Cat in a Quicksilver Caper (Midnight Louie Series #18)
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Cat in a Quicksilver Caper (Midnight Louie Series #18)

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by Carole Nelson Douglas

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Midnight Louie, alley-cat extraordinaire and Las Vegas's hairiest, hard-boiled PI, finds himself literally walking a tightrope when a fabulous museum opening at one of Sin City's swankiest casinos is marred by a little thing like death.

Louie's loyal roommate, feisty PR freelancer Temple Barr, has snagged the commission of her career: repping the opening


Midnight Louie, alley-cat extraordinaire and Las Vegas's hairiest, hard-boiled PI, finds himself literally walking a tightrope when a fabulous museum opening at one of Sin City's swankiest casinos is marred by a little thing like death.

Louie's loyal roommate, feisty PR freelancer Temple Barr, has snagged the commission of her career: repping the opening exhibition of the Russian Czars' priceless treasures at the New Millennium Hotel, the apex of which is the Czar Alexander Scepter, a priceless jewel-encrusted artifact.

Trouble is, the hotel has booked an aerial magic act right above the exhibition.

Temple works at a breakneck pace to coordinate this logistical nightmare. Tragedy ensues when a performer dies right above where the collection will be displayed and the police threaten to shut everything down. But the word "no" isn't one heard often in Las Vegas when money is involved and the show (or shows) must go on. Just as things seem to be working perfectly, another performer dies…and the scepter vanishes. The culprits could be international art thieves, Russian mafioso, or Chechen rebels out to embarrass the current Russian government.

Or it could be someone else, perhaps someone Temple knows all too well . . . .

Temple and Louie both have enemies in the magic act--evil magician Shangri-La and her curare-nailed performing Siamese cat, Hyacinth--and on the ground--ever-suspicious homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina, who's itching to pin the heist and murders on Temple's significant other, ex-magician and sometimes ex-spy Max Kinsella, now oddly AWOL. Worse, as Temple and Louie's separate investigations bring them both close to the truth, it's clear that someone has decided to hang them out to die too.

Can fancy footwork and detection save our intrepid duo? Find out in Carole Nelson Douglas's Cat in a Quicksilver Caper.

Editorial Reviews

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“Those readers who follow Lillian Jackson Braun's Cat Who series will love Midnight Louie!” —VOYA

“Carole Nelson Douglas has taken anthropomorphism to elegant heights.” —Publishers Weekly

“The indefatigable Midnight Louie series never seems to run out of steam.” —Booklist on Cat In A Hot Pink Pursuit

“Douglas just keeps getting better at juggling mystery, humor, and romance.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Cat In a Midnight Choir

“ outstanding puzzler chock-full of scintillating wit and clever sleuthing.” —Romantic Times BookClub on Cat In a Golden Garland

Publishers Weekly
Midnight Louie, hard-boiled feline PI, and his human pal, Temple Barr ("Miss Nancy Drew on killer spikes"), whose Vegas PR jobs invariably land her in shark-infested hot water, team up for their 18th cat-astrophically cool crime caper (after 2005's Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit). Once a flaming natural redhead and now a bottle blonde, Temple is still dithering between two lovers, Mystifying Max Kinsella, a former magician, and Matt Devine, an ex-priest and radio shrink. Her current PR job is helping the New Millennium Hotel prepare for the White Russian art exhibition and aerial magic show featuring the Cloaked Conjuror and a scary Asian diva. A mysterious death before the opening, a fatal "accident" at the opening plus the theft of the exhibition's crown jewel, Czar Alexander's scepter, spell big trouble. Meanwhile, LVPD's Carmen Molina believes she's being stalked by Max, Matt proposes marriage to Temple, and the Synth (a cabal of evil magicians) plots more chicanery leading to a shocking cliffhanger. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Noir cat Midnight Louie (Cat in a Neon Nightmare, 2003, etc.) is involved in yet another Las Vegas-based caper. PR freelancer Temple Barr is handling publicity for an exhibition of precious Russian artifacts crowned by the jeweled scepter of Czar Alexander. With typical Vegas overkill, the exhibit at the New Millennium Hotel also features the Cloaked Conjuror, his black leopards, his assistant Shangri-La and Hyacinth, her vicious cat. When a body is found hanging over the exhibit, Temple manages to spin the death as an accident, even though White Russians, Red Russians and Chechens are all rumored to be involved. Meantime, Temple balances her private life between her longtime love for master magician/secret agent Max Kinsella and her new romance with ex-priest Matt Devine. When the scepter is stolen in a daring high-wire raid, a masked intruder (Max?) rescues the Cloaked Conjuror from a fatal plunge but fails to save Shangri-La when her cat attacks him. Behind the scenes, Louie, his daughter Miss Midnight Louise and other felines slink around the New Millennium sniffing out clues. Max is so intent on infiltrating the Synth, a group of renegade magicians, that he has little time for Temple, but she manages to solve the case, if not her personal problems. Devoted fans of this long-running series won't mind that this installment is less interested in mystery than in showcasing some really cute cats.

Product Details

Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
Midnight Louie Series , #18
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First Edition
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4.24(w) x 6.53(h) x 1.03(d)

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Cat in a Quicksilver Caper

By Douglas, Carole Nelson

Forge Books

Copyright © 2007

Douglas, Carole Nelson

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0765352699

Chapter One

Swept Off Her Feet

Temple Barr woke up at 10:30 a.m. in her own bed, which was hardly unusual, and supposed that there wasn't a woman in America who didn't ache for one of those Scarlett O'Hara moments.

Maybe it was Scarlett swearing to heaven that she'd never have to choke down another raw turnip (or broccoli or cauliflower floret...or diet book) again.

Maybe it was the spunky freshman Scarlett, telling that blind-stupid Ashley Wilkes right out that he ought to be dating her instead of some wimpy prom queen from the next plantation down along the Sewanee.

Maybe it was Scarlett cornered on the stairs of Tara shooting an attacking Yankee soldier dead.

Or Scarlett in any of the dazzling fashion-show gowns in which she schemed, fought, and flounced her way through the Civil War and its aftermath...especially the gutsy gown made from green velvet drapes she wore to convince a jailed Rhett Butler that she wasn't down and out when she was.

But the most perfect Scarlett moment of all involved the crimson velvet dressing gown she wore as Rhett carried her upstairs when he'd had it with her fickle, bewitching, bitching Scarlett ways.

Feminists long removed from the 1930s debut of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind choked on their turnips over that scene, which to modern sensibilities plays like date rape---or, inthat case, wife rape.

But no matter how a woman might land on the swept-upstairs-scene issue, she couldn't fault the famous morning-after scene.

What a wake-up call! That was when Vivien Leigh's Scarlet awoke in a cat-contented camera close-up. When her eyes recalled the-night-before-the-morning-after with the devilish satisfaction of a distinctly un-downtrodden Southern belle indeed....

Temple awoke this day to one of those classic dawning moments. It made her world take an unexpected lurch toward a totally different axis than it had previously been twirling around like a ballerina in a well-known routine.

Oh. Right. Yes. Oh. My. Oh. Dear. Oh!

Because all morning-afters have their down as well as their up sides, and Temple was starting to see that. It didn't help that Midnight Louie, all fully furred twenty pounds of him, was sitting on her chest like a guilty conscience, staring at her with unblinking feline-green eyes.

His mesmerizing eyes and shiny black hair reminded her that she was betrothed (as much as you could be in a modern world) to raven-haired Max Kinsella, a magician on hiatus. Louie's watchful presence also reminded her that Louie had been on patrol in the apartment early this morning when she'd returned from her supposedly bland dinner date with neighbor Matt Devine, during which certain overly neighborly things had occurred and mention had been made of the M-word: marriage.

Louie knew. Somehow.

And that gloriously green stare said that he understood every miserable nuance of her now hopelessly complicated love life. And that he did not approve.

Neither, she knew, would Max.

Copyright 2006 by Carole Nelson Douglas


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Meet the Author

Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of the bestselling Midnight Louie series, which include Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit, Cat in a Neon Nightmare, Cat in a Midnight Choir, and many more. She is also the author of the historical suspense series featuring Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have "outwitted" Sherlock Holmes. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Cat in a Quicksilver Caper (Midnight Louie Series #18) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome but as always I cannot wait for the next one! Midnight Louie, Las Vegas glitz and mysterious happenings make for great entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Midnight Louie is usualy looking out for his roommate and Little Doll, Temple Barr. But, this time he is taking care of Temple's new love, Matt Devine. Matt has gotten into a sticky mess by no fault of his own, at Aldo's bachelor's party. Pick it up today.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Midnight Louie is the best!
HappyFamily More than 1 year ago
An exciting cliffhanger...I can't wait to read the next book. Louie is always good for a laugh. Great for a fun summer read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a cat lover, I found this book to be very cute with cat characters and with a touch of suspense and mystery. Light reading. Well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the latest chapter in the author's ambitious Midnight Louie uber-novel, which began with 'Catnap'. Public-relations specialist and amateur detective Temple Barr continues to navigate the minefield of her emotional life (and occasionally stepping on a mine!) while investigating mysteries that threaten her loved ones or her PR clients. In this edition Temple tangles with members of the Russian mob while absent beau Max pursues a mysterious cabal of possibly-deadly magicians. The series continues to absorb my attention with the characters' various entanglements and their all-too human emotional crack-ups enriching the story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Midnight Louie wants his human pet Vegas public relations specialist Temple Barr¿s two lovers, former magician turned something Max Kinsella and former priest turned radio host Matt Devine, to limit their stay in his home especially his bed. It is bad enough she has two duds and one stud in her life, Louie wonders how a flaming fireball redhead became a bleached blonde though he appreciate that Temple has stayed out of trouble enabling Louie to investigate female felines. --- However, Louie should have known better as trouble is defined as Temple. She prepares the publicity for the White Russian Czarist art exhibition at the New Millennium Hotel however, nothing goes smooth as the pre-show publicity is not about the art, but instead a puzzling death. The publicity fails to improve when a deadly accident occurs during the opening. Besides the deaths that look suspicious to Louie, someone steals the prime exhibit item, the priceless Czar Alexander¿s scepter. Louie searches for the scepter and a killer as he believes the accident was a homicide while Matt proposes to Temple and LVPD Detective Carmen Molina claims Max is stalking her. All is normal even with evil Synth magicians plotting a nefarious sleight of the paw ¿ it is Louie¿s memoirs. --- Though he has gone through his second set of nine lives, Midnight Louie¿s latest cat-escapades are brisk fun as his companion lands them in several capers including bedroom visitors. The story line is fast-paced as Temple learns that blondes have more fun might be misleading with murder, theft, and the Synth to deal with. Fans of the series will appreciate Louie¿s usual on target asides re the foibles of humans and his efforts to keep Temple safe. CAT IN A QUICKSILVER CAPER is a purrfect Midnight Louie feline sleuth extraordinaire. --- Harriet Klausner
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My kits! *she found her strength and tackled him out of the way. She grabbed the kits and ran to the last result.