This is another great Nora and Nick read! The writing is fresh and the mysteries are different. While it wraps up nicely, there is evidence of another novel in the works, so if you enjoy this novel, don't despair! This is novel is part of a series, but Ms. LoTempio does a great job ensuring this read can stand alone.
Nora Charles is involved in catering for the Cruz Museum's gala when she is asked to look into the disappearance of Violet Crenshaw's niece. Everything is going along nicely when she realizes she hasn't heard much from Nick other than a few strange postcards. Her adopted pet, also named Nick, is a smart cat who aids Nora in her quest to find out about Violet's niece.
Along the way there is murder, mayhem, and solving these mysteries may cost Nora more than she likes. The major mystery centers around a book which some people try to steal. In the process, Nora discovers how valuable the book is and why people are after it. Nick is the one who cracks the postcards first and also foils an attack on Nora at one point. This cat is one smart cookie who knows where his loyalty lies!
This novel was a good story from start to finish (including the recipes in the back). Ms. LoTempio does an excellent job juggling the various mysteries. She does leave one mystery to solve in another novel, but does so in such a manner that it complements the rest of the ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The characters were believable and smart. Ms. LoTempio does and outstanding bid for intelligence in her novel and it pays off handsomely. So if you want to try something a little different in the mystery section this novel is sure to enrapture you to the end.
Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.
While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.
As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of Zlues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him...
INCLUDES DELICIOUS SANDWICH RECIPES