The Cat Sitter's Whiskers

Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, #10

This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I am delighted that this author has continued the saga that his mom so adeptly created. I love the combination of exotic climes and delightful animal characters that are key in these stories and always enjoy revisiting Dixie, not to mention her sexy brother and his lover. The progress that she has made in overcoming her fear of commitment is challenged both by her reaction to the disturbing occurrences at one of her jobs and the dreams that are haunting her, and it was a little startling and disappointing to see her revert to being insecure but I have faith that she will find her equilibrium again.

I think that the world-building in this series is so evocative that I have a sense of homecoming whenever I start one of these stories and I can almost feel the breezes and see the bright sunshine. The quirky way that Dixie views the world and her coping mechanisms are very understandable to me and her translation of the actions of her charges feels genuine and reminds me of many animals I have known. I was a little puzzled by the ending of the story in terms of Dixie’s personal saga, although the mystery itself was solved, and hope that subsequent stories resolve some of her ongoing issues. I always savor a chance to travel along with one of my favorite cat sitters and hope there will be many more of her adventures to enjoy in the future.

“The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers” by John Clement (and his late mother, Blaize) continues the popular series that features Dixie Hemingway (“no relation to you-know-who” as far as she knows), pet-sitter and inadvertent murder investigator. Dixie is slowly making progress on regaining her life, even has a ‘b-word’ friend, Ethan, who occasionally makes her forget the despair that crippled her after her husband and daughter were killed. A series of odd events involving a mask she has nicknamed Dick Cheney, a mysterious statuette that she may or may not have been assaulted with, and the man who gave her that important first kiss when they were both children, leads Dixie on a tortuous search to determine the truth…about herself and the crimes that she becomes embroiled with. Unfortunately, not everyone wants her to solve the mysteries she encounters, and she needs to remember that she is not alone and learn how to ask for and accept help, before it’s too late.

Book Blurb for The Cat Sitter's Whiskers

Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway is on the prowl again in the newest installment of Blaize Clement's classic and beloved series of cozy mysteries, now written by her son, John Clement, using Blaize's notes and ideas for future adventures.

Set in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida, THE CAT SITTER'S WHISKERS catches up with Dixie as she heads off for work one morning in the dimly lit hours before sunrise.

Her very first client of the morning is Barney Feldman, a Maine coon cat with a reputation for mischief who's guarding his vacationing owner's valuable collection of decidedly creepy antique masks. But someone's hiding in the house when she arrives, and they sneak up and knock her out cold. When the cops arrive at the house, there's just one problem: no one has broken in and nothing is missing.

Searching for answers, Dixie soon finds herself hopelessly trapped in a murky world of black market antiques, dark-hearted secrets, and murderous revenge… a mystery only she can solve.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 4.75