My name is Sydney McCall, but all my friends call me Syd. Up until recently I had a cushy job at a New York advertising agency – and then I caught my fiancée, who just happened to be the son of the company president, in a compromising position with my secretary! I was at loose ends for awhile until my sister Kat called. The shelter she runs, Friendly Paws, was in a bit of financial trouble. She could use my help. . .
So back I went to my hometown of Deer Park, North Carolina. I hooked up with my old pal, Leila Addams, now a reporter for the Deer Park Herald, and moved in with her. And not long after, The Wanderer came into my life.
The Wanderer is Toby, a large orange tabby so nicknamed because of his penchant for getting out of his cage in the shelter and, well,. . .wandering! Before I adopted Toby formally, I used to see him pop up in some unusual places. . .like in the Brush and Canvas when Kat and I stumbled across a dead body! But that’s a whole other story. . .
Looks like Toby and I will be together for a while, though. And the town of Deer Park has plenty of lovely quirky inhabitants that keep life at the pet rescue shelter interesting. One is my good friend, Dayna Harper, who runs Dayna’s Sweets and Treats (It used to be McCall’s when my parents owned it). Here’s one of Dayna’s favorite recipes! It’s quick when you have a need for something sweet (and delicious too)
Quick and Easy Brownies
½ cup flour
1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter, melted
1/3 cup cocoa powder
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-9-inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar and cocoa powder. In another small bowl, whisk together the butter and eggs. Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.
Bake the brownies for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Cut into 16 squares and serve!
You can read more about Syd McCall, her cat Toby, and the inhabitants of Deer Park in Purr M for Murder, the first book in the NEW “Cat Rescue” mystery series.
Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat–along with Littleton’s dead body.
Local homicide detective Will Worthington–who just happens to be Sydney’s old high school crush–is highly suspicious of the sisters’ involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton’s death–until the killer notices she’s pawing a little too closely at the truth.
Delightfully clever and charming, Purr M for Murder, the first in a new series from nationally bestselling author T. C. LoTempio, will leave readers clawing for more.
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About the author
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 began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – and in Spring 2017, the new Cat Rescue mysteries from Crooked Lane Books! She, Rocco and company make their home in New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com.
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