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.
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.
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.
A fun entrance into a geographical area and career far different from my own, Clement creates a protagonist and cast of characters who are quirky, smart, and full of unforeseen layers. When one needs a digression from "real life" (at least for most of us), this could be it. I will add that the final solution is quite dark, and readers with delicate sensibilities may not enjoy what they find here. For myself, I've just downloaded the sequel!
Enjoyable "chick" mystery.
The plot was relatively predictable but the story kept up a decent pace. I wasn't suprised by the ending but enjoyed the "ride".
There were times when the narration was too fast, especially when one chapter ended and another began. The words ran together and it was irritating at times. It isn't enough to keep me from listening to other books by this narrator.
I thought by the title that there might be some humor in the book, but that wasn't the case. If you are looking for a lighthearted murder mystery, this really isn't it. There were parts of the book that were very sad, but not enough to evoke tears.
I enjoyed the story and will listen to other books by this author and narrator. If you like mysteries and animals you will like this book.
Say something about yourself!
This was a good mystery. I wasn't able to figure out who the killer was. It's also a good read for those who love animals.
Only problem is getting used to the narrator. Julia did a fine job, she sounds monotone to me. Not much excitement in her voice. Almost made me sleepy.
It might be worth a credit, but I would listen to the voice sample all the way through first.
I'll try another of this series. The main character has a lot of potential to become more interesting.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
This was an enjoyable listen that held my interest. The main character Dixie reminded me a lot of the Charlaine Harris mystery heroine Lily Bard - each character is a strong woman recreating normal in her life after a tragedy. In addition to the exploration of Dixie's character, there were some hints of romance and some cute animal scenes (which as a fan of cozy mysteries I enjoyed). Recommended to people who like that sort of thing - though why anyone who didn't would consider a book called Curiousity Killed the Cat Sitter I can't imagine