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Death By A Whisker

(Cat Rescue Mystery #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but ...more
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Published February 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane
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Juli
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sydney McCall lives in Deer Park, NC with her adopted rescue cat, Toby. She's helping her sister Kat with preparations for a fund raiser to benefit the animal shelter they run together. Unfortunately their guest of honor, a comedian born in Deer Park, is injured in a car accident. They turn to another famous former resident, Ulla Townsend. Immediately they get mixed reactions from some shelter staff and residents who went to school with Ulla. Apparently, Ulla was difficult and promised to come b ...more
Linda
Syd McCall enjoys being the publicity person for Friendly Paws Animal Shelter, and works closely with her sister, Kat, who is the FPAS director. The town is excited when Ulla Townsend, a former local who’s now a popular shopping channel host, agrees to attend a local fundraiser for the shelter and; hopefully, donate a percentage of her bestselling book sales to the floundering shelter. Ulla loves cats! However, it appears that someone doesn’t like Ulla when she goes into anaphylactic shock and e ...more
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I give this book 4 out of 5 Cozy Kitty Stars! This was a highly enjoyable cozy mystery. I loved how this book was perfect if you are an animal/cat lover. Meow! I have 5 feline friends, 1 canine friend and 2 turtles. So you can definitely say I am an animal enthusiast/crazy cat lady! This book also had some bookish elements that made me oh so happy! The story was well written and was entertaining. The only issue issue I had was that this was second in the series and I have made the mistake of cho ...more
Betty
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cats, cozy, e-books
The second book of the car rescue series is fast and relaxing read. Toby has decided to be an indoor cat as he is happy living with Sydney McCall. They are getting ready for the annual fundraiser for the shelter. The shopping channel best-known personality To Ulla Townsend has agreed to appear and donate a percentage of her book sales to the shelter. Maggie Shayne, the shelter assistant refused to have anything to do with the event. At the event, Ulla becomes ill and dies. The method of death is ...more
LORI CASWELL
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Syd and her sister Kat are gearing up for another fundraiser for their Friendly Paws Animal Shelter. This time Ulla Townsend, shopping channel queen and former resident of Deer Park will be the special guest with a book signing. There will also be cats playing nearby that are all up for adoption.

Not everyone is excited about the guest of honor so when she is found dead in the bathroom in the middle of the event there are quite a few suspects including Maggie Shayne from the s
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Mayda
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats, cozies, mystery
Syd might be helping her sister Kay run a cat rescue shelter, but her real calling seems to be solving murders. When an unpopular author drops dead at a shelter fundraiser, so many people hate her for the dastardly things she has done to them, it’s hard to narrow down the suspects. Clues abound in this cozy, and it’s likely the reader will figure it out long before Syd does. Still, it is an enjoyable cozy, with likable characters, an interesting plot, a bit of romance, and of course, cats aplent ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Author T. C. LoTempio is a fabulous writer. Her Nick and Nora Mysteries won me over and made me a true fan of hers. So, reading her Cat Rescue Mysteries was a no brainer for me.

I really enjoyed DEATH BY A WHISKER though I will admit it was a little slow going at first, maybe the first couple of chapters. But sticking with it was completely worth it!

It was good to be back in Deer Park, North Caroline with the fun characters of this series. And it was wonderful to see the growth in them since the
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Kirsti
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Due to Publisher's request, a review will be posted in February. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

While I really enjoyed this book, it had a few let downs early on that prevented me from giving it five stars. Firstly, I felt like there was waaaaay too many female characters introduced early on, especially when we all know a cozy mystery is going to have a murder. There were in fact so many that I forgot the main character's name, as well as her sister and
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Solid 4.5 Stars. When Kat and Syd plan a fundraiser for the shelter the last thing they expect is to have their guest of honour get in a serious car accident and not be able to attend, but have no fear, Tara comes to the rescue and books Ulla Townsend the shopping queen to substitute. The onlyl problem is that Ulla has as many enemies as fans. Having grown up in Deer Park, North Carolina, there are many who do not want her to come back. When she ends up dead at the book signing, all signs point ...more
Tari
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another fun visit to Deer Park and the Friendly Paws Shelter. I enjoyed this one as much and maybe a little bit more than the first one--it was a twisting and intriguing mystery, full of possible suspects. The characters were already well-developed so that always makes it easy to go right and remember who was who.

The shelter was holding another cat adoption in conjunction with a book signing at Tara's bookshop but at the last minute the author couldn't come. Instead, they managed to get
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Lisa Morin
Death By A Whisker is the 2nd book in the enjoyable cozy mystery series.
The story is well told and the plot kept me guessing.

Life long secrets, bullying, and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in this story.
Getting revenge always sounds like a good idea, until the revenge ends with murder!
Join Sydney and the gang as they try to unravel the secrets surrounding the murder in their hometown.

I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
Sharon
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2017
Reviewed for Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books

Pen, paper and sleuthing cap in place, I settled in to read another book from my new favourite genre, Cozy Mysteries. Death By a Whisker, like all other cozy mystery books I have had the pleasure of reading, did not disappoint. With murder and cats, this book had a winning combination for me even before I had read one word. 

With a cast of characters that all had motive and means for wanting Ulla dead, it was definitely not an easy task to work out who
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Mary Brown
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Death By A Whisker
Cat Rescue Mystery, Book #2
T. C. LoTempio
5 Stars


Synopsis:

Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter's newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until U
...more
Ann
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cozy's with an animal rescue theme are becoming popular and this one is written pretty well. This is book one in the Cat Rescue series that has two sisters working for the local animal shelter raising money. When a celebrity visitor is killed during their fund raiser the head of the shelter is prime suspect when police discover their high school connection. Lots of adorable animals and the required romantic love interest.
The Cozy Review
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sydney McCall along with her rescued tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. It’s a whole new life for her in her hometown of Deer Park, North Carolina. Syd and Kat are excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend will be signing books and donating a percentage to the shelter. Maggie Shayne, Kat’s right-hand helper vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman or the fundraiser. However, everything go ...more
Karen
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Set against the background of an animal rescue shelter and a fund-raising event, this book had a well thought out plot with a believable and tantalizing pool of suspects. I really enjoyed it, cover to cover.

Any story that includes lots of lovable animals draws me right in. Add a cool amateur sleuth, an unlikable murder victim, mix with shots of pathos and humor, and the result is a very satisfying read.

The book’s story
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Kathleen
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“Death by a Whisker” earns 4.5/5 Clever Cats…Murderously Fun!
I am a fan of T.C. LoTiempo’s Nick and Nora Mysteries, so I was eager to check out her newest Cat Rescue Mystery series. Even though I am starting with the second book in the series, enough background and character connections were revisited to make it easy to join in with Sydney McCall and her rescue cat Toby (a delightful barrel of fun!). Set in North Carolina, the Friendly Paws Animal Shelter is having a big fundraiser and adoption
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Carol
Sydney McCall has returned to Deer Park, North
Carolina. Sydney plus her tabby cat, Toby whose
antics with Melvin the Marvelous Mouse will make
you chuckle, are helping her sister Kat at the
Friendly Paws Animal Shelter.
They are gearing up for a cat adoption and a book
signing at Tara’s bookshop. The Friendly Paws will
receive a percentage of the book sales plus take
applications for some of their fur babies to find their
forever homes.
The book takes off quickly providing the reader with
a myriad of c
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Sarah Iverson
I enjoyed reading “Death by a Whisker” by T. C. LoTempio. LoTempio writes an engaging protagonist to whom many could relate. Sydney works in an animal shelter and has a cat Toby at home. As with many plot paths, the protagonist in this book does not necessarily ask for the mystery to land in their lap. However, circumstances make her very determined to stay under the radar but still help determine who it was that committed this murder.

The plot of the story runs fairly smoothly. Without providing
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Jen
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death By A Whisker is the second book in A Cat Rescue mystery series by T.C. LoTempio. The main character is Sydney McCall who lives in Deer Park, North Caroline with her sweet tomcat Toby. She and Kat (her sister) operate Friendly Paws Animal shelter, which is gearing up for a fundraiser featuring a popular shopping channel celebrity Ulla Townsend who is a former local of Deer Park. Of course, there is high level of excitement from the community and surrounding areas once it is announced the su ...more
Debbie Erickson
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death By A Whisker is the second book in A Cat Rescue Mystery series. Sydney McCall has returned home to Deer Park, North Carolina to assist her sister Kat with her animal shelter. This story revolves around a fundraiser in which a TV shopping network star, Ulla Townsend, agrees to appear and donate proceeds from sales of her book to the shelter. Ulla lived in Deer Park when she was younger, but moved away while in high school. When Ulla drops dead at the event, Syd finds herself once again raci ...more
Patty
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Death By A Whisker by T.C. LoTempio is the 2nd book in A Cat Rescue Mystery series, and another enjoyable book. Sydney McCall is helping her sister Kat with a fundraiser for her animal shelter. Attending will be Ulla Townsend, a celebrity of the home shopping channel, but when she is murdered, Sydney must get to the truth. Once I started this book, I could not stop reading it until I was done. I love Toby the cat!! Not only is this book an exciting mystery but also very refreshing and a quick re ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Great Escapes Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Revenge is best served shiny.
Death By a Whisker by T.C. LoTempio was a pretty different book in terms of a cozy. We have everything that makes a cozy a cozy in this book, but the murder was weird. It took me for a spin, and I do have to say that I was enthralled and wanted to know who killed her.
Sydney McCall
Our sleuth is Sy
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Kathleen
I enjoyed this book. This is the first I have read in the series. It is well-written thought out and has humor. The author provides a sea of suspects all with a solid motive. It’s fun trying to weed through them to see who actually killed Ulla Townsend, local girl who isn’t the nicest person.
I like that the sleuth, Syd, listens and connects the dots, doesn’t try to take over the case from the police, and isn’t placing herself in harm’s way. The cats are cats with attitude and smarts and do not h
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Jeanie
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This delightful cozy is second in A Cat Rescue Mystery series, and it is even better than the first! Syd, Kat, and the ladies of the Friendly Paws Animal Shelter are putting together a pop-up cat cafe at Crowden’s Bookstore. To sweeten the event, a book signing is planned; the cat café and book signing will complement each other. I love the characters, including Syd’s cat, Toby (fka The Wanderer until he adopted Syd). The mystery is intriguing, humorous, and fast-paced.

Ulla Townsend came from th
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Seraphia
Sydney McCall and her sister Kat are helping to prepare their local animal shelter for their newest fundraiser. They are hoping to help some fuzzy friends find "furever" homes and raise some money for the shelter to pay for some things that they need. When they learn that their headliner has to pull out they are briefly concerned, until they learn that an old town native will be replacing him, Ulla Townsend. What they don't know is the trouble and drama that Ulla will be bringing with her, both ...more
RO G'ma
Death By A Whisker is the second book for T. C. LoTempio’s Cat Rescue Mystery series. This book is well written and the characters are well developed. This fun and fast paced book has an interesting mystery, great characters, and lots of twists and turns. I noticed a few discrepancies in the book, but since the copy I reviewed is an advanced reader copy, I’m sure they will be corrected before publication. I was kept guessing until the final reveal. I’m looking forward to reading the next install ...more
Deana Dick
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Syd McCall is very passionate about animals. With her work at the shelter she keeps herself busy but not busy enough to keep herself out of trouble. It’s a big day in her small town when none other than Ulla Townsend is coming to town to promote her book and give a part of the proceeds to the shelter. I wouldn’t say everyone was thrilled to find out that Ulla was coming back to town. She did become this famous television personality but can it erase all the horrible things she did to some of her ...more
Diana Messig
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death By a Whisker is the second book in the Cat Rescue series. I actually have not read the first book in the series but I felt like I was able to join the series and not miss too much of the plot or getting to know the cast of characters. Sydney McCall is likeable enough and I really enjoy her friendship with her best friend and roommate, Leila and of course, I’m a big fan of her cat Toby. Call me bias, but I’m a sucker for anything with a cat on the cover or in the series.

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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.

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