CAT IN A FLAMINGO FEDORA

It's time for the paperback version of another daring caper featuring that super feline sleuth, Midnight Louie, and his quick-witted sidekick Temple Barr, publicist extraordinaire and part-time detective.

Nine-hundred thousand plastic flamingoes are invading Las Vegas, courtesy of an eccentric artist named Domingo. Temple Barr will be right in the thick of it as the public relations expert who will magically persuade mighty corporations to participate in the highly visible event.

In the middle of the ensuing chaos, Temple must also oversee the filming of the cat food commercials featuring Louie and his Divine Yvette. Lurking on the sidelines is Maurice, Yvette's former partner, whose unscrupulous attempts to regain his role threaten Louie's life and limbs.

Temple's friend Matt is a hotline counselor alarmed by calls from an obviously famous personality who could be on the verge of suicide. So it's no surprise when a celebrated entertainer turns up dead. But is it suicide, or is it murder?

Once again, Ms. Douglas lights up the skies with a dazzling blend of witty prose, clever plotting and plain old good fun. No wonder Midnight Louie is everyone's cat's meow. (Apr., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer