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 / Cat in an Alphabet Soup(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pussyfoot / Cat in an Aqua Storm(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat On A Blue Monday(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Crimson Haze(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Diamond Dazzle(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat with an Emerald Eye(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Flamingo Fedora(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Golden Garland(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in an Indigo Mood(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Kiwi Con(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Leopard Spot(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Midnight Choir(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Neon Nightmare(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Midnight Louie In Something Fishy(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in an Orange Twist(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Quicksilver Caper(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Red Hot Rage(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Sapphire Slipper(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Topaz Tango(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fruit of the Tomb(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a White Tie and Tails(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in an Alien X-Ray(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Yellow Spotlight(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cat in an Alphabet Endgame(2016)Description / Buy at 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)Description / Buy at 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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  1. Alan T: 7 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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