My Kind of Guy (or Cat) – Why I Love Midnight Louie
Midnight Louie is my kind of detective.
In his own words, he’s short, dark and unobtrusive. He talks like a detective out of a 40s pulp novel. Plus, he’s remarkably light on his feet and he can shimmy into places Columbo would never dare to tread.
And why not? Louie is a cat.
A 20 pound, jet black tomcat with all of his – um- assets intact (well for the most part. He has had a vasectomy – yeah, you heard me right) Louie is the first furpurrson of mystery, or as he puts it, the star of his own multivolume mystery series. And make no mistake about it, Louis is THE star, even though at times he finds himself sharing center stage with some very interesting humans.
A good deal of the charm for me in this series is Carole Nelson Douglas’ well fleshed out characters, both feline and human. Eighteen pound plus tomcat Louie shares the stage in his books with four human characters, two men, two women; two amateur sleuths, two pros. Crime-solving Temple Barr, PR woman and burgeoning sleuth, is Louie’s roommate. (No one “owns” Louie.) He’s Temple’s protector and “muscle.” Hard-boiled female homicide lieutenant C.R. Molina has to put up with the pair of them. Max Kinsella is Temple’s ex, a magician and counter-terrorist operative on the run. Matt Devine is an ex-priest radio advice counselor who’s become Temple’s fiancée. And this is not to mention the feline characters, which include his alleged daughter, Midnight Louise (who loves ragging on dear old pops), Ma Barker, his mom who still oftentimes refers to him by his given name, Grasshopper, a bomb and drug sniffing Maltese, Nose E, several assorted cats, big and little…oh! And let’s not forget those glamour pusses, cats of the female persuasion that set Louie’s tail to thumping: Shaded silver and gold Persians Yvette and Solange, between whose affections Louie bounces like a furry black ball; the deadly Hyacinth, a seal point Siamese whose claws are dipped nightly (supposedly) in Curare; and Satin, a comely black chick with a fluffy tail, one of Louie’s first amours and the maybe-momma of Midnight Louise.
Douglas writes the series as if it were a daytime soap, interweaving plot points and characters throughout. And, like any loyal soap follower, we’re all dying to know what happens next? Who will Temple end up with, her long time love, the Mystifying Max? Or radio hottie/ex-priest Matt Devine? More importantly, will Louie ever be able to decide between those darling Persians, Yvette and Solange?
As Louie says, he lives in “the city that never sleeps” – and with a crew like that, who could?
More importantly, who would want to?
Toni LoTempio is an admin by day, writer by night! Toni is the author of several paperback and e-books of paranormal suspense – as well as the upcoming Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkeley Prime Crime. She and her cat Rocco fundraise for Nathan Fillion’s charity, Kids Need to Read, when they aren’t interviewing authors on Rocco’s blog! You can keep up with all the latest interviews and news (the release of the forthcoming Meow If It’s Murder included) at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
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