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Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, No. 2) Hardcover – March 6, 2007

3.9 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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A former sheriff's deputy in Sarasota, Fla., Dixie Hemingway now earns a living as a pet sitter, a career that once again turns perilous when her charge, a dachshund, digs up a dead body at the start of Clement's fast-paced sophomore effort (after 2005's Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter). Dixie identifies the victim as Conrad Ferrelli, whose Doberman pinscher she once walked. A wealthy, eccentric son of a famous Ringling Brothers clown, Conrad and his wife, Stevie, were funding the creation of a retirement home for circus performers. But his brother, Denton, a vicious creep with mob connections, possesses no such charitable impulse. Clement builds suspense and delivers startling revelations as both Stevie and Dixie find themselves targets of Denton's resentment.
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Dixie Hemmingway (Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter 2005), Sarasota deputy sheriff turned pet sitter, is back with a new case. As she walks an elderly dachshund named Mame, she sees a car speed past; after Mame breaks away and finds a dead body, Dixie realizes that the killer had been driving the speeding car. Dixie joins Lieutenant Guidry in the investigation and learns that the victim was from an old circus family. Clement uses the circus lore--and 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. Barbara Bibel
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312340923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312340926
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By BookAce VINE VOICE on February 2, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well Dixie - you dun it again, pet sitter...BUT I have my reservations. Sure -- you found dead bodies, confronted crazed criminals, fought back in style, used your wits, put yourself in the middle of action and danger, death and duplicity, all the while taking care of those precious pets, consoling surviving widows and a fading lady, eating great meals at the diner and spending quality time with your brother and Paco while you continued to wrestle with your own demons.

And then again, your escapades were concluded in your usual inimitable high style.

But what about those abandoned kittens in the box? Why did you leave them, when you could have "put them in the Bronco, and hightailed it to Tom's condo, taking the steps two at a time, and running into his apartment carrying your precious live cargo (never leave pets unattended in a car!) saying `Tom, get out your laptop PDQ -- I have some babies here who NEED some TLC ASAP - where's the nearest Animal Rescue group around here?'" Why did you leave them on the sidewalk abandoned and needy and not give them another thought except to make a Cold-Hearted and Heartless comment about them later on in the day???? How sad that your readers, Blaize didn't get a chance to see what should be done in a situation like that -- in fact, a little lesson on the need for Spay Neuter would have been great there too. And I always wonder--why is it always kittens--why not puppies???

And what about the other kitten? And the monkey? This was grim.... Too grim. This book breaks my heart. I have a hard time seeing how any animal abuse can contribute to the literary merit of this Dixie Hemingway novel, when the other two Dixie Hemingway books did just fine - were stellar -- without it.
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I think this new author is good.

However, most people who read mysteries with animals do not want to read about kittens whose legs have been purposely broken. I stopped there. Then I went back. Next thing I knew, I was reading about a MONKEY whose legs had been purposely broken.

What is this thing the author has about having animals tortured like this?

I can't read her, which is too bad, because, aside from these animal torture scenes, I think she is good.

I could deal with the death of the dying Dachshund (sort of), but most writers who feature animals realize they are writing for animal lovers.

We are not looking for horror, or even the sadness.

I am so sorry this author can't do without the cruelty to animals in her mysteries. I sat down thinking I was going to have an entertaining read, and ended up depressed.

Could you try again, and leave out the animal torture?

We know animals are mistreated, and most of us contribute to funds to make sure they are not. We don't want to read about it in what I supposed was sort of a "cozy" mystery.

I definitely DO NOT recommend this to any animal lover with a heart.
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not only does the dog on the cover die but several other animals not to mention people abused and die. very depressing from beginning to end.
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I was delighted to have found a new mystery series to enjoy. I really liked the first one, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, No. 1). I was enjoying this one until it turned cruel with images I can't get out of my head. I'd like to know how it ends, but I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it. The descriptions of cruelty and the poor man whose last thoughts were of that cruelty are simply unnecessary. I read for pleasure and relaxation, not to be sickened and upset. I can think of several ways the author could have handled the scene in a way that advanced the plot. If it was meant to carry an anti-cruelty message, fine, but it didn't have to go that far.

In my humble opinion, a writer has something of an unwritten contract with readers. When I pick up a mystery of the cozy persuasion, I expect dead bodies. That's part of the deal. What I don't expect in a novel that relies so heavily on animals and people who love them is torture. It's as if you were sharing a storybook with a child and suddenly found yourself reading about a couple having kinky sex.

I hope future books in the series don't have such disturbing material. I'm not sure I'm going to read any to find out.
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I have read two other Dixie Hemingway novels and fell in love with the characters, setting, and, of course all of the pets. I couldn't wait to begin "Dachshund".

Before I was halfway through the book I was becoming depressed. When I was two-thirds finished, I'd encountered a box of kittens left in the sun, a dead kitten and monkey, and a sad, pathetic little Dachshund whose owners left her alone (except for a pet-sitter's visits) even though the dog was near death.

I kept waiting for some plot twist which would explain or at least relieve the relentless misery in this book, but things just got worse. By the time Dixie took the little Dachshund to the vet to be put to sleep, I was seriously disturbed.

Although I'd originally planned to continue reading the series, I've changed my mind. I can't risk another nasty experience like that. If I want to know about animal abuse, all I have to do is turn on TV or pick up a paper. I read books to feel better and lose myself in a light-hearted world for a while.

All I can think is that the author was going through a dark spell in her life when she wrote this. However, it always annoys me when an author uses their work to exorcise personal demons. It's not fair to unsuspecting readers looking forward to a pleasant experience.
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