Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta (Midnight Louie Series #23)

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Carole Nelson Douglas's Temple Barr is an ace P.R. wizard when it comes to promoting Las Vegas’ hottest clients. She’s also an amateur sleuth who has caught her share of bad guys.

In Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta, B-movie actress Savannah Ashleigh begs Temple to investigate the suspicious death of her rich aunt’s handyman. Temple happily takes the case, if for no other reason than to take her mind off her chaotic private life. Her ex-fiancé, the Mystifying Max, is back—minus...

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Overview

Carole Nelson Douglas's Temple Barr is an ace P.R. wizard when it comes to promoting Las Vegas’ hottest clients. She’s also an amateur sleuth who has caught her share of bad guys.

In Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta, B-movie actress Savannah Ashleigh begs Temple to investigate the suspicious death of her rich aunt’s handyman. Temple happily takes the case, if for no other reason than to take her mind off her chaotic private life. Her ex-fiancé, the Mystifying Max, is back—minus his memory. And current fiancé Matt Devine has shown up from a stint in Chicago with the promise of a surprising future. Which may or may not include Temple.

As Temple digs into the man’s untimely demise she finds plenty of suspect and greedy humans swarming around the ailing Aunt Violet, who means to leave her estate to her resident cats. Temple thinks she’s  close to solving the case, but it becomes clear to Midnight Louie, Temple’s roommate and ace feline detective, that there are more deaths both human and feline coming. Add in the return of a mysterious stalker from the past, and it's murder and mayhem on all fronts for Temple, Louie, and the ones they love in the newest story in the Midnight Louie mystery series.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Douglas’s humor and keen plot twists keep this long-running series purring.”

Publishers Weekly on Cat in a Red Hot Rage

“Nelson’s 21st Midnight Louie tale is just as twisty, riveting and intriguing as the ones that came before. Even longtime fans of the series are bound to say 'Wow, I never saw that coming!' to the very end.”

RT Book Reviews, Top Pick! 4 1/2 stars, on Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme

“Fans and feline fanciers will no doubt curl up and purr.”

Kirkus Reviews on Cat in a Topaz Tango

“If either Mike Hammer or Columbo had a cat, it would be Midnight Louie.”  —Cat Fancy

Publishers Weekly
In Nelson's cutesy 23rd Midnight Louie caper (after Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme), Las Vegas public relations expert Temple Barr undertakes her first job as a PI when actress Savannah Ashleigh hires her to investigate the death of Pedro Gomez, her aunt Violet Weiner's yardman. The dying Violet lives with a large "clowder" of cats while various relatives and hangers-on vie for her favor. Barr has other worries as well: ex-lover Max Kinsella returns with injuries and without memory after supposedly being killed; current lover Matt Devine returns from Chicago with a lucrative job offer there; notorious Kathleen O'Connor (aka Kitty the Cutter) appears to still be stalking all of them; and Las Vegas homicide detective Carmen Molina is on the trail of the infamous Barbie Doll killer. Tomcat sleuth Midnight Louie provides the heroic feats and sly commentary series fans expect. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Our favorite 20-pound noir feline detective is back (Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme) helping Temple Barr solve the crimes of Las Vegas.
Kirkus Reviews

Petite PR powerhouse Temple Barr joins her noir cat Midnight Louie to solve some long-simmering crimes.

Temple is engaged to priest-turned–radio advice person Matt Devine. But when she gets a phone call from her former lover, the Mystifying Max, she can't turn down his request for help. Max, presumed dead after a long involvement in fighting terrorism, has actually been in Europe recovering from injuries sustained when he and has mentor were attacked by their nemesis, Kitty the Cutter. Surviving with little memory of the past, he returns to Vegas looking for answers. In the meantime, Temple has been hired by Savannah Ashleigh to investigate the death of her aunt Violet's handyman. The dying Violet is surrounded by her beloved cats along with human vultures looking for choice pickings. Temple and Max are also helping Lt. Carmen Molina, who's anxious to find the Barbie Doll serial killer, a slayer who may have her own daughter in his sights. Molina even suspects her daughter's father and an undercover cop in the dastardly deaths of teen girls. Temple's investigation turns up so many surprising connections that it'll certainly take all of Louie's many skills to get her through this adventure with her hide intact.

The 22nd title in Douglas' alphabetical series (Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme, 2010, etc.) will delight her fans by tying up a lot of loose ends, even if newcomers find it hard to keep up.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765365927
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Midnight Louie Series , #23
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 198,067
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta is the twenty-second title in Carole Nelson Douglas’s sassy Midnight Louie mystery series. In addition to tales of her favorite feline, Douglas is also the author of the historical suspense series featuring Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have “outwitted” Sherlock Holmes. Douglas resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Chapter 1

 

Temple Barr, PI

 

Temple’s fingers were doing the flamenco across her laptop keyboard, writing an e-mail press release, with Midnight Louie, her twenty-pound black cat, playing his usual role of paperweight beside her, when her phone rang.

She jumped.

Midnight Louie growled in alarm and rose up on his forelegs.

Temple wasn’t the skittish type. You had to have nerves of steel to deal with the emergencies and sudden zigs and zags that a freelance public-relations person had to control, particularly in Vegas, and particularly in these Internet character-assassination days.

She had a right to be jumpy after that international phone call twelve hours ago from the late great Max Kinsella, missing magician and ex–significant other, back from the presumed dead. He was even now flying back to Vegas on her say-so, after he’d encountered danger, death, and memory-melting head trauma in Northern Ireland. She was picking him up at the airport later today

So this phone call could be full of woe.

Or, since her new and true love and official fiancé, radio counselor Matt Devine, was on a business trip to Chicago and had family there, he could be calling to report snags, feuds, or winning the Power Ball lottery.

Either way, she was now a nervous Nellie about the simple act of answering the phone.

No caller name popped up on the phone screen. Normally, a blank screen meant new business, but just right now Temple was a little shaky on dealing with voices from the Blank Nowhere.

She picked up the phone and said, “Hello.” Cautiously.

“Temple Barr?”

Relief. A woman was calling. The ghost from her recent past wasn’t calling back. Yet.

“Right,” Temple said.

“Do you mean this is the right Temple Barr?”

“Yes.”

The Temple Barr?”

“I like to think so.”

By now Louie’s softly growled warnings were a musical accompaniment. He knew when she was tense or worried.

“I didn’t reach that eatery out on Temple Bar at Lake Mead somehow?” the voice persisted. “It sounds like a kid is whining in the background.”

“No, you’ve reached me, the Temple Barr with two rs.”

The voice, both breathy and chesty, was beginning to sound awfully familiar. “Awful” in the deeply serious sense of the word.

“May I ask who’s calling, please?” Temple said. Her normal voice had a slightly hoarse edge. Now it was getting raspy with impatience and … dawning horror.

“This is Savannah Ashleigh.” Pause for effect. “The screen star.”

The second sentence was highly debatable. The first was … all too true.

Temple had crossed paths and spike heels with the ditsy, glitzy C-movie queen several times. The worst was the occasion when Midnight Louie had been cast in cat food commercials with Ashleigh’s Persian beauty, Yvette. When Yvette proved to be with kittens, Savannah had accused Louie of illegal littering and had actually tried to do him bodily harm.

Fortunately, twenty pounds of ex–alley cat Louie can handle any scheming human from murderer to media minx. He came out of the incident proved innocent, in tact, and on top, as usual.

Temple, however, was terminally disgusted with Savannah Ashleigh and all her works.

“What can I do for you, Miss Ashleigh?” Temple asked in a businesslike monotone, polite and oh-so-wishing the connection would break. Cell phone reception was extremely iffy in Las Vegas, especially near the Strip. Connections could be hard to hold. This one wasn’t. Alas.

Temple sat and listened and nodded, not inclined to take the woman seriously. Finally, she got a sentence in.

“Murders happen every day in Las Vegas and surrounding suburbs, Miss Ashleigh.… No, not in your neighborhood, I’m sure.… Oh. Never, you say?”

Temple couldn’t quite believe that any Vegas neighborhood hadn’t hosted murder, old or new.

“Um, you want to hire me to investigate a murder? And where do I see clients?” she echoed her caller.

Temple thought hard. She was now too curious to indulge her dislike. Although she had a knack for solving murders, no one had ever wanted to hire her to do it. And the “case” would take her mind off … impending men.

She did not want the memory of Savannah Ashleigh polluting her living quarters. Not that the woman was bad—besides at acting; she was just a Ditz Queen who usually traveled with a purse pet of some kind. Midnight Louie would never get over his turf being so invaded after what Savannah had done.

She glanced again at Louie, getting an idea. He’d once favored hanging out near a canna-lily stand and koi pond, like Sam Spade keeping office hours behind the …

“Of course,” she told Savannah Ashleigh. “We could meet at the Crystal Phoenix Hotel.”

“Yes,” she repeated her caller’s reaction, “it is ‘always gracious to do business over a good belt.’ I’ll meet you at the Crystal Court Bar. One P.M.”

Temple shut off the connection.

Louie was regarding her, enormous green eyes reducing his pupils to their most condemnatory slits. Temple made excuses, fast.

It is Savannah Ashleigh, as you heard. Maybe she meant ‘belt’ in the sense of … a solid Austrian crystal Judith Leiber designer belt—yum—or conchos or shells or even a black belt.”

Louie gave his opinion of this meeting by swiping the last printed-out pages off her desk. Now that was a “good belt.”

“You can come along and visit Midnight Louise,” she coaxed him. “Wouldn’t that be nice?”

Midnight Louise was a black stray who’d taken Louie’s position of house cat at the Phoenix after he’d moved in with Temple at the Circle Ritz condominium and apartment building.

Nice? Louie had no comment but chewing the hairs between his toes.

“Besides,” Temple mused. “I’m wondering why Savannah Ashleigh wants to see me about a murder. Aren’t you even curious?”

That comment propelled him off the desk to the floor.

Temple checked her watch. Eleven A.M. It must be five o’clock somewhere, and she could use a “belt” or two as well. Matt wasn’t coming home from a career-changing personal appearance on The Amanda Show in Chicago for three days, but what was left of Max was flying in from Northern Ireland late this afternoon.

Temple guessed she could use a time-wasting rendezvous with a has-been movie actress to keep her mind off the forthcoming personal apocalypse.

 

Copyright © 2011 by Carole Nelson Douglas

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    This Midnight Louie feline sleuth is a terrific meticulously complex whodunit

    Las Vegas Public relations guru Temple Barr receives the shock of her life when she gets a call from overseas. Her former fiancé Max Kinsella lost his memory when he was injured by killers while looking for the evil Synth organization. Temple believed he died though he was actually an MIA. She picks him up at the airport and helps him settle in town. The next day Temple picks up her current fiancé Matt Devine; he feels insecure with Max back from the dead.

    To get her mind focused on something besides the two men in her life, Temple accepts commercial actress Savannah Ashleigh's commission to investigate who killed her dying aunt's handyman. While she works the case, Captain Molina is interested in finding the Barbie Doll killer dubbed that ever he left next to his victims. The room of Molina's daughter had one in it though she doesn't play with them. Temple finds a link between the two cases which puts her life in danger from a psychopath while her leading man Midnight Louie has her back.

    This Midnight Louie feline sleuth is a terrific meticulously complex whodunit with several suspects keeping things interesting for an already emotionally overloaded Temple. Ironically Max insists Temple is not his type though when he had his memory he was madly in love with her. Temple wants Max healed but believes her life is with doubting Matt. As her personal life turns even more convoluted if possible since Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme by the three M males, the murder case in which she becomes a target seems mentally safer.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    HELP I AM LOCKED OUT

    Silverstar

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    Posted April 29, 2013

    Flutterkits bio

    NAME Flutterkit AGE 5 moons APPEARANCE yellow shekit with a mark on her flank of three pink butterflies and blue kind eyes, her fur glows slightly pink in sunshine POWERS has wings TALENTS has a unique connection with all animals even the fiercest of them PERSONALITY very shy, small talker, isnt brave at all only on occasion BEST FRIEND Perywinklekit OTHER talks very quietly and she rarely screams loudly or sneezes loudly every noise she makes is soft

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    Posted April 29, 2013

    EagleKits bio

    Name- EagleKit. <p>
    Rank- Kit~Apprentice~Warrior. <p>
    Names~ <br>
    Kit: EagleKit. <p>
    Apprentice: Eaglepaw. <p>
    Warrior: EagleFeather. <br>
    Or EagleWing. <p>
    Description- A pretty Pale brown shekit With darker brown stripes. Her paws muzzle underbelly and chest are White, Her eyes are sunset orange. She has a pinkish nose, And she is very shy. She was recently called Palekit, But after an eagel had Not killed her, it just watched her, they named her EagleKit. <p>
    Crush- No. <p>
    Theme song- Come and get it by Selena Gomez. <p>
    Extras~ Not much...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Periwinklekit's bio

    Age:Six moons
    Apperence:Light purple she kit with blue eyes
    Signature: ;)
    Best friend:Flutterkit
    Mom:Starflower
    Kin: "Don't remeber."
    Powers:Understand Plants
    Crush: "At this age!?"
    Kits: "Again,at this age!?"
    Wants to be when she grows up:Leader
    ~Periwinklekit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Brightflower

    Name~ Brightflower. Gender~ She cat. Rank~ Warrior. Clan~ GoldClan. Mate/Crush/Kits~ Non. Pelt/eye color~ White and ginger she cat, she has a big ginger patch that covers her right eye and light leaf green eyes flecked with darker green. History~ Doesen't like to talk about it.

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    Posted April 25, 2013

    Bramblefall

    Name: Bramblefall
    Origin- Half Riverclan cat- Half kittypet.
    Gender- Male
    Description- young, strong, with a sleek gray colored pelt and startling gold eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Fun mystery series with a great leading PI, Midnight Louie. Toug

    Fun mystery series with a great leading PI, Midnight Louie. Tough PI with a heart of gold and an amusing perspective on the tale. Best enjoyed by starting at the beginning of the series and alway a pleasure. And always eagerly awaiting the next book to arrive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Dakotaleaf

    Hello blazefoot. She meowed. I cant wait for when our kits to come when they do. She smied.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    To sunsplash

    Hey i heard you are loooking for a strong mate.thats me lionflame.a golden tabby with powerful shoulders and pale orange eyes.i used to be in flame clan (enemy clan) and my name was firetail.then are leader was leinent and loyal:sunstar.but then he died by an adders bite.now are leader is his selfish murdering disloyal vermin:smallstar.thats when i got my name fureblaze and named deputy.once he died of trying to destroy moonstone.i was named lionstar by him. But i ran off before i went to moonstone.then my mother was named leader.she is funny and loyal:firestar.but then my twin brother was sneaky and greedy.he took our mother to the forest and drowned her sladhed her took her throat and sliced her head open and gave her death berries.si the leader is shadowstar.then i needed a loyal mate to help me to defeat my brother.then i heard loners say how beautyful and strong you were.so i came here for you.i have already had five mates.three of them i was forced to mate by small star.one had a seceret love in me i did not even know about then she had kits and named me father.one i fell in love with.i have sixteen kits wuth me.eieght are six moons and the other eight are three moons.they are:leafkit golden shekut with amber eyes nightkit grey tom wuth orange eyes. Silverkit lightgrey shekit with amber eyes

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    Posted March 31, 2012

    Dark

    Ya

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    Posted March 25, 2012

    Sunplash

    Dear Sunsplash, my name is BeamingStar. I am a young petite golden shecat with silver eyes. I was part of RisingStarClan but the clan has fallen and I am the last survivor. I was an orphan before and my coat shimmers and twinkles in the sun. I think I might be related to you in some way. I think I am half GoldenClan because I only lightly shimmer. Do you have any missing kits, sisters or cousins? Please respond. I want to find my family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Oakstar to Silverfox

    Why not?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Sunsplash

    R u a tom or shecat

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    A must read series

    I love all this series they are such a fun read!!!!

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