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* Continuity Nod: The series has quite a few of these. One of them is Temple's occasionally wearing the 'Midnight Louie heels' (which Nelson Douglas managed to get a pair of IRL) which she received from the TreauseHuntEpisode sub-plot in "Diamond Dazzle".

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* Continuity Nod: The series has quite a few of these. One of them is Temple's occasionally wearing the 'Midnight Louie heels' (which Nelson Douglas managed to get a pair of IRL) which she received from the TreauseHuntEpisode TreasureHuntEpisode sub-plot in "Diamond Dazzle".


* RealityWritesThePlot: Midnight Louie's 'cutting-edge surgical procedure' - he was cat-napped in order to be neutered, but the person behind it gave him to her plastic surgeon instead of a vet, who performed a vasectomy (and a quick tummy tuck while he was there) - came directly from Carole Nelson Douglas constantly coming across ads for a public service campaign about responsible pet ownership, especially abandoning kittens.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Temple. Also Midnight Louise.

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* RealityWritesThePlot: Midnight Louie's 'cutting-edge surgical procedure' - he was cat-napped in order to be neutered, but the person behind it gave him to her plastic surgeon instead of a vet, who performed a vasectomy (and a quick tummy tuck while he was there) - came directly from Carole Nelson Douglas constantly coming across ads for a public service campaign about responsible pet ownership, especially abandoning kittens.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Temple. Also Midnight Louise. Louise.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Midnight Louie's 'cutting-edge surgical procedure' - he was cat-napped in order to be neutered, but the person behind it gave him to her plastic surgeon instead of a vet, who performed a vasectomy (and a quick tummy tuck while he was there) - came directly from Carole Nelson Douglas constantly coming across ads for a public service campaign about responsible pet ownership, especially abandoning kittens.

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** Midnight Louie's mother, Ma Barker, is a feline example.

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** done on purpose in universe examples: the very first book featured a bookstore cat called Ingram, and several early books had an appearance from a police-trained sniffer dog called Nose E.


** it was so bad, in fact, that when Matt told the Catholic Church about it, they accepted that he had joined the Priesthood under mental duress, and allowed him to leave the priesthood without censure... which is ''extremely'' rare (think of it as getting an annulment, rather than a divorce).



* IronicName: Former Priest Matt Devine (divine). Also Louie's mother has the sobriquet Ma Barker, who IRL was the mother of a gang of sibling gangsters; the feline version certainly acts like an organized crime boss.


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* MeaningfulName: Former Priest Matt Devine (divine).
** Louie's mother has the sobriquet Ma Barker, who IRL was the mother of a gang of sibling gangsters; the feline version certainly acts like an organized crime boss.
** Electra Lark's cat (who claims to be psychic, and is convincing enough that even Midnight Louie is very careful around her) is named Karma.

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Carole Nelson Douglas is also the author of the Irene Adler historical mystery series, and the Delilah Street Paranormal Investigations.


** exploited as a RunningGag, and occasionally part of a sub-plot, most notably "Cat in a Diamond Dazzle" (see TreasureHuntEpisode).



* Continuity Nod: The series has quite a few of these. One of them is Temple's occasionally wearing the 'Midnight Louie heels' (which Nelson Douglas managed to get a pair of IRL) which she received from the TreauseHuntEpisode sub-plot in "Diamond Dazzle".



* TheNapoleon: Temple is a rather petite woman and sensitive about it.

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* TheNapoleon: Temple is a rather petite woman and sensitive about it. (it's one of the reasons behind her high heel shoe addiction)


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* OlderThanTheyLook: Temple's 30 years old, but in one book she goes undercover as an 18-year-old talent quest contestant. It exasperates her a bit.


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* RealityWritesThePlot: Midnight Louie's 'cutting-edge surgical procedure' - he was cat-napped in order to be neutered, but the person behind it gave him to her plastic surgeon instead of a vet, who performed a vasectomy (and a quick tummy tuck while he was there) - came directly from Carole Nelson Douglas constantly coming across ads for a public service campaign about responsible pet ownership, especially abandoning kittens.


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** Max tells his mentor in magic that Temple is "Charlie Brown's Little Red-Haired Girl, all grown up."


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* TreasureHuntEpisode: there's a couple of books which have these as a non-murder sub-plot, most memorably "Cat in a Diamond Dazzle" (see AllWomenLikeShoes).


* CoolOldLady: Electra Lark, Temple's landlady. Also Temple's aunt Ursula who socially to go as Kit Carlson and Sulah Savage.

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* CoolOldLady: Electra Lark, Temple's landlady. Also Temple's aunt Ursula who socially to go as professionally goes by Kit Carlson (as an actress) and Sulah Savage.Savage (as a romance author).


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* IronicName: Former Priest Matt Devine (divine). Also Louie's mother has the sobriquet Ma Barker, who IRL was the mother of a gang of sibling gangsters; the feline version certainly acts like an organized crime boss.

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* AloneWithThePsycho: Happens all to often to Temple.


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* AssholeVictim: Darren Cooke. Temple actually allowed his murderer to get away with it since she was only trying to protect her small daughter.


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* SympatheticMurderer: Happens once in a blue moon.

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* DumbBlonde: Savannah Ashley and her silver persian cat Divine Ivette epitomise the trope, Savannah especially.

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* ActionGirl: Lieutenant C.R. Molina, her younger colleague Detective Su. On the feline side Midnight Louise, who is particularly proud of the fact.
* ActionSurvivor: Temple Barr.


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* YouGoGirl: Midnight Louise, Temple Barr, Carmen Molina, Detective Su.


* TheOneThatGotAway: A dark version with Carmen Molina and Rafi Nadir. He sabotaged her birth control as a way to control her. She left town without a word. He has not forgotten her.

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* TheOneThatGotAway: A dark version with Carmen Molina and Rafi Nadir. He sabotaged her birth control as a way to control her. She left town without a word. He has not forgotten her. Gender reversed but even more messed up with Max Kinsella and Kitty the Cutter.

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* AdultFear: Molina feels a great deal of worry and anxiety for her daughter Mariah when her abusive ex and the girl's biological father arrives in town.


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* TheOneThatGotAway: A dark version with Carmen Molina and Rafi Nadir. He sabotaged her birth control as a way to control her. She left town without a word. He has not forgotten her.


* FallenInHardTimesJob: Savanah Ashleigh's B movie career is long over and has to work as a judge in a Stripper competition, presenter in a Romance Novel Convention to support herself.

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* FallenInHardTimesJob: Savanah FallenOnHardTimesJob: Savannah Ashleigh's B movie career is long over and has to work as a judge in a Stripper competition, presenter in a Romance Novel Convention to support herself.

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* OddNameOut: Originally, the first two novels ''Pussyfoot'' and ''Catnap'', which were only one word each, and it wasn't an alphabetical color or jewel word like the other titles in the series have. With the renaming, ''Cat in an Alphabet Soup'' and ''Cat in an Alphabet Endgame'' are new odd ones.

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