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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!

Midnight Louie open for business

Hi, all,

I’m establishing the Midnight Louie category on the “real” blog here.  I hope. An unconnected blog was used by the first commenters when the new web site first went up and I’d like to get every “cat”egory, especially Louie, all on the same page, as they say.

The main categories here are Midnight Louie, his own self, Irene Adler and Delilah Street. There’s also a Prose and Process category about writing.

If you post on this message, I’ll assign you to the right category. Writing is my beat; managing computer programs is not my strongest suit.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Carole, Louie, Irene, Delilah and assorted other figments of my imagination

108 Responses to “Midnight Louie open for business”

  • Hi, Roxana, I answered you on Amazon too. Go ahead and read the full Midnight Louie mysteries in order. Some titles should be available in print, or in print used. Some are in eBook. I don’t own or control half of the series books. The two most recent, Cat in a Yellow Spotlight and Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit are in both trade paperback print and eBook because I own them. I’m glad you want to read the entire series, and you’ll enjoy some connections in the Cat and the King of Clubs etc. quartet, but it’s not crucial to the series. I have 13 Midnight Louie books to get out in formats I own, besides writing a new one, and expect it will take me all of 2016 to get there. At least. Louie and I are dancing as fast as we can! Thanks for asking!

  • I’m reaching out in two places. I’m wondering if it is a better idea to go ahead and order the copies of the Card series and read them first, or dive right in with Catnip. I’ve read several books in the past but life got away from me and I stopped reading. I want to start over. I just found out last week about the Card series. Would I be better off to read them first or will it not matter? Thanks for answering. If you have answered in one spot you don’t need to answer a second time. Thanks for midnight louie.

  • Hi, Candace! Thanks for writing about Louie and Louise. The first two books (Catnap and Pussyfoot) are out of print, except for used, but I put them into eBook and renamed them to match the rest of the alphabet. They are NOW Cat in an Alphabet Soup and Cat in an Aqua Storm. Then comes Cat on a Blue Monday. I’d like to put them out in print too, but the publisher owns the print rights even though they won’t reprint them.

    A heart meow from Louie and Louise!

  • Candace Millsop:

    I LOVE Midnight Louie and his daughter! Right now I’m reading “Cat in a Red Hot Rage”. I love the whole series. I have missed the first two but I think I can find them!! Thank you for writing them!!

  • Hi, Pat,

    The trade paperback book will “show up” on Amazon.com Aug. 25, on its publication date. The eBook version is allowed to be put up earlier. I’m hoping to get hardcover books of Yellow and Zebra produced this fall, but am not sure how/where they will “show up.” I’ve put you on my email annual newsletter list, which explains what’s coming. 🙂 Thanks for asking!

  • Patricia Bryant:

    Will “Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit” be released in paperback like the last Midnight Louie book “Cat in a Yellow Spotlight”? Or in hardback like earlier books in the series? When will hard copy be released? Please advise. Thank you.
    Pat Bryant

  • Hi, Ashley, I’m glad you found the Louie books! You’re talking about the first four romance-mysteries books Louie was introduced in, I think. The bad news is The Cat and the King of Clubs, etc. are rare library-edition hardcovers and difficult to find and expensive when you find them. The good news is that I can bring them out myself in print and ebook, but it will take time for me to get this done. My annual newsletter keeps readers up with what’s coming soon and in the future, and you can subscribe via my website. Thanks for asking!!

  • HI my name is ashley and I have recently found your books. I have looked everywhere I can think of and cannot find a small chunk of the beginning midnight louie books. I have tried the sites linked below each book as well as others and most of them either don’t have them or only on Ebook which I do not have a device to read it on. what do you suggest I do?

  • Thanks, Kimberlae! I’m glad you love Matt and my writing. I’ll keep you in mind if he ever becomes available. :))

  • Kimberlae:

    I love Matt Devine… if Temple passes him up then please send him my way! (I love your writing Carole)

  • Wow, Kim, you go way back as a reader. Thanks! And thanks for a provocative question. Why does the Good Guy lose out to the Bad Boy in fiction so often? One we women want, one we want to marry; one is faithful and true, one never can be. Well, Max is NOT a classic Bad Boy. He has a Good Guy conscience we can love him for. Matt is not just a Good Guy. He’s always been in conflict with his inner Bad Boy. They are two sides of the same coin, but they won’t have the same fate. I began this series asking the the Good Guy/Bad Boy question. All I can say is “trust me.” As an author, I have to be true to my characters.

  • Kim:

    I’ve loved your books since I first read Six of Swords. When the Irend Adler and Midnight Louie series came out, I was hooked and a dedicated fan. But as a 5ft petite, quite capable, redhead, I am progressively disappointed in Temple. Matt should have bored her to tears by now. I’ll admit to glancing over those chapters with Temple and Matt solely to get to Max’s story. It boggles my mind that Temple has fallen for a soppy milk toast Ken doll. Please give us redheads more Max Kinsella.

  • Hi, Jodie,

    Thank for persisting and posting. I don’t understand how these posts work too. I need to revamp the entire site. Sigh. Time!
    Glad to hear you’ve caught up with Louie & Co.! Z will stop the current series, but there is no way I can keep Louie from sprinting off on new cases.
    Cat in an Alien X-Ray is arriving Aug. 6 this year. It is a unique adventure for Louie! Thanks for posting!

    Very Best Fishes,

    Carole and Louie

  • Jodie:

    Dear Carole,
    It took me a bit to figure out how to post here and I’m a techie! I just wanted to say that I just finished U, V & W as I had not been keeping up with the Midnight Louie series lately. I bought them all on Amazon for my Kindle. It’s really been a great way to read lots of books and learn about new authors (via BookBub). I do love your books and will be looking forward to the 2013 release of the X book. I hope you don’t plan to stop at Z. That would be so sad, but of course it would be nice to have a happily ever after ending for them. But will Temple really stick with Matt. She still loves Max too! Thanks for all your entertaining fiction!!!

  • I’m getting the first 12 Louies out in eBook as fast as I can. Thanks for donating to libraries! Louie so agrees with you. 🙂 Alpha cats are not shy.

  • Melanie:

    I, also, have fallen in love with Louie. My library doesn’t have all titles. I have found some quality “Louie’s” on the Alibris web site. As I finish, I am donating them to my library. The world needs all the Louie it can get!

  • Hi, there!

    Thanks for loving Louie! That makes him purr. . . Since the series has
    been going since 1991 or ’92, those library books have worn out or been lost.
    And the paperback versions have gone out of print. From Cat in a Leopard Spot,
    they’re all available in eBook.

    I’m bringing the first twelve out in eBooks. I’m about to start preparing Catnap. As
    I told the previous poster, I’m renaming the first two books for a smooth transition
    to the alphabet title format for the rest of the books.

    I’m sorry it will take some time, all of 2013, I think, to get those titles prepared and available. I can sign you up for the ML newsletter also, for news on what’s coming. Midnight Louie sends regards to your two special cats! A pastel calico sounds lovely! We have an indoor feral who’s a long-hair calico. If only we could pet her!

  • Well, Bruce, I’ll pass your message on to Temple. There are definitely pro-Max and pro-Matt readers. We’ll have to see how the characters sort this out by the end of the alphabet! Midnight Louie, of course, will go on no matter what
    smart or dumb decisions the humans make.

  • Islay Mulcahy:

    Dear Carole,
    Sure you’ve heard this a million times :I love Midnight Louie! What a cat! But I have a problem. Finding all the titles (in sequence) is proving difficult -even at the local library. Do you have any suggestions?
    I read your books aloud to my two cats, Julie Moon (a petite pastel Calico) and Lelo (a dark, long haired, silver tabby Maine Coon) and they are both huge fans of Midnight Louie. Right now we are looking for Cat with an Emerald Eye.
    My companions are becoming very demanding. Please help.
    Islay, Julie Moon & Lelo

  • I am a big fan of the Midnight Louis series and I like all of the characters except Matt Divine. I don’t like him at all, and respect for Temple diminishes the more she gets involved with him. She should stick with Max. Or with Me. 🙂

  • Hi, Karen! Good to hear from you. I’ve been so crazy-busy too. We are back to five cats! Midnight Louie III and Winter are already a year old. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and know all your cats did! Hope Christmas is good to you all.

  • Hi, Peggy!

    CAT IN AN ALIEN X-RAY is coming out early next August, 2013! Thanks for your compliments and THANKS for the cat rescue work you do. We are very happy our Humane Society kitten now a yearling, Midnight Louie III, has been accepted by our indoor feral, Audrey, as a replacement for our beloved Midnight Louie, Jr., to whom she was deeply attached and disconsolate after his loss. She is even allowing us to get closer to her.

  • Karen Frazer:

    Hello Carole, Its been a long while since I last emailed/wrote you. Trying to stay busy (odd jobs) so I can get the latest books!! Always enjoy reading about M.L. ! Hope all is well and now you are back to 5 cats! Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Peggy:

    I have finished all the Midnight Louie books and am impatiently waiting for the next one. Do you know when it will be coming out? I do cat rescue too and have seven kittens I have fostered this summer. Thank you for all the books you have written, I get so much enjoyment from them. Peggy

  • Hi, Douglas!

    That’s an interesting question. For a while a few years ago, I suggested, and the publisher was considering, combining Catnap and Pussyfoot in the same volume as “Cat in an Aqua Spotlight.” Close to your title! The length in print was too great, but it would be possible in an e-book edition. Do you think the other readers would like that? Thanks for reminding me of that abandoned plan!

  • Douglas Brown:

    I was wondering if you were going to finish the “color” titles with “Cat in an Aqua Storm”? Since you started with “B” instead of “A”.

  • Thanks, Maria, for your compliment on Louie’s “Coyote Peyote” story. Actually, the
    digital books begin at Cat in a Leopard Spot, which is thirteen. (I think.)

    Yes! Those will get into digital as soon as I can make it happen. I expect to make
    real progress on that in the second part of this year. It takes a lot of time to
    convent print books to digital. Louis is lashing his tail with impatience, but I
    want to do them right. As I mentioned to Leon, keep checking http://www.wishlistpublishing.com
    for what is available now. More will be coming!

    Thanks for your interest and patience,

    Carole and Louie

  • Maria Huston:

    I ran across a Midnight Louie short in the “Tails of Wonder” anthology and consider it to be the best submission. Will you be releasing the series in digital format? I want to start from the beginning but the digital books begin at 16.

  • Hi, Marilyn,

    My blog has been misbehaving, and I’ve been swamped, so I’m sorry my answer is so late. I’m so pleased you’re enjoying Louie’s adventures! I hope you’re finding my other books. Cat in a White Tie and Tails is set to arrive Aug. 3 or 2012.

  • Sarah:

    I love your Midnight Louie books. I am so glad to see they are not going to end with Z. You are one of my four favorite authors, which book series are cat based. I have been a cat lover all my life and now we have a 40 acre farm which is home to 13 cats. For some reason people drop cats of here. Then I have my indoor cats as well. We are in the process of getting them fixed, with a very limited income it is taking awhile. But it is getting done. Please keep up Louie and Temple’s escapades.

    Blessings and Head Rubs,
    Sarah & Cats +

  • love the books I have read then all can’t wait till the next one.

  • Hi, Craig,

    I’m glad you’re finding my Irene Adler series on tape. Most of the Midnight Louie books should be in large print, although, after time, books disappear from the library, or they sell them at fund-raising sales. Thank you so much for letting me know that you’re enjoying my books!

    I hope your eyesight holds. In time, more of my books may be in audio form if I can do it myself.

    Very Best Fishes,

    Carole et. al.

  • Craig Brandt:

    I look forward to listening to more of your books. My eyesight is not as good as it used to be, and my local library introdused you to me through your Irene Adler series on tape. The only other book it has is Midnight Louie in large print, that I am finding to be very enjoyable reading.
    Thank you for bringing yet another enjoyable caracter into the literary world.
    I’m listebing forward to hearing more light reading and puzzling mysteries with your name attached.

  • Hi, Merlin,

    Glad you enjoy Louie’s “mewsings.” Some characters just won’t “die,” and cats too. 🙂

    I’m subtly crossing small details in the Louie and Delilah series, like the signature cocktails, but I’m going to learn how to put up e-books ASAP and “Butterfly Kiss,” a story set in Delilah’s Vegas that Louie actually brings Delilah in on, will be one of the first. I’ll probably master Amazon.com’s Kindle first, so it may be there in time for Christmas. I’m not the most technologically gifted person, but I am persistent. After that, I’ll tackle my backlist novels, and there are a lot.

    Love the name Midnight Lucy! We have long fed and often adopted strays at our doorstep, but it was a challenge to trap and neuter Audrey. No question about bringing her inside. She is our “phantom” cat. We see her but she’s too skittish for petting, since she was 15-18 months old when we brought her in. Had no idea if she’d go wild or what. She loves the comforts of a sunny window and cat beds. She was devoted to Midnight Louie Jr. and fanatically so when he became ill with cancer. She was his shadow for nine months, sometimes to his annoyance. She was in mourning until we brought in a new kitten from the Humane Society. She isn’t bonding with it, but its presence stopped her deep howling hunts for ML Jr. twice a day. We’ve added a second kitten.

    And thank you for your great work with animal rescue, and providing a good home to so many cats!

  • Hi, John,

    Hmm. Quicksilver is followed by Red Hot Rage and Sapphire Slipper and Topaz Tango and Vegas Gold Vendetta, just out this summer. One thing you can be sure of: nothing stays the same. :)) Next up is Cat in a White Tie and Tails. Glad you found the series, and the new cats!

    Amber and Alex sound like the perfect “surge protectors.”

    We just adopted Midnight Louie III. ML Jr. was adopted as a young adult from Lubbock, Texas, animal services. He was a black longhair. ML III is a young domestic shorthair. Mal kittens are much more fierce and active, to our adopted Persians dismay. As Louie III matures, they’ll probably be a good match. Glad your two worked out so well. I love my computer mouse, though.

  • Merlin Marshall:

    Hi Carole,

    I love your Midnight Louie series! My favorite parts are Louie’s chapters, and sometimes I sneak peaks at them ahead of time as I am reading the book, Louie is just so much fun to read! I am also so happy to hear you want to continue the series after “Z”! I was counting down the books with sadness. I also hate it when authors kill off the main characters when they finish a series, and was so hoping you were not going to do that. Yay for Louie’s continuing adventures!

    I’ve only recently started the Delilah Street stories and are enjoying them as well. Since both are set in Las Vegas, any chance of Louie sightings in DS books?

    Thank you for being a supporter of animal rescue, and adding little touches about rescue and responsible pet ownership in your books. You don’t hit people over the head with it which is good, but it is there as a gentle nudge. I volunteer for a no-kill cat shelter in my town and I have 12 cats that have either walked up to our door, or came home with me from the shelter. I named one of my cats after Louie, she was a black cat I named Midnight Lucy. I also read in your bio you have/had a former feral who is sanctuaried in your home. Thank you for taking her in and spaying her. There is an amazing feral cats group on Yahoo, drop by and talk/lurk about cat stuff some time.
    Purrs and head bonks,

  • John Davis:

    What is it they say: So many books, so little time.. Just finished Quicksliver, That ending has me feeling a bit flat about one character but… Who knows (don’t spoil it) stranger things have happened in his life.

    We started with “The Cat Who” series by L.J.B. then Rita May Brown’s Mrs. Murphy then we came across one of the Midnight Louie, and so far we have up to “R”. I will likely order a few from Amazon soon as I get to a place where I can park for 2 weeks. We have an organic mouse free Motor home we live in. Why is it organic mouse free? Well we found the perfect way to mouseproof a motor home.. We installed Amber and Alex.. Amber wandered into my office, about 7 weeks old, tired, hungry, thirsty and dirty, I gave her food, water, clean bedding and evicted her tennents (ear mites) with the aid of the local Vet. Then when our older housecat passed on a couple weeks later (Very natural causes) I found Alex at the Michigan Animal Rescue League. A couple months older, and heavier and a long hair Maine Coon (Amber is a short hair “Amrican Tabby” Mixed near as we can tell) I figurd he was a match for the very agreessive kitty.. Turns out .. I figured well.

    For some reason.. Mice don’t want to play in our motor home. 🙂

  • Hi, Bill,

    Glad you’re a regular reader! That clothing-store “door prize” is fact, but it’s Las Vegas, of course.

    I had NO idea San Antonio hosted a place like “Dick’s.” Since moving to Texas, I’ve found the state rather conservative about liquor establishments.
    Dallas is still a “dry” county. But your story outdoes Vegas by a country mile. I’m glad the book brought back old laughs.

  • Hi, Ruste,

    I hope your hopes are a prediction! Louie does NOT want to retire.

    I’ve visited in a desert home and seen the cats bring back lizards, but think it’s best to keep cat away from the poisonous beasties out there. I see Shadow will give his humans some exercise, which is good for us too.

    Thanks for being a loyal reader!

  • Hi, I loved “Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta”. I’ve read all of them plus some of your other work. Near the end of Gold Vendetta Max goes into a highend clothing store and in the process the sales lady hands him a business card with a condom on the back. That reminded me of a place in San Antonio Texas. On the River Walk… or to those who know and my late father made SURE I knew, The Paseo del Rio in San Antonio, there was a club named, back then just, “Dick’s”. I think it is now called Dick’s Last Resort. Back then, in the 1990s, it had long skinny tables and benches and saw dust on the floor and some great bands. Looking at there, today, website I’d say the place has changed a LOT since back then and expanded nationwide. ANYWAY, back then if you mentioned your birthday the waitperson would bring you a free short beer with and attachment not unsimilar to the card in your book. A quick shake by the waiter and you had and interesting tower of celebration inflated by the head on your free beer. The gal sitting across from me was the birthday girl and almost choked to death laughing. I can also remember when Fort Worth had a real stock house… showing my age. Thanks for the entertainment, Bill

  • Ruste:

    Hi Carole,
    Am so enjoying your Midnight Louie Series and am so hoping he’ll keep on sleuthing with Miss Temple Barr for many years to come.
    We have a ‘huge’ black cat living with us also; he weights between 18-20 lbs and also enjoys his time outside. We don’t keep a window open for our kitty (Shadow) to come and go at-will as living in the AZ desert is not condusive to keeping our house cool and the scorpions and spiders outside!!! (No to even mention an unwanted rattler!) We have to do the ‘manual’ door thing at his convience!!! :~D
    Am looking forward to reading your other books after I catch up reading to your latest ‘Louie’ book!!!
    Keep up your wonderful work! :~)
    (a gal in the AZ desert!)

  • Hi, Bonnie. Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta came out Aug. 3, with Cat in a White Tie and Tails coming next August. Ultramarine Scheme in paperback will be out Oct. 4, and will be available at Target! I’m glad you enjoy all the series but well understand that one may be your favorite.


  • Hi, Joanne,

    I’m glad you found your way to reading the whole Midnight Louie series! The Midnight Louie Quartet hardcovers had a small print run and are hard, and expensive to find. As time permits, I’ll be putting them out as trade paperbacks and e-books, now that authors can more easily republish their reverted work. But that won’t be for awhile, since Midnight Louie keeps me busy with new books!


    Carole and Louie

  • Hi! I’ve been sequestered writing Cat in a White Tie and Tails for next August 3 publication. Melanie, Midnight Louie books won’t end
    with book “Z.” This sequence is his second series. He has all shivs sharpened and intends to continue his PI career. And if I don’t cooperate, he will give me a shiv tattoo. Your 18-pound Siamese-Persian bruiser sounds awesome! Our indoor feral could bound five feet straight up to catch a poor dove to feed her family. Now she is picky about which flavor of Fancy Feast she prefers.

    I’m sorry to say we lost Midnight Louie, Jr., 15 years after he was adopted as a young adult from Lubbock, Texas, animal services during the first Midnight Louie Adopt-a-Cat book tour. Audrey was completely devoted to him (he’d been blind the last eight years, but had adapted beautifully), so we’ll have to adopt a black male kitten to help assuage her grief.

    Glad you enjoy all my books!

    Carole & Louie I

  • Hi! I’ve been sequestered writing Cat in a White Tie and Tails for next August 3 publication. Melanie, Midnight Louie books won’t end
    with book “Z.” This sequence is his second series. He has all shivs sharpened and intends to continue his PI career. And if I don’t cooperate, he will give me a shiv tattoo. Your 18-pound Siamese-Persian bruiser sounds awesome! Our indoor feral could bound five feet straight up to catch a poor dove to feed her family. Now she is picky about which flavor of Fancy Feast she prefers.

    I’m sorry to say we lost Midnight Louie, Jr., 15 years after he was adopted as a young adult from Lubbock, Texas, animal services during the first Midnight Louie Adopt-a-Cat book tour. Audrey was completely devoted to him (he’d been blind the last eight years, but had adapted beautifully), so we’ll have to adopt a black male kitten to help assuage her grief.

    Glad you enjoy all my books!

    Carole & Louie I

  • Bonnie Mitchell:

    Just wanted to tell you I have read & enjoyed all 3 series, but Midnight Louie is my favorite. I’ve read every book, up to & including Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme. Can hardly wait for the next installment.

  • Joanne:

    I recieved Cat in a Crimson Haze years ago as a gift. I enjoyed that one and then another one. After that I started looking for the ealy books and now I am reading through the series. I have picked up a few links to some earlier times for Louie. today I finally found the names of the four books that had Louie but are before this series. I will start with my favorite used booksstore and then look on line for The Cat and the King of Clubs and the other three in that set.


  • Melanie Taylor:

    I so love your Midnight Louis stories and am sad they are going to end with “z”. I had a couple of black cats growing up but my most favorite one was an 18# bruiser who was 1/2 Siamese and 1/2 black persian. He used to go out hunting (I grew up on a farm) with our three dogs. One time he brought back a baby skunk. One large can of tomato juice later he was ‘un-skunked’ and very angry at being dunked in our tub. He could actually do some of the things you write about like open doors, scale our farm house and sit on the roof, and catch barn swollows as they bombed him by going from flat to 5 ft in the air strait up. Love your other books as well.

  • Hi, Jenny,

    We really are happy to hear about “new” readers, although we also treasure our very faithful “vintage” readers. 🙂 You are so right that black cats are the last adopted. That’s also true for dogs, sadly. Even sadder is that coat color is an indication of temperament, and cat behavior experts say the black cat, and especially the male back cat, is most affectionate with people. I can attest that Midnight Louie, Jr., is a prime example of that. Thanks for your concern about
    his health. There is no cure, but he is sitting on the cat condo next to my computer desk right now after having a snack. He has outlasted the expectations, and we’re grateful for that.

    That’s the first cat named “Nelson” I’ve heard of! Your cats are in the white/gray/black color scheme I traditionally prefer, but now our yellow/brown pets are dominant. They are all beautiful! Glad you’ll be keeping up with Louie and Company.

  • Patrice:

    Hi Carole and Midnight Louie,
    I started reading the series about a year ago, and I have to say I’m “hooked” now. I just finished Cat In A Diamond Dazzle and I’m ready to start the next book. I love Louie’s “voice” in the books. You must know and love cats because you definitely have the perfect cat perspective in the books. I have four cats. My husband and I have a soft spot for black cats. They have the most unique purr-sonalities and they tend to be overlooked in shelters. We have a pint-sized six year old guy named Nelson, and we named our most recent black rescue, Franklin (Frankie). We also have a old grey female tabby named Jennyanydots and a young white tom cat named Jimmy. I look forward to reading the entire Louie series and hope to catch up before you finish. All the best to you and Louie, Jr. I hope he is ok.
    Patrice, Jenny, Nelson, Jimmy and Franklin

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