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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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    Robyn Carol Stream, IL, United States 03-20-14
    Robyn Carol Stream, IL, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2014

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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.

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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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    James E. Simones 01-07-14

    James Simones

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    "Did Not Finish"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What could Blaize Clement have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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!


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    Callie B. AR, US 11-01-13
    Callie B. AR, US 11-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice cozy mystery for animal lovers"
    Where does Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Sophie777 10-19-13
    Sophie777 10-19-13

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    "Fun Cozy Mystery"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Barbara Sisters, OR, United States 10-13-13
    Barbara Sisters, OR, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read"
    If you could sum up Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing story of a ex-officer turned animal caretaker


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first opportunity to read her. Now I'm a fan.

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    Zulu 07-30-13
    Zulu 07-30-13
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    "Great mystery"

    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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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 07-13-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fast paced read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 07-04-13
    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Delightful departure from heavy literature"

    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!

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    Kemo's Mom 06-27-13
    Kemo's Mom 06-27-13
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    "Cats and Killers!"
    If you could sum up Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable "chick" mystery.


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

    The plot was relatively predictable but the story kept up a decent pace. I wasn't suprised by the ending but enjoyed the "ride".


    What aspect of Julia Gibson’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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