CAT IN A TOPAZ TANGO
This is the 21st book in the Midnight Louie Mystery series, and the kitty
shows no signs of tiring. He's so funny and intelligent and such a great sleuth that it's easy to forget he's a cat. The humans are also strongly portrayed and likable. But at times the story focuses too intensely on the dance routines at the expense of the plot.
Temple Barr is thrilled that her fiance, Matt Devine, will be part of a televised charity event called Dancing With the Celebs. She hopes the competition will bring out the extroverted side of the ex-priest. In the meantime, homicide cop Carmen Molina's daughter, Mariah, is missing, and there appears to be a connection to the dance competition. To keep Matt and Mariah safe, Temple goes undercover as teen sensation Zoe Chloe Ozone to catch a killer. When things turn dangerous, Temple is lucky to have Louie on her side. (FORGE, Aug., 400 pp., $24.95)