That fabulous feline detective, Midnight Louie, and his crew of felines and humans are back and better than ever in his twenty-fifth adventure. Science-fiction is the underlying theme, as an Area 51 attraction on the Strip attracts the usual brand of murder and mayhem. Louie has to work hard to keep his crew in line, a crew that includes the intrepid amateur detective Temple Barr, her fiancé, Matt Devine, who has a deep, dark secret he’s keeping from her; Temple’s former fiancée, magician and amnesiac Max Kinsella – who’s unresolved feelings for Temple keep getting in the way of his romancing the equally devine and mysterious Revienne Schneider.
CAT IN AN ALIEN X-RAY is a true showcase for the writing chops of Ms. Carole Nelson Douglas, who writes Louie as a feline version of Bogart. It’s easy to see how he’s earned the title of the ‘funniest, hairiest, hard-boiled PI on the planet’ and that he certainly is – in this world or any other. Douglas weaves an intricate plot, resolving many loose ends from previous books and stirring up quite a few new ones. Fans of the love triangle between Temple, Matt and Max will be clamoring for more, more, more, and fans of our black furry Columbo with shivs will not be disappointed. The only disappointment is number twenty-six won’t be out until next year. Four and ½ stars – Rocco LoTempio
Carole Nelson Douglas's Cat in an Alien X-Ray takes the Las Vegas gang on a science-fictional roller-coaster ride, as Midnight Louie, feline PI, and company encounter UFO enthusiasts, conspiracy nuts who are too bizarre even for tin foil hat therapy. An Area 51 attraction on the Strip threatens to bring more than starry-eyed enthusiasts to town. Once again it is up to that furballed PI Midnight Louie to keep his crew in line and save them from the attack of the creatures from the beyond…or common criminals that prey on the innocent.