The fur-flying 20th entry in Douglas's cat whodunit series (Cat in a Red Hot Rage, etc.) reveals that magician Mystifying Max Kinsella, Temple Barr's former sweetie, has been secretly whisked away to a European hospital, where he suffers from amnesia and is attracted to his sexy doctor. Meanwhile, Temple, who believes Max is dead, has become engaged to Matt Devine, former priest turned radio self-help guru, Mr. Midnight. Temple is also helping her romance novelist aunt, Kit Carlson, prepare to wed, but when a bachelor party prank goes awry, Matt and various members of the groom's family wind up at the Sapphire Slipper, "the finest and classiest little licensed brothel" in Nye County, Nev., where Matt stumbles on a murdered prostitute. Midnight Louie, feline sleuth, offers his considerable expertise in solving crimes of passion. Douglas explores the campy, lighter side of "chickenranches" at the same time she exposes their seamier aspects. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The clock is ticking as Midnight Louie and Temple Barr investigate a murder at a Nevada chicken ranch. Don't look for any feathered friends in one of Nevada's legal houses of prostitution, an unlikely spot for the suave Fontana brothers' bachelor party. Gumshoe cat Midnight Louie leaves his human companion Temple Barr to an evening with her soon-to-be married aunt Kit and joins her fiance, former priest Matt Devine, at a bachelor party hijacked by the bridesmaids, annoyed at the lack of marriage proposals from their Fontana boyfriends. When an unidentified lady of the night turns up dead, Matt, hiding nearby, becomes suspect No 1. Temple arrives on the scene in hopes of identifying the body and breaking the case before they are forced to call in the police. Meanwhile, the longtime love Temple thought dead, magician Max Kinsella, awakens with a case of amnesia and two broken legs in an Alpine clinic he's forced to flee after surviving a murder attempt. His wild adventures form a counterpoint to the more cerebral case in Nevada, which can't be solved without help from Midnight Louie. Latecomers to this long-running series (Cat in a Red Hot Rage, 2007, etc.) will be glad to see an opening chapter that helps make sense of a long list of intertwined characters from former tales. As always, Louie outshines the human cast. Agent:Howard Morhaim/Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
“Temple Barr, public relations whiz, rocks Las Vegas with her wacky friends and enemies, fast-paced action, and laughs! Add her nose for murder, to-die-for heels, and a sexy pair of suitors, and the romantic suspense is criminal. Oh, and Midnight Louie is the funniest, hairiest, hard-boiled PI on the planet.” Janet Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of Lean Mean Thirteen
“Douglas's humor and keen plot twists keep this long-running series purring.” Publishers Weekly on Cat in a Red Hot Rage