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Cat in a White Tie and Tails (Midnight Louie Series #24)
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Cat in a White Tie and Tails (Midnight Louie Series #24)

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by Carole Nelson Douglas

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In Carole Nelson Douglas' Cat in a White Tie and Tails, Midnight Louie goes along as chaperone when PR whiz Temple Barr and her fiance, rising media star Matt Devine, head to Chicago so she can meet his family. Matt's mother has a tragic past primed to rise and bite anybody in reach, even the ex-alley cat sleuth. When Louie is snatched, the catnapping's


In Carole Nelson Douglas' Cat in a White Tie and Tails, Midnight Louie goes along as chaperone when PR whiz Temple Barr and her fiance, rising media star Matt Devine, head to Chicago so she can meet his family. Matt's mother has a tragic past primed to rise and bite anybody in reach, even the ex-alley cat sleuth. When Louie is snatched, the catnapping's surprising motive loops back to Vegas and a string of unsolved murders connected to magic…and ex-magician Max Kinsella, Temple's former significant other.

Skeptical homicide lieutenant C. R. Molina has commissioned Max to investigate the cold case murder she suspects he committed two years earlier. With traumatic amnesia from a recent attempt on his life, the once infallible Max is more sitting duck than predator. It will take an alliance of frenemies to solve the serial deaths before one of them joins the fatality list.

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Publishers Weekly
In Douglas’s convoluted 24th feline noir (after 2011’s Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta), Las Vegas public relations expert Temple Barr, now engaged to media star Matt Devine, takes PI Midnight Louie with her to meet Matt’s family in Chicago, where Louie is kidnapped on arrival. Back in Vegas, Temple’s ex, magician Max Kinsella, is slowly regaining his memory, as Lt. Carmen Molina enlists Max’s help in solving a string of murders she suspects he committed. Max still isn’t clear on the players, but Midnight Louise, Louie’s “erstwhile daughter,” keeps an eye on him. Add Kitty “the Cutter” O’Connor, who’s still stalking our heroes; a family wedding Matt and Temple must plan; and a possible return of the sinister magicians’ group the Synth; and you have all the ingredients for a “cat-astrophe.” Series fans will have fun following all the twists and turns. Agent: Howard Morhaim, the Howard Morhaim Agency. (Aug.)
Library Journal
It's not too late to meet Midnight Louie, Las Vegas's celebrated feline PI, in his 24th outing (after last year's Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta). This time, troubles begin in the Windy City where Temple Barr has gone to meet her fiancé's family.
Kirkus Reviews
Midnight Louie, Las Vegas' toughest, shortest, darkest detective, is kidnapped, or catnapped, during a trip to Chicago. Louie, who shares an apartment with PR person Temple Barr, accompanies her and her fiance, radio advice star Matt Devine, on a trip to meet his dysfunctional family. How dysfunctional? Well, Matt's trying to promote his mother's marriage to the brother of his real father, another scion of a wealthy Chicago family. Abducted by thugs trying to get something Matt's creepy deceased stepfather may have left with his mother, the resourceful feline escapes with the help of some local talent. Back in Vegas, Temple's former squeeze, ex-magician Max Kinsella, whom she thought had died in a magic trick gone wrong, has been hired by tough homicide lieutenant C.R. Molina to investigate a string of unsolved murders. Max, who's lost his memory and his father figure in a series of wild escapades in Europe involving the Irish Republican Army, is getting help from Rafi Nadir, Molina's former boyfriend and the father of her child, as he infiltrates what's left of the mysterious group of magicians known as the Synth. Even the stone-cold killer Kitty the Cutter may have returned from the dead to involve herself in their affairs. Louie and his partner in crime Midnight Louise must enlist many of their feline pals to keep track of all the possible killers if he's to protect Temple, Matt and Max. Louie's 23rd (Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta, 2011, etc.) brings together many of the characters beloved by loyal fans, along with enough loose threads to knit a sizable blanket. Will they all be tied up when Douglas reaches the end of the series?
From the Publisher
"Series fans will have fun following all the twists and turns." - Publishers Weekly
"If either Mike Hammer or Columbo had a cat, it would be Midnight Louie." - Cat Fancy

Product Details

Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
Midnight Louie Series , #24
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.18(d)

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Cat in a White Tie and Tails

A Midnight Louie Mystery
By Carole Nelson Douglas

Forge Books

Copyright © 2012 Carole Nelson Douglas
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780765327475

Chapter 1


She was in the water, drowning.
Her hands pressed against her constricted chest, thumped it as if she could force the liquid from her lungs. She couldn’t … breathe. Move.
She’d fallen from the top deck of a ship, a huge ship like the Titanic. Another ship was heading toward her, not like the Titanic, more like the Black Pearl pirate ship.
She knew she was dreaming then, knew she had to struggle to wake up because a nightmare had her by the throat. She knew someone was by her side to do it, if she could only move her paralyzed lips or body before the dark water sucked her under.
She could see the oncoming ship’s billowing black sails scudding like storm clouds above her. It was as colorful and clear as a movie scene. She should remember this and write it down.…
Oh, God! The ship’s bowsprit was a solid metal lance twenty feet long, and the ship was wallowing deep in the waves to strike her right in the heart. The figurehead poised below that lethal weapon … was no naked mermaid.
It was a blindfolded and blinded man with blood trickling from his eyes, his battered body bound to the ship’s bow, his mouth distorted around a dirty rag of a gag that bottled up his silent scream.
He was a dead man sinking.
And she knew just who he was and how long he’d been dead.
“Temple. Temple.” Someone was shaking her awake. Her hero.
She looked into Matt’s dark eyes blinking in the bedside table light. As she blinked herself, he crushed her into his arms. Hmm. Strong arms, warm bare chest … Her heart was considering a different reason to race.
“You’re here, Temple. You’re with me. You’re safe.”
“Yeah. Yeah! Oh, my God, it was an awful dream.”
“About what?”
“Oh, high seas, and falling into the ocean to drown, and a ghastly, ghostly pirate ship and a handsome buccaneer to rescue me.” She felt like Dorothy Gale explaining a Darkside Oz.
Matt laughed, relieved to hear her making sense. “You’ve never had a nightmare with me here. They common?”
“No, Matt.” She sighed.
“We’re going up in an ‘airship’ of sorts tomorrow morning. Maybe you’re nervous about the flight.” When she hesitated, he added, “About meeting my family?”
“Or maybe it’s Chinese takeout for dinner?”
He laughed again and rolled her over atop him as he turned out the light. “Fiancées the world over go out of town to meet the future in-laws every hour. Granted, my family’s a bit messier than most, but they don’t bite.”
She nodded and murmured as he rubbed her back and let him think what he wanted, needed to.
When she shut her eyes she could still see the grotesque dead man racing toward her. She’d never seen him dead until now, just knew about it. Knew his name. He’d roughed her up once. Clifford Effinger. Sleazeball, petty crook, family abuser, deadbeat, Matt’s detested stepfather, and victim of an unnamed killer or killers, slain just the way she’d dreamed him, on the Oasis Hotel’s famous sinking sailing ship attraction months earlier. This could not be a good omen.

Copyright © 2012 by Carole Nelson Douglas


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Meet the Author

Cat in a White Tie and Tails is the twenty-fourth title in CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS's sassy Midnight Louie mystery series. Previous titles include Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta, Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme, and Cat in a Topaz Tango. In addition to tales of her favorite feline, Douglas is also the author of a 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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Cat in a White Tie and Tails: A Midnight Louie Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SmokeDancer More than 1 year ago
Carole and Louie do it again. I have loved this series from the very beginning. Fun to have Louise adding her perspective more. Love the big ongoing plot lines that thread through the series. Enjoy seeing where events take the major characters each time. Those of us who have read this series from the beginning can't wait for the next book. Happy reading.
fuzzfacePB More than 1 year ago
I do love Midnight Louie, but this wasn't one of the best...nevertheless, I'll keep going as long as Carole Nelson Douglas continues with the cat's adventures. Being a cat person, while Louie's abilities exceed the norm, I still enjoy when the author writes from his point of view. If you haven't read a Midnight Louis book, go back and start from the beginning....just like a soap opera you have to know all the players.
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SmileyCat More than 1 year ago
You gotta love Louie! Cleverly written with Louie penning his own take on the situation along with Carole's wonderful writing. I would recommend starting the series from the beginning for maximum enjoyment value. If you like Bogart and cats you will love Midnight Louie! Always a pleasure, Carole hasn't missed yet!
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Man-in-GalaxVA More than 1 year ago
Midnight Louie, P.I., the four legged Sam Spade, takes his investigations to Chicago in this episode and makes catnappers/kidnappers sorry they messed with him.
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