Thursday, March 25, 2010
RAINING CAT SITTERS AND DOGS by Blaize Clement (Minotaur)
The latest in the Dixie Hemingway series is set in Dixie's home town. Siesta Key is an upscale topical isle between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. The reader can feel the warm topical breezes and hear the Gulf shore waves lapping on the beach near the 1950's home Dixie shares with her firefighter brother Michael and his partner Paco, an undercover police officer.
While at the veterinarian with one of her charges, a very vocal Congo African Grey parrot, Dixie encounters a sobbing teenager and her stepfather. Something just doesn't seem right to Dixie about that relationship. Wanting to help, Dixie suggests that a part time job with Hetty, a service dog trainer, might ease the teenager's unhappiness. Soon afterwards, the surprising return of Dixie's high school BBF throws her into the world of the rich and famous.
Blaize Clement's accurate descriptions of the pets and their behaviors will please animal lovers while adding comic relief to the story. Complex plot and multi-layered characters all come together for a very satisfying fast-paced mystery. I think this latest book is best enjoyed after reading the others in the series as it allows you to see Dixie's character grow. It is a series worth your time. Thank you, Ms Clement.
Review by Karen Kiley
FTC full disclosure - book provided by the publisher