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Meow If It's Murder

(Nick and Nora Mysteries #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  630 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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’
Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Berkley Books
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This is a wonderful start to a new cozy mystery. I loved the Thin Man references through out the story. The main character Nora Charles, was a real treat, she reminded me of the Nora Charles from the movies. The real star of this book is Nick the cat. I'm in love with this rather plumping cat. He reminds me of KoKo from the Cat Who series. The story and mystery was fantastic, it could actually be a story plot for a Thin Man movie. There was so many twist and turns through out the telling, that I ...more
Saba N  Taylor
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely an easy book to cozy up with. My favorite character? Nick of course! That is Nick the kitty. :) Who doesn't love a kitty that can kick butt to save his lady master and solve a crime(s) to boot?

Nora Charles is a crime investigative reporter (she thinks she is a sandwich maker/sandwich shop owner) but investigating crime is in her blood. Once a mystery tickles her fancy not even her close friend or the hunk of a detective she meets can persuade to stop investigating the suspici
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, mystery
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett is a favorite book and the series of movies as well, so when I saw the title of this series I knew I had to give it a try. LoTempio does a good job writing a smart heroine that runs a sandwich shop inherited from her mother. Unlike many mysteries where the non professional detective amazingly solves crimes on the side. Nora Charles has a BA in journalism and years of experience writing a crime column for a Chicago paper.

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Dawn Frazier
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This book was so much fun, I loved the main character, Nora Charles, and of course her cat Nick, is the star of the book. I cannot wait until the next book!
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
It seems that crime reporting is in Nora Charles blood because she can't seem to get it out of her system. She moves back to her hometown of Cruz, California after her mother passes away to run Hot Bread, her mothers sandwich shop and leave Chicago and crime reporting behind. Soon a cat finds Nora and she names him, Nick. He has designs on being her affectionate and fun loving animal.

Along with running the sandwich shop, Nora writes for a local online magazine, Noir. Nora is determined to get he
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery-cat
4 stelle e mezza.
Prendete Nora, ex-giornalista investigativa che è tornata a casa dopo la morte della madre per continuarne l'attività (in pratica una paninoteca, ma da leccarsi i baffi!). Prendete Nick, un gatto molto saggio che è appartenuto a un investigatore privato scomparso misterioramente. Aggiungete un detective mooolto sexy e altrettanto misterioso che risponde al nome di Daniel Corleone (potete sghignazzare: io l'ho fatto!). Spruzzate un'abbondate dose di Chantal, l'amica sensitiva di
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This, Meow If It’s Murder, is first in a series, A Nick & Nora Mystery and a new-to-me author, T.C. LoTempio. Nick is a not so ordinary tuxedo cat and Nora is a former crime reporter who has returned home to run the family sandwich shop/catering business. She is still keeping her foot in the door with crime reporting locally and finds herself investigating a case that has been ruled an accidental death, but was it? Nora is not so sure.

Each stone that Nora turns over seems to raise more quest
Liz Jones
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good book! I am glad I didn’t let the psychic babble in the beginning deter me as it was just a small part of the book. Nora and her cat, Nick, are lovable characters!
Debbie Lester
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
T.C. LoTempio brings readers the first book in her new Nick and Nora mystery series, Meow If It's Murder. Fans of The Thin Man movies are sure to take notice of this new series and all of the crazy antics of Nora, a former investigative reporter and her cat, Nick. LoTempio matches Nora's wits against a killer, who murdered a friend of Nora's deceased mother. With eerie nods to some of the mystery greats this is a very good first effort in a series.

What I liked:

First of all, I was intrigued right
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After her mother dies, crime reporter Nora Charles moves back to her hometown of Cruz, California to run her mother’s sandwich shop. She manages to get a side job with an online magazine looking for crime stories. Then, much to her surprise, a very handsome black and white cat shows up on her doorstep and moves in. Nora has no intentions of keeping him and makes plans to find his owner. In the meantime, she names him Nick.

Nora comes across articles on the sudden death of a wealthy woman, Lola Gr
Originally posted at Bunny's Review

I love a good mystery book and this was great. The best part the cat. Okay no I am not really a cat person I tend to lean more toward bunnies or dogs but a cat always seems to have a canny knack to always know when something is up. I know my two may be sleeping on the opposite side of the house but if I fill their food bowl they are on top of me before I can blink.

I would love to listen to this book. I know I just read it but I love listening to mystery books.
Susan Johnston
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is Princess Fuzzypants and I am doing the review. I am a literate Maine Coon who loves to read cat mysteries with my mom. What makes a really good cat mystery? Simple, a really strong and well written feline hero or heroine. Think of Hamlet, Diesel, Midnight Louie, Mrs. Murphy, Boris or Joe Grey to name a few. These names will be familiar to you if you are a fan of the genre. Each has some special characteristic besides their natural feline superiority. They are smart, they are savvy and th ...more
Kim Galla
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat cozy people
Let me preface my review with a comment to the nay-saying reviewers. It's a cozy mystery. Its not meant to be serious and will have eye-rolling moments and unbelievable characters. I know, it's difficult at first to accept these, and some authors are worse than others. I think T.C. was about average. I've read much, much worse. At least I was happily able to finish this one, with several laugh-out-loud moments, with my husband giving me an occasional raised eyebrow.

That being said. I liked the b
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-challenge, cozy, cafe
I loved this book. I think it was the whole concept of the story that just kept my interest. First off I love the old Thin Man series and there is a cat in the book. Plus the main character didn't take off after the bad guy by herself. She was more interested in the story. Nora moved back home to Cruz, California to take over her mom's cafe after she dies. Plus after being a crime reporter in Chicago she decided she needed a quieter life. But she does take a part-time job writing articles for an ...more
Caitlin Copp
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: september-2018
Nora has given up her life as a crime reporter in Chicago to run her late mothers specialty sandwich shop in Cruz, CA. She isn't looking for a pet in her life, and doesn't really want the responsibility but Nick doesn't give her much of a choice, as he picks her! Nora can't quite keep her nose out of the crime business and can't help but investigate the death of her mother's friend and local socialite Lola Granger. Nick and Nora's relationship is charming. Nick pretty much takes charge of her in ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was pretty good. Not earth shattering, though.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meow If It's Murder is my first book by T.C. LoTempio, but it will not be my last. Although you have to dispel reality, I am game for an adorable furry character. Likable main characters as well as the supporting cast. Good plot. Well written. Will continue on with this series and try out her other series as well. 4 stars
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
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This Nick & Nora series revolves around a family-run sandwich shop in a sleepy little corner of Northern California. Our leading lady, Nora Charles, returns to her hometown to take over her mother’s sandwich shop after a long, exhausting stint on the Chicago Tribune crime beat. She’s ready for a quiet life of sandwich artistry and freelance writing for a local online magazine. Little did she know, she’d be smack
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Meow If It’s Murder is the first in the new cozy mystery series Nick and Nora Mysteries by author T.C. Lotempio. It is a wonderful first. Giving just enough back story to draw the reader in and enjoyable characters that keep the reader involved. Nora Charles has moved to her home town of Cruz, CA to take over the family café Hot Breads. Her mother left Nora in charge knowing that her love of cooking would keep the café’ g
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After her mother dies, investigative reporter Nora Charles moves back to California from Chicago to take over her mother's sandwich shop. While going through her mother's papers she finds articles about the death of a woman her mother knew, and Nora thinks the ruling of accidental death doesn't hold water.

So she goes back to her journalistic roots and looks into the woman's passing.

That's when Nick walks in; Nick is a tuxedo cat who has very human tendencies, like playing scrabble and wanting to
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read, mysteries
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the author and loved the story and characters. This is the first book in the Nick and Nora Mystery series and as a big fan of the Thin Man movie series with William Powell, I was intrigued with the book. The main character, Nora Charles, was an investigative reporter in Chicago but has returned home to manage the family's delicatessen after the death of her mother. When Nora starts looking into the death of one of her mother's clients, Lola Gra ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z2014-read
Meow If It's Murder is the first book in a fabulous new series subtitled the "Nick & Nora Mysteries". Author T. C. LoTempio absolutely NAILS it with this one!! From page one all the way to 'The End', where everything is wrapped up in a nice neat package-I enjoyed this book so much!!

Nora Charles is a crime reporter who returns to her hometown to start over (plot of every cozy ever!) but, wait, there's more! Kitty cat "Nick" shows up and the plot thickens! There is a bit of spooky fun as we di
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I must say, I had high expectation going into this book, but I was let down. It could be because it's the first book of a series, but it really didn't do anything for me.

To start off, the beginning of this book automatically had me hating the protagonist, Nora. She was rude and unlikable, who knows why Nick decided to live wit her after her rudeness to him at the beginning. The detective she meets with also strikes me as rude and arrogant, though both characters slowly become better, it takes aw
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
From the cover: 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…

Another new series in the cozy mysteries category. This is another fast easy read. I do l
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Nick and Nora Charles

The first in a new series featuring a black named NICK his supported is named Nora Charles. Nora's Mother recently died and she returned home to run the family's sandwich shop. Nora was happy to leave her old life for one less stressful. A large black and white tuxedo cat shows up at the sandwich shop and takes over. Nora looking for his owner finds a story with lots of questions about it. As she is extremely curious and investigate. Before long into problems which Nick
Ellen Moore
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like cats and mysteries and read several series about cats. I enjoyed this new one. It deals with a crime reporter who has moved from Chicago back to Cruz, California, her hometown, and taken over running her mother's sandwich shop after her mother's death. A stray cat with an affinity for solving mysteries finds her, and together they investigate a closed case. This is a fast-paced book with interesting characters and plot. I enjoyed the story and especially the cat and the hint of romance in ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy from the author for review because I love cozy mysteries, especially ones with cats! This one definitely did not disappoint! People who are fans of the Cats in the Stacks mysteries will fall in love with Nora Charles, former crime reporter, and her cat Nick. Nick is quite the feline detective himself, helping Nora solve the case by spelling out clues with his favorite toy, Scrabble tiles! Can't wait for Book 2!
Elizabeth Emmite
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable little mystery. I loved the cat,Nick. The story needed better editing-Nora went from a skirt to pants in two pages,the cat would jump off the wrong lap,etc. Also,maybe it's me,but there were too many gestures. Licking lips,raising eyebrows for a whole page,crossing ankles(how many times does a person do that sitting in a chair?)
But I did like this book! Would read the next. I'm a big Thin Man fan.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love cat cozy mysteries! Seriously, when I find a new physical book I get so excited! I really liked this series, and how Nick is obviously more than meets the eye. The mystery at the end was very extensive with numerous assumed identities, so we're never sure who is who and who is responsible ultimately for the crime.

I have another book in the series to read, and will definitely hunt down the rest. Five stars!
Elizabeth Dodd
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this cat! I suppose that we may eventually find out how he comes to have such amazing abilities, but who really cares?! And Nora is great the way she adapts to him without worrying about how unlikely his help is.
Nora is a former crime reporter whose sharp mind doesn't miss much. She knows the right questions to ask and who to ask.
I eagerly look forward to more adventures of Nora and Nick.
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Born in New York City, T. C. LoTempio is the national bestselling author of Meow If It’s Murder, the first in the Nick and Nora Mystery series.

She has been a staff reporter at the young adult magazine Susabella Passengers and Friends for more than a decade.

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 b

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