Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit

The Midnight Louie Mysteries, #27

America’s favorite furry feline detective, Midnight Louie, returns in his twenty-seventh adventure! The usual cast of characters are back, and while Temple Barr is happily planning her wedding to ex-priest Matt Devine, her ex-boyfriend, magician turned spy Max Kinsella is busy trying to wrap up some loose ends of his past in Ireland, a past that includes a long lost cousin and a devlish ex-lover. ON the home front, Temple has plenty to keep her busy. Temple’s landlady Electra has enlisted her aid when a porn shop wants to move into the neighborhood. AS Electra puts it ‘maybe Temple can turn X-rated into X-iled.”

Fans of this series will not be disappointed. There’s plenty of action, and one can see the threads Nelson has so carefully woven throughout the series twenty-six volume run start to begin to be tied up into what one hopes will be a satisfying conclusion. Louie’s investigation into the “Zoot Suit Choo-Choo” is a highlight. But for die-hard fans, the big question remains: Which suitor will Temple choose, the Mystifying Max or radio shrink ex-priest Matt Devine? As Nelson teases in her epilogue at the end, the forthcoming last volume is “not goodbye…it’s really a way of saying, hang on, the best is yet to be.” We can certainly hope that we haven't seen the last of Midnight Louie! Five Stars – ROCCO LOTEMPIO

Book Blurb for Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit

Readers are biting their nails as the popular alphabetic Midnight Louie feline PI mystery series' penultimate book arrives with this 27th entry. Even then, Las Vegas's hairiest sleuth (whose feline-noir voice has been compared to Hammett, Hammer, and Nathan Detroit) will not be hanging up his fedora. Cat in an Alphabet Endgame is still to come.

In the 27th Midnight Louie mystery by New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Carole Nelson Douglas, Midnight Louie channels the jazz and swing-dance age. In Cat in a Zebra Zoot suit, Circle Ritz residents petite PR powerhouse Temple Barr and her faithful roommate, Midnight Louie, must defend their beloved elderly landlady from a bizarre murder charge that echoes a long-past atrocity. Meanwhile Temple's fiancé, Matt Devine, turns detective on a secret mission and her ex, a magician with a counter-terrorist past, tangles with vengeful IRA members and a psycho stalker in Ireland. And what makes a defunct fifties nightclub building in Las Vegas the pit of all evil and greed?

All involved will face surprising dangers and choices and will balancing on the edge of survival . . . and maybe even shocking new futures. Deadly encounters and unexpected reunions force all the main characters into unforeseen loss and disclosure, the suspense leavened by Douglas's characteristic wit and heart.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2015 5.00