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

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

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by Carole Nelson Douglas, Cris Dukehart, Johnny Heller, Hillary Huber

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The twenty-fourth title in Carole Nelson Douglas's sassy Midnight Louie mystery series.
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The twenty-fourth title in Carole Nelson Douglas's sassy Midnight Louie mystery series.

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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.)
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"Series fans will have fun following all the twists and turns."
Publishers Weekly on Cat in a White Tie and Tails

"Twisty, riveting, and intriguing."
RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!, 4½ stars, on Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme

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?

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Product Details

Dreamscape Media
Publication date:
Midnight Louie Series, #24
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Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 5.02(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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