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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

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Paul
  • Encinitas, CA, USA
  • 07-24-07

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 14 people found this review helpful

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excellent book

had to listen to it all before I went to sleep. it was great . but I was hoping there would be romance with her and the detective. I well maybe the second book. I really liked the narrator and the author wrote a very good story.

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Horrible book

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.

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Enjoyable except for a few glitches

What did you love best about Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter?

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.<br/>Otherwise, this was an enjoyable, cozy mystery. With a likable heroine, in spite of her odd temper.

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

I like close family relationships, so the relationship between Dixie and her brother and his partner made me like this book even more.

Any additional comments?

Definitely getting the next book.

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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.

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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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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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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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Fun Cozy Mystery

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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.<br/>

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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.