Jan. 16th, 2017

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This afternoon, I finished reading Crime and Catnip by TC LoTempio. It's the third installment in her "Nick & Nora" mystery series, featuring former investigative reporter Nora Charles and her cat Nick.

As the owner/operator of the Hot Bread sandwich shop, Nora is thrilled to land a catering gig at a gala museum event. Days before the event occurs, one of the board members of the museum asks Nora to look into the disappearance of her niece Alexa. The case is of interest to Nora, because it is supposedly what her cat's former owner, PI Nick Atkins, was working on when he disappeared.

At the opening of the museum's latest exhibit, a collection of artifacts that are allegedly from the time of King Arthur, the most well-guarded piece is a grimoire that was supposed to have belonged to Morgan le Fay. The grimoire was the target of an attempted theft in London, and extra security is brought in to ensure its safety.

After checking into some leads, Nora can't help but think that the attempted theft is somehow tied in with the disappearance of both Alexa and Atkins. Her snooping lands her in danger, but she is reluctant to lay all of her cards on the table when asked to by both her FBI boyfriend Daniel and her former flame (and current cop) Lee. Nora wants more evidence first, and it may cost her.

The plot was convoluted, but in a cleverly crafted way that held my attention. I did figure some things out, but others surprised me. Situations which seemed to be interconnected were not, and others that seemed random turned out to be connected. It was so mysterious as to be almost vexing!

Favorite line: "One never owns a cat, dear. They own you..."

Exciting and enjoyable--five stars!



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