Midnight Louie

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Midnight Louie is the name of a slightly overweight (20 pounds) fictional black cat in a series of mystery novels by author Carole Nelson Douglas, and is the general title for the same series. Each volume of the series is told from the point of view of the cat's "roommate", Temple Barr, a freelance public relations consultant, and from the point of view of Midnight Louie, the cat himself. Midnight Louie's chapters are written in what the author describes as a style reminiscent of Damon Runyan[citation needed], generic gumshoe, and Mrs. Malaprop. As the Las Vegas-set series continues, three other main human characters have points of view: a hard-boiled female homicide detective, C.R. Molina; Matt Devine, an ex-priest; and Max Kinsella, a stage magician. The mix of adventure, mystery, humor and social issues is why the author describes the series as "cozy-noir." Midnight Louie was introduced as a character in the author's early romance-with-mystery series, initially called the Crystal series. The author was not shown galleys of the books until she demanded them, too late to undo the romance editor's deep cuts of mystery elements, including Midnight Louie sections. The books were later reverted and Douglas reissued them in the original form as The Cat and a playing card series. In the interim, Douglas had started writing Midnight Louie's own new mystery series.

Titles[edit]

Crystal series[edit]

  • Crystal Days (1990)
  • Crystal Nights (1990)

The Cat and a playing card series[edit]

  • The Cat and the King of Clubs (1999)
  • The Cat and the Queen of Hearts (1999)
  • The Cat and the Jill of Diamonds (1999)
  • The Cat and the Jack of Spades (1999), ISBN 0-7862-2896-2

Midnight Louie series novels[edit]

Short Stories[edit]

  • Maltese Double Cross (1992), printed in Cat Crimes II, and Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories, 2nd Annual Edition
  • Sax and the Single Cat (1993), printed in Danger in D.C., A Treasury of Cat Mysteries, Felonious Felines, ISBN 0-7862-2689-7, and White House Pet Detectives, ISBN 1-58182-243-X
  • Coyote Peyote (1994), printed in Mysterious West, ISBN 0-06-017785-3, and Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories, 4th Annual Edition
  • Dog Collar (1996), published in Great Writers and Kids Write Mysteries, ISBN 0-679-87939-0
  • Iä Iä Iä Iä Cthulouie! (1997), published in Cat Crimes for the Holidays, reprinted as Something Fishy
  • A Baker Street Irregular (1998), printed in Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives, ISBN 0-312-86435-3
  • The Mummy Case (1999), printed in Cat Crimes Through Time and The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories
  • Something Fishy (reprint of Iä Iä Iä Iä Cthulouie!)
  • License to Koi (2004), printed in Death Dines In, ISBN 0-425-19262-8
  • Junior Partner in Crime (2005), printed in Creature Cozies ISBN 0-425-20127-9
  • The Riches There That Lie (2006), printed in Poe's Lighthouse, ISBN 1-58767-128-X

Origin of the name[edit]

The author of the series has previously worked as a television reporter in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. During her time there, she was assigned to work on a story about a local animal shelter, and featured one of the cats there, called Midnight Louie, in the reports. The cat did not survive. Each of the volumes of the Midnight Louie series includes the dedication "For the real and original Midnight Louie. Nine lives were not enough."[citation needed]

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