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Carole Nelson Douglas (born November 15, 1944) is an American writer of sixty novels and many short stories. She has written in many genres, but is best known for two popular mystery series, the Irene Adler Sherlockian suspense novels and the Midnight Louie mystery series.

Douglas was a theater and English literature major in college. After graduation, she worked as a newspaper reporter and then editor in the [Minneapolis-St. Paul] area. During her time there, she discovered a long, expensive classified advertisement offering a black cat named Midnight Louie to the "right" home for one dollar and wrote a feature story on the plucky survival artist, putting it into the cat's point of view. The cat found a country home but its name was revived for her feline PI mystery series many years later. Some of the Midnight Louie series entries include the dedication "For the real and original Midnight Louie. Nine lives were not enough."

She began writing fiction in the late 1970s. The late director/playwright/novelist Garson Kanin, a pleased interview subject, took her first novel to Doubleday and it sold shortly after. Amberleigh is a post-feminist historical Gothic novel. Douglas has always addressed women's issues in her fiction and preferred mixing genres from contemporary to historical mystery/thriller, romance and women's fiction, and high and urban fantasy.[1]

Douglas lives in north Texas with her husband, Sam Douglas, and adopted cats.[2]


Non-series NovelsEdit

  • Amberleigh (1980), ISBN 0-8125-2264-8
  • Fair Wind, Fiery Star (1981), ISBN 0-8125-2266-4
  • In Her Prime (1982), ISBN 0-345-30523-X
  • Her Own Person (1982), ISBN 0-345-30733-X
  • Best Man (1983), ISBN 0-345-30914-6
  • Lady Rogue (1983), ISBN 0-8125-2265-6
  • Azure Days, Quicksilver Nights (1985), ISBN 0-553-21705-4
  • The Exclusive (1986), ISBN 0-345-31993-1
  • "Catch a Falling Angel" (novelette) (1995), printed in Angel Christmas, ISBN 0-451-40628-1

Sword and Circlet seriesEdit


Taliswoman seriesEdit

Crystal seriesEdit

  • Crystal Days (1990)
  • Crystal Nights (1990)

Cat and a playing card seriesEdit

Midnight Louie seriesEdit

Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator series novelsEdit

  1. Dancing with Werewolves (2007) ISBN 978-0-8095-7203-8
  2. Brimstone Kiss (2008) ISBN 978-0-8095-7304-2
  3. Vampire Sunrise (2009) ISBN 978-1-4391-5677-3
  4. Silver Zombie (2010) ISBN 978-1-4391-6781-6
  5. Virtual Virgin (2011) ISBN 978-1-4391-6779-3

Irene Adler seriesEdit

Midnight Louie Short StoriesEdit

Irene Adler Short StoriesEdit

Anthologies edited by Carole Nelson DouglasEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 1998 interview with Carole Nelson Douglas in Crescent City Blues
  2. ^ Alter, Judy. "These Texas women love a good mystery." The Dallas Morning News, 6 July 2008.
  3. ^ Midnight Louie's Scratching Post-Intelligencer, Vol. 14, Issue 1 Archived July 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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