©2006 Blaize Clement; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Dixie is a complex, well-conceived character and the plot fast-moving and believable." (Kirkus Reviews)
Only finished this because I've returned a couple other books this month and was completely determined to get through this one. I should definitely have given up. Narrator was the only good part, but even she couldn't do much to redeem this.
I agree with Jan that some of the similes were not needed. But the glitches were what bothered me the most. Sometimes, several seconds would pass before the next chapter would be announced (the first time it made me think that my book had ‘turned off’), other times there was no pause at all! One word would be started before that last word ended. And several of the chapters ended in strange places. It made me feel that the editing department had fallen asleep.
Otherwise, this was an enjoyable, cozy mystery. With a likable heroine, in spite of her odd temper.
I like close family relationships, so the relationship between Dixie and her brother and his partner made me like this book even more.
Definitely getting the next book.
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.
cute concept mystery
The way that just trying to look after her charges kept getting her further into the mess.
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.
well, her reflection on understanding a friend because of the senselessness of sudden loss...
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.
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.
My wife and I got to the 7th Track of Disk 1 and stopped. We even restated at Track 7 the next night but realized we had enough. The writer makes it quite clear that she does not write for an audience that have any type of conservative pro-American view points.
I think she should not have showed her animosity to American Workers at such a time when there are so few "good" paying jobs. Apparently, she never had to really work in the Real World!
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.
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.
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