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The Time for Murder is Meow

(Purr N' Bark Pet Shop Mystery #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  63 reviews

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 post

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Published August 8th 2019 by Midnight Ink
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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 ...more
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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 he
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Kirsti
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 pai
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The Cozy Review
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Gail C.
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Rima Aiello
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 allow for the animosity sh
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Susan Johnston
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Joey
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thriller
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
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Laura Reading
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
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Patty
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Kim
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Laurie Dolph
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like T.C. LoTempio’ s Nick and Nora Series you’ll be very pleased to know that the first installment of this series is fabulous as well! I love that The main character Shell is a retired actress who believes moving the small town of Fox Hollow from Hollywood will provide a slower lifestyle. It doesn’t take long before Shell is in the thick of a murder, and the hot topic of the small town gossip mill. With a series of great supporting characters, a wonderful puzzle to solve and a couple of ...more
Jess
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
This review was originally posted on ladybookdragon.com

This is my second book that I have received from NetGalley and I was so happy to receive it. I must admit I was hooked from the beginning and very pleased to see two wonderful cats involved in the story and a big friendly dog called Rocco make an appearance as well.

I loved the idea of Shell giving up her life in Hollywood to come and take over an old pet shop and let her love of animals take her life somewhere different. I immediately sensed
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Cynthia Moore
I have read the author's previous series and was looking forward to this one. Shell Marlowe moves from LA to Connecticut after inheriting her aunt's house and store. There are two cat companions for her. I had numerous problems with the book and a hard time finishing it. First off, the first quarter of the book was spent building up the confrontation between Shell and the victim over an supposed feud and the imagined slight of turning down her offer of displaying her aunt's movie poster collecti ...more
LORI CASWELL
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
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 fest
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Katreader
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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,
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Caitlyn Lynch
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When she inherits a pet shop and a house from her aunt at right about the same time a TV series she had a long-running role in is cancelled, Shell McMillan decides to throw in her acting career and settle into a quiet life following in her aunt’s footsteps. No sooner does she arrive in Fox Hollow, Connecticut, though, than she’s getting into a confrontation over a museum turning down the opportunity to display some memorabilia her aunt owned, and then the woman she argued with turns up dead.

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Yvonne
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 Gran
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series for beloved cozy author T.C. LoTempio. The author is presenting this fun new cozy series "Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery" series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this for review. My opinions are my own . The author also writes the popular cat rescue series that is a hit with cozy mystery fans,.

I loved this book ! T.C. LoTempio created a fascinating protagonist Crishell "Shell" McMillan. She was a famous actress who ha
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Sapphyria
I really enjoyed The Time for Murder is Meow. For being a Hollywood star, Shell is down-to-earth, friendly, and a wonderful protagonist. Bringing Shell back to Connecticut to run her late aunt’s pet store is a unique setting and foundation for this new series. When she’s informed that the local museum board has rejected her offer to loan the museum an extensive collection of Cary Grant artifacts for an exhibit, Shell can’t believe their decision. Then she learns the reason why: apparently there’ ...more
Jennifer Young
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
TC LoTempio’s The Time For Murder is Meow belongs firmly (or should that be furmly?) in what I’m beginning to recognise as a popular sub-genre in crime — the cosy small-town murder mystery with cats. Who knew something like that would take off? But it has — and yes, though I think you can have too much of a good thing, I read it and will continue to do so.

The Time For Murder is Meow is the first in a series in which actress Shell McMillan takes over her aunt’s pet shop after losing her role in
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Merrilee Gibson
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like cats, and I like mysteries, so I came to this book with expectations of good things to come. Goodness knows, there are some great mystery series featuring cats--two of my favorites, Rita Mae Brown and Lillian Jackson Braun, come to mind. So it takes a really intrepid author to venture into this genre with a new series.

At first, I was not so sure. Our heroine, Shell, is surely likeable. And we can sympathize with the situation she finds herself in, with the loss of her favorite aunt. I fou
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Mary Brown
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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-stan
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Susan
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had read and enjoyed both of her previous series and I knew what to expect. She writes not only good mysteries but the relationship between her human character and the cats is pitch perfect. Here we are introduced to Shell (Crishell) McMillan, a newly retired tv actress in search of a quieter life away from Hollywood. Her aunt Tillie owned a pet store and bequeathed it to her when she died. Now Shell is looking forward to a slower pace in a small town and will share her new digs with her Siame ...more
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' Bark, and do something she
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Sandra
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Time for Murder is Meow by T. C. LoTempio is the first book in A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery series.

It features Shell McMillan, former actress who has decided to leave Hollywood and her own show for her dead aunt's pet shop in a little town in Connecticut.
As soon as she arrives she inherits her aunt's beloved cat, her house and her store which she plans to reopen.
Local museum is planning an exhibition for which Shell aunt's collection of Cary Grant posters and memorabilia would be perfect
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Amanda
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5⭐
[I received a physical copy for an honest review]

I love a good cozy mystery and I don't actually read as any as I'd like to. The Time for Murder is Meow by T.C Lotempio is a great start to a new mystery series that I see myself continuing with in the future.

Crishell McMillian has retired from acting to settle in the small town of Fox Hollow to take over her late aunts pet store. Straight away she finds herself butting heads with locals in the community and questioning the way things are do
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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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