Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): T.C. LoTempio & Cats, Carats and Killers

Posted March 25, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, clean, cozy mystery, giveaway, mystery/suspense, T.C. LoTempio / 19 Comments

T.C. LoTempio guest post

Please join me in welcoming author T.C. LoTempio to the blog today to talk about her new cozy mystery Cats, Carats and Killers!

Cats, Carats and Killers by T.C. LoTempioCATS, CARATS AND KILLERS by T.C. LoTempio
Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries #4
GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Beyond the Page Publishing
RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2024
PAGES: 243

There may be honor among thieves, but a long-ago diamond heist might hold the secret to a man’s murder . . .

Pet shop owner Shell McMillan is thrilled to see everyone in Fox Hollow flocking to the local animal shelter’s fundraiser, where they can get their old keepsakes and collectibles appraised and maybe even sell them for a tidy sum. But the event has drawn some shady characters as well, including Pete Martin, who seems determined to get his hands on a beat-up old jewelry box at any cost. Then Martin is found murdered, and Shell has to go from fundraising to finding a killer.

It doesn’t take long for Shell to figure out that the jewelry box was concealing diamonds from a long-ago heist, and that Martin wasn’t the only one trying to get his hands on the stash. But to figure out who wanted him dead, she’ll have to uncover who was behind the original heist and who knows where the rest of the gems are hidden. It’s as dangerous a case as Shell has ever faced, and if she’s not careful, her search for the missing stones will leave her stone-cold dead . . .


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The Thrill of the Hunt (Antique hunting, that is)

by T.C. LoTempio, author of Cats, Carats and Killers

In Cats, Carats and Killers the latest Pet Shop mystery, a lot of the action takes place at an antique show fundraiser.  I’ve always been a sucker for antiques. I love roaming through second hand shops but I confess the main thing I look for is…antique books.

Most of my collection (which spans four five shelf banker’s bookcases) is of girl’s mystery series books: Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, Dana Girls, et al.  I have what I think is a pretty impressive collection.  Quite a few of them are first editions!  And I found them all in second hand bookstores!

While my main focus is on mystery series, I also collect other books as well.  I have every Dr. Seuss ever written, and some of them are first editions as well. I have several different versions of the Louisa May Alcott classic LITTLE WOMEN which aside form Nancy Drew would have to be my favorite children’s book.  I even have one that’s so old, the spine is cracked!

I also have quite a few leather bound editions.  I have quite a few Stephen King in leather binding: Salem’s Lot, Carrie, the Shining, the Stand.  I also have a leather bound edition of The Thorn Birds (another of my favorites).  I also have a leather bound edition of Edgar Allen Poe Classics, complete with raven on the cover!

I also have the complete collection of Erle Stanley Gardner Perry Mason mysteries. The books are gray and bound just like law library books.  (I also have the same titles in paperback, but they aren’t as impressive)

My very favorite book though, and the one I’m most proud of, is my Easton Press edition of Gone With The Wind. The book is leather bound and beautifully illustrated.  I’m considering having it buried with me.

Going to secondhand shops or antique malls can often yield treasures from your childhood you’d ever given hope of ever finding again.  (Barbie lunchbox, anyone?)

And, like the characters in Cats, Carats and Killers, the treasures handed down to you stored in your attic or basement could actually be worth more than sentimental value. Just ask anyone who’s seen Antique Roadshow.

Lots of times treasures can be found at…you guessed it…garage sales!  I found quite a few books to complete my collection at them, and not for  a lot of money either!  Library sales are also a good place to find books.  Someone once donated an entire set of Nancy Drew’s, and I was able to find two I had been looking for!

So the next time you see a garage sale in your neighborhood, check it out. You never know what treasure you might find.  The saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is truer than you might think!

T.C. LoTempio

T. C. LoTempio is the award-winning, national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora mystery series. Her cat, Rocco, provides the inspiration for the character of Nick the cat. She also writes the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mystery Series, as well as the Cat Rescue series and the Tiffany Austin Food Blogger series. Check out her and Rocco’s blog,, and visit her website,, for more information.

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19 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): T.C. LoTempio & Cats, Carats and Killers

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the blog tour for CATS, CARATS AND KILLERS by T.C. LoTempio.

    Enjoyed reading the author’s guest post. We started antiquing after the death of our daughter. After looking through old home movies, I remembered my Emmett Kelly clown doll that I loved. My art teacher ended up with it and I made an A in her class. Bad teacher! So we went on the search to find a doll like the one I had. It has lead to the love of the search and finding the great find.

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review CATS, CARATS AND KILLERS.

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