Cat in a Sapphire Slipper (Midnight Louie Series #20)

Cat in a Sapphire Slipper - Carole Nelson Douglas I'm a long-time fan of Carol Nelson Douglas' "Midnight Louie Mysteries," which feature an amateur detective named Temple Barr and her cat, Midnight Louie. Louie has his own first-person chapters throughout the book, and has the voice of a gangster from the pages of Dashiell Hammett.In this particular outing, Temple's aunt Kit is marrying one of the confirmed bachelor Fontana brothers (the Fontanas are the local mafiosos). The bachelor party, including Temple's former priest fiance Matt, is hijacked to a brothel ... where Matt finds a freshly murdered woman. The Fontanas call Temple to have them help find the perpetrator before the police are involved.Of course, Louie and his band of alley cat operatives are involved in the solution as well.The only downside to these books is that you really need to start early in the series to understand the ins and outs of the relationships that are referred to therein or they don't make much sense. They are well-constructed and entertaining whodunnits, with a wisecracking gumshoe cat to boot. What's not to love?