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Hiss H for Homicide

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If you have not read any books by TC LoTempio you really need to! The characters are fantastic and her books are just so hard to put down. This is book 4 in the Nick and Nora series and it did not disappoint! The mystery kept me guessing and the red herrings were perfect.  I really just love this series. It is light hearted and the mystery keeps you guessing until LoTempio is ready to reveal the truth. If you are looking for your next cozy mystery series, start here!
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When her mother’s lifelong friend, Desiree, comes to Nora Charles and asks for help, Nora can’t turn her down. Seems Desiree’s writing partner, Marlene, wants to break their commitment to writing their popular romance novels. Instead, Marlene is going to write a tell-all book that will make many people unhappy. Nora goes to visit Desiree, bur instead of talking to her, she finds her lifeless body.
The police are convince Desiree is the killer, but Nora knows better. With the help of her crime-solving cat she sets out to get to the bottom of things, and clear Marlene’s name.
When they cancel some series, it leaves a hole in my reading journal. The Nick and Nora books are one of those for me. I loved this series from the first, and was happy to see it picked up again. But then you worry that it won’t be the same. With this one, it was all I remembered, and more. Ms. LoTempio has crafted a story that left me guessing to the end. That means it kept me turning pages well after it should have been lights out.
The author has drawn characters that become friends to the reader, which means the reader is drawn into the tale and feels what they feel. I am very happy to see this fourth book, and hope another one is just around the corner.
I read a digital copy of this book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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This is book 4 the Nick and Nora cozy series and it can be read as a stand alone. Nora Charles and her cat Nick have been fairly lucky solving murders around town.  When a friend of her mother asks for help about a book being published that contains lots of dirty secrets she can't say no.  Now her client is dead as well as the author of the mysterious book.  With Nick saving her life and helping find the killer the duo barely survives.  A very fun read for animal lovers and cozy fans.  I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Hey folks, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t like Chantal’s character very much, her encouragement to Nora, considering Daniel and Samm was way out of line. I am not amused by the way the author wants to take Nora’s love life. On another level, minus the romantic part, this book was a fun, exciting, intriguing and captivating, read. I loved Nick, he was a better sleuth than Nora, but together, they make a dynamic duo.
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Nora Charles is happy to help a friend of her mother’s. The author of romance novels learns that her partner is leaving the partnership and writing a tell all about her dark and dirty secrets.
She ask Nora to plead her case with her partner.

Nora pays a visit to the writing partner and is ready to have a talk right up until she discovers the woman’s body.

The police are convinced that Nora’s friend is guilty. She and Nick begin getting to know the deceased.  It’s seems the woman had a bad habit of getting dirt and secrets on and endless supply of suspects.  With the police closing in on her friend, Nick must out maneuver a killer before they take there own secrets to the grave.

Another exciting book, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
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I really am enjoying this series. I love seeing the dynamic between Nora and Nick (her trusted tuxedo cat and fellow investigator) so it was nice that we had moments where Nora was almost consulting with Nick about the clues and her theories. The mystery was executed and had me fairly intrigued the whole way through. If you enjoy a cosy mystery where the sidekick is an incredibly smart cat-- this book (and series!) is for you. 

Thank you NetGalley and Beyond the Page Publishing for giving me the advanced reader's copy of 'Hiss H for Homicide'
by T. C. LoTempio.
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When romance author Desiree, a friend of Nora Charles’ mother, turns up asking Nora for help, she can’t exactly refuse her. Seems Desiree’s co-author Marlene is ending their partnership and promising to reveal some deep and dark secrets in an upcoming tell-all. Nora agrees to help, but things go sideways when she visits Marlene and discovers her dead body. Desiree is high on the police suspect list, and Nora finds herself trying to discover who really did in Marlene. The list includes all those whose secrets Marlene was planning to divulge. 

With her trusty cat Nick at her side, Nora’s investigation leads them straight into danger. And they’re facing a killer who isn’t hesitant about striking again if necessary. 

This is book four in the series and the first one I’ve read, and it stood well on its own. Ms. LoTempio has created a cast of appealing characters, a cozy mystery with enough twists and turns to keep you enjoying the read and a quirky cat to keep things interesting. I look forward to reading more Nick and Nora mysteries from this talented author.
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Formulaic, not horrible but neither was it original or not plug and play in it's predictability.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't one I would recommend first either.
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Hiss H for Homicide (A Nick and Nora Mystery #4) by T. C. LoTempio
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine | Mystery & Thrillers
Release Date: February 9, 2021

Hiss H for Homicide is the fourth book in A Nick and Nora Mystery series by T. C. LoTempio. I had not read the previous books in the series, but was easily able to read this as a standalone mystery.

This was such a cute cozy mystery! First off, I love Nick (yes, that's him on the cover!) What a fun crime-solving duo Nick and Nora make! The characters were great and so like-able, the storyline was fun, and the mystery was intriguing. Kept me guessing for sure!

I look forward to reading the other books in the series! I enjoyed this one so much I need to know what else has happened!

I'm so grateful to T. C. LoTempio, Beyond the Page Publishing, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this ARC ebook in exchange for my honest review.
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Hiss H for Homicide is the 4th book in the Nick and Nora Mystery series by T. C. LoTempio. In this book, I was pleased to meet Nick, a handsome tuxedo cat with an ability for solving crimes and his owner, Nora Charles, who is a freelance journalist and runs a sandwich shop called Hot Bread.

In the seaside town of Cruz, California, an author of steamy romances and an old friend of Nora's mum is in town looking for help. Her co-writer, Marlene McCambridge is severing their relationship and is threatening to reveal everything and Desiree Sanders is hoping that Nora will be able to calm things down. The writing duo, McCambridge and Sanders are better known as Tiffany Blake and their new book is Love's Deepest Desire. Nora agrees to meet with Marlene but when she and Nick arrive at her rented house she finds Marlene dead in the office, a large red stain on the front of her silk blouse. Nick and Nora do a little snooping around then Detective Samms arrives and Desiree becomes suspect number one.

Although book 4 in the series, this can be enjoyed as a stand-alone and I didn't feel disadvantaged not having read the previous instalments. With a compelling plot, drama aplenty, a great bunch of characters, and oodles of mayhem added to the mix, this was a fantastic read that kept me on my toes. T. C. LoTempio's easy, clever and humorous writing style was a good fit for me. Trying to unravel the mystery alongside Nick and Nora was lots of fun and I welcomed the comfortable pace. I loved that Nick was so savvy in sussing out clues and presenting them in ways for Nora to follow. I would like to read the first books I've missed in this series as I thoroughly enjoyed Hiss H for Homicide and I’m game to see what shenanigans Nick and Nora get into next. Very highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Beyond the Page Publishing via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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The book has a great stir line. It has interesting characters that are relatable and fun spirited. It’s a plenty of information involving a cat which is fun if your a cat lover. Things happen when you least expect but the story line that keeps you wanting more. Once you’ve read this one you may want to reread the past books in the series.
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The plot of the story was very well written. The author really draws the reader in as you read. I felt like I was an unnamed character in the story. This was a new author for me and I cannot wait for another story to read.
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When half of a successful writing duo, who decided to go solo and write a "tell all" book is murdered, Nora and Nick are on the case!  

I always enjoy this series.  Nora is easy to relate to and Nick, the feline half, of the detecting duo,  is a force to be reckoned with! The mystery kept me guessing and the red herrings did their job.  Nick kept the book light and added humor.  The last sentences, of the book,  left me with my jaw on the floor and hoping the next book is here soon!  A visit with Nora and Nick is always fun and this one didn't disappoint!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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This was a fun book and definitely part of a series—none of which I’ve read (but I’m going to!). It’s definitely a stand-alone in that the mystery is solved, but there are parts that I would have probably understood better had I read the previous books in the series. It would have made understanding the dynamics between characters easier. There were lots of references to other mystery books like “Murder She Wrote”, “Columbo”, “The Thin Man” and more which I loved. Even the main character’s name “Nora Charles” is a reference to Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora of “The Thin Man” fame. Nora is our amateur sleuth, but it is her cat Nick who seems to do a lot of the solving of the mysteries. I loved Nick! I also loved some of the names – like “Anne Onymous” – that was hilarious. And the twist at the end with who the murderer turned out to be was well done. 

Things I didn’t like: that the cat is all over the food prep and counter areas – definite health code violations and while I love cats (I really do!), I don’t want them in my food. Plus Nora does some things that are not just unethical, but illegal as well. But if you can overlook these things, it really is a fun read, especially what Nick (the cat) does.

Recommendations: If you like witty cozy mysteries, this sounds like a good one to get into. I really liked this book but wish I had read the others in the series first. That being said, I can recommend this as a good book with a satisfying ending and a cat who I wish I had around!

Disclaimer: I received this from Netgalley in hopes of a review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone.
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I have not read any books by this author before, but I would be interested in reading more in this series.

Nora Charles and her sidekick kitty, Nick, have found another body. A prolific (and rather horrible) author has turned up dead. Unfortunately, a dear friend of Nora's mother is the prime suspect. As the plot thickens, however, multiple new and dangerous suspects come into the mix. Nora's investigative reporter background kicks in and she and Nick are putting the pieces together to solve the case... 

Nick is the star of this book. I love kitties with quirks and smarts and he has both. Nora is inquisitive and intelligent and asks a lot of great questions. This really felt like she was part of the investigation team and not an amateur sleuth and her questions had merit that they did not seem like she was randomly gathering information. I definitely did NOT figure out whodunit and the twists at the end were surprising and well executed.

I look forward to reading the other three in this series.

Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
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Love and hate with this, but in the end love wins out! Witty and fasts paced, with plenty of clues and red herrings thrown in making this an easy and absorbing read. However, while I admire Nora and understand she was an investigative journalist, some of her decisions had me shaking my head and wanting to throw the book across the room!
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It was a long wait between book 3 and book 4 of this charming cat and sleuth cozy series.  Berkley stopped publishing them in 2016.  I am very happy that Beyond the Page is now supporting LoTempio. 
Fans will remember that Nick (the cat) and Nora (the human) solve mysteries in the style of the Golden Age sleuths Nick and Nora Charles.  The wit and banter are there.  The martinis and Asta are not. Of course not. Nick is a cat! .  The cozy offers everything a reader wants.  A fast paced plot,  a good setting, and quirky characters.  LoTempio draws upon her knowledge of the publishing world in this volume as both the corpse and the main suspects are authors or involved in publishing.  I appreciated the dialogue between Nick and Nora. LoTempio appears to be fluent in cattish.  A series that has been blurbed by Carole Nelson Douglass, the doyenne of this genre, is a series worth reading.  I am looking forward to further adventures with Nick oh yes and with Nora.  LoTempio has written another winner. 

Recommended for ages Young Adult on up. Some violence that occurs off stage. 

Full disclosure: I received this ARC from Netgalley and Beyond the Page Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.  Thank you for this opportunity.
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Handsome tuxedo cool cat Nick is back with his person, Nora Charles finding dead bodies and sleuthing out criminals in this long-awaited 4th installment of the Nick and Nora mysteries by T. C. LoTempio, This time Nora comes to the aid of an old friend of her mother, Desiree Sanders, one half of the writing team of Tiffany Blake.

It seems the other half of the team, Marlene McCambridge, wants to sever their partnership. Marlene has hinted she has a tell-all book revealing the secrets of several people, including Desiree. Desiree begs Nora to meet with Marlene and get to the truth about why she wants to dissolve their partnership. After trying to talk Desiree into several other options Nora agrees to try to meet with Marlene. Not sure what she can really do she sets off to visit the author.

Instead, when she and Nick arrive at the home the woman is renting they are too late. Marlene McCambridge is dead. Before calling the police Nick and Nora do a little snooping. But before she even makes the call law enforcement arrives in the form of Leroy Samms and he soon decides Desiree is his prime suspect prompting Nora to start her own investigation to clear her new friend’s name putting her right in the sights of the real killer.

I love the author’s twist on The Thin Man as the theme for her mysteries.  In this case, Nora is joined by a lovable cat named Nick.  Nick is a very special cat. He is very savvy in figuring out clues and presenting them in very clear ways for Nora to understand. I am so glad this series has returned and I was able to quickly reconnect with all the characters I had come to love. FBI Agent Daniel and FBI Agent on loan to the local police department Samms are both sweet on Nora. Nora and Daniel are dating as his workload allows but she can’t deny she has feelings for Samms too. They would both like her to stay out of the case and sell her sandwiches but know that is never going to happen. All of the characters in this story are very well developed and engaging but the author has left room for them to grow and stay fresh in their relationships.

Ms. LoTempio has crafted a superior mystery for this series return. Very quickly the plot opens up revealing quite a few suspects. Filled with twists and turns our protagonists are pulled in many different directions. Just when Nora thinks she has everything figured out another dead body shakes everything up. I love the way Nick and Nora communicate and the important role Nick plays throughout the entire story. He comes to Nora’s aid in a crucial moment and it had me cheering. The clever writing by this author always makes me smile.

Hiss H for Homicide is a great comeback for this series. I hope with this new publisher we will have many more Nick and Nora mysteries to enjoy. I highly recommend the entire series but the author has made it super easy to jump into the series with this book. Though I bet you will want to read them all.
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Nick and Nora Charles are back for another adventure in this new episode of their mystery series.

Nora Charles gets a visit from an old friend of her mother’s, Desiree Sanders.  Desiree is one-half of a  romance author team and she begs Nora for help.  Her writing partner, Marlene McCambridge is not only dumping her as a writing partner, but she’s planning to publish a tell-all book that will reveal all of Desiree’s secrets.  Desiree isn’t the only one in danger of having her secrets exposed.  Apparently everyone Marlene knew was scared of what she was about to reveal.

Nora agrees to help Desiree, but when she arrives at Marlene’s home, she finds someone has already taken care of the author.  Marlene McCambridge is dead and the police turn their sights on Desiree.  They are convinced Desiree took matters into her own hands to stop publication of the novel by killing her former partner.

Nora and her feline partner, Nick, get to work to prove their friends’ innocence.  They turn up a whole list of possible suspects who want to get rid of Marlene, but which one actually did the crime?

I so love this series.  Of course Nora’s cat, Nick, always steals the show.  He’s a great detective who gets his point across using Scrabble tiles.  He’s ready to help his human at all times.  I can’t get enough of Nick’s antics.

This is the fourth book in this series and the best one yet.  I’ve enjoyed this series from the beginning.  Although not necessary to read these books in order, I think it’s so much more fun to do so.  It gives you a chance to get much background information on the characters and makes it so much more enjoyable. 

If you do start the series with this book, rest assured that the mystery storyline begins and ends in this book.  It's not a continuing mystery with any cliff hangers.   

The storyline moves at a nice, fast-pace and keeps you guessing.  I was taken by surprise at who the culprit turned out to be.  The mystery has the feel of a classic story like an Agatha Christie book.  

I’m really looking forward to the next book in this delightful series.




FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free 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.
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Hiss H for Homicide is another page-turning cozy mystery in the Nick and Nora series. I read Meow if It's Murder over six years ago, yet the characters were so memorable that I felt like I was right back in the middle of things with Nora, Nick, Chantal and the rest of the crew. I'm not sure how I missed books 2 and 3, but I didn't feel as if I were missing anything. So, if you haven't read the first 3, don't let that stop you from jumping in here!

You'll love the characters in Hiss H for Homicide. Not only are the main characters well-developed, the side characters are colorful make the story even more enjoyable. And, of course, Nick, the tuxedo cat, takes the top spot. He's not your average cat. He likes playing with Scrabble tiles, and remarkably, those tiles always lead to clues!

The mystery and murder in Hiss H for Homicide are very well-crafted, and you'll be thrown off by the multiple red herrings. I can't say too much without giving you spoilers! It's so exciting, and I want you to follow the clues yourself.

With it's wonderful characters, perfectly paced plot, and perplexing mystery, Hiss H for Homicide is a must read for cozy mystery lovers.
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