Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit by Carole Nelson Douglas

 

Cozy Mystery

Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit Cat in a Hot Pink PursuitCarole Nelson Douglas; Forge Books 2006WorldCatTemple Barr is a tiny woman. That’s one reason she loves high heel shoes. But that is also the reason Lt. Carmen Molina makes a special request of Temple. The reality television show Teen Queen is being filmed at an older, spacious home in Las Vegas. Carmen is not happy because her 13-year-old daughter has been accepted as a contestant. But she doesn’t make a deal with Temple just to babysit. There have been threats made against the girls. Carmen wants Temple to pretend to be a teenager and try to get on the show.

Thirty year old Temple suddenly has to pretend she is 19. She realizes the only way she can do that is to change her persona to something alien to her normal self. She becomes the punk contender, Xoe Chloe Ozone. She roller skates her way into the audition and into competition. Now she has to uncover a killer. Midnight Louie follows her to keep her out of trouble.

Max has been busy rebuilding his magic skills – he tells Temple he is getting together a new act. What he is really doing is being a masked magician in a club where he can spy on Synth. He believes the group of magicians are behind the murder of his mentor.

Matt has gone to Chicago. He has become a minor celebrity due to his advice radio show. He is making a guest appearance on a talk show. He is also doing a favor for his mother. She wants him to find out his father’s name. She knew he had died in Viet Nam and came from a prominent Chicago family. She never knew his full name. She wants Matt to go back to the lawyers who set her up all those years ago and find out who his father really is.

That consolidates all the individual stories of our continuing characters. The mystery is interesting, not outstanding. But for the reader who is following the personal interactions of Midnight Louie (of course), Temple, Max, Matt, Carmen, and the other peripheral characters, this book adds more twists. I now know how movie goers in the 1930’s felt with the serial movies on Saturday mornings. But instead of ten weeks, we still have ten years before that storyline is complete. Douglas has been giving a good synopsis at the beginning of the last few novels to introduce the novice to the world of Temple Barr. That is why I keep reading.

Plus, the description of a thirty-year-old punk Temple is fun. Douglas had fun with her character as a gum chewing, roller blading smart mouth. There are two judges who know her personally, plus a couple others serving in other roles around the television show. She not only has to fool people into believing she is a teenager, she has to hide her identity from others who know her, including her aunt.

Midnight Louie series at Stop! You’re Killing Me!
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