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"TEMPLE BARR, public relations whiz, rocks Las Vegas with her sleuthing grit, wacky friends and sexy guys, cool cat sidekick, fast-paced action and laughs. And Midnight Louie is the funniest, hairiest hard-boiled PI on the planet!"--JANET EVANOVICH, NYT bestseller
Readers are biting their nails as the popular alphabetic Midnight Louie feline PI mystery series nears its end with this 26th entry. Even then, Las Vegas's hairiest sleuth (whose feline-noir voice has been compared to Hammett, Hammer, and Nathan Detroit) will not be hanging up his fedora.
Taking the spotlight this time is the Las Vegas reunion show of a groundbreaking multi-ethnic band that revives a deadly duel between its two divas. Now petite PR powerhouse Temple Barr and her faithful feline roommate, Midnight Louie, must sniff out clues to save the Crystal Phoenix hotel's reputation and any at-risk lives, including their own. Tabloid newspaperss went wild over the shocking disappearance of Black & White's two singing divas and flamboyant manager years earlier. The women made comebacks, but manager Cale Watson was never seen again. As murder stalks the rehearsing band members, Temple moves into the celebrity hotel suites to uncover sabotage, while Louie and the Vegas Cat Pack sniff out clues like, um, dogs. Meanwhile, Temple's ex, magician Max Kinsella, makes a shocking decision that will impact more lives than his. Deadly encounters and unexpected reunions force all the main characters into unforeseen loss and disclosure, the suspense leavened by Douglas's characteristic wit and heart. For sleuths and suspects, it all comes down to the black and white lies that destroy hopes, lives, and family. The penultimate book, Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit, is followed by series closer, Cat in an Alphabet End Game. (The series' first two non-alphabetic titles, Catnap and Pussyfoot, have been reissued in ebook as Cat in an Alphabet Soup and Cat in an Aqua Storm.)
FUN, FROTHY AND CHARMING"--Publishers Weekly
"So in this typically fun-filled, witty and comic Midnight Louie outing, Douglas tackles a multitude of serious and topical issues [including] monogamy, celibacy, sexual responsibility and familial responsibility, theology, stalking, sanity and lack of same, honor and commitment, and the keeping of vows and trusts."--Mostly Murder on Cat in a Flamingo Fedora
"The always engaging Midnight Louie prowls the alleys of Las Vegas solving crimes and romancing runaways like a furry Sam Spade."--People magazine
"Nine lives wouldn't be nearly enough for this dude."--Publishers Weekly
"glitters and snaps like the town that inspired it."--NORA ROBERTS
"a finale that'll run you within a whisker of your ninth life."--Kirkus
"Never a dull moment."-Library Journal
"Sophisticated, mainstream, and upmarket."--CAROLYN NICHOLS
"The most erudite feline ever, Midnight Louie."--Mostly Murder
"Wild, witty, and utterly irresistible."--San Francisco Chronicle
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carole Nelson Douglas is the award-winning author of 63 novels in the mystery/thriller, romance/women's fiction, and science fiction/fantasy genres, including the 28-book bestselling Feline Noir Midnight Louie Las Vegas mystery series (Cat in an Alphabet Soup) and the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, noir urban fantasy series (Dancing with Werewolves, etc.). A former award-winning daily newspaper reporter and editor in Minnesota, Douglas propels her witty, adventurous fiction with social issues and satire. Midnight Louie prowls the "slightly surreal" Vegas of today, narrating interlarded chapters in his alley-cat noir voice. Delilah walks the mean streets of a paranormally post-apocalyptic Sin City, fighting supernatural mobsters with Louie's wile, wit and grit. Douglas was the first author to make a Sherlockian female character, Irene Adler, a series protagonist, with the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes, and the first woman to write a Holmes spin-off series. Her award nominations run from the Agatha to the Nebula, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from RT Book Reviews for Mystery, Suspense, Versatility, and as a Pioneer of Publishing for her groundbreaking multi-genre work. She has won a clowder of Catwriters' Association first place Muse awards, and is a four-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Rita award in four different categories. She moved south to write fiction full-time and was recently inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. She does a mean Marilyn Monroe impersonation, collects vintage clothing and homeless cats, and enjoys Zumba, but has never danced with werewolves. (That she knows of.)