Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery #2)
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Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery #2)

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Everybody who loves dachshunds knows about their adventurous streak. So when Mame, the elderly dachshund in Dixie Hemingway's care, gets away from her to investigate a mound of mulch, Dixie isn't surprised. What the dachshund digs up, however, is not only a surprise but a trigger for a whole new pile of jolting events that puts Dixie at the center of a hunt for a psychopat...more
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Published October 30th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published March 2007)
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Amazing suspense thriller with a few cozy elements, definitely not for those who want an easy reading escape from everyday routine.I won't deal with the plot here, you can easily find details about it elsewhere; what really matters to me is that this story had me go through a gamut of emotions: sympathy for Dixie and her struggle to start again after the disaster that took her husband and baby daughter away, anger and indignation towards (sub)humans who torture animals, admiration again for the...more
Wow- the cover and title of this book are highly misleading. I thought I'd be getting an amusing cozy geared toward animal lovers. I was very, very wrong. This book is just flat depressing, and more a suspense story than much of a mystery.

It's not actually a bad book for what it is- but I don't have any desire to read this kind of book. BAD marketing IMO.

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Don't be fooled by the cutesy title of these books, they are NOT cozy little breezey reads. This is the second in this series, and the books have both been very well written, with stories that are quite suspenseful, characters that are very likable, a heroine that is bright, independent, but also very vulnerable. The animals Dixie watches over in her job as a pet sitter/caretaker become part of the story, become characters that you care about, but not in a overly silly way. I will definitely kee...more
Dixie is walking one of the dogs she is petsitting, and the dog gets away from her and discovers a dead body. Unfortunately, try as Dixie might to not get involved in the mystery, the murderer thinks that Dixie can recognize him, and starts to hunt her down.

The book was a bit uneven. It was enjoyable, with some cozy elements, but dark. The underlying theme of accepting people as they are was well-presented (Dixie and Guidry getting a lecture from a doctor about transgender operations was very w...more
Kathy jenkins
Fun little beach read, found among my dad's books.. Interesting characters, kept my interest. The main character, a persisted, gets involved in the murder of a client (the owner not the animal) and finds herself. Target. The book takes place in the Florida keys with lots of descriptive beach scenes, her house is a cute little apartment on the beach over her brothers garag. The brother cooks for her and her house is always clean. A tragedy in her past makes her wary of men but starting to come ou...more
This book was horrible. Animals die and get abused and they use the C word way to much. I thought that the author liked animals since she writes a series about a pet sitter, but I don't think even an animal lover would let fictional animals get their legs broken. It was such a negative book that I don't think I'll read the rest of the series.
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Ana T.
I was looking forward to this book after having enjoyed the first in the Dixie Hemingway series last year. Dixie is a pet sitter, a former deputy, with a personal tragedy of her own (that led to her career change) that keeps on finding dead bodies when she is out walking dogs (or feeding cats). This time it was actually the dog who found the dead body, a famous circus personality who seemed to have his share of enemies starting with his own brother. And Dixie soon discovers she is in danger beca...more
Great mystery! The Siesta Key setting, the details of pet-sitting, and the development of Dixie's character all make this a satisfying read. The only flaw is the improbable ending--not the solution to the mystery itself but the way everything is resolved. Looking forward to the next one!
This is #2 in the Dixie Hemingway series. I really enjoy the plot of both books, but they are not the cozy mysteries that you might think from the cute covers and catchy titles. Way too much blood/gore and swearing to be considered a cozy. I'm not squeamish (I've been reading Stephen King since I was 13), I just don't want anyone to think these are 'cutsie' when they aren't.

In this one Dixie's life is in danger more so than in the first book. She begins to consider opening her heart to someone,...more
Dixie is walking Mame, an older dashchund, when a car speeds by, Dixie thinks she knows the driver, when Mame finds a dead body of the man Dixie thought she saw, suddenly Dixie is in trouble and her life is on the line. The life of a clown off-stage is gone into here and we see how many of Dixies friends really care for her.

While there were real threats to her life, this is almost a cosy mystery, but not quite, a lot of the language and situations make it a little more adult. What's really the s...more
Dixie Hemingway is walking Mame, an elderly dachsund, when the dog discovers a dead body under the mulch. Now Dixie's life is in danger because she waved at the dead man's car speeding away and the killer probably thinks she saw him. She feels great sympathy for the widow and her dog with whom she had worked before. The dead man was a pillar in the circus community and was going to build a home for retired performers. His evil brother was trying to put a stop to it and build a casino boat dock i...more
Audrey Southorn
It is a good read and you learn a lot about the Florida Keys and its plants and animals. The main character tends to get herself into sticky situations. On the whole it is a good read.
Sep 16, 2008 Shawna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder mystery & pet lovers
The second murder mystery book in the Dixie Hemmingway pet sitter turned slueth series. These books are considered cozy mysteries, however they are a little too violent for my taste in cozies. They are great stories with twists and turns. But if the pets weren't in the books these would be considered murder mysteries. I'd still read them, because the author has a way of writing inner dialogue that is a terrific gateway to the real emotions in Dixie Hemmingway. As a main character she has it all,...more
Amy Palmer
Oct 10, 2011 Amy Palmer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers, fans of cozy mysteries
In this installment, Dixie is walking a dachshund when the dog finds a body. Dixie is once again in the middle of the case, at times alongside Lieutenant Guidry who is handsome and a bit mysterious. Dixie, not able to fully escape her law enforcement past, begins asking questions and ends up in the sights of a psychopathic killer.

I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first. I felt like Dixie's character was changing a bit and for the better. She was becoming more aware of how she was running a...more
Christina Jones
Though most of Ms. Clement's books focus is mainly on the cats, this one did center around a dog...and like the first book, it was good enough for me to continue the series. When having to repeat the earlier history of Dixie in order to understand her character, it's a shame that the information can't be given in a prologue. It gets boring to keep re-reading the same facts. Still haven't found much depth in the characters that are mainstays in the book...not even Dixie is truly believable. The s...more
Jane Chizmar
Good Plot. Hard to put down ...exciting to the end.
This book is about a womn named Dixie Hemingway, who is was previous deputy for a sherriff's office and now is happily contented being a pet sitter. Dixie continues to struggle with the recent loss of her husband daughter. Everyone she speaks to seems willing to share what they know about the murder she stumbled onto with a dachshund's assistance. It is a thriller that grabs your attention as her devotion to a dashchund ends up with her surrounded by three dangerous men who want her dead. This w...more
Mostly I enjoyed it because all her books are set in Sarasota. It was good enough I might read another in the series. Thanks Joni for the book.
Dixie is a former cop, now pet-sitter. While walking one of the dogs she is sitting, the dog discovers a dead body. Not only that, the dead body is also someone Dixie has done some pet-sitting for. Even worse, before she found his body, she saw his vehicle speeding away, though it was him and waved. Now, she's afraid the killer might think she saw him and come after her!

This is the second book in the Dixie Hemingway series and I really enjoyed it. Of course, the animals make the book extra fun f...more
I love this series...the characters, the setting....the animals...
Barb Edwards
I didn't expect to like it when there was way too much detail about pet care but once I got into it, it was hard to put down. I've read some other mysteries with a theme (scrapbooking, bake shop, and I forget some of the others--they were forgettable, that's why) and didn't like them. This was a good read and I will read more. Even found a meaningful quote "Staying in the safe darkness of memory and yearning is easy. Going forward to the light of possibility takes courage."
Oct 07, 2012 Sharon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all animal lovers
Blaize Clement's book made me cry.

Dixie is a animal care specialist. She walks dogs, cares for cat and other creatures for their owners when the owners are out of town.

On one of these walks her charge - an elderly inquisitive dachschund dug up a bone. Dixie sees too much is on the hunt for a psychopatic killer or maybe the killer is on the hunt for her.

this is a really good read. It intelligently deals with death and destruction and the feelings that accompany them.
After reading the first in the series i wasn't sure if I'd try another. However on a quick trip the library, this one was there so I decided to listen to it and give it a try. It was better than the first but I'm done with the series. The stories are interesting but all extra details she throws in and the language are just not to my liking. I really could see no reason why the use of personal vibrators at a senior citizen's home was at all relevant to the story among other things.
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Dec 09, 2007 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Terrific! This is intelligently written with a great sense of place and a wonderful description of the psyche of the protagonist. It builds well on the first book and also opens the door for the third book! Dixie, the mystery solver, was formerly in law enforcement and is now a responsible and caring pet sitter. The book is written from her point of view. I like how everything falls into place at the end and how seemingly meaningless details are
not red herrings.
Crystal Chm
Don't let the cute names in the series fool you, this series is not as warm and fuzzy as most other cozy mysteries. Before reading this book, the first book in the series should be read first. I thought this book was as good as the first one and really enjoyed it. I was sad to learn that the author passed away recently. I have the rest of the books in the series and hope to complete the other books in the near future.
Dixie Hemingway is such a fabulous character. While I enjoy this series for the mystery and the pets and the slice of Florida life, the real heart is Dixie. She's so messed up and was so broken and angry and torn, but we get to see her pick herself up slowly through the series. There are some truly dark moments in this title, but they're not gratuitous -- they all work towards fleshing out Dixie as a real person.
Another enjoyable read from this series.
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