A Day in the Life of Nora Charles by T.C. LoTempio

Claws For AlarmIt’s another typical fall day here in Cruz, California. The sun is shining, the air is crisp, and I am getting ready to open the store I inherited from my mother, Hot Bread, for business. I’m expecting another busy day, with all the usual suspects coming in for their breakfast specials – and maybe some not so usual ones too. My friend Oliver J. Sampson (affectionately known as Ollie) will be here, looking for his favorite Howard Stern breakfast special: egg and sausage on a garlic bagel. My friend Chantal will be here to help with the noon lunch rush, if her brother Remy can spare her from Poppies that is.

And when all else fails, I can always count on. . .Nick.

The chubby black and white cat I adopted (or did he adopt me?) is always around, sort of a furry black guardian angel, if you will. Nick and I have a penchant for stumbling into mysteries (and stumbling across dead bodies) a habit that frustrates my boyfriend, FBI agent Daniel Corleone, and which also frustrates another lawman, one everyone will have the pleasure (??!!) of meeting soon. As an ex-crime reporter I can’t resist a good puzzle, and apparently neither can Nick. Chantal and I often ponder just how he does all the things he does. The reporter in me hates to leave any sort of loose thread hanging, and there is so much about Nick I don’t know. . .or about his former owner either. Most of the time I think maybe I’m better off NOT knowing.

One thing I’m sure of, though. As long as there are Scrabble tiles in the world, my cat will be one happy camper. At least until the next dead body comes along. . .


You can read more about Nora in Claws For Alarm, the second book in the “Nick and Nora” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Meow If It’s Murder.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on November 16, 2015 for the chance to win a print copy of Claws For Alarm. (US entries only, please.) Good luck everyone!

About the author
Toni (T. C.) LoTempio is the national bestselling author of Meow if its Murder, the first in the Nick and Nora Mystery Series. Toni resides in New Jersey along with her roomies, her cats Gata, Maxx and of course, ROCCO, who not only provides the inspiration for the character of Nick the cat in the Nick and Nora mystery series, but who also writes his own blog and does charity work for Nathan Fillion’s charity, Kids Need to Read!  Visit Toni at tclotempio.com

50 responses to “A Day in the Life of Nora Charles by T.C. LoTempio

  1. Love the title and the cover! Sounds like a great read! Thank you for the chance!

  2. Brian Frauenknecht

    I loved the first book in the series and can’t wait to read this one too. Thank yo Brie the chance to Dru!!

  3. Brian Frauenknecht

    I loved the first book in the series and can’t wait to read this one too. Thank you for the chance to win Dru!!

  4. peggy clayton

    Loved the first book and can’t wait to read and review, Love the cover and the title. Thanks for the chance

  5. Claws For Alarm sounds like a great mystery! Love the cover art. Thank you for the chance to win.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. I need to start with the first book and then read this one. Nick seems to be a most interesting cat who may solve cases.

  7. Doward Wilson

    I have this series on my TBR list and would love to win a copy.

  8. Nancy Roessner

    I love the title and the cover art!

  9. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and this one sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Love the scrabble tiles angle…sounds like a good read and one I would love to win. Thanks for the Contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  11. Great title; thanks for the chance 🙂

  12. Linda Kuzminczuk

    A mystery, scrabble and a cat…I’m in. Thanks for the giveaway. Kuzlin at AOL.com

  13. Thanks everyone! Nick and Nora appreciate your support, as do I. 🙂

  14. Still trying to find a copy of the first book but definitely a series I want to read

  15. Definitely a mystery I will be reading

  16. Toni LoTempio has put together and great team of sleuths in Nora and Nick (the cat). The setting is delightful too and her additional characters have great depth to help in the development of the storyline. Thanks for including this author and book information on your blog. robeader53@yahoo.com

  17. Oh goody! Another new adventure!

  18. Nick and Nora are terrific! Can’t wait for their 2nd adventure.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

  19. Another fun read.

  20. I read the first of this series recently, and would love to continue unraveling the mystery of Nick’s previous owner. Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. This book sounds great, thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Peggy Hyndman

    Claws For Alarm sounds like a great mystery read! I love the cover. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy of this book.

  23. Thanks, Dru and Nora/Toni. I’d love to win a copy.

  24. I love, love, love the first book in this awesome series, so just know that this one will be super duper awesome as well….love the cute cover on it too!!! Thanks so much dearest Dru for the chance to win!!! God bless you!!!!

  25. elainehroberson

    Sounds like a series I would really enjoy. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  26. I love a cozy series that has cats or dogs that help to solve the case. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. I am glad to see another book in this series. Sounds as good as the first one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Thanks for this mystery which I would enjoy.

  29. Sounds like a great read.

  30. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the chance to get a copy!

  31. Cynthia E. Blain

    Sounds so good. My kind of cozy. Ty

  32. Takes place here in California, sound like a great read, hope to win, ty

  33. These sound like the kind of books I like to read.Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. I love these books and look forward to this new adventure.

  35. This is a great series! Would love to win this one!

  36. I had the great good fortune to read an ARC of this book. The series is getting better and better!

  37. Sounds like great read.

  38. This is a fun series. I am happy there is a new one. Thanks

  39. Patricia Sarka

    LOved the first book. Would love to win the second one.

  40. I loved the first book and can’t wait to read the second installment. There’s nothing better than a mystery with a cat.

  41. I’ve got to read more about the cat, Nick—sounds like a good cozy.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

  42. Barbara Landrum

    Love this series!

  43. I would love to start reading this series

  44. Sounds like a book I would enjoy!!
    Thank you for the giveaway…….

  45. Can’t wait to check this one out! What a fun premise and characters! Thanks for the chance to win!

  46. Corleone and Scrabble too. OK, I’m in.

  47. Contest is closed.