desires and a love for all things cats and this seemed so cozy and comforting and like I could just sit back with a hot chocolate and sip, and in the end all I could think of is what I could be doing instead. I'm sure someone will love this, it might just be I wasn't in the right frame of mind for it, but this wasn't for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Shell McMillian, a popular tv actress, decided to retire from the business when her show is cancelled and her aunt passed away leaving her a pet store in Fox Hollow, CN. However, before she can even open the store, she finds herself at the top of the suspect list for murdering one of the town's more unpleasant dowagers. With a hunky detective and her ex-costar, she finds herself involved in finding the real murderer. This book is the first in a new series for LoTempio and it has what it takes to Shell McMillian, a popular tv actress, decided to retire from the business when her show is cancelled and her aunt passed away leaving her a pet store in Fox Hollow, CN. However, before she can even open the store, she finds herself at the top of the suspect list for murdering one of the town's more unpleasant dowagers. With a hunky detective and her ex-costar, she finds herself involved in finding the real murderer. This book is the first in a new series for LoTempio and it has what it takes to be a hit-- engaging characters and a well-paced story. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Shell McMillian, a popular tv actress, decided to retire from the business when her show is cancelled and her aunt passed away leaving her a pet store in Fox Hollow, CN. However, before she can even open the store, she finds herself at the top of the suspect list for murdering one of the town's more unpleasant dowagers. With a hunky detective and her ex-costar, she finds herself involved in finding the real murderer. This book is the first in a new series for LoTempio and it has what it takes to Shell McMillian, a popular tv actress, decided to retire from the business when her show is cancelled and her aunt passed away leaving her a pet store in Fox Hollow, CN. However, before she can even open the store, she finds herself at the top of the suspect list for murdering one of the town's more unpleasant dowagers. With a hunky detective and her ex-costar, she finds herself involved in finding the real murderer. This book is the first in a new series for LoTempio and it has what it takes to be a hit-- engaging characters and a well-paced story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    The Time for Murder is Meow by T. C. LoTempio is the 1st book in the Purr N' Bark Pet Shop Mystery series, and it's off to a good start. Crishell “Shell” McMillan is happy her television series got canceled, so she can move on to what she liks to do. After inheriting her aunts pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, she is determined to reopen and run the store, and quit acting. Soon Shell discovers that a lady who is very disliked in town, enemies of her aunt, is found murdered and Shell becomes a suspect. The Time for Murder is Meow by T. C. LoTempio is the 1st book in the Purr N' Bark Pet Shop Mystery series, and it's off to a good start. Crishell “Shell” McMillan is happy her television series got canceled, so she can move on to what she liks to do. After inheriting her aunts pet shop, the Purr N' Bark, she is determined to reopen and run the store, and quit acting. Soon Shell discovers that a lady who is very disliked in town, enemies of her aunt, is found murdered and Shell becomes a suspect. I really enjoyed this book and look for the next book in the series. Shell is very likable, and is a strong women, who I look forward to getting to know better. I enjoy reading about the two cats, Kahlua and Purrday. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Midnight publishing. Thank you.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christina Marie Reads

    This was an adorable start to a new cozy mystery series! I love cozy mysteries and this one did not disappoint!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    T.C. LoTempio already has two cozy mystery series out, which the Nick & Nora Mysteries and A Cat Rescue Mysteries, so when I saw she had a third series coming out, A Purr N’ Bark Pet Shop Mystery, I knew I had to read it. LoTempio has a purrfect trio of well developed characters, a charming small town, and real interactions between people and their fur babies. At least it’s how I react to my cats. I liked how Purrday has a magical aura about him and how sassy Kahlua is. T.C. LoTempio already has two cozy mystery series out, which the Nick & Nora Mysteries and A Cat Rescue Mysteries, so when I saw she had a third series coming out, A Purr N’ Bark Pet Shop Mystery, I knew I had to read it. LoTempio has a purrfect trio of well developed characters, a charming small town, and real interactions between people and their fur babies. At least it’s how I react to my cats. I liked how Purrday has a magical aura about him and how sassy Kahlua is. As with any great cozy, the characters are very important. As a reader, you want to find ones you can connect with so you want to keep coming back to the series to see what adventures they get into next. With this being LoTempop’s third series, she has established a real knack for this type of writing. I really enjoyed Gary Presser, Shell’s co-star when she was in Hollywood. And the rest of their group, Rita, Ron, and Olivia, or as I affectionately think of them, The Scooby Gang, really added a nice layer of community and detecting help. I’m looking forward to more of their adventures together and separately. The mystery itself was done well with details to try and throw the reader off the trail. I did know the killer before chapter twelve (don’t want to say which chapter exactly in the review), but it was still a fun read even knowing who dunnit. And as far as the motive, I had half of it guessed at the beginning as well, but the rest of the reason I didn’t learn about until the reveal. I’m excited to see what new mystery Shell and the Scooby Gang have to solve in the next book in the Purr N’ Bark Pet Shop Mystery series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

    *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. What an adorable start to a new cozy series! We meet Shell who is tired of acting so jumps at the chance to move to a small town to run a pet store when her Aunt dies leaving a house and store to her. On day one she meets lots of new people and the most amazing cat though her current cat is quite awesome in her own right as well. Just when she is starting to get settled she finds a dead board *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. What an adorable start to a new cozy series! We meet Shell who is tired of acting so jumps at the chance to move to a small town to run a pet store when her Aunt dies leaving a house and store to her. On day one she meets lots of new people and the most amazing cat though her current cat is quite awesome in her own right as well. Just when she is starting to get settled she finds a dead board member making her the main suspect. Talk about a bumpy new start. Great blend of wonderful new characters, setting up the town, and a well written mystery. A must read for fans of animal themed cozies!! I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

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