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Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries) Hardcover – January 4, 2011

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“Another enjoyable tale from Blaize Clement.” ―Kirkus Reviews on RAINING CAT SITTERS AND DOGS

“Smooth prose, a lush background...a fine-feathered read.” ―Publishers Weekly on RAINING CAT SITTERS AND DOGS

“Thoughtful and compelling.” ―Publishers Weekly on CAT SITTER ON A HOT TIN ROOF

“A feel-good [series]...Recommend this one for readers who liked the southern setting and animal characters in Joyce and Jim Lavene's The Telltale Turtle.” ―Booklist on CAT SITTER ON A HOT TIN ROOF

“Gutsy, sexy...Dixie is Siesta Key's favorite pet sitter.” ―Sarasota Herald-Tribune on EVEN CAT SITTERS GET THE BLUES

“Blends elements of cozy and thriller to produce an unusual and enjoyable hybrid . . . sure to delight readers.” ―Publishers Weekly on EVEN CAT SITTERS GET THE BLUES

“For fans of Susan Conant and Clea Simon.” ―Library Journal on EVEN CAT SITTERS GET THE BLUES

“Ingenious...captivating. Here is a series that even people who dislike pet mysteries can enjoy.” ―Reviewing the Evidence on EVEN CAT SITTERS GET THE BLUES

“Will have readers begging for more treats.” ―Lansing State Journal on EVEN CAT SITTERS GET THE BLUES

“Fast paced...the canine caper crowd will enjoy Florida's leading pet-sitter.” ―Midwest Book Review on DUPLICITY DOGGED THE DACHSHUND

“Clement's fast-paced sophomore effort...builds suspense and delivers startling revelations.” ―Publishers Weekly on DUPLICITY DOGGED THE DACHSHUND

“A fast-paced novel, an intriguing plot. Clement also infuses this entertaining story with a thoughtful meditation on death, survival, and moving on. It's a lesson the animals in our lives already know.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch on DUPLICITY DOGGED THE DACHSHUND

“Don't let the cutesy title fool you. This isn't one of those lightweight, frothy 'fun with animals' stories... It's tough, gritty, and edgy. One of the strongest points of Clement's work is her knack for building suspense slowly but steadily, to the point where you have no idea what peril might be lurking just around the bend.” ―Sarasota Herald-Tribune on DUPLICITY DOGGED THE DACHSHUND

“Clement uses the animals in Dixie's care...to enrich her plot, creating in the process an entertaining cozy, one of the few set in South Florida, land of noir.” ―Booklist on DUPLICITY DOGGED THE DACHSHUND

“A knockout read.” ―Laurien Berenson, author of Doggie Day Care Murder on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“Clement's assured cozy debut introduces an appealing heroine.” ―Publishers Weekly on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“Impressive...a sure keeper, with well-developed characters, seamless prose, and a winning plot...[a] commendable new series.” ―Mystery Lovers.com on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“A first-rate debut.” ―Booklist on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“Entertaining...Dixie is a complex, well-conceived character and the plot fast-moving and believable.” ―Kirkus Reviews on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“At once a cozy mystery for animal lovers and a jarringly earthy hard-boiled whodunit about human corruption. Clement's sleuth, Florida pet-sitter Dixie Hemingway, is an engaging combination of vulnerability and toughness, but the real heroine of the story is a gritty Abyssinian cat. A good read!” ―Susan Conant, author of All Shots and the Holly Winter Dog Lover's Mysteries on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“Kick off your flip-flops, find a hammock, and settle in for a fun read. Clement's Floridian heroine, Dixie Hemingway, spouts laugh-out-loud one-liners and words of wisdom in this intriguing whodunit filled with twists, turns, and some pretty captivating critters!” ―Cynthia Baxter, author of Murder Packs a Suitcase on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“Funny, engaging, and true to life.” ―Lee Charles Kelly, author of Like a Dog with a Bone on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

Curiosity Killed the Cat-Sitter has it all: a feisty heroine, lovable animals, and a solid whodunit. What more could you ask for?” ―Barbara Seranella, creator of the Munch Mancini crime novels on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“A fantastic who-done-it . . . Fans of fast-paced clever mysteries will appreciate Dixie's efforts to uncover the culprit before she either goes to jail or dies.” ―Harriet Klausner Reviews on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“A new star in the 'mysteries with animals' firmament...this book stands out in the genre for its plotting, pacing, and well formed characters, in addition to an enticing tropical locale.” ―The Kingston Observer (Kingston, MA) on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

“A keeper, with its plucky protagonist, cats galore, and a nice sense of place.” ―Library Journal on CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT SITTER

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

No mission is impawsible for Dixie Hemingway in

CAT SITTER AMONG THE PIGEONS

Former Florida police officer turned pet-sitting sleuth is once again on the prowl. Dixie―no relation to you-know-who―is helping an elderly gentleman, Mr. Stern, take care of his orange shorthair cat, Cheddar. But it's Stern's infant granddaughter, Opal, who really wins Dixie's heart. Problem is that Opal's mother, Ruby, has some dangerous connections to certain local big-money honchos. Ruby has enough insider information to send them to prison for life…and they are willing to do anything, even threaten Opal's life, to shut her up and preserve their ill-gotten gains. Now it's up to Dixie to protect Opal from harm―at all costs. And she must do it without letting law-enforcement people know―not even Detective Guidry, with whom she happens to be romantically involved. Does Dixie have her claws sunk in too deep to make it out of this one? Or are her nine lives finally up?

"Dixie's latest adventure keeps you glued to your seat from the first chapter."―Kirkus Reviews

"For anyone who loves mysteries, animals, or just plain great writing."―Laurien Berenson, author of Doggie Day Care Murder



"Dixie is Florida's favorite pet sitter."―Sarasota Herald-Tribune

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312643128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312643126
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Blaize Clement created the Dixie Hemingway Mystery Series, which includes Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund, Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues, Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof, Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs, Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons, and The Cat Sitter's Pajamas. Cat Sitter's Cradle, the next book in the series by her son, writer John Clement, will be published by St. Martins/Minotaur in the Spring of 2013.

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This is one of Ms. Clement's best. Dixie grows as a person, is able to accept loss. She has to attempt to save a child because she wasn't able to save her own and now can move on. The writing is very strong. There is one place that wasn't well handled: they are looking for the bad guy and just happen to end up in a dive where the bad guy is drinking and is so drunk he tells them everything they want to know within 5 minutes of their arrival. WEAK! But the rest of the tory makes up for that. And I'm still in love with her brother and Paco.
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Having read and enjoyed the previous books in the pet-sitter/crime-fighter series, this latest was somewhat disappointing in that there were several blatantly unbelieveable scenarios: (1) As a former police officer, Dixie should have IMMEDIATELY warned the granddaughter of a kidnapping danger, or better yet, the DA should have put her (the granddaughter) in protective custody until the trial. (2) The grandfather was more worried about his cat surviving the fire than he was his own great-granddaughter? (3) Why were the car racer and the football player friends -- because they were both professional athletes/celebrities? Please. Their personalities were complete opposites, one an ass and the other a sweetheart. (4) As another reviewer pointed out, the solving of the kidnapping was too quickly and simply achieved. At the end of the book, I felt like my intelligence had been insulted.
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This was an excellent book. The only problem is that the author can't write as fast as I read. Really looking forward to her next book. Love the series
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Professional pet sitter Dixie Hemingway lives and works in the tropical paradise of Siesta Key, Florida. One of her elderly clients is grumpy, cantankerous Mr. Stern who owns "Cheddar," an orange American Shorthair. Ruby Carlyle, carrying her four-month-old infant, Opal, pays her grandfather, Mr. Stern, an unexpected visit. Ruby must testify against two wealthy real estate racketeers or face a long prison sentence. An evil man, Kantor Tucker, will do anything, even kidnap a baby, to keep Ruby from testifying. Dixie must risk her life to find Opal before she becomes shark food.

Warmhearted cozies provide a great respite from the violent, bloody crime noir in which I normally indulge. When asked what I was reading, I told my Sunday School teacher about the wonderful Dixie Hemmingway Mystery Series written by Blaize Clement. He went home and downloaded the series' debut novel, "Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter," into his mother-in-law's eReader. "Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons" is a typical cozy mystery designed for those readers who want a relaxing, light-hearted mystery that won't cause them to have nightmares.

The setting is a gorgeous one. Siesta Key is a long, skinny island located in the Gulf of Mexico off the shore of Sarasota, Florida. It's a tropical paradise with wealthy residents and tourists; in one neighborhood, every house has its own landing strip for personal jets. People can afford to hire someone like Dixie Hemingway to feed, walk and play with their pets. It's a great job for Dixie who is still suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought on from the tragic, senseless car accident that took the lives of her thirty-two-year-old husband Todd and her three-year-old daughter Christy.
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By Maggie on March 2, 2011
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I really like this series. Was VERY surprised at the ending ... you gotta read it now :-) Good series.
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Since we vacation on Siesta Key, the Dixie Hemingway series is a hoot. It's fast paced and a fun read.
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Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries) Ms Clement is one of my favorite authors and have read all of the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries. They are very good stories and I have loved all of them. I would recommend them to everyone who loves a good mystery and satisfying endings.
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I have read all of her books and am delighted to read each. Lots of humor a little romance and lots of animals and a mystery to solve. What could be better for those of us who love animals and mysteries.CM
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