Amateur detective Temple Barr is 30-going-on-19 when she agrees to do homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina a big favor and go undercover as a contestant at "Teen Idol," a TV reality show. The lieutenant is worried because someone is threatening the contestants--including her own 13-year-old daughter.Amateur detective Temple Barr is 30-going-on-19 when she agrees to do homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina a big favor and go undercover as a contestant at "Teen Idol," a TV reality show. The lieutenant is worried because someone is threatening the contestants--including her own 13-year-old daughter.Read Less
New. Ships From Canada. New in new dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 364 p. Midnight Louie Mysteries (Hardcover). Audience: General/trade. Book Description New on reality TV: Temple Barr, amateur detective extraordinaire, and Midnight Louie, the feline Sam Spade W hen mutilated Barbie dolls start showing up all over Las Vegas, ace freelance PR woman and amateur detective Temple Barr is on the case. She's thirty-going-on-nineteen when she agrees to do homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina a big favor and go undercover at Teen Idol, a TV reality show the lieutenant's thirteen-yearold daughter is appearing on. About the Author CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS is the author of the bestselling Midnight Louie series, which includes Cat in a Neon Nightmare, Cat in a Midnight Choir, Cat In a Leopard Spot, and many more. She is also the author of the historical suspense series featuring Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have "'"outwitted"'" Sherlock Holmes. She resides in Fort Wort.
Douglas takes a risky turn here, setting her novel in the hype-laden and rather pyschologically disturbing scene of reality TV and beauty pageants. While this means that a large number of the characters in the supporting cast are definitely people you would not want to spend much time with, it allows Douglas to deal with a weighty issue - how each person views the self - in a very understated and interesting fashion. In addition, she fleshes out her supporting character triangle of Rafi Nadir/C.R. Molina/Mariah in this novel and that adds a good deal of anticipation to the reader's experience. A new and ambivalent supporting character is added to the cast in the person of Sergeant Larry Paddock, an undercover cop with an edge.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-04-04 Thirty-year-old Temple Barr, Las Vegas PR whiz and amateur sleuth, goes undercover as 19-year-old Xoe Chloe Ozone on a reality TV show, Teen Idol, in Douglas's 17th Midnight Louie caper (after 2004's Cat in an Orange Twist), one of the stronger, leaner entries in this crime-solving cat series. Declining to compete for Teen Pet Idol, feline PI Midnight Louie decides to help Temple protect homicide lieutenant C.R. Molina's 13-year-old daughter, Mariah, who's competing for the Tween division title, from a stalker. Held at a spooky mansion, scene of an old unsolved crime, the contest features eccentric judges, Paris Hilton wannabes, a ghostly Elvis and witty reflections on beauty/reality showbiz. Amid multiple murders, Douglas hints at complications to come for Molina as she deals with a new admirer and her ex-lover, Mariah's dad. Meanwhile, Temple struggles to resolve a deliciously romantic dilemma that should thrill fans of Matt, the divine ex-priest, and worry devotees of her other major suitor, Mystifying Max, "stage magician on hiatus." Agent, Howard Morhaim. (May 15) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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