Cat in an Alien X-Ray (Midnight Louie)
by Carole Nelson Douglas
Cover Artist: Jo Tronc
Review by Mel Jacob
Forge Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765327482
Date: 06 August 2013 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Douglas continues her successful series featuring Midnight Louie and his mistress in Cat in an Alien X-Ray. It is the 25th mystery in this series. Midnight Louie and his gang of feral cats are detectives of the first order and aid Miss Temple Barr, his owner, and her friends, Matt Devine and Max Kinsella, catch evildoers.
Early in the novel Temple, Matt, and Max review a list of unsolved murders and discuss who might have committed them. Several were related to a magic club and others to a woman known as Kathleen O'Connor, reputed to have amassed funds for the IRA. Soon the three must add more murders to list, and they lives are threatened.
Temple is approached to handle PR for a new venture. An entrepreneur wants to use stealth technology to create the illusion of an alien UFO. Before the venture get underway, a dead man is found on the site. It appears to be an old-fashioned mob execution. Another murder follows.
Meanwhile, the O'Connor woman becomes involved in counseling session with Matt, Temple's fiancÚ. Devine is a late night host of a radio program resembling Dr. Phil. He tries to understand her and help her deal with her anger. She once loved Max, but feels betrayed by him and has taken to murder. Called by some Kitty the Cutter, she wields a straight-edged razor during her sessions with Matt.
Louie, an independent black cat, and his gang help to unravel the solution to thefts and murder. He tends to follow his human, Miss Temple, and ensure she is protected. He manages to bring clues to her attentions.
Much that happens here has roots in earlier novels in the series, which can be confusing for those who are not familiar with Louie's adventures. Cat lovers will appreciate the clever cats. UFO adherents had best look elsewhere since no aliens appear. Some may feel this mystery lacks the energy of earlier ones.