Character Guest Post: Meet Gary Presser!

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Meet Gary Presser!

Hello, my name is Gary Presser, better known as the Watson to Shell McMillan’s Holmes in the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries!

I didn’t start out to be an amateur sleuth, heck no!  I’m an actor.  I played Shell’s partner for five years in a cable TV show, Spy Anyone?   The two of us were secret agents, always off on some crazy mission to save the world!  Although there were romantic sparks between our characters, in real life Shell and I were more like brother and sister – obvious to anyone from the way we constantly argued.  I admit, I was depressed when the series was canceled, and even more so when Shell announced she had no interest in a reboot of the series (another cable channel wanted to pick us up).  I immediately set out to her new home in Fox Hollow, Connecticut, determined to convince her to do the series and return to L.A. with me.  Instead, I found myself smack dab in the middle of a murder mystery. (Volume 1, THE TIME FOR MURDER IS MEOW) Shell was the prime suspect and I couldn’t just leave her hanging, now, could I?  The upshot of it all was, Shell was cleared, and to my surprise I found myself liking small town life…and Shell’s friend Olivia. ☺

I’ll be sticking around Fox Hollow for a while, but while I hunt for the perfect apartment, I’m crashing with Shell (Her mother refers to it as “freeloading” but it’s hardly that. After all, I clean the house, cook the meals and help out at the pet shop! Hardly what a freeloader does, if you ask me.  I personally think that Clarissa is just a teeny bit afraid that my intentions toward Shell are not honorable, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Like I said, Shell is like a sister to me and besides, right now she only has eyes for her boyfriend Josh, the Fox Hollow Homicide Detective.

Speaking of detectives, I’m finding I have a definite knack for this sleuthing thing in our latest adventure, KILLERS OF A FEATHER!

When a former resident slash con artist comes back to Fox Hollow and is murdered, and our friend Rita is accused of the crime, Shell and I pull out all the stops to find out who really dunnit, aided by a parrot named Honey Belle, and super feline sleuth Purrday, of course! I think that my favorite part of the whole investigation is when Shell and I go “undercover” (Shades of Spy Anyone!) and adopt the personas of two memorable tv sitcom characters….and who might they be?

You’ll have to read KILLERS OF A FEATHER to find out!  (Also, who dunnit!)

About The Book

Killers of a Feather (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries Book 2)

Shell McMillan and her feline friends must unravel a mystery where everyone’s a suspect and no one’s to blame . . .

With the grand re-opening of her Urban Tails Pet Shop just days away, Shell McMillan has her hands full planning entertainment for the festive event, including a fortune-telling parrot. But her jubilant mood is soon threatened by ominous rumors of the return of Johnny Draco, a former investment guru who swindled money from most of the residents of Fox Hollow and then vanished without a trace. And when the parrot predicts a dire future for Draco and his dead body is found just hours later, no one can say they’re surprised—but no one will say who did it.

With virtually everyone in town a suspect, the police turn their focus on a good friend of Shell’s who was seen arguing with the victim shortly before his death. Determined to clear her friend’s name, Shell begins investigating Draco’s past, his former employer, and everyone who lost money to him. And when the trail of clues suggests there may have been a completely different motive for the murder, Shell suddenly realizes she’s uncovered a secret someone would kill to keep hidden—and that if she’s not careful, the parrot may be predicting she has no future at all . . .

Purchase Links

Amazon  –   B&N  –  iBooks  –  Kobo –   Google Play  –  Smashwords 

About the Author

T. C. LoTempio is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of the Nick and Nora Mysteries, the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries, and the Cat Rescue Mysteries. For more information, check out her and her cat Rocco’s blog at and visit her website at



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