Forge, Apr 2001, 24,95, 384 pp.
One year has passed since freelance Las Vegas publicist Temple Barr and black alley cat Midnight Louie found each other. Temple also got back with her boyfriend Max Kinsella, a counter terrorist agent with many more enemies
than friends. During Max's absence, Temple made a friend in former priest Matt Devine, a virgin. This quartet is linked, and like it or not, are forced to work together at times.
Matt currently worries about a female stalker, Kitty the Cutter who he wants to keep away from Temple for fear she might harm her. Max tries to keep some of his deadlier enemies away from Temple for the same reason. Midnight Louie wants to keep his prime source for a Grade A meals, along with her two male associates, from injury too. However, Louie also has the job of insuring the safety of his buddy Leopard by seeing that he makes it back to his owner with a little help from Temple and company.
Those who read the first twelve Midnight Louie books will notice that the thirteenth novel returns everyone to the earlier story arcs. CAT IN A LEOPARD SPOT is an enjoyable mystery, especially when the stars are anthromorphized animals that can stand-alone. Yet the story line encourages readers to go back to the beginning to fully appreciate obscure references and ongoing plots. Carole Nelson Douglas shows that her feline has at least thirteen lives.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner