This engaging mystery will appeal to readers of the series. Midnight Louie is a crafty feline crime solver, and Temple is a spunky fast-moving heroine. The Las Vegas atmosphere adds sparkle, and although the mystery is well constructed, other elements bog down the story. Those who keep up with the series will want to read this installment for the continuing storylines.

The Red Hat Sisterhood convention is hitting Las Vegas, and PR expert Temple Barr and feline crime solver Midnight Louie are surrounded by fun-loving women with purple boas, red hats and lots of attitude. The fun turns ugly, though, when Temple's landlady, Electra Lark, is accused of killing a pink hatter (a woman under 50) at the convention. It doesn't help matters that the victim lured away one of Electra's ex-husbands years earlier. Temple, Louie and the rest of the gang at the Crystal Phoenix have to work fast to snag a murderer -- while dealing with the protesting Black Hat Brotherhood and a suspicious female reporter. (FORGE, May, 384 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin