Books by Carole Nelson Douglas

Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of the historical suspense series featuring Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outwit Sherlock Holmes. She is also the author of the best-selling and much loved contemporary Midnight Louie Mysteries, which are set in L


CAT IN AN ALIEN X-RAY by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Fans will be delighted with Midnight Louie's 25th adventure, which continues to expand the ongoing tale of murder, treachery and angst. Newcomers may want to start with the first volume to enjoy the total experience."
Las Vegas' shortest, toughest, furriest PI is on the prowl again. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Louie's 23rd (Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta, 2011, etc.) brings together many of the characters beloved by loyal fans, along with enough loose threads to knit a sizable blanket. Will they all be tied up when Douglas reaches the end of the series?"
Midnight Louie, Las Vegas' toughest, shortest, darkest detective, is kidnapped, or catnapped, during a trip to Chicago. Read full book review >
CAT IN A VEGAS GOLD VENDETTA by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"The 22nd title in Douglas' alphabetical series (Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme, 2010, etc.) will delight her fans by tying up a lot of loose ends, even if newcomers find it hard to keep up."
Petite PR powerhouse Temple Barr joins her noir cat Midnight Louie to solve some long-simmering crimes. Read full book review >
CAT IN AN ULTRAMARINE SCHEME by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Despite the opening synopsis of Louie's 20 previous adventures (Cat in a Topaz Tango, 2009, etc.), newcomers may find it difficult to navigate this long, complicated tale, laced with intriguing characters in search of a coherent plot. Fans, however, will be rolling in catnip."
Wily noir feline detective Midnight Louie and his publicist roommate investigate a murder with roots in the days when the mob ruled Las Vegas. Read full book review >
CAT IN A TOPAZ TANGO by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Though Louie's latest alphabetical caper (Cat in a Sapphire Slipper, 2008, etc.) is longwinded and not especially mysterious, fans and feline fanciers will no doubt curl up and purr."
Temple Barr and her housemate, noir feline detective Midnight Louie, dance with second-string stars. Read full book review >
CAT IN A SAPPHIRE SLIPPER by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Latecomers to this long-running series (Cat in a Red Hot Rage, 2007, etc.) will be glad to see an opening chapter that helps make sense of a long list of intertwined characters from former tales. As always, Louie outshines the human cast."
The clock is ticking as Midnight Louie and Temple Barr investigate a murder at a Nevada chicken ranch. Read full book review >
CAT IN A RED HOT RAGE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2007

"Catnip for Louie's devoted fans, though the unwary who haven't read his first 17 adventures (Cat in a Quicksilver Caper, 2006, etc.) will struggle to make sense of the relationships in this convoluted tale."
When the Red Hat Society holds its convention in Las Vegas, murder is an uninvited guest. Read full book review >
CAT IN A QUICKSILVER CAPER by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2006

"Devoted fans of this long-running series won't mind that this installment is less interested in mystery than in showcasing some really cute cats."
Noir cat Midnight Louie (Cat in a Neon Nightmare, 2003, etc.) is involved in yet another Las Vegas-based caper. Read full book review >
SPIDER DANCE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Like its seven predecessors (Femme Fatale, 2003, etc.), a paean to women's audacity, pugnacity and street smarts, told with frisky good humor and nicely integrated historical asides: Bellevue's eminence, Mesmer's skills, Delmonico's menus."
The only woman to capture Sherlock Holmes's regard again fascinates him, this time in 1889. Read full book review >
CAT IN A NEON NIGHTMARE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2003

"The plot is silly and congested, and the cats so insufferably cute they'll make you run right out and buy a dog."
Finally, in the 15th escapade of Las Vegas p.r. flack Temple Barr and her know-it-all tomcat, Midnight Louie (Cat in a Midnight Choir, 2002, etc.), Douglas gets around to tying up most of the loose ends she's been carting from book to book. Read full book review >
CASTLE ROUGE by Carole Nelson Douglas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2002

"A bit too much relish in relating the anti-Semitism of the day, and a few too many bit actors (those Bohemian royals, Wild Bill, etc., etc.), but Prague is a captivating city and it's fun to watch the very Victorian Miss Huxleigh finally let her hair down."
Plying the Sherlockian canon once again (Chapel Noir, 2001, etc.), Douglas sets The Woman, Irene Adler, to solve the case that is most baffling to Holmes: Who is Jack the Ripper? Read full book review >
CHAPEL NOIR by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Douglas cleverly balances tragedy and farce in a gentle mockery of period adventure and a ruthless depiction of all-too-contemporary hatreds."
After a seven-year hiatus, fictional editor Fiona Witherspoon at last presents the return of sleuth extraordinaire Irene Adler (Irene's Last Waltz, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
CAT IN A MIDNIGHT CHOIR by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2001

The 14th adventure in an ambitious, alphabetical series finds feline gumshoe Midnight Louie back in the heart of Las Vegas. Read full book review >
CAT IN A LEOPARD SPOT by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2001

"As Douglas expands her attack on human abusers, allegiance to the whole series is more and more necessary to make sense of any individual entry. Will readers entering mid-course be enticed to the beginning, or flounder and flee?"
This 13th volume in Douglas's planned series (Cat in A Kiwi Con, 2000, etc.) sends noirish cat Midnight Louie from the mean streets of Vegas into its desert surround. Read full book review >
THE CAT AND THE JACK OF SPADES by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

A pair of loose-cannon hit men do baccarat referee Solitaire Smith and Kansas tourist Gayle Tyson the favor of throwing them together in 1985 Las Vegas, but send them scurrying into the desert and a whirlwind of past crimes and misdemeanors that will be unwrapped only with the help of Midnight Louie, the tough-talking cat who here rounds out his quartet of first appearances (The Cat and the Jill of Diamonds, p. 517) in hardcovers nearly half again as long as their 1990 paperback abridgements. Read full book review >
THE CAT AND THE JILL OF DIAMONDS by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2000

The third installment in Douglas's original Midnight Louie quartet (The Cat and the Queen of Hearts, 1999, etc.), first published in paperback abridgment in 1990, allies the sleuthing alley cat with Johnny Diamond, a Las Vegas crooner that a stalker has singing the blues, and Jill O'Rourke, a sharpshooting poker player supporting a cantankerous grandfather, Eightball O'Rourke, who still dreams along with his cronies of a score even bigger than his granddaughter's heart. Read full book review >
CAT IN A KIWI CON by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2000

"Even seasoned series fans will occasionally scratch their heads. (Author tour)"
Although Runyonesque street-cat Midnight Louie tracks a feline in his 12th appearance (Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit, 1999, etc.), he and feminine amateur sleuth, Temple Barr, the cozy-noir partners who launched the Douglas series take a backseat on this ride through Oz Vegas. Read full book review >
THE CAT AND THE QUEEN OF HEARTS by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

The Cat And The Queen Of Hearts ($21.95; Dec.; 257 pp.; 0-7862-2173-9): Return with the storied Midnight Louie, the cat who wouldn't die, to the Las Vegas of 14 years ago in this second installment of his original sleuthing adventures (The Cat and the King of Clubs, p. 578)—first published in paperback in 1990 with unauthorized cuts and now restored to full length—in which shy writing student Darcy McGill and her stuffy professor Stevenson Eliot Austen plunge into the glitzy and dangerous world of Darcy's showgirl sister Sirene. Read full book review >
CAT IN A JEWELED JUMPSUIT by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 8, 1999

"Temple Barr, work to lay the ghost before he can claim more victims who aren't screaming with delight. (Author tour)"
Cat In A Jeweled Jumpsuit ($24.95; Nov. 8; 384 pp.; 0-312-86817-0) Has Elvis returned to the building? Read full book review >
CAT IN AN INDIGO MOOD by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1999

"Give it a catcall and a half. (Author tour)"
Midnight Louie, feline detective nonpareil, goes on the prowl for the tenth time (Cat in a Golden Garland, 1988, etc.) when Fanny Furbelow, she with the great double pair of legs, comes calling with a problem. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT LOUIE'S PET DETECTIVES by Carole Nelson Douglas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives ($23.95; Oct.; 352 pp.; 0-312-86435-3): Douglas's outspoken cat Midnight Louie (Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt, p. 852, etc.) co-edits a collection of 17 mysteries whose dramatis personae include cats (Jan Grape, Carolyn Wheat, Lisa Lepovetsky, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, editor Douglas, and, in the collection's only reprint, Lilian Jackson Braun), dogs (Anne Perry, Dorothy Cannell, Bill Crider, J.A. Jance), raccoons, hamsters, birds, elephants, and a Tasmanian devil—all sandwiched between Lawrence Treat's suggestion that the MWA Edgars be divided into Cat and Non-Cat categories and Douglas's explanation of why anybody who doesn't like animal mysteries is a few whiskers short of a puss. Read full book review >
CAT IN A GOLDEN GARLAND by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 11, 1997

"591, etc.) from Las Vegas to the Big Apple—just in time for them to figure out who killed the substitute Santa at a holiday party."
Cat In A Golden Garland ($23.95; Nov.; 384 pp.; 0-312-86386-1): Midnight Louie a star? Read full book review >
MARILYN by Carole Nelson Douglas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"Douglas (Cat With an Emerald Eye, 1996, etc.) provides waves of delight for Monroephiles, though there's not much illumination deeper than Gloria Steinem's neo-feminist analysis."
Thirty-five years after her death, Marilyn Monroe lives, and dies, again in this collection of 21 new stories. Read full book review >
CAT IN A FLAMINGO FEDORA by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 1997

"Masses of inane cat chat and psychobabble, convoluted plotting, and showy but dull characters: strictly for Louie fans and lovers of the frenetic Las Vegas scene, rendered here in all its tacky detail."
The seventh chapter in the seemingly endless saga of Midnight Louie, the self-adoring cat who lives with Las Vegas p.r., sometimes p.i., woman Temple Barr (Cat with an Emerald Eye, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
CAT WITH AN EMERALD EYE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Padded out with lots of Houdini lore and related name-dropping (Orson Welles, Conan Doyle): for Louis loyalists only, or psi devotees who can tolerate the rampant cutesiness."
This sixth Midnight Louie outing from the alarmingly prolific Douglas (Cat in a Diamond Dazzle, p. 406, etc.) sends Las Vegas p.r. woman Temple Barr—a well-dressed but faceless heroine—into the world of psychics. Read full book review >
CAT IN A DIAMOND DAZZLE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1996

This romance and mystery veteran adds a fifth to her series in the cute-cat category (Cat in a Crimson Haze, 1995, etc.) starring Las Vegas p.r.-expert Temple Barr and her pet Midnight Louie. Read full book review >
CAT IN A CRIMSON HAZE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1995

"A clunker, except perhaps to the cat-obsessed."
Yet another chapter in the frenetic life of footwear-obsessed p.r. woman Temple Barr (Cat on a Blue Monday, 1994, etc.) and her all-knowing, self-obsessed cat Midnight Louie. Read full book review >
CAT ON A BLUE MONEY by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1994

"Less arch than Catnap (1992) and Pussyfoot (1993), but intolerably overextended, with a finale that'll run you within a whisker of your ninth life."
PR flack Temple Barr, arranging publicity for the Las Vegas Cat Show, is on the track of whoever gave Peggy Wilhelm's champion Birman cat Minuet a Mohawk, keeping Minuet out of shows for at least a year. Read full book review >
IRENE'S LAST WALTZ by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Beneath the relentless infatuation with its intrepid heroine, this is the best—luckily, since it's also by far the longest—of Irene's adventures to date."
Let lesser lights like Sherlock Holmes investigate the servile murders of two seamstresses at Charles Worth's exclusive Paris salon. Read full book review >
PUSSYFOOT by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 1993

"Dog lovers, and lovers of well-made plots and prose, need not apply."
Principled p.r. freelancer Temple Barr (Catnap, 1992) gets backed into arranging publicity for the Goliath Hotel's stripper competition- -thanks to the heart-attack that sleazy columnist Crawford Buchanan suffered when he discovered the body of one of the contestants hanging by her own G-string. Read full book review >
SEED UPON THE WIND by Carole Nelson Douglas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A curious hybrid of stock romantic fantasy and something more ambitious, this one might appeal to the readers of Stephen R. Donaldson."
In this sequel to Cup of Clay (1991), Douglas returns Allison Carver, a Minnesota reporter, to the fantasy world called Veil, setting of the first of the series. Read full book review >
IRENE AT LARGE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Though the details about romance and ladies' garb are as arch as ever, the hindsighted period cameos and tangential intrigues are mercifully kept in abeyance as Holmes and Irene do their most charming (if, in Holmes's case, unwitting) work together."
With this third helping of corseted whimsy resurrecting Sherlock Holmes's old antagonist Irene Adler, Douglas (Good Night, Mr. Holmes; Good Morning, Irene) finally seems to be getting the hang of weaving a new mystery together with strands of Holmesiana that include the background of Col. Read full book review >
CATNAP by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1992

"Douglas (Good Night, Irene, 1991, etc.) is already at work on a sequel that should appeal to cats everywhere."
Why would the killer of detestable publisher Chester Royal, after dispatching him with a knitting needle at the American Booksellers' convention in Las Vegas, tag him with a note reading ``STET,'' and then, for good measure, kidnap a pair of cats, the corporate mascots of rival imprint Baker & Taylor? Read full book review >
CUP OF CLAY by Carole Nelson Douglas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 24, 1991

Douglas (Good Morning, Irene, p. 635) returns to fantasy with this bland first volume of The Taliswoman Trilogy. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING, IRENE by Carole Nelson Douglas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1991

"Arch and self-infatuated, but charming (as Nell might say) withal."
More adventures for Sherlock Holmes's nemesis Irene Norton, nÇe Adler: reported dead in the European press, she's living in Paris when a sailor is dragged from the Seine with an ornate S tattooed on his chest—the mate not only to a similar O-shaped tattoo Irene found on a man Bram Stoker pulled from the Thames seven years earlier, but to a third tattoo, an E, engraved on the breast of Louise Montpensier, an heiress Irene discovers in a hotel particulier shortly before she disappears from Paris. Read full book review >
SEVEN OF SWORDS: Sword and Circlet III by Carole Nelson Douglas
Released: Feb. 28, 1989

Concluding the fantasy trilogy of Keepers of Edanvant and Heir of Rengarth, about Irissa, the silver-eyed Torloc seeress, and her consort Kendric, the seven-foot-tall, sword-wielding Wrathman. Read full book review >