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NEW! 28th and last Louie mystery
NEW! 28th and last Louie mystery

THE END IS HERE! Coming August 23 in trade paperback and eBook the 28th and last Midnight Louie feline PI mystery! There WILL be a wedding! Pre-order at Amazon and Apple!

The Midnight Louie Mystery Series

BOOKS: Feline PI Midnight Louie first appeared in a romantic suspense quartet that was published in 1990 in two paperback editions, Crystal Days and Crystal Nights, with 40% of Midnight Louie’s chapters removed without author approval. Carole finally reclaimed rights with the help of sympathetic editor who had seen the unnecessary carnage and risen in the ranks to a powerful position. The quartet was reissued from 1999-2000 in restored library edition hardbacks from Five Star Books, where they were the bestselling titles. Not many were printed, so copies are rare and costly. Look for the quartet to come out in trade paperback and ebook in a couple of years. The “Cat and the Playing Cards” series order is:

The Cat and the King of Clubs . . . The Cat and the Queen of Hearts . . . The Cat and the Jill of Diamonds . . . The Cat and the Jack of Spades

Carole and Louie then moved on to the Midnight Louie mystery series, which will be 28 titles when completed. The C-to K titles are mostly out of print in paper, and not yet available in ebook, but will be in 2015. Here is that series in order.




Catnap dazzles and delights readers with its extraordinary sleuthing duo: Ms. Temple Barr, a 29-year-old Public Relations freelancer in Las Vegas, and the eighteen-pound jet-black tomcat called Midnight Louie who tells his own side of the story.

As Catnap begins, Temple is pursuing a cat in the exhibit hall at the Las Vegas ABA as fast as her spike heels will carry her–only to stumble over a dead publisher–and soon learns that the founder of Pennyroyal Press, a paperback house specializing in medical thrillers, had as many enemies as there are attendees at the ABA–and that’s 24,000.

But that’s not all.  Baker & Taylor’s corporate mascots, the genial short-eared cats known and Baker and Taylor, have been snatched from their ABA booth and must be found before they’re done in.  And first Temple needs to convince tall, stern, female lieutenant Molina of the Las Vegas Police that Temple herself is not up to no good.  The lieutenant has all too many questions about the disappearance of Mystifying Max, the handsome stage magician who vanished from Temple’s life six months ago.  Molina won’t believe that Temple knows nothing of his whereabouts . . .

What with Lieutenant Molina, Murder One and feline felony, it’s a wonder that Temple has time to notice the riveting Matt Devine, who’s just rented a condo from Temple’s landlady, in the circular building behind the Lover’s Knot Wedding chapel.  But she does. . .

Catnap is narrated in part by Midnight Louie, the sleuthing tomcat who led Temple to the corpse.  (You thought it was an accident?) Louie’s investigations are aided by his conversations with Ingram the bookstore cat and other felines, yet hampered by his resolve never to speak to humans.  But Midnight Louie is one hardboiled, hairy-chested big dude.  He always finds a way to bring the perpetrator to justice–and to enchant the reader!

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Midnight Louie is aprowl again–and the game is definitely afoot when petite public relations freelancer Temple Barr finds herself at a striptease convention, up to her spike heels in muscle-bound males, siliconed females…and murder.
As Temple tracks the killer, Midnight Louie pursues his own investigation. Now that fading film star Savannah Ashleigh and the Divine Yvette, her purebred Persian (and Louie’s platinum-haired lost love) are among the endangered, the tomcat sleuth will leave no rhinestone unturned to find the murderer…

Midnight Louie is aprowl again–and the game is definitely afoot when petite public relations freelancer Temple Barr finds herself at a striptease convention, up to her spike heels in muscle-bound males, siliconed females…and murder.

After a contestant is found hanging from her own G-string, the owner of a joke striptease business turns up dead.  Then two thugs assault Temple, looking for her ex-flame, a missing stage magician.  Implacable female police lieutenant C.R. Molina wants answers now, answers Temple doesn’t have.

Meanwhile, Temple’s relationship with handsome hotline counselor Matt Devine is heating up nicely, but he may hide secrets of his own .  .  .

As Temple tracks the killer, buzzing around Vegas in her aqua Storm car and stirring up suspects, Midnight Louie pursues his own investigation. Now that fading film star Savannah Ashleigh and the Devine Yvette, her purebred Persian and Louie’s platinum-haired lost love, are among the endangered, this tomcat sleuth will leave no rhinestone unturned to find the murderer .  .  .

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Blue-cover9Cat on a Blue Monday

Someone is stalking prize-winning purebreds at the annual Las Vegas Cat Show, and Midnight Louie is off on the prowl again.

As Louie, aided by a telepathic Birman cat named Karma, follows the scent of the killer, Temple is delving into the past of Matt Devine, the handsome young hotline counselor who’s captured her heart.

Soon Louie and Temple find themselves up to their tails in blackmail, extortion, and cold-blooded murder. Fans of foul play, feisty female detectives, and feline forensics are sure to find Cat on a Blue Monday just their saucer of milk.

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crimson-hazeCat in a Crimson Haze

Midnight Louie, the best tomcat in the crime-solving business, and his human partner, petite redheaded publicist Temple Barr, are once again in the thick of things in the city of sin. The manager of the Crystal Phoenix, one of Las Vegas’ premier vacation spot, has hired Temple Barr to help clean up the hotel’s image, but soon more than the Phoenix’s reputation is in danger. The phoenix becomes prey to mysterious saboteurs whose little pranks just happen to keep endangering Temple’s life.

When Temple tangles with ex-priests, local police, FBI agents, obnoxious reporters, and a passel of semi-reformed mafiosi who wear pastel zoot suits, it’s up to Midnight Louie to get her out of knot . . . before it’s too late.

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diamond-dazzleCat in a Diamond Dazzle

Midnight Louie is back!…along with the human black tomcat condescends to spend his days with: Temple Barr, a redheaded publicist whose love for expensive shoes is matched only be her affinity for trouble.

This time trouble shows up on her doorstep, in the form of a boyfriend previously gone missing . . . during a murder investigation. No fool she, Temple decides it’s time for a break. A romance writers’ convention–complete with a male-model Incredible Hunk pageant-sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

Unfortunately, a pair of dazzling Cinderella shoes goes missing, one of the would-be Fabios ends up dead, and Temple’s investigations into the matters get more complicated–and more dangerous–than she planned.

Luckily, there’s a smart and smart-mouthed cat prowling around.

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emerald-eyeCat with an Emerald Eye

Our furry feline friend has dipped his paws into the muddy waters of murder once again–only this time, nothing is as it seems.

Temple Barr, a redheaded public relations expert and Louie’s human partner, won’t be trick-or-treating this Halloween Eve: Her landlady, the eccentric Electra, is dragging her to a seance intended to resurrect the spirit of Harry Houdini.

Midnight Louie scoffs, but when the seance ends abruptly with the murder of a famous psychic, his well-trained nose smells something fishy, and it’s not his dinner.

When Temple discovers that the dead man was a debunker of false psychic phenomena, making any other supposed psychic in the room a prime suspect, she knows there’s more to this case than meets the eye.

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flamingo-fedoraCat in a Flamingo Fedora

That rough-and-tumble black tomcat Midnight Louie and his flame-haired human companion, Temple Barr, think shooting a cat food commercial will allow them to play hooky from mayhem.

But life is never easy for the vivacious pair, and Temple and Louie are center stage when beloved comic actor (and notorious ladies’ man) Darren Cooke is shot to death. Cooke had asked Temple to find out if a mysterious stalker was his unacknowledged daughter, and she is determined to find out the truth.

But the search for truth raised a dangerous question: Was this really a murder, or was Cooke a tortured funnyman who finally rang down his own curtain.

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golden-garlandCat in a Golden Garland

That rough-and-tumble black tomcat Midnight Louie and his flame haired human companion Temple Barr are looking forward to a Christmas vacation spent in the Big Apple. But there’s more than merriment to be found in New York City–there’s a murder to be solved, and Louie’s’ on the move.

When an ad agency’s head honcho dons his traditional Santa suit for a company party, Midnight Louie scents a murderous trap, and soon someone has put jolly old St. Nick into permanent deep freeze. Meanwhile, Louie’s rival in romance is still trying to turn him into kitty litter, and Mystifying Max the Magician isn’t about to let the holidays pass with making a surprise proposal that leave Temple breathless.

Can one little kitty apprehend the perpetrator, play Cupid, and make everyone’s Christmas bright? If his name is Midnight Louie, anything is possible!

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hyacinth-huntCat on a Hyacinth Hunt

Back in Las Vegas after a holiday trip to the big apple, feline detective Midnight Louie witnesses death on the Nile when the battling Egyptian barges outside the Oasis hotel bring a dead body to the surface. The soggy victim is well known to Louie’s redheaded, high-heeled human companion, Temple Barr: her two best beaux are loosely related to the drowned man, and both have reasons to want him dead. Perhaps Temple can finally choose between handsome hotline counselor Matt Devine and the mysterious magician, Ma Kinsella–by finding out which of them is a killer.

And then there are the new girls in town: an inscrutable lady magician named Shangri-La, who may play a bigger role in this scenario than anyone might think; and her winsome Siamese familiar, who may solve Louie’s problems by giving him the key to her heart–or the key to solving the mystery.

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indigo-moodCat in an Indigo Mood

“NINE LIVES WOULDN’T BE NEARLY ENOUGH FOR THIS DUDE. ” At the Blue Dahlia, where homicide detective Carmen Molina moonlights as a torch singer, she finds a dead woman lying next to her can in the parking lot.

The words “she left” are spray-painted nearby. Soon, a second anonymous woman is found dead in another parking lot across town. Is a serial killer at work?

Will the tough lieutenant have to resort to the despised help of amateur sleuth Temple Barr to crack the case? Maybe the wily police lieutenant has more devious plans in mind as the double murder case unfolds. Meanwhile Midnight Louie finds himself walking on the wild side when a glamorous feline client seeks his help in finding her missing boyfriend.

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jeweled-jumpsuitCat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit

Midnight Louie, jet-black feline sleuth with an attitude, is on the prowl again–and this time to a rock’n’roll soundtrack.

Louie’s human partner, Temple Barr, learns that the remodeling of a local hotel is being held up by a ghost–and no ordinary ghost at that. In fact, the workmen swear it’s none other than that jumpsuit-wearing King of  Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

The opening of Las Vegas’ first Elvis-themed attraction might explain this unscheduled appearance. But what of the death threats against the Priscilla Presley-esque daughter of Crawford Buchanan, Temple’s professional enemy? And who is the late-night caller to Temple’s former suitor, radio counselor Matt Devine, who sounds remarkably like the King of Rock ‘N Roll?

When a dead Elvis is found, the question is not only whodunit, and why, but who the dead man really is. Could the King himself have been hiding behind the guise of his own imitators, and is he really dead again, or for the first time . . . or not at all?

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kiwi-conCat in a Kiwi Con

Midnight Louie, the purring P.I., is a jet-black sleuth making his twelfth outing in Carole Nelson Douglas’ Cat in a Kiwi Con. While his human partner, public relations whiz Temple Barr, and her significant other, ex-magician Max Kinsella, are bespelled by murder most magical on a Las Vegas university campus, Louie has followed the lethal and lovely Siamese, Hyacinth, into the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy convention, TitaniCon.

They’re all there: Hercules and Xena, elves and aliens, captains and crew, and Godzillions of fans–both in costume and out. When a prominent player is killed, not only is the method of death perplexing, but the suspects in this case are a very unusual cast of thousands. Soon it becomes clear that none of the investigators are safe in an atmosphere that provides cover not only for an unknown murderer, but for an antagonist in an alien guise who is after the hides of each and every one of them.

Joining in the fantasy-in-progress may be their only hope.

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leopard-spotCat in a Leopard Spot

Midnight Louie, that lovable and feisty feline sleuth returns once again to delight his legions of fans. This time, not only does Louie have to bail out his favorite investigative partner, public relations woman Temple Barr, but he has to save a fellow feline from a charge of Murder One.

All of Louie’s and Temple’s allies and enemies converge on the case when a big-game hunter is found dead with only a leopard for company. And the fun really begins when the unofficial investigators learn that the leopard is Osiris, a performing Big Cat who was kidnapped from his magician owner only days before the murder.

Add to the mix a woman who’s been surgically altered to resemble a Big Cat, a group of Las Vegas high-rollers who’ve been paying big bucks to illegally hunt big game at the victim’s ranch, and a cadre of ardent animal rights protesters secretly staking out the premises, determined to stop the illegal killing at any price, even their own lives .  .  .

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midnight-choirCat in a Midnight Choir

In Cat in a Midnight Choir, the fourteenth Midnight Louie Mystery, both feline and human evil-doers and crime-solvers work overtime to make Las Vegas the Capital of Noir Suspense. This time our feisty black cat detective is hunting a mysterious and possibly murderous organization of renegade magicians called the Synth, which has been making Las Vegas too hot to hold for some of Louie’s human friends, particularly ex-magician Max Kinsella. Louie’s on the case . . . but the trick may be on him this time.

And just to make things interesting, while Louie and his furred cohorts battle black magic, both human and not-so-human, Louie’s cherished roommate, plucky PR freelancer Temple Barr, is investigating the murderous side of the Synth despite the intense discouragement of female homicide lieutenant C. R. Molina. Molina herself is secretly moonlighting as an undercover operative to nail the killer of a sad, young stripper, and the search has boiled down to two suspects: Temple’s current significant other, Max Kinsella, and Molina’s long-gone ex-lover, Raf Nadir. Unfortunately, proving either man guilty will seriously impact the lives of Molina and her daughter, Mariah.

As Louie and his human friends sink deeper into a lose-lose situation of crime and punishment, there doesn’t seem to be any way out of this escalating crisis, except another murder.

Can Louie solve some nagging past mysteries, find out just what some mad magicians have in store and stop the stripper killer before he claims another victim? And what will Louie do if he finds that the killer is someone Louie knows . . . and likes?

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neon-nightmareCat in a Neon Nightmare

Cat in a Neon Nightmare is the fifteenth Midnight Louie mystery, and this tough-talking tomcat is as feisty as ever, raising hell (sometimes literally) in Las Vegas, America’s Sin Capital.

The lavish hotels and the sham of wholesome fun may soothe the tourists, but sex and greed still fuel this town, and bad guys still abound. And Midnight Louie, the feline Sam Spade has his paws full keeping those he loves safe.

This time Midnight Louie treads the lurid side of mystery’s mean streets when a call girl named Vassar is found lying dead on the neon ceiling above a Las Vegas casino. Suicide or homicide? If straight-arrow radio shrink Matt Devine, the man most likely to have been Vassar’s unlikely last client, is charged for Vassar’s murder, everyone Louie knows is an accessory to the crime . . . except for his ever-loving roommate, PR whiz Temple Barr, who has been kept in the dark by both friends and enemies.

To save Matt’s future, Temple will have to crack the cover-up with the unsuspected help of Midnight Investigations, Inc. , now including a junior partner: Louie’s maybe-daughter, Midnight Louise. Meanwhile, a hot new club in town, Neon Nightmare, has links to the mysterious Synth, a sinister association of magicians that may lie behind the string of unsolved deaths that have haunted Louie Company for months.

And with the psychotic stalker, Kitty the Cutter, still prowling, death is definitely in the cards for someone Temple knows very well, and not even Louie may be able to stop it.

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orange-twistCat in an Orange Twist

Temple Barr is a sharp and sassy public relations ace in Las Vegas whose life is finally taking a turn for the better. Hard-nosed homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina is too busy chasing after her own ex-lover, rogue L.A. Cop Rafi Nadir, to pursue Temple’s boyfriend, sexy magician Max Kinsella, and nobody Temple knows has been murdered . . . at least, not in the past few weeks.

Temple takes this downtime as a signal she should buy a new pair of Jimmy Choo spike heels and accept the job of planning a glitzy week of opening events for a trendy new furniture show room.  Dealing with temperamental decor mavens is no problem for a woman who’s saved leopards from big game hunters, tracked killers through strip clubs, calmed the cantankerous owners of Las Vegas’ most glamorous hotel, and seen the ghost of Elvis–until the life of feng shui expert and media-crowned domestic dominatrix Amelia Wong is threatened.  Suddenly, Temple is neck deep in trouble. . . and bodies.

And Temple has one more problem–one she doesn’t even know about: her roommate, Louie, and his maybe-daughter Louise, have decided to make sure that Temple’s search for a killer furniture arrangement doesn’t mean curtains for her. Midnight Inc. Investigations, their PI firm, is on the case. The catch?

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pink-pursuitCat in a Hot Pink Pursuit

What’s a Girl to do when she’s forced to be, well, a girl?

That’s what’s hot shot freelance PR woman and amateur detective Temple Barr has to do when as a favor to top cop Carmen Molina she goes undercover at Teen Queen, the newest pop star-search reality TV show, all in the hopes of protecting Molina’s 13-year old daughter.

It’s no picnic trying to be a teenager again, even after a punk makeover. To make matters worse, Temple’s in danger of being uncovered by the show’s celebrity judges, including her romance novelist aunt and her arch-enemy, Crawford Buchanan. And just to make life more interesting there are her fellow contestants, unnatural blondes aplenty who are all too willing to sabotage and back-stab their way to the top.

Unfortunately, someone has a real knife out for Las Vegas’ young women, and it’s up to Temple and her underfoot undercover partner, Midnight Louie, to ferret out the killer.

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quicksilver-caperCat in a Quicksilver Caper

Midnight Louie, alley cat extraordinaire and Las Vegas’ 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 where 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 Mafia, or Chechen rebels out to embarrass the current Russian government.

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

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red-hot-rageCat in a Red Hot Rage

Temple Barr and Midnight Louie are up to their tails in froufrou, chapeaux, and murder when the Red Hat Sisterhood convention hits Las Vegas.  Electra Lark, Temple’s spirited sixty-something landlady–and a member of the local Red Hat chapter–drags the petite spinmeister to the convention, in the hopes of helping Temple forget about her complicated love life.

Electra is accused of murder after a woman is found strangled with an official Red Hat Sisterhood purple scarf.  She begs amateur sleuth Temple to find the real killer by posing as a pink-hatter, an under-fifty member.

Midnight Louie and his partner in Midnight Investigations, Inc., his maybe-daughter Midnight Louise, join in the hunt. They find old friends at the Crystal Phoenix, including C-movie actress Savannah Ashleigh and her Persian cats, Solange and her sister, Louie’s ex-love, the Divine Yvette.

As Temple and Louie dig through the red feather boas and purple hats and shopping bags packed with official Red Hat merchandise, it becomes clear that a whole lot of folks want to cash in on the red hot rage of female empowerment that is the Red Hat Sisterhood.  And that at least one is willing to kill for success.

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sapphire-slipperCat in a Sapphire Slipper

Las Vegas PR honcho Temple Barr’s beloved aunt Kit, romance novelist and hopeless romantic, wants to make sure her niece is on the right road to true love.  But she winds up in a real romance of her own when she snags one of the most eligible bachelors on the Strip.  Kit has fallen for one of the Fontana brothers, a silver-tongued reputed ex-mobster with a heart of gold.

And so there is to be a wedding–and a Las Vegas wedding at that!

But Vegas’ glitz and glamour can conceal danger and darkness, and the Fontana-heavy bachelor party is, alas, no exception.  The entire party is hijacked and taken to a remote desert ranch where the women are wild and the sex is legal.

Ill at ease among the raunch is Temple’s own Matt Devine, an ex-priest turned talk-show host and Temple’s secret fiance. Before Matt and the Fontanas can make their way back to the Strip, Matt unhappily stumbles upon a beautiful young woman who is quite naked and most thoroughly dead.

Given the remoteness of the location and the Fontanas’ shady reputation, this is a very bad thing indeed.  Luckily, Louie managed to go along for the ride. It’s up to that big old tomcat to bail out his humans and save the day.

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topaz-tangoCat in a Topaz Tango

Temple Barr and Matt Devine make a cozy engaged couple, and the feisty redhead is all for her handsome radio host fiance staring in a week-long televised Las Vegas charity event, “Dancing with the Celebs.” But while ex-priest Matt struggles to master the sexy moves of the tango, a killer stalks the dance floor. Not only is Matt in danger, but so is the lovely tween Mariah, daughter of homicide cop C. R. Molina, who is dancing in the Junior Division of the show.

And so Temple gets dragooned into resurrecting her kicky teen persona, Zoe Chloe Ozone, now an Internet hottie, to ensure Matt and Mariah don’t foxtrot into a fatal misstep.

Where is Louie in all this? Well, he’s out and about, proving that he’s still the cat’s meow. But he’s got his paws full as he tries to keep all the various players in his little troupe from dancing right into death’s arms . . .

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155 Responses to “Midnight Louie”

  • Dear DJ,

    Thanks so much for your generous offer! Congratulations on your reclaiming out of print books with epub versions! I’ve had all the first 12 Louie ebooks scanned and formatted. It’s just a matter of getting time to get them covered and out, and I’m hoping to make a lot of progress on that this fall! Good luck with your epub books!

  • I know. 🙁 I just don’t have enough time in a day or week, for that matter, to do it all.

  • Dear Yvonne,

    Yes, yes, the print trade paperback will only show up on bookselling sites Aug. 25, publication date, but the Ebook is allowed to show up early for “pre-order”. And the audio version comes out a bit earlier than the print version. It’s very confusing for readers and I hope the print edition is allowed to go on pre-order soon. And Z is not the last book in the series! Cat in an Alphabet Endgame is coming in August 2016. And then . . . Louie will have a new set of adventure and mystery. You readers have made plain you want more Louie! 🙂 THANK YOU!

  • Hi, Beverly,

    Our Midnight Louie III was named “Spooky” in the local animal shelter before we adopted him. You have rescued some charming cats. I’m not that far from TCU. It has grown so, and has a lovely campus. Yes, Midnight Louie was introduced in the set of four romance novels. He and his mystery antics were bought, but not treated well, by the editor, and he escaped after that into his own mystery series. Thanks for writing!

  • Thanks, Yvonne, for your question. The trade paperback version won’t appear on online sites until its publication date, August 25. I’m putting the books up on the sites now, but they’ll be held for “opening” day. I’m making Yellow and Zebra in hardcover, I hope, later this year. Must learn to do it! I know many readers want the printed page, and so do I!

  • Yvonda, thanks for addressing this question! It’s so hard to get the word out. YES! There will always be print versions of each new Louie book. You won’t SEE the trade paperback edition on Amazon until publication date, Aug. 25 (or so), because Amazon doesn’t do pre-orders on print books, only on Ebooks, and I am self-publishing now. I’m also going to get Yellow and Zebra Zoot Suit into hardcover with another company and those will be available to Amazon and B&N, if they choose to carry them. I don’t know yet how that will work out. My annual e-scribe newsletter has this info and all put you on the list. Thanks for following up!

  • You’re right. I have my work cut out for me, and it’s all my own fault. Solving my own complexities is both a challenge and a daunting task. Luckily, I have Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit, out this month, and Cat in an Alphabet Endgame to work that out. Wish me luck!

  • yvonne:

    you need to update your new release site

  • yvonne:

    Your last book for midnight louie “Z” on amazon show kindle and audio only will your last book also come out in paperback?? I have all the others books, Ilove them

  • DJ Hernandez:

    Carole, if I had the paperbacks to work from I could volunteer to convert the C – K books into epub format for you! I have a few out-of-print books that are no longer under copyright that I have converted into epub’s. And the only pay I’d want would be to keep a copy of the book for myself!!

  • Beverly Singer:

    I want to thank you for writing all the Midnight Louie books. I, too, have my own Midnight Louie named Blackie (he just appeared on my deck about 4 years ago) and he is 16 pounds. But he lives at my neighbor’s house and mine. Last summer a small black cat appeared in the woods…I named him Spooky because I knew he probably would not get adopted. He is 7 pounds of black squirt. My tuxedo female cat is 6 years old…she also just appeared looking for a home.

    I do want to tell you that I grew up in Fort Worth. I went to Paschal and TCU, then moved to Cincinnati after marriage. My parents lived a mile from TCU, so it was rather natural to go there. Of course, tuition was much cheaper a long time ago and living off campus was much better. I became teacher, but always wished for nursing. Stupid baby boomers needed education. I don’t miss the hot weather.

    I did get your first four romance novels and like the background on the Midnight Louie books. Please keep us posted on your future material.

    Thanks for the wonderful stories.

  • I see there will be a new Midnight Louie, “Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit” in kindle edition. Will there be a Hardback or paperback? I have all the Louie books which I have read over & over. I don’t have a kindle, so would like to know if it will be published in book form. I think Kindle is nice for people who use it, but there is a large segment of population that likes real books. Thank you for your answer.

  • Yvonda:


    I have all the Midnight Louie books in the alpha series except the last two which have not been released yet. I am an old school gal that likes to hold the paper in my hand while snuggling with my cat to read. Any chance the last two will be released in paperback on amazon?

  • Richard L Walker:

    Sounds like you have a game plan beyond “Z” for Midnight Louie. I’m halfway through “Y” and see no way for all the loose ends to be tied up by the end of “Z” … which is a good thing. lol

  • Amber:


    I am a lifelong cat lover (with two rescue cats of my own) and am a big fan of your Midnight Louie series. Leopard Spot was given to me when I was 14. I quickly devoured it and was able to catch up on the prior books (including the quartet) and the present at the time. Since then, I have been purchasing them as they were released in mass paperback, as that is how I first started and like to be consistent when possible. I’m 27 now and your books have become an old friend that I always look forward to meeting again. I hadn’t realized you had switched to self-publishing until coming onto here tonight and looking through comments. I had hopped onto Amazon and realized the mass market that usually comes about a year after initial wasn’t coming. I fall in the old fashioned physical book type so I plan to still get your trade edition of Yellow Spotlight and onward (even if they don’t quite match the rest of my shelf (: ). I can’t wait to see how the story continues to unfold. Thank you for the years of enjoyment

  • Hi, Beth!

    You paint a delightful picture! You should try writing for publication yourself. I can just see you all having a cozy time together. I have you on the list and was just thinking about what I’d need to do to make a dustjacket. 🙂 I like to hear reader preferences.

    Midnight Louie ins St. Louie is a fetching idea! The Book House sounds delightful. Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit, coming Aug. 25, features a reappearance of the Thrill ‘n’ Quill Bookstore from early books. And Ingram, the bookstore cat!

    Louie might take to lake fishing if I could wean him off of pond Koi!

  • Hi, Doreen,

    Thanks for writing to say you like my series! The first “Midnight Louie Quartet” introducing Louie was written for a romance “line,” so I kept Louie’s part shorter because the rules were very strict. Then the editor cut his parts without telling me! (I’m referring to text, not anything personal.) So the four books did NOT come out as the author preferred. That was completely unprofessional publishing, and that’s why the ML mystery series began.

  • Beth Tuttle:

    Yay! You always publish right before my annual Labor Day fishing trip to the beautiful Ozark river, the Big Piney. So I have a new Midnight Louie to enjoy evenings in my little cabin. Just me and Holly the dog. She loves her “cat pack” of 2 Abby brothers – Bud and Lou (Louis Mewus) – and 2 Flame-Point siamese brothers – Dick and Bailey – back at home in St Louis. I’ve done my first reading – and some re-readings – of the adventures of the Lou-Crew for decades in little red cabin number 1. Thanks for all the fun.

    Keep me on that list for hardcovers – I’d LOVE to have the complete collection. Long live REAL books.

    Come visit St Louis sometime. We have a some REAL bookstores you’d love including The Book House in Maplewood – they specialize in unique used books. Lots of old library covers in good condition from collections. It would make an excellent atmospheric location for a mystery involving a certain bibliophilic puss. Midnight Louis in St Louie!!


  • Hi, Ginny,

    We’ve communicated by email since you posted and we figured out how these things had happened, I certainly don’t want loyal readers barred from getting my books in the way or format they need, but some, hey most, of that is not in the author’s power to change. I will have to do a lot to get Yellow on Apple, and the first three Louie books that went on Apple March 15 are the start of the process, but it is a long process. Thanks for being understanding when we discussed this. 🙂

  • I have put a do-over of the parents meeting flub in Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit. I would have sworn they had not met before, but I see it was a brief couple paragraphs in a busy scene and they did. I have no access to fix it in Sapphire Slipper. Drat! We authors never get the same copy editors on a series unless we’re in household name category, so no one is watching continuity but a couple of trusted readers and this is a very long series and there’s never enough time. Yes, I’m hearing readers want hardbound and will try to get that done this year for Yellow and Zebra. I just sent myself an email to remind me. Zebra is going into production soon for Aug. 25 publication!

  • I just emailed you. Thanks for the invitation, Dee. I hope I can make it!

    Carole and Louie

  • Ginny Schalm:

    Hi Carole
    I love the Louie books to the point that I searched out and read all of the quartet last summer and got caught up on the curent series. So, by August I was going through withdrawal waiting for ‘Cat in a Yellow Spotlight’.
    I am low vision. Reading at all is a challenge. The later books I have been reading on my iPad via iBooks. I have the kindle app ON my iPad, but I can’t see the things on it well enough to read them. Frustrated that I could not have the Yellow Louie book my computer teacher and I downloaded a sample of it on the nook app. I could see it and started reading. I could see it and read it and finished the sample. However there is no ‘buy’ book at the end of the sample, no way to get to the store or any other way to get the rest of Yellow……’
    Here I am, a loyal reader, willing to spend money 8 mos ago and now to buy your book and I can’t. I am sure you and your publisher got a good deal by not using Apple, even though your website says your on Apple–Yellow is NOT, you are cutting out a big market. A good lawyer could cry discrimination.
    Frankly I am angry. I want to read you book. I have money to buy it. Yet you won’t let me. Please make all your books available in all media.
    Thank you
    Ginny Schalm

  • Hi, Shan,

    I’ll send you some of my back newsletters, which explain what’s happening. I’m self-publishing, but I have an edition that B&N might order for you if you pay for it in advance. I’ll be putting Yellow Spotlight into hardcover print on demand this summer, since readers like you want that format. If don’t know if the bookstores will handle them, but I will have some I can sign and send to readers directly. I did that in the early 2000s when I did two illustrated Midnight Louie stories POD. Readers would send a check including shipping cost and get an autographed book. I know the changes in publishing are frustrating. B&N COULD sell the edition I did for bookstores that offers the same big discount and option to return unsold books, but they may not want to bother. So I’ll do a hardcover version going forward with Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit, since I now know readers like you want such an edition. Thanks for asking. 🙂

  • Doreen White:

    I found Louie at Flamingo Fedora and have read the entire series since I agree from a readers point the series started at a good spot. I went back to read the four beginning novels. I like them but if that was the starting point I never would have gotten hooked.As a writer I agree it should start at the beginning of the story. I am a fan and the con was perfect. the other two series are just as good keep it up.

  • Beth Tuttle:

    Carole – LUV Midnight Louie. I’m happy to read Dana’s comment about Temple’s parents meeting Matt for the first time…again. As I get older I have more and more reasons to question my memory.

    Put me on the list if ever hardback versions of The last 3 books in the series will be published in hardback. i too have a collection of copies I have bought. The first 2 I only have in paperback but the rest are lovely hardbound books. I’m old enough to want a book with type large enough to read and a spine to lay flat. All the better to read them again and again!

    Looking forward to Zebra!

  • Shan Killian:

    Good Morning,

    I was trying to get the new “Cat in a Yellow Spotlight” in hardback, but was told by Susan at Barnes & Noble that this book is print on demand. All you my Midnight Louie books are hardback except the first few. Are you not printing in hard back anymore? I cannot purchase this book at Barnes & Noble. It seems that books are getting harder to purchase; most are on ebook or nook. Trying to keep my books in all hardbacks.

    Thank you,

    Shan Killian

  • Dee Brock:

    Dear Carole, It’s Dee again. We are working on our 7th East Texas Book Fest, and we hope this will be the year that you can be a featured author at our event. As you know, you are very popular here, and your fans would be overjoyed to have a chance to see and talk to you in person.

    We have three authors who not only write about dogs, but bring their dogs to the event. We need a cat person – and not just any cat person – we need you.

    We can definitely pay your travel and hotel expenses and though we can’t pay you what you are worth, we can provide an honorarium as well.

    The event takes place on August 23 in the Harvey Hall Convention Center in Tyler, Texas.

    Please say Yes.

    Cheers! Dee

  • Hey, readers!

    Click on this site. http://culturalcat.com/?cat=8 There’s a great view of several of the series covers and a photo of me with my wonderful and greatly missed shelter cat, Midnight Louie, Jr. Thanks to The Cultural Cat.

  • Hi, Dana,
    Glad you’re hanging in with Louie. You sure got Zebra close! There are NO continuity editors in New York publishing. I’ve never even gotten the same copy editor twice on my series books. So readers are the most likely the ones to do the job. Well, I’ll do my best to fix it going forward, but I won’t be able to touch those books until 35 years after publication, so the real fix will have to be in my will. It’s a shame, but book contracts have had clauses for decades that, in the vastly changed ebook world, have turned out to take author’s control of their works away almost forever.

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  • Dana:

    Glad to read that Midnight Louie will continue his adventures past “Z.” I thought that title might be something like “Cat on a Zebra Cover.”

    I just started Cat in an Alien X-Ray and couldn’t believe Temple’s call to her mom “springing the news” about new fiance Matt. As Geraldine Pragnell mentioned on August 26, 2013, Temple’s parents met Matt and Kit’s (then) fiance Aldo near the end of Cat in a Sapphire Slipper when the six had dinner at the Crystal Phoenix. There have been other continuity issues, but this is one of the most obvious.

  • Hi, Roxana,

    Thanks for asking. I’m sorry to say the mass market paperback format has been fading for some time unless the author is a major bestseller, like James Patterson. So the Louie books will be in trade paperback. Some readers who’ve collected hardcovers want a hardcover version. I’m seeing about doing that. But “mass market” paperback print numbers have plummeted, which makes the format prohibitively more expensive. Since I’m now publishing my own books, it’s possible I might be able to make a mass market paperback size later. I’ll look into it, but it would take a while to clear the decks and do that. Other authors tell me publishers are telling them they won’t have ANY paperback/print version at all, only ebook! I heard that just yesterday. Sorry about throwing your shelf row off! The publishing world is undergoing a major evolution.

  • Hi Carole,

    I have all your paperbacks in that form. I noticed that your latest book, Cat in a Yellow Spotlight is in trade paperback form. Will you be releasing it in regular paperback form in the future. I have a nice shelf made up with all your books and this trade paperback will throw it all off. I will buy the trade version if you are not releasing in regular paperback form. Please let us know. Thanks so much.


  • Dear Leslie,

    I’m so sorry for you and your mom’s loss. What a storybook marriage your parents had, and what a sensitive and sweet daughter you are! I’m glad Louie and the adopted kittens have helped your mom’s grieving process. The kittens are so lucky to have such a good home! What do writers’ write for? Because they have the gift, with which they can examine the world and the human heart (and the animal heart too). And to hear their work has brought joy and peace at times of terrible hurt and loss, that is first, last, and best reason for writing. Thank you for telling me.

  • Hi, Carol,

    I’m working on getting EE and IM into ebook format along with Blue Monday to Kiwi Con. It takes time, and I don’t have the print rights reverted from the publisher. Publishers are refusing to reprint OR revert many authors’ early out-of-print books. Many authors are now self-publishing their books, like me. Yellow Spotlight is only in trade paperback in POD. It’s good that B&N will sell it on the terms they mention. They don’t want to get “stuck” with a copy, hence the prepayment. I’m planning on doing a hardcover later, but it may be hard for readers to find and may be necessary to order from me. Signed, though, that way. 🙂 Do you get the annual newsletter? I’ve been explaining the transition there for quite a while. Even I don’t know what will work the best! Everyone, sign up on the site for the newsletter! Thanks for letting me know what the B&N buying process is.

  • Glad you are ecstatic about that, Frieda! I will be too. 🙂 I only own ebook rights to those titles, so I’m glad you’ve found the benefits of e-reader devices. I’ll make print versions of everything I can, but publishers are refusing to revert rights to out of print books to the authors, so I can only do print on new books and my pre-Irene and Louie books. The ML Quartet can indeed come out in print, but must wait on new Louie books and backlist catchup. We are only one person. Wait! We are only one person and one cat. Thanks for your wonderful comments. We will mush on!

  • Hello. I thank you so much for your Midnight Louie series and that you are a prolific writer. We found the series shortly after my Dad passed away (January 2014), and they have helped my Mom through some rough days. Mom & Dad met when they were 11 and 13, in 1941. They married in 1949 and stayed married until Dad’s passing. I cannot imagine a greater loss than the love of a lifetime. Midnight Louie has been a wonderful distraction during lonely evenings, along with the two new kittens they adopted just before Dad passed. Together, the three of you have helped put a smile on Mom’s face and some joy in her heart. For that, you have my unwavering gratitude.
    Her daughter,

  • Carol Molero:

    Carole, I love Midnight Louie & all his cohorts. I have all the books except Enerald Eye & Indigo Mood which all my sources list as
    unavailable. I tried to buy Cat in a Yellow Spotlight at the local Barnes
    & Noble but they only offer it as an e-book or paperback.The paperback has to be prepaid & is printed on demand. I’ve never heard
    of this.Will there be a hardcover edition.

  • Hi, Freida,

    Working on those early Louie books right now! Yes, those limited edition “Cat and the King of Clubs” etc. book are rare in their library hardcover editions, and expensive. I only have ebook rights for all of those titles, but the quartet could come out in print. Would you like hardcover editions, or trade paperback softcover ones? Hardcover would be more expensive, but not prohibitive. If you detect any errors in the books as you reread, please let me know at cdouglas@catwriter.com. I’m glad Louie led you into my other books you liked! I have the reverted rights to 38 novels and 35 stories and novellas I hope to get out!! Thanks for your heartfelt enthusiasm; it’s very encouraging as I do this awesome but welcome task.

  • Freida:

    Carole and Louie,
    I am ecstatic that Cat on a Blue Monday and the C-K Midnight Louie books will hopefully be available some time in 2015. Nothing can replace a real book in your hands, but ebooks have found a place in my life. It’s awesome carrying an entire library in my purse, ready at a moment’s notice. Each time a new book comes out, I start over at the beginning and re-read the series. Louie is awesome (as are you). I am very excited that the first four original Louie books may also be available in ebook format in the near future. The prices I have seen online are quite prohibitive. Lastly, I wanted to say that having enjoyed Louie and crew so much, I have branched out to some of your other books and found them equally delightful. Thank you so much for your oontributions to the literary world. God bless! Very best fishes to you and Louie.

  • Freida:

    Carole and Louie,
    I am ecstatic that Cat on a Blue Monday and the C-K Midnight Louie books will hopefully be available some time in 2015. Nothing can replace a real book in your hands, but NOOK has found a place in my life. It’s awesome carrying an entire library in my purse, ready at a moment’s notice. Each time a new book comes out, I start over at the beginning and re-read the series. Louie is awesome (as are you). I am very excited that the first four original Louie books may also be available in ebook format in the near future. The prices I have seen online are quite prohibitive. Lastly, I wanted to say that having enjoyed Louie and crew so much, I have branched out to some of your other books and found them equally delightful. Thank you so much for your oontributions to the literary world. God bless!

  • Thanks, Jeff, for reporting this. Readers (and I) have been wondering about this. :))

  • Jeff Mc:

    Barns and Noble will order the book for you at their stores. I use this method to avoid putting credit card info online.

  • Dear Vickie,
    Dear Vickie,

    I’m sorry you’ve been having trouble getting the new book. I’m curious. How did you get the Midnight Louie books before? You can order Cat in a Yellow Spot from online booksellers like Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. I realize not everybody can or wants to go online. You can go into a Barnes & Noble or independent bookstore and ask for it, telling them it’s available from Ingram and Baker & Taylor distributors at a 55% discount and is returnable. I’m not sure whether B&N or an indie bookstore will want to order just one book, but one mystery bookstore did. I’m looking into making the books available from me by mail order for readers who can’t get copies through other ways. Let me know how it’s going!

    Carole and Louie

  • vickie smith:

    have been trying to get a cat in a yellow spotlight

  • Yvonne,
    Alas, the mass market paperback format has been dying for many years, so no. Trade paperback will be the dominant print form. It’s the Age of the ebook.

  • IS CAT IN A YELLOW SPOTLIGHT going to come out in mass markert book form??

  • Working on it, Jean! May be able to sell autographed hardbacks directly to readers via my newsletter. Subscribe for it on the form on this website. I won’t know for sure until the next Louie book is out in 2015, but could do a retro hardback of Yellow Spotlight then. Those who are interested should email me at cdouglas@catwriter.com. I’m keeping a list. Blue Monday should be in ebook soon, and I’m working on C-K. Perhaps all up by the end of 2015. A LOT of work. I have to reread, have proofread and formatted and write new books, all at once! Thanks for asking.

  • Jean:

    Will the remaining titles in the Midnight Louie series be released in hardback?
    Would REALLY REALLY like to complete my collection in that format. I even have the 4 pre-Temple books in the hard binding.

    Also will you be releasing the “C” thru “K” titles in e-book format?

  • Dear Deneen,

    Cat in a Yellow Spotlight is out in ebook several places and in trade paperback on Amazon.com. Thanks for asking. I have an annual newsletter that can notify you in advance about the new entries in the series, so will put you on the mailing list.

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