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

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,055 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published March 2007)
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Richard Ward
I did not like the first Dixie Hemingway book at all; I scored it 1 star on goodreads. Reading other folks' reviews of that book, several readers said that the series gets better. That's what I like about goodreads, info like that. I'm glad I moved ahead with Book Two, as it is so much better than Book One. Almost everything Blaize Clement gets wrong the first time out, she gets right now. A better story, but just as important, far better characters. The main character, pet sitting sleuth Dixie ...more
Jul 11, 2016 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dixie Hemingway series is one of my favorites. I started it somewhat close to the end and have actually read it mostly out of order. This is book 2 in the series and it was really written like a thriller with lots of action and criminal activity, suspected fraud, bribes, murder, animal cruelty and threats of violence. I would hesitate to classify this as a cozy and would instead think of it as a traditional mystery. Dixie is a well written character with a great deal of depth to her. The rea ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Zoe rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 28, 2011 Rob1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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,
Amy Palmer
Oct 10, 2011 Amy Palmer rated it liked it  ·  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
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
Feb 23, 2014 LibraryCin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, dogs, florida
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
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
Barb Edwards
May 01, 2012 Barb Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Dec 09, 2007 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 07, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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!
Dec 26, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kathy jenkins
May 22, 2014 Kathy jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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.
Jul 07, 2012 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sad addition to the series. I can handle reading about human death in mysteries, but cannot tolerate cruelty to animals even in books. Dixie Hemingway is an excellent petsitter, but she cannot always control what happens to the animals around her. Good book but bittersweet.
Aug 23, 2009 Loraine rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Good story line but a little too much violence and unnecessary language for my taste. The title makes you think they might be in the same class as the Lillian Jackson Braun novels "The Cat Who..." But they are definitely not a "lighter' mystery read.
Gwen Mayo
A lot of people tag this one a cozy, but I would have to disagree. Language and subject matter take it out of the cozy category but I don't think that's a reason to skip this book. The humor and insight of the character makes it worthwhile.
Naomi Young
Pleasant second installment in a series I'll probably continue with, this one was less about the puzzle than about the character development and the overall story arc.
Jul 04, 2013 Francine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked this second book of Ms. Clement. Dixie Hemingway is growing as a character and I am looking forward to the third installment.
Mar 05, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another good mystery, but it was rather sad. At least, I though it was. But I like the main character and it was a good story.
Sep 14, 2007 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This one was actually better than the first in the series. I really like Dixie and the other characters, both human and animal.
Ms. Marie
Mar 20, 2010 Ms. Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one made me feel that Stephanie Plum might have competition when it comes to to my reading attention.
Mar 23, 2012 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the too cute titles, the writing is sharp and clear and the characters believable.
Apr 04, 2011 Jeanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, light reading. Whole series of pet sitter and murder involvement.
Molly Woodcock
This book gave me chills. I won't read at night again.
#2 in the Dixie Hemingway series. The dog walker, and former sheriff's deputy, becomes involved with circus folk, a recurring theme due to the proximity of Sarasota winter quarters.

Dixie Hemingway is walking a client's elderly dachshund when the dog breaks away and discovers a body under a pile of mulch. The victim was a philanthropist interested in helping retired clowns, a goal not shared by his brother who is trying to steamroll the victim's wife, Dixie gets involved with circus folk and beco
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I liked this one better than the first one.
I love the animals, of course!
Mar 26, 2010 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is turning into a great series
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