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Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, No. 4) Hardcover – January 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312369557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312369552
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ex-deputy Dixie Hemingway still mourns the loss of her young daughter and cop husband in a freak accident three years earlier, but takes solace in her pet-sitting job in Siesta Key, Fla., in Clement's thoughtful and at times somber fourth animal-themed cozy (after 2008s Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues). Eager for friendship, Dixie forms an immediate bond with an attractive new neighbor, Laura Halston, who has a cat named Leo. When someone stabs Laura to death in the shower, Dixie suspects Lauras soon-to-be ex-husband, a sadistic surgeon skilled with a scalpel. As Dixies new sweetie, sexy homicide detective Lt. Jean-Pierre Guidry, investigates, surprising information comes to light that will challenge everything she knows about Laura. Some readers may find the subplot involving Maizie, a seizure assistance dog for a boy undergoing brain surgery, more compelling than the somewhat predictable murder story. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

The latest entry in Clement’s pet-sitter series, starring former Sarasota, Florida, deputy Dixie Hemingway, remains on the darker side of the rather light animal-mystery spectrum. This time, while caring for a seizure-assistance dog whose young charge is undergoing surgery, Dixie befriends Laura, owner of an escape-prone Havana Brown cat. Laura tells Dixie she is getting divorced from her sadistic husband and being stalked by a man she met at the hospital. But when Laura is murdered, Dixie discovers her new friend was both a liar and a bank robber. Even so, Dixie feels responsible for finding her killer, even if it means putting herself in danger. Recommend this one for readers who liked the southern setting and animal characters in Joyce and Jim Lavene’s The Telltale Turtle (2008), although Dixie, burdened by the accidental death of her husband and young daughter, is not as fun and carefree a lead character as the Lavenes’ Mary Catherine. Two possible love interests do provide a feel-good secondary plot here, offering a nice counterpoint to the darkness of the main mystery. --Jessica Moyer

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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jessica on January 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dixie Hemingway is not your average heroine/sleuth. Unlike most leading ladies in mystery series, Dixie actually has a law enforcement background. After barely making it through a horrific tragedy, Dixie left her job as a deputy and is now a pet-sitter in Siesta Key. Despite her efforts to lead a simpler life, she continues to stumble across crime and dead bodies. Dixie is tough and independant, yet vulnerable after losing the two most important people in her life. This entry in the series really focuses on Dixie's need to reconnect with people and build relationships.
I love Dixie's character and her interaction with her pet-sitting "clients", the animals. The mystery was complex and surprising, especially as it related to Dixie's feelings toward the victim. One of the best parts/subplots of the book was the young son of Dixie's pet-sitting clients and his seizure assistance dog.
Overall, I loved this book and the ending leaves much room for new developments in the series. Dixie is growing and healing with every book and the author does a great job of taking the reader through the healing procees realistically, without being too melancholy. I can't wait for the next one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. mcdowell on March 30, 2009
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Dixie Hemmingway is a wonderful, new voice to the soft-boiled mystery field. The characters are fully realized, with interesting back stories, and the "visiting" animals provide the impetus for the stories. Dixie is different, but believable. I cannot wait for the next installment. Plus, her description of the locale is so vivid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Mauk on January 21, 2010
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After reading the first book in this series, I was hooked. Great character and I love the animal theme. She is a babysitter for cats, dogs and other animals. Simple read, but fun. I have kept up with the series and will keep buying these books when she writes a new one. I read everything from serious to lite fare. This is a great diversion from the more serious genre.If you like the Stephanie Plum books, you will enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elisa Robyn on July 30, 2009
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Blaize Clement writes an engaging mystery. The main character, Dixie, is a pet sitter on Siesta Key who is still recovering from the death of her husband and child. She gave up her job as a cop to spend her time taking care of animals, a job which helps her build friendships, perhaps find love, and always find dead bodies.

She lives in a small apartment attached to the house she grew up in near the shore. Her brother and his long time partner, who are a firefighter and undercover cop respectively, live in the main house. Together the form a tight family unit who support each other through each murder investigation.

The story moves well, the characters are believable and diverse. One friend in wheelchair bound, another a senior in assisted living. This is real life...just full of dead bodies. Dixie is not super human, overly beautiful or smart, just a woman with a big heart trying to sort out her life. The theme of her life plays out well again the backdrop of the ocean and a mystery.

Elisa Robyn, author of The Way of the Well
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Werner on February 17, 2009
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Another fun pet sitter novel by Blaize Clement. I love this series and the recurring characters. While her books are a quick read, they are neither too simplistic or too gory. I would recommend starting with the first book in the series to get the background of the characters and see their development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. White on August 3, 2009
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Blaize Clement has a way with words. Her descriptions are so evocative, you feel that you are right there on the spot, and in memory, it seems that you watched the movie of the story, rather than just reading words on a page. Although I love her mysteries, I can't help wishing she would just write a novel, a really long one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. O on March 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
[[ASIN:0312369557 Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, No. 4)]
I love what Blaize Clement has done with this fresh, fun mystery series. Yes, bad things happen but bad things happen in real life, also. Dixie is woman with a tragic past looking for a calm new future. She chooses a new career that would bring her joy only to find it leads to more death. I love this series and look forward to it continuing.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here Dixie is again, getting her nose into everyone's business and acting like the Deputy Cop she used to be. She is easy to like with all the other characters who show up in her life.
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