A clever, sassy and classy mystery from New York Times Notable Book of the Year (Good Night, Mr. Holmes) author Carole Nelson Douglas, featuring the USA Today bestselling Midnight Louie series.
Freelance publicist Temple Barr finds herself herding men as well as cats when artistic mayhem and murder descend on Las Vegas as she and her crime-solving cat, Midnight Louie, plunge into the world of Las Vegas Weird.
Conceptual artist Domingo wants to cover the glitzy burg with 900,000 pink plastic flamingos, hiring petite, red-headed fireball Temple to persuade casino operators to bankroll his vision. Temple is also playing stage mother to Midnight Louie, feline detective extraordinary, who is currently moonlighting in an À La Cat kitty-food commercial. Both are marked for murder when Temple finds a compulsive ladies’ man up dead, leaving behind a “recipe box” detailing his many conquests, among whom he has listed Temple Barr! What? Her competing suitors, ex-priest radio counselor Matt Devine and magician Max Kinsella, won’t like that, but investigating the killing may finally curtail Louie’s long lifeline, and Temple may end up cooked for good, unless they can solve Murder à la Mode.
“When it comes to romantic mysteries, Carole Nelson Douglas is the quintessential author.” —Alternate Worlds
“Temple’s tempestuous love life (not to mention her world-class shoe collection) and Max and Matt’s past and present problems are just part of the fun...You never know what madness and mayhem you’ll find in Douglas’s mysteries, but you can be sure it will be wild, witty and utterly irresistible.” —Alix Madrigal, San Francisco Chronicle
“It is always a joy to be reunited with that adorable tomcat, Midnight Louie, whose thoughts, deeds and devotion make the feline seem more human than most homo sapiens. Cat in a Flamingo Fedora . . . presents Louie putting his best paw forward as he struggles to survive an enemy out to kill him while working just as hard to keep his owner safe during her latest dangerous foray into sleuthing. The double mystery is clearly intertwined into a dramatic, action-packed story line, and there is just enough romance (human and feline) to satisfy fans of that genre as well. When it comes to romantic mysteries, Carole Nelson Douglas is the quintessential author.” —Alternate Worlds
“Once again Ms. Douglas lights up the skies with a dazzling blend of witty prose, clever plotting and just plain old good fun. No wonder Midnight Louie is everyone’s cat’s meow.” —Melinda Helfer, RT Book Reviews
The Prime Suspect finds the series “everything you might want in a mystery: glitzy Las Vegas, real characters, suspense, a tough puzzle, and...on top of it all, a fine sense of humor and some illuminating social commentary.”
“Douglas leads her readers on a merry chase before neatly drawing these disparate threads together. Midnight Louie's fans will be delighted.”—Publishers Weekly
“Las Vegas’s feline detective extraordinary returns... Louie is an irresistible combination of Nathan Detroit and Sam Spade. Plenty of interest here for a lengthy, fun-filled series.”—Mostly Murder
Times are exciting in Las Vegas. Conceptual artist Domingo, who once hung a green-and-red spaghetti curtain from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, wants to cover the glitzy burg with 900,000 plastic flamingos. He has hired freelance publicist Temple Barr to help persuade casino operators of his vision. Temple is also playing stage mother to Midnight Louie, the feline detective extraordinaire currently moonlighting in a cat-food commercial with his Persian inamorata, the Divine Yvette. The casino where they're taping is also the location of a movie starring Darren Cooke, a compulsive ladies' man who turns up dead one morning, leaving behind a "recipe box" detailing his many conquests, among whom he has listed Temple Barr. Temple is indignant. She had met with him but only to discuss how to find out who was sending him threatening letters. Temple has trouble enough with her on-again-off-again relationship with the disappearing magician, Max Kinsella, and her growing attraction to the former priest Matt Devine. Is Darren's death a suicide or murder? Who was the letter-writer? Will Matt kiss Temple again? Will Las Vegas be covered with Domingo's flamingos? Setting Midnight Louie on the case, Douglas (Cat with an Emerald Eye) leads her readers on a merry chase before neatly drawing these disparate threads together. Midnight Louie's fans will be delighted.