Wednesday, February 21, 2018

T.C. LoTempio's Death by a Whisker Blog Tour with a Spotlight, Guest Post and Giveaway


I am so excited to have T.C. LoTempio here at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight, Guest Post and Giveaway.

Thanks T.C. and Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for allowing me to join your Death by a Whisker Blog Tour!

Please take it away, T.C.!
Deadly Plot Twists –what they are and how to do ‘em!

Every mystery lover knows any good mystery has plot twists – as a matter of fact we thrive on them. What better to keep up the level of suspense and have the reader guessing?

Getting down to basics: A plot twist is simply an unexpected occurrence, something that happens in the course of the story that the detective (and the reader) doesn’t see coming. It’s what makes msyteries great. Jessica Fletcher is a past master at uncovering red herrings and dead ends. While the plot twist might throw our sleuth off a bit, we know in the end he or she will uncover the clues that will lead to the killer’s downfall (quite often at great peril to our hero/heroine).

Here are some examples of plot twists:

· Having more than one suspect

· A character who starts out as a villain and then turns heroic

· A trusted character who lies about an important event in the story

· The detective thinking the culprit’s been apprehended, only to find out – he’s innocent and the real killer is still at large

· A plot that seems to work toward an easy solution, only to have obstacles and barriers come up that throws an entirely different light on the situation.

Plot twists can add a whole new dimension to a story. A good plot twist should be somewhat unique. If you do the same old thing, your readers won’t be surprised now will they? The whole point is to catch readers off guard – in order to do that, you have to foreshadow the twist just enough to have it all make sense, but not enough so that you tip your hand. This takes practice, trust me!

A plot twist can’t be all about fooling readers, however. A good plot twist advances the story while creating interesting story situations. There should be a point to the twist; it shoudn’t be there simply for the sake of being there. You’ve got to be careful, though. If the focus is too tight on the twist, the story could loose some of its ‘oomph’. It’s a delicate balance. What are some of your favorite plot twists in literature?

Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (February 13, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683314875
Digital ASIN: B072395VJN

Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event.

The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list.

Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio.

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 – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM. #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, was released in December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at and

Where to find them:

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  1. Thank you for the giveaway! Sounds like a great book!

  2. Thanks for the information on "Death by a Whisker" by T.C. LoTempio and for being part of the book tour!

    Loved reading the authors comments on deadly plot twists. I'd love the chance to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. This book is on my TBR list. Looking forward to reading.