Midnight Louie by Carole Nelson Douglas
Midnight Louie is the feline protagonist in two series of mystery novels by Carole Nelson Douglas. In the main Midnight Louie series, the feline sleuth teams up with a public relations freelancer named Temple Barr in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the earlier Cat and a Playing Card series, Midnight Louie goes solo.

The Cat and a Playing Card prequel series was originally published in 1990 as Crystal Days and Crystal Nights (collectively known as the Crystal Phoenix duology), with 40% of Midnight Louie’s chapters removed from the novels without approval from Douglas. Carole Nelson Douglas began the Midnight Louie series in 1992 with the novel Catnap. She followed it up with Pussyfoot the following year, and then each novel that followed began with “Cat.” The series is currently ongoing, with a new novel being published each year ever since 1992. Below is a list of Carole Nelson Douglas’ Midnight Louie books in order of when they were originally released:

Note: The Cat and a Playing Card series was originally published in two volumes, titled Crystal Days and Crystal Nights. They were later revised, restored and re-published in their proper form in 1999 and 2000.

Publication Order of Midnight Louie Books


Catnap(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pussyfoot(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat on a Blue Monday(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Crimson Haze(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Diamond Dazzle(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat with an Emerald Eye(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Flamingo Fedora(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Golden Garland(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in an Indigo Mood(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Kiwi Con(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Leopard Spot(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Midnight Choir(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Neon Nightmare(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in an Orange Twist(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Quicksilver Caper(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Red Hot Rage(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Sapphire Slipper(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Topaz Tango(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fruit of the Tomb(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a White Tie and Tails(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in an Alien X-Ray(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Cat and A Playing Card Books


The Cat and the King of Clubs(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat and the Queen of Hearts(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat and the Jill of Diamonds(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat and the Jack of Spades(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Midnight Louie Books

If you are reading the Midnight Louie series in chronological order, we suggest that you read the Cat and a Playing Card series prior to the Midnight Louie series. However, this is not required.

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  • Alan T

    I came across the Midnight Louie books early this year and immediately became a fan of them. The combination of mystery and coziness is nicely balanced, with some tongue-in-cheek ” to add a little humor at times. The series of 28 books has one overarching storyline with numerous major and minor subplots (the latter being the individual books). I devoured the final book (Cat in an Alphabet Endgame) and immediately began to miss Midnight Louie et. al. My solace is the Douglas states on her website that Louie has more adventures to come.