Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme by Carole Nelson Douglas
A Midnight Louie Mystery (Midnight Louie Mysteries)

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Temple Barr, publicist extraordinaire, is itching to bring off her most dangerous and exciting assignment, helping to launch an endeavor that many a Vegas showmen have dreamed of: a Las Vegas mob museum/casino.

While city powers-that-be hem and haw over doing an official project on the subject, the Family Fontana plans to connect two hotels with a  "Chunnel of Crime" featuring an underground speakeasy,  a fast "ride" through Vegas crime history by Gangsters custom limo sevice, and other fun attractions.

Temple's grand scheme to do a live "opening Bugsy Siegel's vault" media event built around a huge safe found buried underground produces a two-day-old body wearing white tie and tails.

With Temple's magician-counterterrorist ex-lover, Max, gone missing and her new fiance, radio shrink Matt Devine, in Chicago for week-long media gig, Temple must depend on "the Vegas Strip Irregulars," a posse of cats, to solve murders old and new that smack of mobs vintage and all too contemporary. Success, or failure, could cost Temple her life, and all nine of Louie's.

 


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About Carole Nelson Douglas

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The first book in Carole Nelson Douglas’s Irene Adler series, Good Night, Mr. Holmes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won an American Mystery Award for Best Novel of Romantic Suspense, and a Romantic Times Best Historical Romantic Mystery Award. In addition to the Irene Adler series, Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of the bestselling contemporary Midnight Louie mystery series. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
 
Published July 26, 2010 by Forge Books. 380 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Max, who’s lost his memory and his father figure in a series of wild escapades in Europe involving the Irish Republican Army, is getting help from Rafi Nadir, Molina’s former boyfriend and the father of her child, as he infiltrates what’s left of the mysterious group of magicians known as the Synth.

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And, throughout, Douglas intersperses chapters wherein Temple's cat Louie does his own murder/psychic investigations, meets the ghost of commercialdom's Maurice the Cat (murdered by his body double), and jabbers away in his unbearably verbose, slangy style.

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Temple and Max are also helping Lt. Carmen Molina, who’s anxious to find the Barbie Doll serial killer, a slayer who may have her own daughter in his sights.

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Gumshoe cat Midnight Louie leaves his human companion Temple Barr to an evening with her soon-to-be married aunt Kit and joins her fiancé, former priest Matt Devine, at a bachelor party hijacked by the bridesmaids, annoyed at the lack of marriage proposals from their Fontana boyfriends.

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Maybe so, if it’s Las Vegas’s Crystal Phoenix Hotel, whose remodeling, according to the workmen, is being interrupted by the King’s ghost.

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Although she works freelance, Temple Barr’s biggest client is the Crystal Phoenix Hotel and Casino, home of her companion Louie’s daughter Midnight Louise.

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Wily noir feline detective Midnight Louie and his publicist roommate investigate a murder with roots in the days when the mob ruled Las Vegas.

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