The author kept weaving in a political agenda that was neither seemless nor essential to the narrative. It was awkward and distracting. I finally gave up on this one.
Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.
This is my first Dixie Hemingway Mystery but it will not be my last! Since I live in Sarasota where the action takes place I felt right at home in the middle of all the scenes. Julia Gibson gave a great performance. Was a good mystery, written with good comical plot yet touches a lot of serious emotional avenues to cruise down with a great twist at the end. Loved Dixie's relationship with her animal characters and her devotion to seeing that they were well taken care of. All the characters were nicely fleshed out. I highly recommend this book and will let you know what I think of the next one. I have high hopes for this author. You go Blaize Clement!
Although the mystery was a little predictable the story was good and the it was an easy enjoyable read. Especially enjoyed the way the animals were worked into the development of the story and the discussions of the animals.
Not in one sitting as I listen to books during my 1.5 hr/day commute. However, as I neared the end, the book was interesting enough, I chose to continue listening once I reached home to find out the resolution of the mystery.
The narrator was good on the main character and most of the women but I felt her men were somewhat lacking. While this was mildly annoying, it didn't detract from the story.
I loved how this mystery took place in Sarasota, Florida. This is a fast paced easy to follow mystery. Kept me guessing until the end.
Intriguing story of a ex-officer turned animal caretaker
This is the first opportunity to read her. Now I'm a fan.
I like well written fiction, a good story that keeps me guessing and well developed characters.
I can't tolerate poor narration, formula romance or bad writing so it is hard to find a murder mystery with minimum foreboding, gore and disgusting details that isn't insipid and/or boring. This book had interesting characters, their back stories were revealed nicely, the narration was good, there was a plot (and murder) but it wasn't "heavy". It's also hard to find a good book with a pink cover.
I am so glad to have found another series that is just what I look for when listening to books. Entertainment with some mystery but not gruesome and always a bit of humour without being silly. I am looking forward to the next books.
The main character has a few rage issues she needs to deal with but otherwise I found it a very entertaining mystery. Since she's a pet sitter you also get to be entertained by a few animals. There were twists and turns, a few surprises, and some great characters. There are, of course, some bad characters which is what you would expect in a murder mystery. There were a few loose threads that could have been tied up but they may be in future books in the series. Unfortunately Audible only has two books in the series so far.
The narrator was perfect for the book and brought all the characters to life. She was even pretty good with the male voices.
Say something about yourself!
This was a fun and quick read. I liked the cat sitter aspect and I also like the heroine's attitude and at times salty language! There were a couple of parts where I actually laughed out loud. It was a good start to a series, but I'm not sure whether or not I will continue with the entire series. This is probably one that I would pick up if was in the mood for a light read. The characters are fun and I can see that there is plenty of room for character development as the series progresses.
I listened to this through Audible and the narration was fine. However, the editing drove me nuts. There were long pauses at times, sometimes between chapters and sometimes for no apparent reason. At other times, the chapter was announced so quickly, it sounded like a continuation of the previous sentence. Also, the book was broken up into two parts for easy downloading; normally, there is a sensical reason for the stopping point. Not here - it abruptly stops and then starts again, seemingly in the middle of a paragraph - they could have done a better job with that.
Yes, the audio is very nice.
Every new encounter Dixie has is memorable because she has such a different way of bonding with people - or not.
All the moments with Dixie interacting with her animal clients are moving. She shows such sensitivity to their needs.
This is a rare change from your usual "character turn sleuth" story. Dixie comes with a skill for "detecting" and knows what she's doing. The baggage she carries around seems just a bit heavy, however.