The Cat Sitter's Cradle

A Dixie Hemingway Mystery

Dixie Hemingway Mysteries (Volume 8)

Blaize and John Clement

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Blaize Clement won fans all over the world with the charm and wit of her pet-sitting mysteries. Now, with the help of her son, author John Clement, Blaize’s beloved heroine Dixie Hemingway is back for yet another thrilling adventure in this critically-acclaimed series.

Dixie has built a nice, quiet life for herself in the sleepy town of Siesta Key, a sandy resort island off the coast of Florida. In fact, her pet-sitting business is going so well she’s even taken on part-time help: Kenny, a handsome young surfer who lives alone in a rickety old houseboat. But things get a little messy when, on an early morning walk in the park with a client’s schnauzer, Dixie makes a shocking discovery. Hidden among the leafy brambles is a homeless girl, alone and afraid, cradling a newborn baby in her arms.

Dixie takes the young girl under her wing, even though she’s just been hired by Roy Harwick, the snarky executive of a multi-national oil company, to care for his equally snarky Siamese cat, Charlotte, along with his wife’s priceless collection of rare, tropical fish. It’s not long before Dixie stumbles upon a dead body in the unlikeliest of places, and soon she’s set adrift in a murky and dangerous world in which no one is who they appear to be.

Smart, fast-paced and entertaining, The Cat Sitter’s Cradle is a perfect illustration of why
Dixie’s loyal fans have come to know and love her and eagerly await the next installment of her adventures.

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It was about 6:00 A.M. when Rufus and I saw Joyce Metzger on the walking path that runs around the perimeter of Glebe Park at the north end of Siesta Key. Rufus is a scruffy-faced schnauzer who firmly believes that he’s in total charge of whatever street he happens to be walking on, so he let out a little wuf! to announce our presence. Joyce had Henry the VIII on a leash, and they were both studying with intense curiosity something that was lying on the path. Joyce had squatted down low to see better, and Henry the VIII, being a tiny miniature dachshund, was already

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Praise for The Cat Sitter's Cradle

Praise for the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries:

"Dixie’s latest adventure keeps you glued to your seat from the first chapter."
Kirkus Reviews

"Blends elements of cozy and thriller to produce an unusual and enjoyable
hybrid . . . Sure to delight readers." —Publishers Weekly

"Ingenious . . . This series is captivating . . . Here is a series that even people who dislike pet mysteries can enjoy." —Reviewing the Evidence

"For fans of Susan Conant and Clea Simon." —Library Journal

"Great ingredients and a fun plot. Frankly, I can’t wait for the sequel!" —Linda Fasulo, NPR

"Another riveting and rewarding read." —Richmond Times-Dispatch

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About the Author

Blaize and John Clement

JOHN CLEMENT is the son of BLAIZE CLEMENT who originated the Dixie Hemingway mystery series and collaborated with her son on the plots and characters for forthcoming novels. Blaize lived for many years in Sarasota, Florida; John lives in New York City.

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Blaize Clement

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The Cat Sitter's Cradle
A Dixie Hemingway Mystery
Blaize and John Clement

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250009326
ISBN10: 1250009324
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$24.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
June 2014
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9781250054340
ISBN10: 1250054346
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 320 pages
$7.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250030283
ISBN10: 1250030285
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$7.99
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