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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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    Phyllis 07-04-13
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    "Cat Sitter Surprise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the audio is very nice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter?

    Every new encounter Dixie has is memorable because she has such a different way of bonding with people - or not.


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

    All the moments with Dixie interacting with her animal clients are moving. She shows such sensitivity to their needs.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 06-15-13
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2012
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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 2014
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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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    Delia 05-27-13
    Delia 05-27-13
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter the most enjoyable?

    The author does a great job building the characters so you relate to their thoughts and emotions.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story is steady, believable and consistent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked lots of scenes in this story, I don't think I can choose just one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I hadn't planned to listen to it all at once but it ended up that way. It is one of those books you can't put down.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 05-21-13
    Jan 05-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, 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 Member Since 2013
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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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    tinaswfl 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.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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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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    Jhbdesign 02-12-15
    Jhbdesign 02-12-15
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    "Excellent story"

    Julia Gibson is perfect as Dixie Hemingway. She doesn't let you down if you have read the book before and formed a picture in your mind as to how Dixie would sound. Blaize Clement is an outstanding author. These books have deep characters with many layers to them. You come to care about these people and what happens to them. I'm in love with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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