"Whatcha making there, Niss? Something yummy? It smells pretty yummy." Seville hopped onto the kitchen island and sniffed about. Sticking his nose into the mixing bowl, he inhaled, deeply.
"Mmmm... tuna. I love tuna. Are you making tuna treats, Nissy?"
"You could say that, Seville. I'm cookin' up a couple of Thin Man Tuna Melts for us."
"You mean like the tuna melts from the latest book we read for Kitty Lit. 101? The book, Meow if it's Murder by T.C. LoTempio?"
"Exactly," answered Nerissa. "The author, Toni, included a couple of recipes at the back of the book. I thought this one sounded super yummy. You wanna taste a bit of this mix and see what you think?"
Seville scooped up a pawful of the mixed tuna. Bringing it up to his face, he breathed in the aroma. He licked the mix, tentatively, before breaking into a grin and licking his paw clean. "Oh, that's good, Niss. That's really good."
"I made a couple of minor adjustments," began Nissy. "I left out the garlic powder and onion on account of those not bein' good for us cats and then replaced the celery with nip. Partly 'cause I like nip and partly 'cause... well... Well really just 'cause I like the nip."
"Niss, the book said to follow the recipes exactly as written," Seville told his brother. "You're not supposed to make changes."
"Yeah, well I'm a cat," answered Nerissa. "We cats don't always do as we're told, you know."
Seville sat back on his haunches, waiting for his brother to turn away so that he could scoop up another pawful of the tuna. Eventually, his impatience got the best of him. "You know, Niss, you're not supposed to be up on the kitchen counters. Does the peep know you're up here? Maybe we should just eat this tuna up so there's no evidence of your bein' up here."
Nerissa narrowed his eyes and pursed his lips. "I'm not actually on the counter, Seville. I'm sittin' on this here stool. You're the one waltzin' around on the countertops. MOUSES!"
"Oh. Yeah. Darn," and Seville hopped down onto the floor. "When will those sandwiches be ready? I'm gettin' hungrier and hungrier by the minute."
"Not long, Sivvers. You finish your book report for Professor Lyon, yet?" Nissy asked his brother. "It's due, tomorrow, you know."
"I know. It's all done. I just have to print it up." Seville lay down on the kitchen floor in a sphinx pose. "I really enjoyed this book a lot, Niss. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter."
"At first," continued Seville, "I was wondering if I'd like it or not. Well actually, I was wondering why the cover of the book was plain old pink. No pictures of cats or anything. I was wondering whether or not there would even be a cat in the book since there weren't any pictured on the cover. Remind me again why the book cover was just plain pink?"
"I told you before, Seville," and Nerissa let out an audible sigh, "the book we have is an ARC, otherwise known as an Advanced Reader Copy. We got our copy straight from the author, herself. Meow if it's Murder won't be on the shelves until December 2nd. The rest of the world has to wait to read it. We got an early copy 'cause... 'Cause we're special, I think."
"NICE." Seville closed his eyes and lifted up his nose, trying to get another whiff of the tuna melts Nissy was still preparing. "Sounds like a good reason for the book cover to be plain without a picture. But when it's available at the book stores, the cover will have a cat on it, right? Maybe a marmalade cat like me?"
"Yes and no, Seville," and Nerissa snatched the pieces of toast from the toaster. "There will be a cat, all right, but not a marmie cat like you. Probably a tuxie on account of the hero of the book, Nick, bein' a tuxedo cat."
"Oh yeah, Nick. I liked him, Niss. I liked him a lot. He's one really smart cat. Maybe even smarter than you."
"Well I wouldn't go that far, Sivvers, but yes, he is a really smart cat."
"Really, Niss? Because I thought he was super smart. He even knew how to use a computer. At least he was able to turn it on for himself. You know, not a lot of cats can use a computer, Niss."
Nerissa stared at his brother in disbelief. "Uh, Seville. You and I know how to use a computer. We both wrote our book reports on computers. I even have a blog, remember?"
"Oh yeah." Seville drummed his claws on the floor. "About those reports, you mention anything in yours about Nick and the FBI? I was just a tad confused about which FBI was mentioned in the book. Was it the real FBI or the cat one that you joined?"
"You mean the Feline Bureau of Investigation?" Having finished spooning the tuna mix onto the toast, Nerissa carefully placed slices of cheese on top. "Could have been either, I suppose. Both are equally legit. I think."
"And in answer to your question, no." Nerissa continued, "I didn't mention the FBI in my book report. I wrote mainly 'bout how I loved Toni's style of writin'. I loved how she referenced those older mysteries and movies and whatnot and, at times, even wrote usin' the same style you might find in some of them. Readin' the book, I felt like I was right there, in one of those old, great movies. The classic mystery-suspense genre movies and books..."
"Listen to you, Niss. La-de-dah..." interrupted Seville. "You sound just like Professor Lyon with his terminology. He's going to eat that right up. And speaking of eating, how are those tuna melts coming along?"
"Just a few more minutes on the melts." Nissy sat back on his haunches. "You know, some of those old references Toni used were quite ingenious."
"Ingenious?" questioned Seville.
"Yeah, ingenious. It means..."
"I know what it means, Niss. Which one did you like the best?"
"I liked the Columbo reference the best. Well she didn't actually mention Columbo by name but she did kind of reference him, indirectly. Remember when Nora Charles was interviewin' Patti?" Nissy continued. "Remember how she said, "Perhaps it was the alcohol," or somethin' like like. She even rubbed at her temple. Classic Columbo technique! Pullin' somethin' out of nowhere to shake things up a bit. Rattle a few cages and whatnot. See what comes loose. I can even picture Columbo rubbin' at his temple just like Nora did. It was perfect."
"Oh yeah! I remember that. Hmmm..." Seville paused. "I didn't write about anything like that in my report. I mainly wrote about how Nick could use a computer and was maybe going to join the FBI because he knew how to play Scrabble."
Nerissa rolled his eyes. "No one joins the FBI because they know how to play Scrabble, Sivvers! MOUSES!"
"But Nick did know how to play..."
"But that's not why... Never mind," said Nissy, cutting himself off. "Never mind. Lunch is almost ready." Nerissa popped the Thin Man Tuna Melts under the toaster oven broiler before setting the timer. "They'll be ready in a minute, Sivvers. Come on," and he hopped down from the stool. Let's go print up our book reports while the cheese is meltin'."
The two cats padded into Nerissa's office to pull up their reports.
"You know what would be great with those tuna melts, Niss? Nip beer," Seville said, answering his own question.
"Of course. Nip beer is great with everything," replied Nerissa. After we get our reports, you can pour us a couple mugs of the brew while I plate up our sandwiches. And after we eat lunch, I'd like to try my paw at a little game of Scrabble. I've never played but sure am curious to try. Might be fun, huh?
"Of yeah, I think it will," answered Seville. "But not as much fun as those tuna melts are gonna be delicious. The smell of them cooking is making me drool already."
Meow if it's Murder is the first book in the Nick & Nora Mystery series written by author T.C. LoTempio and published as a Berkley Prime Crime Mystery by the Berkley Publishing Group, a division of the Penguin Group. Connect on-line with Toni on her Facebook page Toni LoTempio or on Twitter at @RoccoBlogger. The cover picture was used with the permission of T.C. LoTempio.
Although Seville and I did receive a free, Advanced Reader Copy of Meow if it's Murder, along with several really nice bookmarks showin' the cover of the book, those gifts did not - in any way - influence the opinions expressed in this blog post. We enjoyed the book, free or otherwise and that's a fact, for sure. MOUSES!
Did someone say Thin Man Tuna Melts?? OMC! Prepare for a visiting crowd! (Great story, btw!)ReplyDelete
Yup and they're DELICIOUS. Come on over! I made lots and can make some more in a jiff. purrsDelete
You sure, scrabble can pave the way for much, right? lol maybe not. Special you are is you got it early and did a fun review.ReplyDelete
Awww... Thanks. *blushes* purrsDelete
Great post, Nerissa and Seville! Very entertaining! and glad you liked the book too!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Seville and I really LOVED your book. purrsDelete
Tuna with mystery sounds pretty darn good!ReplyDelete
Yup, those tuna melts were VERY tasty. Gonna make 'em again, for sure. purrsDelete
That sounds like a great book Nissy. We will have to check it out when in comes out. Those tuna melts sound yummy; YOU all have a great day.ReplyDelete
It IS a great book. Sivvers and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We enjoyed the tuna melts, too. purrsDelete
have a happy Wednesday...
Noodle and crew
It is great! Hope you get a chance to read the book 'cause if you do, I'm sure you're gonna love it. purrsDelete
Sounds like one we should add to our bedtime reading list fur Dad you twoReplyDelete
I admit I am a bit more interested in getting a Tuna Melt
Oh yeah, you should add this book to your list, for sure. purrsDelete
Got to read this book... We need the recipe for the Thin Man Tuna Melts. For sure. And the book sounds delightful. Glad you made the melts before getting into the nip beer, Nissy. Could have been a cheesy disaster otherwise. MOLReplyDelete
And what luck 'cause the recipe comes free with the book! It's right there, at the back along with one other one. purrsDelete
dodz...de book sounds PAWSUM az doez de nip beer N toona melts...thanx fora grate ree view...we bet Nick apurreicates de grate ree view az well....hay. maybe he will send ewe 89 cases oh tuna melts...all reddy maded up & waiting for de eatin !! oh N may bee him will sends pounds N pounds oh nip two !! ♥♥ReplyDelete
That would be great! When will they arrive? purrsDelete
Whoa! Spiked the tuna with catnip? I think you are celebrating early!ReplyDelete
Lots of fun going on here!
I wish all the cats and Humans involved the best of luck and success.
Hehehehee... EVERYTHIN' is better with a little nip. purrsDelete
You do the most clever book reviews, Nissy. We always enjoy them. Thanks for sharing about this one with us. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista JoReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was a fantastic book! purrsDelete
Well that sure sounds like an interesting book!ReplyDelete
Hope you kitties are staying warm :)
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
It WAS a great book and yes, although the weather is gettin' chilly, we're stayin' inside a lot where it's nice and warm. purrsDelete
I love your reviews even more than reading the actual books :)ReplyDelete
Awww... thanks. *blushes* But it really is a great book. Bet you'll enjoy it, too. purrsDelete
Tuna melts, nip beer, and a great book?ReplyDelete
Sounds like heaven to us!
The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx
Yup, tuna melts, nip beer and good books seem to go paw in paw, for sure. purrsDelete
Tuna, nip, two super investigators and a good book. What else would we need :D Pawkisses for a Happy Day...you already made ours :) <3ReplyDelete
Little Binky and Granny ( not able to comment again :( Last try, paws crossed...
Blogger is doin' somethin' funny, for sure. I'm unable to backtrack the link to you to visit but don't worry, where's there's a will, there is a way. I'm gonna find a way, for sure. purrsDelete
Sounds like a really good read Nissy......and Mom and I enjoyed your accompanying pictures too......you guys did a grand job of reviewing this book (of course!!!!).ReplyDelete
Awww... Thanks so much. It was an amazin' book and therefore, pretty darned easy to review. purrsDelete
awesome review - have to check the book outReplyDelete
Oh yes, it's a WONDERFUL book. I'm positive you're gonna love it. purrsDelete
That sounds like that book is going to be a real good read so we'll get Mum to read it to us when she comes back from the book shop!ReplyDelete
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
You're gonna love it! I'm sure of it. I loved every single page, myself. purrsDelete
"We cats don't always do as we're told, you know."ReplyDelete
Mom bean is sitting here laffing her head off. We don'ts think it is that funny, silly bean!
Sasha, Sami, & Saku
She's laughin'? MOUSES! It's just a simple fact, really. We really don't always do as we're told. And to tell you the truth, peeps don't, either. purrsDelete
Sounds like an innewestin' book Nissy. Hope yous hav a pawsum day.ReplyDelete
Dezi and Lexi
Oh it is. It is! I'm so glad it was on my Kitty Lit. 101 readin' list. purrsDelete
OMC this just might be the best book review ever :) Truffles is reviewing this one too...we just loved it. And that tuna melt recipe makes my mouth water.ReplyDelete
*blushes* That's pretty high praise 'cause I know for a fact that Truffles does some pretty darned amazin' reviews. And yes, wasn't the book wonderful? A really great read, for sure. Can't wait to read Truffles' review. purrsDelete
That sounds like a great book! And the fact that it has a tuna melt recipe in it might just cinch the deal. We have to read this, for sure!ReplyDelete
Yup, GREAT book. WONDERFUL recipe. I would, however, recommend the inclusion of the nip. Nice little touch for the cats in the family. purrsDelete
meowzers! What a pawsome review NissyReplyDelete
Awww... Thanks Savvy! It was a really fun book to read. purrsDelete
Ooohh Sounds like a great book :) All that sandwich talk is making me hungry! Have a great week-end Nissy!ReplyDelete
You're hungry? May I recommend the Thin Man Tuna Melt? It's absolutely delish. purrsDelete
Sounds like a great book and we really enjoyed learning how to make sandwiches with you!ReplyDelete
I can make some more, if you like. Teleport on over and we can make 'em together! purrsDelete
Thanks, now I'm getting hungry, I want tuna without or with cheese I don't care <3ReplyDelete
The cheese is necessary for the meltin' part, I think, but the tuna is, of course, the star attraction of the recipe. purrsDelete
What a thriller of a review!!! You had us at TUNA! (MoL)ReplyDelete
The tuna melts WERE delish, for sure. purrsDelete
Did you say that the hero of the book is a tuxie?? I'm already interested!!! Was it based on anyone you know? MOL Now where is the tuna... and the cheese? Yum! The perfect combination on a cold winter's eve!!ReplyDelete
Got some more tuna melts right here. Come on over! purrsDelete