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 concluded in 2016 with Cat in an Alphabet Endgame. Below is a list of Carole Nelson Douglas’ Midnight Louie books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Midnight Louie Books

Catnap (1992)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Pussyfoot (1993)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat On A Blue Monday (1994)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Crimson Haze (1995)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Diamond Dazzle (1996)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat with an Emerald Eye (1997)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Flamingo Fedora (1997)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Golden Garland (1997)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt (1998)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in an Indigo Mood (1999)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit (1999)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Kiwi Con (2000)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Leopard Spot (2001)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Midnight Choir (2002)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Neon Nightmare (2003)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in an Orange Twist (2004)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit (2005)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Quicksilver Caper (2006)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Red Hot Rage (2007)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Sapphire Slipper (2008)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Topaz Tango (2009)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme (2010)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta (2011)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Fruit of the Tomb (2012)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a White Tie and Tails (2012)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in an Alien X-Ray (2013)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Yellow Spotlight (2014)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit (2015)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cat in an Alphabet Endgame (2016)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
If you are reading the Midnight Louie series in chronological order, you will want to read the Cat and a Playing Card series prior to the Midnight Louie series. However, this is not required.

Publication Order of Midnight Louie Cafe Noir Mystery Books

Absinthe Without Leave (2018)Amazon UK | Amazon.com

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. Catnip was re-titled Cat in an Alphabet Soup.

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One Response to “Order of Midnight Louie Books”

  1. Alan T: 5 years ago

    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.

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