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The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery #9)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  436 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Plucky heroine Dixie Hemingway is back in this ninth installment of Blaize Clement's beloved cozy mystery series.

While driving along the beachside road that runs through the center of her hometown Dixie witnesses a terrible head-on collision. Ever the hero, she springs into action and pulls one of the drivers from his car just before it explodes in flames. A little shaken
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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K. East
Jul 16, 2014 K. East rated it really liked it
This ninth book in the series may be the best book yet in the cat sitter mystery novels. When I heard several years ago that Blaize Clement had died, I worried that her son might not "get it right", especially when in the eighth novel Dixie seemed to take on elements of a lovesick school girl, totally out of character. That fear was reinforced at the very beginning of this volume when Dixie describes her boyfriend as "100 percent thoughtful and devastatingly, bewilderingly, unrelentingly hunky" ...more
Eleanor Jones
Aug 13, 2014 Eleanor Jones rated it it was amazing
I've loved this series since I discovered it at my local library years ago and have awaited this latest haunting addition for some time. As usual, I always say in my reviews of this series that they are best read in order, but of course each stands alone. I enjoy the evolution of Dixie as she comes a bit further out of her shell in this particular book and has begun to develop a new relationship. New characters, including an older couple and their falling down house, form a mysterious backdrop t ...more
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
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Even though Blaize Clement has passed on into the great beyond, her gifted son is keeping the beloved cozy mystery series alive. Dixie is still stumbling into mysteries in her trademark white Keds and cargo shorts. Her humble abode overlooking the tranquil ocean in Siesta Key is just as cozy as ever. Her boy troubles continue to get more and more complicated. Her regular customers are still counting on her to deliver quality se
Jan 17, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Dixie Hemingway is my favorite protagonist out of any cozy mystery I've ever read. She has a tragic past that adds a depth to her character that you don't normally see. I was extremely saddened to hear the author, Blaize Clement, had passed away, and a bit apprehensive to find out her son would be taking over her series. It turns out to have been a needless worry as he has done a fine job of picking up where she left off.

The one problem I have with this series is the same problem I've had since
Aug 25, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Blaize's son John has done an admirable job of carrying on the story of Dixie Hemmingway after her passing some years ago. This newest installment to Dixie's story was fun to read, good ongoing character development and further insight into our heroine. Keep up the great work, John! Dixie's just too much fun to let go!
Aug 05, 2014 Larraine rated it liked it
Although I read fewer "cozies" than I used to, there are still a few that I enjoy. This series is one of them. It features Dixie Hemingway, former sheriff's deputy in a small Florida town, now pet sitter. How she became a pet sitter is based on a tragedy that resulted in the loss of her son and toddler daughter. She's made a new life for herself, but still has those dark moments. Somehow she is always running across dead bodies. In this episode, she is involved in a chain collision. The road is ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Ellen rated it it was amazing
"The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives" by Blaize & John Clement.

Dixie finds her self in the middle of a mess. In fact that mess is a pile up caused by a tailgating speed demon of a driver. Now that speed demon is trapped in his car which is ready to explode at any moment. That's when Dixie jumps into action and pulls the man to safety.

While the police and the ambulances are swinging into action Dixie decides to take a little browse inside one of her childhood haunts...Mr. Beezy's Bookstore. Yes, I sa
Linda Rawlins
Jul 27, 2015 Linda Rawlins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives by John Clement is the ninth installment in Blaize Clement's cozy mystery series about Dixie Hemmingway, a cat-sitting, mystery solving heroine. Dixie is involved in a multi-car crash and saves the life of one of the drivers. With the road closed, she visits the local bookstore and meets Cosmo, a large orange cat. When bookshop owner, Mr. Hoskins and Cosmo go missing, Dixie becomes involved. Things get worse when she is invited to a crumbling mansion to meet the myste ...more
Theresa Wesley
Aug 31, 2014 Theresa Wesley rated it it was amazing
I thought the
Savannah Reid books were good??? This book kept me going to tbd very end. I had no idea who the kier was till the revel at the end of the book. I will now start with the first book as the one I read was on a Library table where I go. I even posted on the board for recommendations what a good book this is. I hope you'll give the series a try I don't think you be disappointed .
Aug 23, 2014 Gretchen rated it really liked it
I love this series about a pet sitter who lives on Siesta Key, near Sarasota, Florida. In this book, Dixie pulls a man out of a car that's about to explode and buys a book from an old man who is later murdered. It all fits together, as Dixie searches for the bookseller's missing cat. Start at the first one and read all nine of these books! They're good.
Oct 03, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#9 in the Dixie Hemingway mystery series; the second co-written with John Clement. Blaize Clement wrote the first seven entries in this series, and then with her death imminent, she left detailed plot outlines and notes for her son to complete. So far, the joint effort seamlessly continues the flavor of the series featuring a pet sitter, on a Florida coastal island, who find herself discovering bodies in a small community in the best tradition of the cozy. Recommended.

Dixie Hemingway series - Wh
Sep 02, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives by Blaize & John Clement is a cozy mystery. I'm not always satisfied with cozies, but I did enjoy this one. Publishers Weekly about the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries: "...blends elements of cozy and thriller to produce an unusual and enjoyable hybrid."

What I liked:
The setting and Dixie's "profession." Dixie is a former Sarasota, Florida deputy sheriff and current pet sitter on Siesta Key, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, just off of Sarasota. Most of her client
Aug 21, 2014 Jackie rated it liked it
I have issues with labels. "Cozy" mysteries is one of the labels I struggle with. Somehow, at least to me, that term implies something mindless/poorly written/slight/only a time waster. Most of the books I've read that are classified as "cozies" are not mindless/poorly written/slight/only time wasters. They are genuinely interesting books.

This one was definitely interesting. I enjoyed it; read it in only a few hours. I picked this one up after having discarded another book from the library (that
Kat Chan
Aug 03, 2014 Kat Chan rated it it was ok
I'm a massive fan of the Dixie Hemingway series. I am such a large fan as to say that the Blaize Clement books are some of my all time favorites.

It's a misnomer to say this book was written by Blaize Clement. As Blaize Clement passed away in 2011, this book is (i believe) the second book her son has written to continue the series. The previous one disappointed me, but I was hoping he was still getting his footing. I'm sorry to say this one is even worse. Perhaps it wouldn't be so bad if it was
Jan 24, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
So nice to finally have a new book in this enjoyable series...but so sad to know why it's been such a long time coming. I hope Blaize's son plans to continue with the series, because this one was very good. I love the whole story of Dixie, the professional pet sitter and former cop, rising from a devastating personal tragedy, and discovering a talent for solving mysteries while she struggles back to a normal, fulfilling life. The supporting cast in these stories ( especially her fireman brother ...more
Dec 13, 2014 Phillis rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book. I'm glad Blaize Clement's son John is continuing his mother's Dixie Hemingway Mystery series. I've always enjoyed reading this light mystery as a break from some of the heavier mysteries I usually read. I can see some of Blaize's hand in the basic story line, and John's as the necessary fill in. With each new book it'll be more John then Blaize and I can tell I'll still be enjoying this series for as long as John wants to write it.
This mystery involves a car crash and a book
Jul 29, 2014 Gloria rated it it was amazing
This series makes me want to move to Florida. Not really, but the descriptions are great. The stories in the series keep some characters but add enough new scenes to make it interesting. fun and light.
Jul 27, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies, cats
Still one of my favorite cozy series. The mystery is well developed, characters are believable and likeable, and the Siesta Key vibe is clear throughout the book. Good job to son John for keeping the series going so smoothly - he's doing his mom proud.
Apr 01, 2015 Homerun2 rated it really liked it
It's interesting to see how this series has evolved, partly due to the too-young death of original author Blaize Clement, and partly because Dixie has come a long way in recovering from the sadness in her life that loomed so large in the first couple of books.

Clement's son John has done a good job of keeping the series going. I read some criticism that he had weakened the heroine and made her ditzy and frankly I don't see that. The first books had some moments of darkness that have become consid
Jul 11, 2014 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved this book. Ethan and Dixie make a very nice couple and Michael and Pack are awesome. This story kept me enthralled and I found it almost impossible to put down. Reading this book is like visiting old friends and you don't want them to leave.

I can't wait for the next book, please write fast!!!!
Patricia Clark
Jul 09, 2014 Patricia Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cat Sitter Does it Again

Dixie Hemingway (no relation) Siesta Keys' professional pet sitter gets involved in another murder in paradise. For fans of the series this is just as entertaining as the others, an enjoyable summer read. I would love to live where she does.
Aug 17, 2014 Merceda rated it really liked it
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Mar 20, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it
Ok after reading some serious dystopia science fiction I turned to this for pure escapism. And this novel provides that very well! This is the 9th in the series following Dixie Hemmingway, the pet sitter and murder mystery solver of Siesta Keys. There are no real surprises here and it is pretty predicable but I wanted that! This one is written by Blaize Clements son, John, after her death. Apparently they discussed extensively and worked up story outlines. There might have been a little less dra ...more
Bunny Hand
Aug 09, 2014 Bunny Hand rated it it was amazing
Wow! The son is as good as his mother. So happy to have this series continue!
Apr 13, 2015 Val rated it really liked it
The main character Dixie, witnesses a head on collision. She pulls one of the drivers from his car before it explodes. Shaken, she still continues on to her favourite book store where she meets Cosmo, the stores big orange cat, and the owner Mr. Hoskins. The next day, the driver from the accident is claiming Dixie as his wife. At the same time Mr. Hoskins and Cosmo go missing. Throw in a couple who live in a crumbling mansion, where the wife wants to find Cosmo the cat and you have a number of m ...more
Laura Millerick
May 29, 2015 Laura Millerick rated it it was amazing
of course I loved it
Kim j
Apr 29, 2015 Kim j rated it liked it
Shelves: clement
Not sure how to rate this book because I am torn about the authors death & the son writing like nothing happened. I am not saying that he cannot write but his version of Dixie is different. I did not know that Blaize had died & I could tell in the last book when very distinctive changes were made. When I went to update my books & write my review I found out. I feel like something should have happened to Dixie or a new character would come out because Dixie is gone. Men write women di ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it
2014-09-07. I really enjoyed this one. It is probably the best of the series. While we didn't get a lot of her pet sitting rounds, we still had a bit (I love her with the greyhound) and was better for not getting overloaded with those details. Dixie was still very focused on pets throughout. Baldy ended up being an interesting character. The ending was a huge surprise to me but was perfect. Very enjoyable.
Dec 27, 2014 Rosemary rated it liked it
I'm a fan of the Dixie Hemingway mystery series, but this latest one wasn't as good as the others, in my opinion. The whole bookstore plot was a bit contrived and the book itself was too long. However, I did love the descriptions of Siesta Key and the sense of place I get when I read these. I feel as if I'm down in Siesta Key with Dixie. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Dec 30, 2015 Peg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the best

I think Dixie has run her course without Blaize. There was barely any mystery here and lots of contradictions. Why would Dixie think that with Michael and Paco home she knew she'd have a gourmet meal that night and then two paragraphs later be talking about her dinner date with Ethan. Just little stuff like that.
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