cover image CAT IN A HOT PINK PURSUIT: A Midnight Louie Mystery

CAT IN A HOT PINK PURSUIT: A Midnight Louie Mystery

Carole Nelson Douglas, . . Forge, $24.95 (364pp) ISBN 978-0-7653-1399-7

Thirty-year-old Temple Barr, Las Vegas PR whiz and amateur sleuth, goes undercover as 19-year-old Xoe Chloe Ozone on a reality TV show, Teen Idol , in Douglas's 17th Midnight Louie caper (after 2004's Cat in an Orange Twist ), one of the stronger, leaner entries in this crime-solving cat series. Declining to compete for Teen Pet Idol, feline PI Midnight Louie decides to help Temple protect homicide lieutenant C.R. Molina's 13-year-old daughter, Mariah, who's competing for the Tween division title, from a stalker. Held at a spooky mansion, scene of an old unsolved crime, the contest features eccentric judges, Paris Hilton wannabes, a ghostly Elvis and witty reflections on beauty/reality showbiz. Amid multiple murders, Douglas hints at complications to come for Molina as she deals with a new admirer and her ex-lover, Mariah's dad. Meanwhile, Temple struggles to resolve a deliciously romantic dilemma that should thrill fans of Matt, the divine ex-priest, and worry devotees of her other major suitor, Mystifying Max, "stage magician on hiatus." Agent, Howard Morhaim. (May 15)