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Catnap (Midnight Louie #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,625 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
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Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 15th 1993 by Forge Books (first published March 1st 1992)
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May 24, 2010 KarenV rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish, 2010
I guess I'm missing something, judging from the large number of 4 and 5* ratings for this book, but I just couldn't get into it. Full of cliches, not really that amusing and the parts in Louie's voice were just too coy and trying too hard to be clever. Not my cup of tea, I'm afraid.
Dec 01, 2015 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is the first Midnight Louie mystery series in an ambitious 28 novel serialisation but unfortunately the other 27 will have to ever remain a mystery for me as I have no interest in continuing to read the others.

Midnight Louie is a male feline an unofficial house detective who fancies himself the cat equivalent of Sam Spade/Philip Marlowe which I found just plain annoying rather than endearing. Temple Barr deals with PR for the convention centre in Las Vegas and is adopted by Midnight Louie a
Oct 09, 2008 Du4 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I mean, it's Vegas and a talking detective cat. Sure-fire recipe for brilliance, right? Wrong. Problem is, the plot is not nearly as engaging as you'd be led to believe, and the mystery upon which these characters are laid is pretty flimsy. The best parts are the parts recounted from the cat's perspective (where all cats can talk, apparently) but even these are few and far between. I dunno if this series got any better as time went on. It seems like such a ...more
Gary Sundell
Jun 19, 2016 Gary Sundell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Looking forward to reading more in the series.
Kitty Sutton
Mar 15, 2013 Kitty Sutton rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get used to the voice that Ms. Douglas uses for her main characters. It is very intelligent, quick witted and sarcastic. The two main characters have an ongoing discussion within their own heads. Ms. Temple Barr is a young freelance PR (Public Relations) expert who is hired by various and sundry casinos and hotels. Her job is to make sure their business is seen in the best light possible. That is hard to do when people drop like flies all around you and Temple is in the ...more
May 27, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it
‘Midnight Louie’ is an 18 lb black tom cat who lives in Las Vegas. While roaming the American Booksellers Association convention, he discovers a hidden corpse, and leads PR woman Temple Barr to it. Soon they both find themselves trying to solve the murder mystery-and a possibly associated catnapping- in their own ways. Both end up with attempts made on their lives before the murder is solved.

The story is told in alternate sections: Temple in the third person and Louie in the first. Louie sounds
Jul 28, 2015 Loraine rated it liked it
SUMMARY: Catnap is the first book in Carole Nelson Douglas's delightful Midnight Louie mystery series where we meet that fabulous 20-lb black cat-about-town and his sometimes roommate/owner cutie Temple Barr. Together they solve crimes and find love in Las Vegas.

REVIEW: I have read many of the Midnight Louie mystery series but somehow never read the first book. I have always enjoyed the mysteries as told from the point of view of bothTemple Barr, the crime solver, and Midnight Louie, her cat ass
Jan 28, 2016 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first book of a series of cozy mysteries that I both liked and disliked. I like that there are not just one, but several strong women characters. I was ok with the cat being anthromorphed (rather like Garfield). His schtick is a bit detective noir, which I enjoy. I also liked that she threw in some Minnesota references, (her being a former Minnesotan and me being a current one). But together, it was just a good book, not a fabulous book. I will likely read more of this series in the ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Eyehavenofilter rated it really liked it
Shelves: midnight-louie
What do you do with a 20 lb black cat that wants to come and go as he pleases. YOU LET HIM. Especially if he helps you solve crimes in Sin City. Midnight Louie is a "player- playboy" cat who rules the city of Las Vegas. He has VIP access to 1000's of places that humans couldnt enter even if they were the biggest, richest, most famous person in the world. So Louie has the world as his oyster and can do all sorts of things to help his human. It's a gret premise, and with a shoe obsessed female ...more
rebecca beals
Jan 09, 2016 rebecca beals rated it it was amazing
This is a book and a series for all independent women who understand what it is like to suddenly have your life turned upside down, and have to figure out how to make ends meet and a new life for yourself. Along with that you get a delightful mystery and a cat who reminds us of the Vegas and PI's of old.
Mary Tonks
Aug 24, 2015 Mary Tonks rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
I think I've been spoiled by Lilian Jackson Braun. I've read 2 of these books in the series, this being the first, and they just don't hold my attention. Louie is a cool cat, but Temple Barr is no Jim Qwillerin! LOL
Jan 10, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was ok
I love animal mysteries but didn't like this one.
Sep 14, 2011 J rated it it was ok
I got spoiled with Lilian Jackson Braun's Cat Who series and was disappointed with this book.
Feb 25, 2015 Nicola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Previously published as Catnap, this is the first in the Midnight Louie mysteries. The main human character is Temple Barr, a petite redhead who is a freelance PR whizz, who totters around on high heels and keeps on stumbling over dead bodies. She is adopted by Midnight Louie, a huge black cat who always seems to know where the best place is to be in the centre of the action.

What I love about these books is that Midnight Louie’s narratives punctuate the story. Imagine a film noir smart
Apr 03, 2010 Nicola rated it it was amazing
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Oct 07, 2012 Stef marked it as did-not-finish
This book's been sitting in my bookcase, unread, for a little over a decade. I say "unread" and not "untouched" because I have, several times, picked it up with the intention of reading it. On three occasions have I poured a sincere effort into trying to finish this book, yet for some reason I can never bring myself to read more than thirty odd pages before I realize that my efforts are doomed to fail (or make me plummet into a deep abyss of reading apathy).

I have decided that it is no longer wo
Connie N.
Clever idea, but overall the story was pretty slow-moving. I didn't guess the murderer until the end, but that was mostly because I didn't really care who did it. We hear of a body right at the beginning, but we don't know the victim nor do we really understand him even with the background that comes to light, so it's hard to get involved in solving the mystery. Temple Barr is a pleasant enough main character, and her landlady Electra Lark is a wonderful secondary character, but that's not ...more
Dany Burns
This was a good mystery book, not the best one I have ever read but it kept me intrigued. I actually did like most of the characters, even if they were all sort of a trope and kind of weird. This book has a cat element that is clearly evident from the cover and the first pages. The problem was that the chapters that were narrated by the cat were not chapters I enjoyed very much. Luckily for me those chapters didn't come up very often but in a book that's kind of short I wanted to enjoy all of ...more
Alexis Masters
Weird but interesting. Dually narrated by Midnight Louie (a cat) and Temple Barr (a PR woman). Temple is working the floor of a publishing convention and chases after Louie, thinking him to be one of the two escaped cat mascots of a large publishing house, when she stumbles over the corpse of a murdered editor. She's instantly tasked with sweeping the mess under the rug as smoothly as possible while still dealing with the fallout of a catnapping and now a murder. As the story progresses, she ...more
Oct 24, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing
One of the first Midnight Louie Books I read. It hooked me. I think I've read all of them published so far, and now I can't wait for the next one. It's not so much the mysteries, which are not always completely solved at the end of each book, that keep me reading. It's waiting to see what happens next in the lives of the characters, Temple Barr, the Mystifying Max, the ex-priest Matt, the eccentric landlady Electra, and, of course the cats. Midnight Louie and his maybe daughter Midnight Louise ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Audree rated it it was amazing
i love this series, but i dont really know why. i love cats. but talking cats are kind of corny. and midnight louie is kind of gangster corny. but i cant help it, i love the books anyway!!!! i love the name Temple Barr, the main character. and i love the thread of romance going on between her and The Mystifying Max and the other guy, whose name i cant remember right now-the former priest. i WANT her to be with THAT guy. but she has a loyalty to Max. and for Max, Temple Barr is kind of his anchor ...more
Oct 10, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing
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Shelves: mystery
I honestly don't remember when I started reading Midnight Louie, but I know I've been following him breathlessly for some while now.

The first chapter in the planned 27-volume Midnight Louie series is guaranteed to grab you and keep you reading (starting with "Catnap," then "Pussyfoot," then the rest are as simple as B-Z). Louie is a smart and sassy cat with on-board shivs and a catitude that can't be matched. Douglas's voice for her big-cat P.I. is spot-on and always a load of fun. Readers and w
Dec 25, 2010 Lori rated it liked it
In general, I enjoyed this book Temple Barr makes a good detective, and Midnight Louie, the 20 lb black cat who becomes her partner in solving the murder/cat napping at the ABA (American Booksellers Association) convention, is a great character. It's another cozy cat mystery where the animals can talk, but humans can't understand them. My biggest problem with the book is that there just wasn't enough Midnight Louie. It's called a Midnight Louie Mystery, but he gets, like 5 short chapters in the ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: cats
Nice solid mystery with solid characters. Combines a bit of the cozy in the person of Temple Barr, PR person for the Las Vegas Convention Center and a bit of the noir in Midnight Louie a streetwise cat-about-town who is an old pro in Sin City. I enjoyed the discussion of the landaldy Electra and her wedding chapel "peopled" with soft form dummies dressed for the occasion to make the weddings seem warmer. I thought the mystery was rather well-done, although she seemed slow about understanding the ...more
Midnight Louie is a cat, living in Las Vegas. When he discovers a dead body at the American Booksellers' Association convention, he must help figure out what happened. Temple is a PR person, working at the convention and was the first human to discover the body. She also wants to find out what happened. In the meantime, Baker & Taylor, the two cat mascots for the company of the same name, have disappeared. Temple is trying to keep this quiet and find the cats at the same time.

It was ok. I w
Dharia Scarab
Apr 11, 2016 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Nov 13, 2011 Martha rated it it was ok
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There was something dirty about that slinker, Midnight Louie. For example, he calls the heroine, Temple Barr, little doll. I don't think I'd be too keen on sharing a room with that particular gent about the town. I didn't like the cat (shock! horror!), I didn't like the mystery. I didn't much like the leading lady either, even though she wasn't totally stupid. Something about her was off. I also plain HATED the cutesy language, where everyone talks like they fell out of the same tree. If the ...more
Karen B.
Sep 17, 2015 Karen B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as in a collection titled Killer Tails but wanted to review the book on its own.

I finally got a chance to enjoy Midnight Louie with this first in the Midnight Louie series. The setting is Las Vegas where it seems anything can happen. Midnight Louie is an independent cat who helps Temple Barr solve mysteries. Temple Barr discovers the body of a book publisher at the American Booksellers Association Convention. She sees a black cat (Midnight Louie) running past and he ends up
Mar 30, 2016 Nd rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Catnap. A few months ago, I had read one later in the series that a friend gave me and had found it fun but a little hard to get into the Louie speak. Perhaps it served as an inroad to making this one more enjoyable, or perhaps the background given in this one would have made the later one a better read. To understand how Temple, someone I wouldn't ordinarily expect to be a "cat person," becomes Louie's person was fun. Their personalities, each a little out of the ordinary, mesh ...more
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Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of sixty-three award-winning novels in contemporary and historical mystery/suspense and romance, high and urban fantasy and science fiction genres. She is best known for two popular mystery series, the Irene Adler historical suspense novels and the 28-book Midnight Louie contemporary mystery series. Delilah Street, PI (Paranormal Investigator), headlines ...more
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“At a rear window I hear the heart-rendering cries of my captive kind, plus a lot of yammering from the idiotic dogs, who will raise about the same ruckus for a simple rabies shot as they would for the end of the world.
--Midnight Louie”
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