©2006 Blaize Clement; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Dixie is a complex, well-conceived character and the plot fast-moving and believable." (Kirkus Reviews)
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 Book and a Cat: Nothing more
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!
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.
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.
The author does a great job building the characters so you relate to their thoughts and emotions.
The story is steady, believable and consistent.
I liked lots of scenes in this story, I don't think I can choose just one.
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.
I enjoyed her voice and she did an excellent job of portraying the heroine. I have listened to each of the books multiple times.
Yes since I suppose it's the in thing to sneer at people with differing political opinions.
I think she is probably fine, but if this is the sort of stuff she reads, I don't think I want to listen.
I'm too turned off to hunt for any.
Maybe I should stick to older mysteries.
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.
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!!!
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