Carole Nelson Douglas
LITERARY CHAMELEON: Have Genres, Will Travel
The author of almost sixty novels-—mainstream, mystery, thriller, fantasy, science fiction and women’s fiction—-Carole has been nominated for or won more than fifty writing awards. Many of her short stories have been reprinted in “Year’s Best” collections.
She holds RT Book Reviews magazine's Lifetime Achievement Awards for Versatility and Mystery writing. The magazine also honored her in its first “Pioneer of Publishing” awards.
Her New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes, launched the first mystery/suspense series to feature a Sherlockian woman protagonist, Irene Adler.
Carole also writes two bestselling series set in a Las Vegas worlds apart.
The alphabetically titled contemporary Midnight Louie, feline PI, mysteries are heading toward 27 entries with Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta now out. Carole calls them "cozy-noir." (“Remington Steele with two couples and a cat”... and an international terrorism subplot.) Louie's novels and short stories have snagged numerous Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion awards.
The action-packed Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, noir urban fantasies are set in a 2013 Vegas from Hell where werewolf and immortality mobs and demon drug lords wreak havoc.
Carole enjoys mixing adventure, mystery, fantasy, romance, humor and heart with satire and underlying social issues. As a journalist, she won many Newspaper Guild of the Twin Cities awards and an Honorable Mention in the national Catherine L. O’Brien Award (one of 10 in a field of 2,000), for an article on the destitute elderly.
In college, she was a finalist in Vogue magazine’s long-standing Prix de Paris writing competition for women college seniors (one of 12 in a national field of 2,000), once won by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
So, naturally, she's a vintage clothing fashionista who also collects homeless cats and dogs.
Where to find Carole Nelson Douglas online
Where to buy in print
Cat in an Alphabet Soup
(Previously published as CATNAP)
The first Midnight Louie mystery, now in eBook, exposes publishing industry shenanigans. Book convention PR freelancer Temple Barr, five-feet-zero of feisty redhead, corals a stray black cat who's found a big-time NY editor dead. Soon "Sam Spade with hairballs" is helping Temple solve the crime and save their mutual skins.
A Soul of Steel: A Novel of Suspense featuring Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes
(Book 3, previously published without the Conan Doyle story as Irene at Large)
When a man in Oriental garb collapses at the feet of Miss Penelope Huxleigh, the associate of diva/detective Irene Adler, at a Parisian café, Adler quickly diagnoses his ailment as...poison.
“Douglas has more than earned her niche in the mystery hall of fame with this timeless classic.”—RT Book Reviews
The Adventuress: A Novel of Suspense featuring Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes
American diva/detective Irene Adler, the only woman to outwit Sherlock Holmes,and everyone’s favorite Victorian spinster, Nell Huxleigh, witness a drowned sailor’s tattooed body being recovered from the Seine. A trail of tattoos soon leads Irene and Nell to political and matrimonial treachery in Monaco, and again crossing swords with Sherlock Holmes.
Good Night, Mr. Holmes (with bonus A.C. Doyle short story A Scandal in Bohemia):
New York Times Notable Book of the Year!
Irene Adler, the only woman to outwit Sherlock Holmes, is now the star of her own adventures in eight acclaimed novels.
The bold, bright and beautiful American, an aspiring opera singer, moonlights as a private inquiry agent on the trail on Marie Antoinette’s fabulous lost diamonds, outfoxing Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Sherlock Holmes along the way.
Fruit of the Tomb
Grave robbers and mummies abound in Midnight Louie's Past Life adventure.
The feline Vegas PI returns to a former incarnation in ancient Egypt to expose a clever pyramid scheme to rob the pharaoh's tomb. This is an Egypt where a canny and courageous outcast black cat can escape the necropolis and rise to the honorable position of Pharaoh's Footstool, becoming the first Private Eye of Horus.
The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes
"witty, competent, competitive, adventurous." Irene Adler, the only woman to have outwitted the world's greatest detective--reinvented as the leading lady of her own adventures--tangles again with the tantalized Sherlock Holmes. “The dashing heroine in Carole Nelson Douglas’s enchanting Victorian series [is] the only woman Sherlock Holmes admired and indeed she lives up to the honor."--PW
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