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

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,226 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
Readers raved about Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, the fabulous first novel from author Blaize Clement. Now everyone's favorite pet-sitting sleuth, Dixie Hemingway, is back with her second riveting case.
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 m
ebook, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published March 2007)
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Aug 28, 2011 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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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
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you want a cliche mystery with a dachshund dying, this is for you
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 11, 2016 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
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
Mar 26, 2012 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.
Heidi Burkhart
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really getting to enjoy Clement's mysteries. They are perfect on audiobook for multi-tasking.
Lisa Hebert
Love the series, although reading them out of order. This is the only one so far that had animal cruelty. It was unexpected and made me cringe. In fact, I didn't want to keep reading, because it just didn't have to be that way. But I did finish. It was a very involved mystery and well written. I'm just someone who's sensitive to the visualization of harm to animals, so I hated that aspect. I highly recommend the 9th book, The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives. That was a collaboration with her son, who fi ...more
Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter in Siesta Key, Florida. She was in the sheriffs department until the death of her husband and young daughter, which she is still grieving. While out walking an elderly dachshund, Mame, the dog unearths a dead body. The murderer believes Dixie saw him leaving the scene and is now after her. This is the second book in the series. I like Dixie and all the animals she cares for.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.7/5 stars. While I enjoyed Dixie's latest adventure, and plan to continue, it's not a series where I would read the books back-to-back. I think I enjoyed this one more that the previous one because I knew what to expect. The books present like cozies, but they aren't. One thing that didn't really work for me was Dixie's comparison of her stomach to a female cat, but maybe that's just me. I will continue and see what Clement has in store for Dixie in the next instalment.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I haven't discovered this series before! It may look like a typical "cozy" series, but these books read more like Marcia Mueller mysteries. Blaize Clement is a great writer, with interesting characters, character development, location, and story lines.

And at least, since I haven't discovered this series before, I now have nine more books to look forward to!
Cheryl A. Kemmer
Wow, even better than the first book!

So good, I couldn't put it down! Definitely not cutesy fluff but a good, well written who-done-it! With the added plus of well developed characters.
Sherrie Dagg
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Fun light read
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just another fun book in the series.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stupid titles to this series, nice little mysteries.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely better than the last one. I have a full review at Beware of Spoilers.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ana T.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Kim j
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clement
I found this at a discount store & fell in love with her inusual take on a mystery series, animal caretaker? it is original, well developed & honest. It is not to heavy or to slow, just right so I will keep reading!

Reread on 5/29/15: I decided to reread the entire series because then son took over & I wanted to be fair in my reviews to the son. I am really glad that I have done this because it has been fun to relive Dixie's start. I stick by the original review that this is a great s
Kathy jenkins
May 22, 2014 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
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
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,
Sep 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
Aug 15, 2011 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
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
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
Nov 13, 2012 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
I may be outnumbered here in terms of reviews, but I liked the first book better. This book was too full of abuse/killing/talking about killing/dying of animals. I find it very disturbing that an animal loving author would write about such things - in graphic detail. I'm an avid animal lover and the subject matter of this book was just too much for me. I felt sad when I finished it. Don't put cute covers on your books, Ms. Clement - you are far from the cozy mystery book genre. It's very mislead ...more
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