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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  569 Ratings  ·  94 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
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Published July 8th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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K. East
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-series
Fun to read and the main characters are just a bit too perfect. But entertaining.
Kat Chan
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
"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
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
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: florida, mystery, cats
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
Linda Rawlins
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 05, 2014 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!!!!
Theresa Wesley
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 .
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Patricia Clark
Jul 09, 2014 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.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The son is as good as his mother. So happy to have this series continue!
Laura Millerick
of course I loved it
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"....losing a loved one makes you an instant member of this strange, underground club, a club that only people who've lost someone they truly, deeply love can join. Once you're a member, all you have to do is let your guard down a little bit to see that there are fellow members everywhere you go. At the gym, at the grocery store, in the line for the dressing room at Marshalls, and like it or not, you can never unjoin."
When I read this passage in "The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives", it struck me that t
Meh. I don't know. I enjoy this series, but this episode just did not click the same way for me as some of the others - maybe because I got tired of Dixie's navel gazing, maybe because I am in the wrong headspace for this type of read, maybe both, maybe something else entirely.

I have accidentally already read book 10 and enjoyed it at the time. It is likely I will read book 11. But if that one fails to click the way this one did I am not sure if I will try 12, should 12 be published as 11 is cu
Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the series and found the main character, Dixie, a strong woman despite losing her family at a young age. Something happened to Dixie, I blame this on the author, because this book was a disappointment. Dixie was a complaining whimpering woman, the description of Michael, Paco and Ethan - which in other books did not belabor this point ad infinitum that they are all #10's and wanted by every woman on the planet. The mystery was ridiculous and didn't appear well thought out. The scene ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original author of the Cat Sitter books passed away in 2011 and now her son, John, has taken over. I've read at least one other book he wrote, and it wasn't that good. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but figured I'd give it a try. I'm reluctant to give up the series! Well, it was good! I read a few books simultaneously, and found myself picking up Nine Lives before the others.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ebooks
once again, loved the series.
Ch J Loveall
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next bubblegum novel...
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
How have I gone so long without discovering the gem that is cozy mysteries? This book is the ultimate comfort food of novels - the perfect book to curl up with after a long day. It's hard not to fall in love with the cozy beachside town of Sarasota and its carefree inhabitants.

The story follows professional cat sitter Dixie Hemingway as she helps police in locating a missing book shop owner and his cat. The mystery is well-crafted; there are just enough clues to keep you guessing right until th
Cindy T
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining, funny! I will read more of the Dixie Hemingway series of mysteries.
Kim j
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
#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.

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Other Books in the Series

A Dixie Hemingway Mystery (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery, #1)
  • Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery, #2)
  • Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery, #3)
  • Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery, #4)
  • Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery, #5)
  • Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery, #6)
  • The Cat Sitter's Pajamas (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery, #7)
  • The Cat Sitter's Cradle (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery, #8)
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