Dixie lives upstairs from her brother, Michael the firefighter, and his partner, Paco who is also an undercover agent, in the beach front home built by their grandparents in siesta Key near Sarasota, Florida on the west coast. I just ordered her next book. I never really gave much thought to iguanas before, but this four-footed character really won my heart. The day she happens upon the dead body outside a fancy mansion is no different. It's a new life for her and she's enjoying every moment with the pets she cares for.
I am firmly opposed to letting cats roam outdoors, both for their safely, and because they can kill a staggering amount of songbirds and other wildlife. The reader is led on a twisting chase of government agencies, bioterrorism, biochemical weapons, secret labs, murder, and industrial espionage. Unfortunately, that somebody else sees Dixie leaving the scene of the crime, and the fatal bullet might have even come from her own gun! A call to care for an iguana involves pet-sitter Dixie Hemingway in yet another murder case. Now Dixie is thrown into the thick of it once again not by her own doing. The third installment was interesting, with a really good if improbable story, but as with the first two books, it ended up as an average-but-not-great three-star read for me. This is one of the series that I have been reading out-of-order as I have come across the books. This is also the book where we meet Ella, the cat who makes sounds which remind Dixie of Ella Fitzgerald's scat.
Clement is a lot more entertaining when she's telling her tale than when she's lecturing the reader. Dixie is used to caring for dogs, cats. Though clues are obvious, they aren't so obvious that it spoils the fun. And then personal rant alert , Dixie advises one of her clients to give their previously feral rescue cat to a home in the country where he can be outside, because he can't adjust to life as an indoor cat. She is still trying to sort out her feelings and working on instinct, and her motivations for helping others get her involved more deeply than she wants.
The day she happens upon the dead body outside a fancy mansion is no different. To make matters worse, the owner of the mansion is Dixie's new client - a scientist who is either a genius, insane, or both - whose pet iguana is under her charge. She earns a living as a pet sitter in Siesta Key, a barrier island off Sarasota, in an attempt to remain as far away from law enforcement as she can. In this book, Dixie has been tricked into caring for an iguana despite the fact that this breaks her most important rules. However, whether it is guilt or concern over the mad scientist who owns the mansion, Dixie, in between caring for his pet iguana, investigates the homicide. I will read anything she writes!! I'm really enjoying the series, and I really enjoyed this one. The story moves at a fairly good pace.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I did not know that much about Iguanas but now I do. There are some references to previous events, but not so much that it interferes with reading the book out-of-order. At the same time, Dixie is a hilarious character with quips, statements, and thought processes that will leave you cracking up. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover.
For anyone who loves mysteries, animals, or just plain great writing, this is a book to savor. Dixie has been pet sitting about four years after leaving her job as a deputy with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department. She is too often in the wrong place at the wrong time glad that never happened to me! Her problem is that she keeps coming across dead b This book is about a woman named Dixie Hemingway, a former law enforcement officer, who lives and works on Siesta Key in Florida. Book Summary: The title of this book is Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, No. Finally at the point where she is beginning to be open about allowing a personal relationship into her life, her world is turned upside down when a stranger calls and asks her to care for his iguana. I have read the first two books in the series and I am very thrilled that a third has come out. Dixie is a pet sitter and it is part of her charm that she is more interested in her charges than the various humans whose mysteries keep colliding with her life.
She's had her fill of homicide investigations, so she leaves the gate-keeper's corpse to be found by somebody else. To make matters worse, the owner of the mansion is Dixie's new client - a scientist who is either a genius, insane, or both - whose pet iguana is under her charge. What makes this one different is the plot. In this book, previously met characters get more i So far, I have read the first three Cat Sitter books in order. So when she sees a dead man in a guard shack, she lets someone else call the police to report it.
Traumatized by having killed someone recently, Dixie wants nothing to do with homicide, but fate decrees otherwise. Does this matter to the story? In this mystery, Dixie drives up to a gatehouse only to find the guard dead. Both heroines have traumatic pasts they are trying to recover from and both now choose to work in less people centered lines of work. She's had her fill of homicide investigations, so she leaves the gate-keeper's corpse to be found by somebody else. She's had her fill of homicide investigations, so she leaves the gate-keeper's corpse to be found by somebody else.
In spite of the awful things some human beings do in order to control other human beings, most people are peacefully going about their own business, and I applaud that. Her son seems to be following the same path. I definitely thought it was better than book 2, which had some animal cruelty that bothered me. What's more, his guard has just been shot dead and his nurse immediately disappears with a number of oddly-wrapped packages from the refrigerator. I love the pet angle because she is a pet-sitter these are not hers or how they help solve mysteries. After the first 3 or 4 books in the series I did get a little impatient with reading the same words over and over to recount past happenings in the lives of the characters but between the author passing away and her son taking over and the fact that some repetition may have been warranted I guess I might have expected to much.