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Crime and Catnip

(Nick and Nora Mysteries #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.

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 unknow
Mass Market Paperback, 293 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Berkley Books
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Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Nick and Nora are back for the 3rd story in this series and they have their hands/paws full. Nora is still trying to track down human Nick, she is catering a huge gala and the director of the event has asked her to continue the case human Nick was on when he disappeared, and then of course there is a dead body found at the gala and maybe some missing jewels. Could all these things be tied together? You will have to read the book to find out.

Ms. LoTempio has written a very comp
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Can you say coincidences? This series is really just one coincidence after another every single character it seems is involved in at least 2 of the 3 mysteries in this book. But least I judge it too harshly the cat does some outlandish stuff and if that's not bothering me I don't know why I let a few coincidences. This is the last of the books released so far and I liked all three so if they do a fourth I'll read right along.
Hey you gotta love a cat that plays scrabble, right.

Also a shout out to
Once Upon a Romance Reviews

4.25 Stars
Sexual Content: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: Mild
Violent Content: Minimal

Nora Charles is hired for a catering gala job at the Cruz museum. Museum director Violet Crenshaw wants Nora to find her niece who has gone missing. While doing her best to hunt down the missing woman, Nora comes across a dead body, theft, and mysterious messages in code from a missing PI and more.

Crime and Catnip is a tightly woven mystery with interesting characters and a strong, self sufficient heroi
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has quickly become one of my favorite cozy mystery series. T.C. LoTempio never fails to disappoint. The author has a great flair for the mystery and keeps readers guessing to the end. She tosses in twists and turns which will satisfy all mystery lovers.

Nora is a strong female lead character with a handsome sidekick named Nick. Nick, of course, is a cat. A very smart cat. I’m in love with the cat. LOL The cat has a huge role in solving the mystery…he’s not just a pretty face on the cover :)
Brooke Banks
I haven't read the first two books in the Nick & Nora Mysteries series but it was so interesting and I was told it should've been fine as a standalone. Of course, reading in order is always better but a lot of series pull it off to where you can jump in and feel like you're not missing anything.

That wasn't entirely successful for Crime & Catnip though. I recommend reading this if you're read the series or starting at the beginning with Meow If It's Murder. You can skip like I did, but it'll onl
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this cozy mystery. Nora Charles, owner of the Hot Bread Sandwich Shop, agrees to cater an event at the Cruz Museum. Nora also writes articles for a crime magazine and has a reputation for solving mysteries. She has agreed to look into the disappearance of the museum director's niece. And she continues to try to find her cat's former owner, a private investigator who has also gone missing but is sending postcards from New Orleans with coded messages. First off, she hopes no one trie ...more
A wonderful read in this fun series. The mystery was fast paced and kept me guessing will up until the very end. I love the companionship between Nora and little Nicky in these stories. Nicky comes across as almost human sometimes in the way he tries to explain the clues to Nora, but then he can be just as cunning and demanding as cats can be. I just love him and he has become one of my favorite pets in cozies.

Very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
books are love
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I see a crazy love triangle sort of coming about. And it will be nutty.

In this wonderful installment a crush from the past enters Nora’s present and we see her a little flustered. In the meantime Nick is a hoot trying to help her with several mysteries, she is dealing with someone wanting her dead, figuring out if Nick’s owner Nick is still alive and where he is, helping Violet, catering a museum function, solving a murder, finding her way with Daniel and learning the truth. A lot is on Nora’s
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I love that Nick the cat can understand everything his human says and communicate his thoughts in a rather efficient manner. In fact, Nick is better at communicating than Nora, who breaks into crime scenes and hides clues from her FBI boyfriend, saying that she wants to find proof and wrap things up before turning her findings over to the authorities (IMHO this is the cardinal sin of cozies). She constantly puts herself in danger by investigating in dark and isolated spots on her own. Good thing ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Another fun installment in this series, although one weird thing annoyed me. HOW can Nora NOT see the 'secret' message in the notes Nick sends? It is the most obvious code ever and it annoyed me to have both her and her friend completely miss it. Anyhoo...

Three books in and we're still not really closer to working out what happened to Nick the PI, and why Nick the cat is so super smart. He's almost like magic, and he gives the most obvious clues to poor Nora. She's getting there though and hopef
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Psychic cat who plays scrabble helps the main character solve mysteries. She has a boyfriend in the FBI, but doesn't tell him what's going on and gets attacked when it might have been avoided. Too much deus ex machina for my taste. ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obs
I loved it! I am still in love with little Nick, the cat who had once been named Sherlock and owned by a PI named Nick who disappeared some time ago. The author has once again penned a fun, challenging mystery that could rival that of her literary favorites.

Nora has a last-minute, huge catering gig with the local Cruz Museum with a medieval theme. Her gig takes her to one of the central mysteries, where guy-friend Daniel, with the FBI, is one of the undercover guards for an ancient book of spell
Susan Johnston
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here:

Catnip and Crime is the latest installment of the Nick and Nora series by Toni LoTempio. I confess to having a "thing" about Rocco who is Toni's writing partner. He and I are furriends but that doesn't colour my review.

I loved this book. I think it is the best one yet. Yes, Nora is still doing silly things by not sharing what she learns with the two hunky cops who flit around her. She puts herself in harm's way and it is a good thing that Nick is there.

He is smart, resou
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a fan of this since the first book, MEOW IF IT’S MURDER.

I’m so happy to have had the chance to once again spend time with Nora Charles and her feline buddy, Nick. This duo knows how to take a bite out of crime. And I’m sure Nick has no problem biting if he has to. For that matter, I think Nora wouldn’t either.

Author T. C. LoTempio’s writing has a certain something that grabs hold of the reader and won’t let go until the last page. As with books one and two, CRIME AND CATNAP quickly p
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
"Crime and Catnip" is a cozy mystery, though it's really more of a suspense. It's the third book in the series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this story didn't spoil the previous whodunits.

The cat is smarter than the humans and is a full partner in solving the crime and saving the day. It's also the first time I've come across a cat that goes to battle for his human, and it was fun to see a cat use his claws for a good cause. I'm not quite as fond of his
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, mystery, cats
International intrigue, false identities, and a very clever cat will keep you guessing right up to the last moment of this cozy mystery. While meeting with a museum director to discuss a catering job, Nora finds herself also tasked with finding the director’s long lost niece and heir. When she isn’t running her sandwich shop, Hot Bread, Nora also spends some of her time looking into the disappearance of her cat Nick’s former owner, a detective who has been missing for some time. As cryptic messa ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, own, cozy, cats
Nora to accept a catering job for the Cruz museum. It is to be a masquerade. The Director Violet Crenshaw as Nora to look into the disappearance of her niece. At the affair Nick appears and with the help of another cat leads Nora to a murder victim. Disregarding, the advice of her FBI boyfriend and her former love police officer Nora with Buck's continues to search for Violet's niece.
Nick is an intelligent and inventive cat. Nora adopted him when he appeared at her doorstep. She learned he was o
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good series with a pair of likeable sleuths - both human and feline.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the cover: 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 labyrin ...more
Jessica Bronder
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nora Charles is the owner of Hot Bread Sandwich Shop. She has been asked to cater the Cruz Museum’s fundraiser. While there, the museum director, Violet Crenshaw asks Nora to look into a murder. Nora also learns about Morgan le Fay’s grimoire and how it is the main exhibit. She also learns that it is a very desired book and has almost been stolen in London. If that is not enough on her plate, she is still trying to find Nick. He has disappeared and although his partner Ollie thinks he is dead, t ...more
Avery Daniels
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nora's stubborness is on full display and at times she was reckless. She is not trying to help, but flat out solve the murder herself. Detective Leroy Samms, the old college fling, is back working on the case with her FBI love-interest. He continues to repeatedly tell Nora to stop asking questions or generally being involved. This gets old tiresome quick. FBI Agent Daniel Corleone gets a few good moments in the story, but is mostly alongside Samms. This is clearly a Samms vs Corleone sub-plot an ...more
Paul Lunger
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The 3rd book in T.C. LoTempio's "Nick and Nora Mysteries", "Crime and Catnip", is one of the more unusual mysteries I've ever read because not only of the plot w/in this book, but also because of the continuing theme which is a hallmark of this series. The main plot of the book surrounds a gala at the Cruz Museum to showcase a grimoire tied into Morgan LeFay of Arthurian fame. Along with that process, Nora agrees to investigate the disappearance of Nora Crenshaw's niece & Ollie gets postcards fr ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2017
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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a fun and easy read, very addictive, once you start it's really hard to put it down.
Nora tries to solve a complicated case of a missing person with the help of her cat, Nick cat. She obviously will be in danger. She also continues her pursuit of Nick's owner, mysteriously disappeared.
I love Nick, is a chubby black and white cat very nice and I am happy that it is a protagonist of this story and not just a secondary character.
This story is really well written, with many twists, false ident
A Holland Reads
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in this series but the first book that I have read and I was able to enjoy it without feeling lost. I really liked that Nick "helped" Nora find clues to solve the crime. Nora seems to get herself into a few little situtations that sometimes threaten her own safety. Along with Nick looking for clues he also protects Nora when she gets into these scraps. Nick the cat has a bigger part in this book than most pets do and I thought it was a nice addition to the story. The autho ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first two books in this series, but book three sort of ran out of steam for me. I did not finish it and doubt I'll be continuing with the series.

Nora really irritated me in this book. I expect a certain amount of "nosy-parker-ism" in a cozy heroine, but Nora was over-the-top in getting involved in things that were just stupid and could have gotten her killed, then flat-out lying to not only her FBI boyfriend, but her former-flame of the local sheriff about what she's done.

Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeanie

Crime and Catnip
Nick and Nora Mysteries, Book #3
By T.C. LoTempio
ISBN: 9780425270226
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.

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
C. Gonzales
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
First of all, that blurb completely drew me in. I was pleasantly surprised by the way T.C. Lotempio was able to keep me on my toes.

I love reading mysteries and trying to figure out what could possibly come next.

I'll have to admit, I was surprised in a couple of places throughout the novel.

The way the novel was set up was different and unique and fun. I love the fact that Nick is such an instrumental part of the novel.
R.K. Emery
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
A well-crafted mystery!

Toni Lotempio's voice is a breath of fresh air, smart, spunky and full of twists.

The plot kept me turning the pages and I finished this novel very fast.

The title and theme is something new and fun.

Ultimately I loved the book a lot of twist and turns. I will read more books by this author!
I listened to the audio book version narrated by Amy Rubinate. The narration Amy did for this book was better than her narration for the second book, but I still prefer the narrator who read the first book.

The story was good enough, but I liked the first book best out of all three in the series. I just love Nick the cat. He is definitely my favorite character.
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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.

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