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Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1 | [Blaize Clement]

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.
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Publisher's Summary

Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

©2006 Blaize Clement; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Dixie is a complex, well-conceived character and the plot fast-moving and believable." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 06-15-13
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "lighthearted fun"

    This is a cozy mystery set in Florida with younger people, no mansions, and pets.
    Dixie has suffered through a major tragedy and is just starting to come alive again. The details about Florida life were interesting. As a dog lover the pet angle was fun too. My only problem with the book is the way it ended. It wasn't a bad ending but it needed a couple more paragraphs. I will be reading more of these.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 06-03-13
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Only ok if you have no opinions yourself!"

    This book was ok, for a first in a series. I must admit, I agree with the previous poster who remarked that he felt “preached at”. I did too! The author comments, remarks, rants, and rather berates anyone that doesn’t agree with her opinions on many topics (from hand-washing to conservative talk-show hosts, to the American treatment of gays). This was a bit over-the-top!

    However, the lecturing aside, the plot and mystery was rather a good one. I suspected the culprit, but didn’t know for sure. I didn’t find myself liking the main character. She held too much rage and was way too opinionated for me to be able to identify with her. Jumping and physically beating someone just for saying something she didn’t agree with.. just isn’t someone I’d care to know.

    The narrator was good. I never had a problem distinguishing the speaker of the moment.

    No, I wouldn’t recommend this book to any of my friends. Nor will I be buying another in the series. I just don’t care to pay to be bullied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 05-21-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "An OK book... with a few irritations"

    I actually found Dixie Hemingway and her friends likable characters and the plot basis for this little "put the brain in neutral" book was decent if not perfectly done. Mystery was solved, but leaves room for characters to grow with an ongoing story. I got a little tired of her showers, eating and making dumb choices while knowing it was a dumb choice. Despite two murders, a beating, an attempted suicide and sexual extortion it's remarkably upbeat. There is very little swearing and I'd probably purchase the next in the series except for the frequent stupid similes with sexual innuendos... like... her pickle being the size of a man's penis.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Nunes California 07-26-12
    J. Nunes California 07-26-12
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    "Great heroine! I want more of the series!"
    What does Julia Gibson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed her voice and she did an excellent job of portraying the heroine. I have listened to each of the books multiple times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 04-05-10
    Christina 04-05-10
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    "good entertainment"

    i liked this book because the story kept me interested and the characters were believable. well done, light entertainment. i'll be looking for more by this author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Encinitas, CA, USA 07-24-07
    Paul Encinitas, CA, USA 07-24-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter"

    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.

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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 05-28-13
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I learned so many things about MY cat"

    Not only did I get a great mystery in this book - it also gave me a few tricks that my cat my cat enjoyed.

    The characters in this book were fun, the story line interested me to the end and though I saw some parts of the ending coming - many I didn't.

    What a fun read!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    redfox Philadelphia, PA 08-26-14
    redfox Philadelphia, PA 08-26-14 Member Since 2013

    too many periodicals

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    "I enjoyed it but why . . . . the pauses?"
    If you could sum up Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter in three words, what would they be?

    cute concept mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that just trying to look after her charges kept getting her further into the mess.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julia Gibson?

    Not sure -- she really had some crazy pauses, sometimes so long I thought the chapter was over, and she was still midsentence! Some of it must be the editing standards of the production company, but some of it is the narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    well, her reflection on understanding a friend because of the senselessness of sudden loss...


    Any additional comments?

    I found the narration distracting on this one, both in general style (inflection choices, etc.) and especially in terms of the odd pacing/editing. But the book was a fun diversion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Carol Stream, IL, United States 03-20-14
    Robyn Carol Stream, IL, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Great read!"

    I wasent sure about this book, not my normal cozy mystery. But it's a really nice change. I thought I was into the series more then book one, because she wasent talking about her past. But it is. That was nice too though, normally a lot of time is wasted on the story of there past and how they got to where they our now. I like it!
    The narrator is very good to, that can be very important in an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-10-14
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    "Only one flaw"
    Where does Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a good listen save for the horrific editing. Unbelievably poor and distracting.


    What didn’t you like about Julia Gibson’s performance?

    Although she handles the material quite well, if she had any say in the audio production she should at least listen to the finished production and voice object to poor qualitiy.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can forgive too long pauses and run-on chapter sequences the material is worth it. Maybe, if it is possible, ebook form may be less annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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