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Cat in a Leopard Spot: A Midnight Louie Mystery (Midnight Louie Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – May 19, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Midnight Louie Mysteries (Book 13)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (May 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812570227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812570229
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Fans of debonair anthropomorphic feline Midnight Louie will be delighted, but the uninitiated would do best to avoid this 13th installment in Douglas's alphabetical "meganovel," after 2000's Cat in a Kiwi Con. (For those who are counting, the B book, Cat on a Blue Monday, follows Catnap and Pussyfoot.) Applying her trademark comic style (lots of bad puns and wordplay) to a deadly serious animal-rights treatise, the author sends Louie to investigate Rancho Exotica, a desert resort outside Las Vegas that caters to big-game hunters who pay for the "fun" of shooting captive wild animals and getting that trophy head for the den wall. When Rancho Exotica's animal-abusing owner, Cyrus Van Burkleo, gets impaled on a trophy horn, a stolen performing leopard, Osiris, gets charged with the crime. Louie, with minimal aid from such human allies as PIs Max Kinsella and Temple Barre, comes to Osiris's rescue. The many points of view and constantly shifting action, which bounces between the Vegas strip, Rancho Exotica, an animal rescue park called Animal Oasis and even (briefly) Chicago, will daunt anyone unused to Douglas's exuberance. Is the novel a comedy? A serious mystery? A love story? And what of all the loose plot lines and unresolved relationships? With the series less than half complete, the author promises her readers to provide satisfaction on all scores by book number 27. Douglas loyalists will swish their tails in anticipation.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Feline investigator Midnight Louie (Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit) and partner Temple Barr public relations become involved in the murder case of a big game hunter. Entertaining highlights include a stolen leopard, illegal game hunting, and a gaggle of animal rights activists. Never a dull moment.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Award-winning ex-journalist and novelist Carole Nelson Douglas has written sixty novels ranging from historical and contemporary mystery and romance to science fiction thrillers to high and urban fantasy. No wonder her home office is a Twilight Zone landscape of mannequins in vintage dress.

She's a four-time Rita Award finalist and has RT Reviews Magazine lifetime achievement awards in Suspense, Mystery and as a Pioneer of Publishing. Currently, she writes two popular Las Vegas-set series: the Midnight Louie, feline PI, mysteries partially narrated by a "Sam Spade with hairballs" and the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, noir urban fantasies of werewolf mobsters and Silver Screen zombies in a paranormal Sin City.

Douglas was the first author of a Sherlockian series with a female protagonist, diva-detective Irene Alder, the only woman to outwit Holmes, debuting with the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes. Douglas says if she has a literary muse, it's definitely feline: mysterious, wise, playful, and packing sharp shivs in velvet gloves.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
One year has passed since freelance Las Vegas publicist Temple Barr and black alley cat Midnight Louie found each other. Temple also got back with her boyfriend Max Kinsella, a counter terrorist agent with many more enemies than friends. During Max's absence, Temple made a friend in former priest Matt Devine, a virgin. This quartet is linked, and like it or not, are forced to work together at times.
Matt currently worries about a female stalker, Kitty the Cutterwho he wants to keep away from Temple for fear she might harm her. Max tries to keep some of his deadlier enemies away from Temple for the same reason. Midnight Louie wants to keep his prime source for a Grade A meals, along with her two male associates, from injury too. However, Louie also has the job of insuring the safety of his buddy Leopard by seeing that he makes it back to his owner with a little help from Temple and company.
Those who read the first twelve Midnight Louie books will notice that the thirteenth novel returns everyone to the earlier story arcs. CAT IN A LEOPARD SPOT is an enjoyable mystery, especially when the stars are anthromorphized animals that can stand-alone. Yet the story line encourages readers to go back to the beginning to fully appreciate obscure references and ongoing plots. Carole Nelson Douglas shows that her feline has at least thirteen lives.

Harriet Klausner
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've read every Midnight Louis book to date, but I probably won't finish this one. For starters, it meanders in and out of the characters' brains, probing, ad nauseum, their unresolved doubts and fears. If you haven't read the other books in the series, I have no idea how you'll catch on to what is happening in this one. What's more, why would you care? None of these people are appealing, as they were in earlier books. The first few chapters are maudlin and the mystery is boring. I get the impression the author is treading water with the book's plot in order to keep the series' plot alive. At this point they both look half-drowned to me. Add to that the incessant similes and metaphors that are becoming extremely annoying and you have a book that is hard to pick up and easy to put down. I loved the Irene Adler series and I enjoyed the early Midnight Louis books, but Cat in a Leopard Spot is too irritating for words.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on July 23, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would write just one star only I have a lingering affection for the first of the Irene Adler book and because, well, if she is anything Carole Nelson Douglas is a lady, and I am a gentleman deep down at heart. But someone ought to whisper in her ear that America's appetite for cat mysteries is being toyed with seriously by her MIDNIGHT LOUIE series and, I predict, will soon come to a shuddering halt if she does not refrain.

Going on in this manner is sheer punishment to a loyal readership which has seen Ms. Nelson Douglas through thick and thin. But such goings on cannot be permitted. There are a few good funny lines here and there, but nowhere near 20 dollars worth so itr's a case for the Better Business Bureau too as well as for the ASPCA. I also liked the Chicago interlude, though the means we took to get there were as far-fetched as the flying carpet that transports Sabu through the skies in the old Thief of Bagdad.

Give it up and go back to what you do best. Give us a story with heart, not just claws.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Before Midnight Louie I had never read one single mystery. Then I got a cat named Louie, (most unlike the Midnight P.I.) but went off on a tear with these books. I happen to be getting very aware of the sanctuaries devoted to caring for abused, abandoned and neglected big cats, so this one had to be read out of order. She does a very creditable job describing the true plight of the big cats in horrible situations while somehow allowing Louie to lose none of his charm and swagger. Oh, yes, the human characters are interesting too! May help if you've visited Las Vegas, but not strictly necessary, her (and Louie's) descriptions are great.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I would recommend this series to anyone who likes cats, mysteries and Bogart. Midnight Louie is the feline equivalent of Sam Spade. The characters are memorable, especially Midnight Louie who writes a few chapters on his own to give us his side of the story. Each book presents a mystery with another mystery that continues with each new book. I can never wait for the next book in the series to arrive!
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By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Love the cat mystery genre, and love this series.When trying to collect a series, one has to look for good deals. This was a great deal, and everything was exactly as promised.
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