I love LJB’s The Cat Who… series, and have read all that are out in paperback. I hated Rita Mae Brown’s series. Well, let me qualify that: I like RMB’s people, hated the cat & dog characters, who talk. (LJB’s cats do not talk. Qwilleran interprets their behavior to solve the crime.)
Another light mystery author I love is Carolyn Hart. Her “Death on Demand” series is the same tame speed as “The Cat Who…”
And yet another is Lawrence Block’s “The Burglar Who…” series.
Both of the above have cats but they don’t play any part in solving the crime.
The reason I like them so much is because of the quirky neighborhood characters, ala Murder She Wrote.
And OMG! I “accidentally” read the spoiler Osiris posted! That must happen in the lastest book, not yet in paperback.
P.S. Thanks for the lead on the Midnight Louie series. I’ll try them next.