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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”

  • Thank you, Martha, for alerting me to your talented cat who can turn on your digital player! We cat companions know how clever they are. Louie and I are working on a new series, so Cat in an Alphabet Endgame is not the end of it all. We’re glad to learn how many blind readers are following us through the Talking Book program. I’ll put you on the mailing list, for sure!

    Very Best Fishes,
    Carole and Louie

  • Hi Margretta! Golden Garland is NOW out on Kindle! I’m now working on H,I,J, and K they will be coming available over the summer, June, July, August. The first four books should be out in print and eBook in 2018. I agree the series is best read in order and am excited that’s becoming possible. (It’s complex, but I have limited rights to some of the series books.) Thanks for asking. Louie and I are working on a new series, the ML Cafe Noir Mysteries, too. Very Best Fishes, Carole and Louie

  • Hi John! The Midnight Louie titles are in alphabetical order, between the first, Cat in an Alphabet Soup, and the latest, just out, Cat in an Alphabet Endgame. So the alphabet in between goes from Cat in an Aqua Storm to Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit. All are available in eBook, except Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt, Cat in an Indigo Mood, Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit and Cat in a Kiwi Con, which should be available this summer. Print versions are sometimes still at libraries and via used book dealers. The last three titles have new print editions: Cat in a Yellow Spotlight, Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit and Cat in an Alphabet Endgame. This is because I started publishing my books myself three years ago. I don’t own all the rights to the books, but am getting out what I can. Thanks for your interest! Carole and Louie

  • Penny:

    I stumbled across Catnap not that long ago … and I was hooked. I immediately hunted down every book in the series and began to read … setting all other books aside. Your books have filled so many miserable hours of commuting on the train each day to Washington, DC. I have loved prowling the streets of Vegas along with Louie and his gang both human and furry. I spent many hours reading in the evening with my beloved black cat ‘BC’ by my side. Unfortunately, he passed away before I could complete the series. I finished reading Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit on the train this morning… and I’m sad … as there is only one book left. Wanting so much more! Thank you and best regards.

  • Martha Moser:

    I want you to know that I love Midnight Louis. I have a black cat named Midnight . I am legally blind so I listen to his stories on talking book. My cat loves to curl up i bed with me and listen to the Midnight Louis books and has even figured out how to turn the digital player on. Please keep writing about Louis.Many people spemd hours of enjoyment with him. Please add me to you email list or whatever list you have. Thank you. Martha Moser

  • Margretta Sahm:

    I just started reading this wonderful series, love Louie! I am reading the series on Kindle and just came to the “G” and found it is not on kindle as well as H, I J and K. Do you have any idea when they will be available on ebook? I had really wanted to read the series in order. Also, are the first 4 books (Cats and Playing Card) going to be available on ebook?

  • John A. Long:

    I once read Orange Twist. Didn’t finish it, because how how soon it was due back, to the library. But that was in 2014. I haven’t seen any of the Midnight Louie books, since then. I want to read the books. And I’ve wondered, if the author has an actual cat named Midnight Louie.

  • I’m not sure what couple you’re referring to, but I have a suspicion. I really don’t know what “major change” in her character you’re referring to. I’m sorry you don’t enjoy the novels anymore, but I’ll be writing more of them, if you change your mind. Thanks for your reaction. I know readers don’t always agree with writers, which is their privilege. 🙂

  • Not to worry, Cheryk, Ma Barker is a feisty old gal and is not going anywhere. You’re right that the series is mystery with a fantasy subplot about the Las Vegas Cat Pack world, and the next series is going even more “noir fantasy”. So Ma Barker will be needed even more to keep her clowder and the humans in line. Thanks for commenting! Hope you’re getting my annual newsletter!

  • They were A Wonderful Couple. I no longer enjoy reading the novels because of the major change to her character. Thank you!!

  • Cheryk Danzl:

    Hi Carole

    I love Midnight Louie, Midnight Louise and Ma Barker and the Cat Pack. Those cats are hilarious! I like the people, but the cats make the stories for me. What scares me in books 25 26 and 27 is that you’re talking more and more about how old Ma Barker is getting and I worry that she may be written out. Seeing as how it’s fantasy/fiction, I can see her being in the series for a long time yet. Thank you so much for what you do with Midnight Louie and the gang. Cheryl

  • Thanks for writing, Martha! I’m planning to give Louie some new adventures, so he will be back!

  • Martha Pence:

    I read the last Midnight Louie book as soon as it was available. I As usual, it did not disappoint. Sad to see the series go.

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful adventures.

  • My books are now coming out from me! Zebra Zoot Suit is in trade paperback print on B&N.com and Amazon.com. B&N may be able to order it for you from Ingram distributors. Cat in an Alphabet Endgame came out in late August the same way, although it now also has a laminated cover hardcover version. It’s possible in future that the last three ML alphabet books will be available at B&N routinely. Email cdouglas@catwriter.com to get on the ML annual newsletter mailing list. He’ll be having a new series coming out. Thanks for you enthusiasm!! Happy Holidays from Carole and Louie! Louie also sends purrsonal greetings to the wonderfully named Sheba. Of course she should never go outside. That is only in fiction. We have always had rescue cats too. That is so rewarding!

  • Barbara Henning:

    Hi Ms. Douglas, I have read all your Midnight Louie Mysteries and love them. I was wondering if Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit ever came out in print? I usually buy your books at Barnes & Noble but I haven’t seen it. I also have a black rescue cat named Sheba and she reminds me of a Midnight Louise, but I never let her outside. . Ok, well, I hope you have a Merry Christmas! Sincerely, Barbara Henning (and Sheba >^..^< )

  • Jeff McLendon:

    I looked at the Library on congress. Noticed a book called “Coyote Peyote” Is this an early Midnight Louie?

  • Hi, Suzanne! Thanks for letting me know the Library of Congress tapes have been a faithful resource for you! And I’ll tell Midnight Louie and Louise you have really enjoyed their adventures!

  • Suzanne Garcia:

    Dear Carol, I have so enjoyed reading this wonderful series. I love Midnight Louie, Midnight Louise and the entire cast of humans! You I have been receiving the tapes from the Library of Congress. Have given me so many hours of wonderful listening. God Bless You!

  • Hi, Donna, I’m not conscious of doing that. I know readers favor different couples getting together in the series. Really, the characters drive the books. All of them are developing and dealing with their pasts. They tell me what to do, which a lot of writers will say. I’m sorry you no longer enjoy the books. And I’ll keep what you are missing in mind.

  • Midnight Louie print and eBooks are available on online sites like Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com, and Kobo. They’re also available in print to brick and mortar stores at deep discount. IF they want to carry some. His latest titles are Cat in a Yellow Spotlight, Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit and Cat in an Alphabet Endgame coming Aug. 23. You can sign up for my print or e-mail newsletter and hear what’s coming when. Or email me at cdouglas@catwriter.com. Thanks for asking!

  • That would be delightful, Phaeye! You’re right that I have too much work writing and getting the books ready for publication to do that myself. I don’t know how many of my readers are artistic and willing to do that. I could put a call out through my newsletter. I might be able to do some of that from what I know of Pinterest, but it’s still a time issue. Maybe a Pinterest fan who also likes the books would be willing to do that. If I had clones I could do it! Thanks for the suggestion. You never know what might come of it.

  • I have two questions for you. First why was Temple Barr’s character changed from a go get em PR to a worrier over Matt? The second question: Why did you decide to split Max and Temple up? They were A Wonderful Couple. I no longer enjoy reading the novels because of the major change to her character. Yes, I love Midnight Louie but in the books after you almost killed Max Louie was hardly focused on. It was always Temple worrying about Matt.

  • Hi, Wendy! Thanks for getting me this news. The last three Louie books (including the forthcoming Cat in an Alphabet Endgame), are available in trade paperback print as well as eBooks. But . . . I’m now self-publishing and plan to put out hardcover versions of all three. First I may do laminate cover hardcovers, but will probably do a special edition of the full dust jacket version. Thanks for letting me know about your bookstore. Please subscribe to my annual newsletter for information, via this site sign-up page or emailing cdouglas@catwriter.com. I do not want to leave my loyal readers in the lurch, but it takes time to set up different editions. The books would be available through Lightning Source/Ingram.

  • Hi, Cat!! It’s on pre-order on Amazon as of a couple of days. I became ill out of town and lost a bunch of time, since I D-I-Y now. Cat-ching up! Hoping to do a hardcover edition for Endgame and Yellow and Zebra too. Not sure what outlets will carry HC I’m dancing as fast as I can. (And always did. Publishing is a 24/7 career for writers.)

  • Wendy Cahill:

    Hi, I am the owner of a small bookstore which sells only real hardcopy books. I have several customers who are fans of yours, have read your complete series and are devastated to learn your last Louis book is only in e-book form. In my experience, there is a huge resurgence of interest in real books. Nothing can replace them. Please consider publishing that last book of yours in a real format. Thank you.

  • Kat Lebo:

    I note on Amazon that Cat In An Alphabet Endgame is available for pre-order, but only on audiobook. When will it be available either in hardback or for kindle?

  • Sharon Pettit:

    On the mean streets of Vegas, looking for Midnight Louie without success. Where have you gone???

  • Phaeye:

    Carole, why not enlist some of your faithful followers to create a series of cartoon-like drawings of Midnight Louie (& of course his wonderful assistants). It would be nice to “see” a picture of the “Circle” Ritz” w/some blueprints of the various apartments. A cariacture of each of Louie’s associates would also be delightful. Kind of like – here’s how “I” (you) see them. I have imagined the Ritz & its pool, but would love a little more definition.

    Like, where is it in reference to the various hotels & Molina abodes (work & home); changes in the Molina “Cub,” “Zoe Chloe Ozone” in various attire, & of course Temple & Carmen in their vintage clothing.

    Think what fun that could bring to your website! Thx!! Phaeye

  • Thanks for submitting your blog on developing reading tastes to my website. I’ll put it on my Facebook page too. Louie and I are delighted one of his more obscure literary adventures snared your imagination at a young age. We would have loved seeing your cut-out of the sea god Cthulhu. I brought the story out in illustrated format in 2003, but all the copies are sold except a few for my files. I plan to get it out again in print and eBook, but it’s in an old format and I haven’t had time to look into redoing that. Your comment that you now find H.P. Lovecraft pastiches more fun than the original work is interesting. Lovecraft’s is one of the most vast horrorscapes created and lends itself to mining by other authors, and also satire now that our modern horrorscapes are so real and political. Happy Holidays!

  • Hi, Jennifer. You should do a web search for information about religiously run “Magdalene laundries” or “Magdalene asylums”. These were where “fallen” girls and women (many pregnant by incest or rape or ignorance, were committed to social isolation and forced labor. Not only Catholic, but Protestant churches sponsored such institutions. There were a few in the U.S. and Canada, but mostly in Europe, and in Ireland some persisted into recent decades. Dame Judi Dench starred in a recent film about such places, Philomena. Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit has a section set in Ireland that deals with this, and that subplot threads through earlier books in the Midnight Louie series. The worst part was separating mothers and toddlers (not infants who would have no memories), who were adopted out for fees, and destroying records so they couldn’t ever find each other. Thank you for your ardent support of my books, Jennifer!

  • […] bunch to do my report on. I picked the Halloween story, a short entry in Carole Nelson Douglas’s Midnight Louie universe, which features a black cat who solves crimes. The story was called “Iä Iä Iä- Iä! […]

  • joan o:

    when is Cat in an Alphabet endgame coming out?

  • You included background history in one of the Louie books about Catholic (?) homes for unwed mothers, unmarked graves, etc. I can’t find which book it was in. It was part of Kitty the Cutter’s background history. Could you direct me to resources regarding this? Love your books and look forward to every one! Thanks for your sharing blessing us with your talent. Jennifer Miller

  • No fears, Terry, Louie has 99 lives!! And Cat in an Alphabet Endgame coming Aug. 23, 2016 is the end of the alphabet series, not Louie and company. Sign up for the newsletter on my website and you’ll see!!

  • Hi, Barbara! Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit appeared at online booksellers like Amazon and became available to brick and mortar bookstores Aug. 27, publication day. I’m going to ask if the print book vendors will allow pre-order. I think Barnes and Noble online store has since allowed that, so readers can be alerted to when books are coming in print. The best way to know is to subscribe to my newsletter in my website. I’m glad you love the books and are graced with a black rescue cat. I’ve had two, and several rescue cats of other colors. 🙂

  • Terry Chase:

    I’m almost afraid to read Z. Getting so close to the end. Please, when you write the last book, don’t kill Louie off. Let him retire someplace nice.
    Your loyal fan,
    Terry Chase

  • Barbara:

    Is Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit coming out in book form? and if so, when? Thanks. I really love your Midnight Louie books and have a black rescue cat of my own. Thanks

  • Thank you and your Momma so much, Princess Fuzzypants! Miss Carole is glad you are a liberated lady who wears trousers or maybe even leggings. So am I! We are so honored that you reviewed our latest effort on your blog AND Amazon AND Goodreads. I see you use the British spelling of “honoured”, so may I assume you are related to the English Royal Family in some manner? It cannot be a Corgi connection! I am sure my agents can arrange an interview. Very Best Fishes, Midnight Louie, Esq.

  • Carole and Louie:
    Just wanted to let mew know that I wrote a review on my blog, https://www.facebook.com/pages/FUZZY-Thoughts/558124647661107, which I also posted on Amazon and Goodreads. It is for CAT IN A ZEBRA ZOOT SUIT.
    I loved it and would be so honoured if at some time I could interview Louie who is my hero. My Momma and I have loved every single tale and look forward to the next books.

    Love and fishes,

    Princess Fuzzypants

  • Hi, Cathy,

    You are so right on black cats!! You are also right that it would be a crime if Louie would be shuffled off to Nowheresville. We really appreciate how many neat people (and cats, and even dogs) have come along for our long ride, so we hope to keep on keeping on. We are very happy to hear what you and other readers are hoping for. Our ears are perked. I’m so glad these are times when readers and writers can communicate directly. Meanwhile, I say modestly: Your good reviews on Amazon and GoodReads and Barnes and Noble are helping immensely. It’s a hard-knock social media world nowadays and we are proud to have so many readers who are rooting for us.

  • Cathy. Burger:

    I just finished Cat in a Yellow Spotlight. I can’t wait to read Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit. I am missing Louie already. I’ve been reading a Midnight Louie constantly since Catnap and Pussyfoot. I am so sad to be almost to the end and hope Louie can start another series. Maybe if and where they move. I love Louie’s family, Louise, Ma Barker and Three O’Clock. He needs his family.
    Black Cats Rock!!! I’ve had 6 and a tuxedo!!!

  • Hi, Teresa, there isn’t a hardcover edition of Yellow Spotlight . . . yet. It’s possible that format might become available to me soon, and as soon as it is, there will be hardcovers. These would be what are known as “library edition” hardcovers. The cover design is laminated onto the hard covers. No dust jacket. But it’s very durable. Thanks for asking. There are audiobooks of the latest titles, though. 🙂

  • Dear Mary Anne, Yes! The print version became available early this week (Aug. 25). It’s also available in eBook on Nook. Thanks for asking. Do you get my annual newsletter? That has info about what forms of new books are available. You can subscribe on my website under “Newsletter”. Very Best Fishes, Carole and Louie

  • Teresa Esselstein:

    Hi I am trying to find a hardcover copy of Cat in a yellow spot light. Is it available? I have been to the bookstore and have not seen it. Can I order it? Please let me know. Thank you 🙂

  • Sorry some readers are having a hard time! Barnes and Noble will have it in an Nook eBook version Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Amazon’s pre-order Kindle version will “go live” that same day. The Amazon print trade paperback will come out later in that week or the next week. A bit later, B&N should carry the print version too, which you can order. Does that help? Let me know!

  • Hi, Joan, the DVD is the audiobook version. Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Nook and Kindle e-books will come out. Later in the week, the print trade paperback version will come out. Brick and mortar stores can order a print trade paperback version from Ingram distributors a week or so after that, if they’re willing to let you pay in advance. And, if and when I can get the books into library edition hardcover, those will be available from me directly. Times are changing in the publishing industry and getting books is moving more and more to online for both eBooks and print versions.

  • mary anne pulliam:

    dear carole,
    i am so looking forward to your newest midnight louie, cat in a zebra zoot suit. i don’t have a kindle (i have a nook) and i don’t want an audio book. will you be publishing a print copy? i am looking forward to your reply. thank you.
    mary anne pulliam

  • paulette craig:

    I have been looking for “Cat In A Zebra Zoot Suit. Barnes and Noble only has it in a Kindle version and I can’t find it on Amazon at all. Got any suggestions?
    Paulette Craig
    p.s. I don’t have Kindle

  • Joan Caulfield:

    I tried to order your book Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit. I was told it was out in DVD only. I have read all of your Cat books even the card ones. I don’t think its right that I can’t get the last two to see how everything turns out between Temple, Matt, Max,and everybody else afterwaiting all this time.

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