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The Cat Sitter's Cradle: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries) Hardcover – July 9, 2013

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Dixie and her friend Joyce find an exotic bird, a mother, and a newly delivered baby on a walk in Siesta Key in the first chapter of Clements’ latest. The mother is an illegal immigrant, and the ladies decide to care for her and her new daughter at Joyce’s house. Dixie has her pet-sitting work to fit in while helping the new mother, including feeding the cat and expensive fish in a wealthy new client’s house. The client is supposed to be away, but Dixie finds him dead in his pool and his pregnant daughter missing. Then the new mother and baby disappear along with the exotic bird, and Dixie begins to realize the cases may be connected. Worse still, one of Dixie’s trusted friends may be involved. The unusual premise involving illegal animal exportation works well in the tropical Siesta Key setting. The details about the various pets Dixie takes care of add ambience without detracting from the plot and the human stories. --Amy Alessio

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“Dixie's latest adventure keeps you glued to your seat from the first chapter.” ―Kirkus Reviews on the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries

“Blends elements of cozy and thriller to produce an unusual and enjoyable hybrid . . . Sure to delight readers.” ―Publishers Weekly on the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries

“Ingenious . . . This series is captivating . . . Here is a series that even people who dislike pet mysteries can enjoy.” ―Reviewing the Evidence on the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries

“For fans of Susan Conant and Clea Simon.” ―Library Journal on the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries

“Great ingredients and a fun plot. Frankly, I can't wait for the sequel!” ―Linda Fasulo, NPR on the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries

“Another riveting and rewarding read.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch on the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries

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Product Details

  • Series: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250009324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250009326
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Js VINE VOICE on July 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When one hears that a beloved author has died, it's sad, since it's not only the loss of someone who felt like an old friend, it often means the end of a series and the connection to the amazing worlds they invite us into. I was especially sad when I heard that Blaize Clement had died, since the Dixie Hemingway series has always been one of my top favorites. I was heartened to read that Ms Clement had the opportunity to discuss ongoing story arcs with her son John, and that he was planning to continue the series. But I was worried. Could her son do Dixie justice? I eagerly pre-ordered the Kindle edition of The Cat Sitter's Cradle so I could read it as soon as possible.

I'm happy to report that I'm worried no more. Instead I'm delighted that John has managed to capture the essence of the series and characters very well, and is a good writer in his own right. I loved his use of language (regarding Sophie, a cat: "She met me at the door with some serious tail choreography and an excited thrrrip! to let me know I was late.") I felt like I learned even more about the characters and their environment because of his slightly different-but-similar descriptions. And, as usual, it was over too soon; it's always a good sign when you feel that way.

I definitely felt like the book was as good as any of the previous books in the series.

(Mrs. Js)

If you enjoy mysteries with interesting characters and animals, stories that draw you in and make you want to come back time after time, you should read this series. And while it's a richer experience to have read them sequentially, each book is a stand-alone story, and can be read in any order.
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I completely agree with reviewer Js Banks. Having said that, I want to add that this latest Cat Sitter book is as excellent as the previous books in this series. There is something very comforting in spending time with Dixie, Michael, Paco and the other characters who are introduced. This is very easy paced reading and the plot is easy to follow, bringing everything to a logical conclusion. The reader also continues to learn very interesting animal behavior facts. This is one of my favorite series and I look forward to the next one.
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What more could anyone ask for in a book?

The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the cover of the first book in the series, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, No. 1), caught my eye.

This installment in the series finds Dixie in yet another seemingly impossible situation. Let me warn you right now: do not start this book unless you have a good chunk of uninterrupted time available. I found it really hard to put down, and some chores were left undone until after I finished it.

I love everything about this book: a tightly plotted mystery, interesting characters, and a beautiful setting. I like Dixie more with each book in the series. For me, one of the best parts of reading series mysteries is following the development of the protagonist, and the Clements have done a masterful job with Dixie. And it's rare that a mystery series ends with a cliffhanger involving the protagonist, but this one does. You'll just have to read the book to find out what I'm talking about.
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By J on August 1, 2013
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At first I was concerned with the additional author change. When an author takes on another co-author, I usually quit reading the series. I don't know why exactly, other than I know what authors I like and am not interested in switching. But I'm also an avid cover and preface reader and learned that Blaize Clement had passed and John worked from her outline. That's a bit different, so I decided to give it a chance, and I'm glad that I did.

I really liked this addition to the Dixie Hemingway series. In fact, the series had been improving all along, and this book continued to improve the series. The story line flowed smoothly and intelligently. I hope there are more outlines because I'm not ready to lose Dixie as a character!
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The Cat Sitter's Cradle: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries)
I have read every book in the Dixie Hemingway mysteries and knew that we had lost Blaize. John has done a great job of picking up the story and following through with it. I enjoyed this book so very much and am glad to see Dixie is moving along with her life. I hope, to read more in this series. Thanks John, you did very well and your mother would be very proud of you.
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I thoroughly agree with all reviewer JSBanks wrote. I too was worried about the continuation of the series. Not to fear, Cat Sitter's Cradle, was excellent. Not only does Dixie successly solve the murder, but she has a baby named after her, & finally starts to move forward in a relationship.

Find the time to read this book, you will enjoy it. Here's to many more Dixie Hemingway, pet sitter books!
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This is a solid continuation of the series, well plotted. What I missed was the richness of the Floridiana details...hopefully John will spend more time there and get us smelling more of the heavy salt air...and the sun slammming us like a hot skillet when we leave a/c places summer. :-)

I hope the next books get away from the 'troubled young girl' theme. Getting a bit cloying.
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