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Cat in an Orange Twist

Cat in an Orange Twist

A Midnight Louie Mystery

Midnight Louie Mysteries (Volume 16)

Carole Nelson Douglas

Forge Books




Temple Barr is a sharp and sassy public relations ace in Las Vegas whose life is finally taking a turn for the better. Hard-nosed homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina is too busy chasing after her own ex-lover, rogue L.A. cop Rafi Nadir, to pursue Temple's boyfriend, sexy magician Max Kinsella, and nobody Temple knows has been murdered... at least, not in the past few weeks.

Temple takes this downtime as a signal she should buy a new pair of Jimmy Choo spike heels, and accept the job of planning a glitzy week of opening events for a trendy new furniture showroom. Dealing with temperamental décor mavens is no problem for a woman who's saved leopards from big game hunters, tracked killers through strip clubs, calmed the cantankerous owners of Las Vegas's most glamorous hotel, and seen the ghost of Elvis-until the life of feng shui expert and media-crowned domestic dominatrix Amelia Wong is threatened. Suddenly Temple is neck deep in trouble... and bodies.

And Temple has one more problem-one she doesn't even know about: her roommate Louie, and his maybe-daughter Louise, have decided to make sure that Temple's search for a killer furniture arrangement doesn't mean curtains for her. Midnight Inc. Investigations, their PI firm, is on the case. The catch?

Louie is Temple's cat.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Chapter 1

Expiration Date

"Well, as I live and breathe! Or maybe I don't."
Temple looked up from her trudge across the condo parking lot. Albertson's plastic grocery bags dangled from her every extremity....


Praise for Cat in an Orange Twist

“Temple Barr, public relations whiz, rocks Las Vegas with her wacky friends and enemies, fast-paced action, and laughs!” —New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich on Cat in an Orange Twist

“This feisty feline detective is fast gaining a reputation of being one of America's top investigators...If either Mike Hammer or Columbo had a cat, it would be Midnight Louie.” —Cat Fancy on the Midnight Louie series

“A furry Sam Spade.” —People on the Midnight Louie series

“If Midnight Louie prowled only the predictable streets of genre fiction, all the murders in his ersatz world would be resolved. But each new installment in this exuberant series compounds the complexity, leaving us between books with mysterious bodies and looming menace.” —Kirkus Reviews on the Midnight Louie series

“Midnight Louie defies critical comment. To some cat fanciers, he is as tasty as a fresh bowl of Fancy Feast.” —Booklist on the Midnight Louie series

“A new Midnight Louie book is pure reading catnip... the irresistibly witty Louie [is] a legendary sleuth who ranks right up with the greats-Travis McGee in fur!” —Romantic Times on the Midnight Louie series

“Those readers who follow Lillian Jackson Braun's Cat Who series will love Midnight Louie!” —VOYA on the Midnight Louie series

“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.” —Affaire de Coeur on the Midnight Louie series

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Carole Nelson Douglas

Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of the bestselling Midnight Louie series. She is also the author of the historical suspense series featuring Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have "outwitted" Sherlock Holmes. She resides in Fort Worth, Texas

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