Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Review: The Cat Sitter and the Canary by Blaize & John Clement

From the publisher: Dixie Hemingway, everyone’s favorite pet-sitting sleuth, is back for yet another riveting case. Set in the lush and beautiful island of Siesta Key, with a cast of characters that Dixie fans the world over have come to know and love, The Cat Sitter and the Canary, the latest book in this critically acclaimed series is sure to leave both mystery fans and cat lovers alike purring with delight.

This time, Dixie finds a tall, handsome tourist loitering around the home of one of her long-time clients. He tells her he’s just arrived from Scotland and that he’s lost his glasses, which presumably explains why he can’t find the house he rented for his seaside vacation. Dixie points him to the bungalow across the street (but not before rebuffing a few of the sexy Scotsman’s passes) and then continues about her business.

She doesn’t think about him again until she stumbles upon a dead body in her client’s front hall ― a man in a three-piece suit with jet-black hair, delicate wrists, and a small notecard stuck to his lapel with a pearl-tipped hat pin. Right away, Dixie puts on her sleuthing cap and starts looking for clues, but when she sees what’s written on that card, she knows… this is going to be an adventure unlike any she’s ever had before.

And if she’s not careful, it just might be her last!

I've always thought that pet sitting would be a dream job so I've always enjoyed living vicariously though Dixie Hemingway. This is the 11th book in the popular series and Miss Dixie shows no signs of slowing down.

Dixie arrives at a cat (& canary) sitting job with another client's dog in tow, only to find a mysterious Scottish man at the door. She sends him on his way but can't understand why her furry companion is determined to get into the front entryway. Returning later she discovers why - there's a dead body there with a note targeting Dixie. Subsequent murders continue to threaten her and the mystery grows as to who is after her and why.

While each book in this series contains a great mystery, it's also the story of a woman (Dixie) learning to move on with her life following an unimaginable tragedy with the help of her beloved brother, his partner and their friends. Her day-to-day duties as a pet sitter are chronicled and her furry clients provide the four-legged characters that so many of us require in our cozies.

I can't recommend this entire series highly enough. Long live Dixie!!!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Mickey's Musings said...

Good review Mudpie.
The book does sound pretty good.
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

The Menagerie Mom said...

What a great review of what sounds like a fantastic book. Not to mention, I love the cover. Just look at the expression on that adorable kitty's face! Thank you for sharing yet another one for the to-read list, Mudpie and Melissa!

Priscilla King said...

Purr, Purr...Heather is usually purring when she looks at me that way.

Unknown said...

I love this series! I used to do a little bit of pet sitting, but I never had any experiences like Dixie has (thank goodness!).

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Melissa. I only have one book, in this series, and need to catch up.

pilch92 said...

Nice review. This sounds like a great book.

Three Chatty Cats said...

Sounds like a great series!

catladymac said...

So glad the series is continuing !