Review and Giveaway: The Cat Sitter and the Canary


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The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the first book in the series came out eight years ago. The series was originally written by Blaize Clement. Her son, John Clement, continued the series after her death in 2011. Blaize had been collaborating on plots and characters for future novels with John.

In The Cat Sitter and the Canary, Dixie stumbles upon a dead body in her client’s front hall. The body  has a note stuck to his lapel. Of course, Dixie starts to look for clues immediately, but when she sees what’s written on the note, she realizes that this case is going to be unlike everything she has ever experienced. And this is not the only murder. The plot becomes increasingly twisted, and as Dixie continues to try to find out who did it, her own life may be in danger.

I could not put this book down. In addition to wanting to know what happened next, I loved visiting the lush tropical setting and visiting with familiar characters.  For me, reading this series is almost as good as a mid-winter trip to Florida. Dixie has become more mature, and appears to have found happiness with new boyfriend Ethan, even though her former love is getting married.

The book features a perfect blend of great writing, a captivating plot, and engaging characters. If you’re already a fan of Dixie Hemingway, you’re not going to want to miss this installment in the series. And if you’re new to the series, you’re in for a treat. The Cat Sitter and the Canary contains enough backstory so it can be read as a standalone book, but why not treat yourself to the entire series!


I was utterly delighted that this quote, from my review of a previous book in the series, is featured on the back cover: “I love everything about this series: the tropical setting, the thoroughly likeable heroine, and the masterfully woven plot lines. A great read for anytime of year, but especially enjoyable during these cold early spring days that make you wonder whether it will ever get warm again!”

The Cat Sitter and the Canary is available from Amazon and everywhere books are sold.

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27 Comments on Review and Giveaway: The Cat Sitter and the Canary

  1. Carolsue
    February 16, 2017 at 4:11 am (8 months ago)

    I want to win because I have read most (if not all) of the other books in her series and want to read this one!

  2. Debbie Porter
    February 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm (8 months ago)

    I’m a huge cat lover and this series sounds wonderful.

  3. Donna
    February 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm (8 months ago)

    I love anything cats!

  4. Sue Farrell
    February 11, 2017 at 1:27 pm (8 months ago)

    My favorite reading is cozy mysteries wit cats—and Dixie’s series is one of the very best.

  5. Sylvia Percy
    February 10, 2017 at 11:29 pm (8 months ago)

    I love the Dixie Hemmingway mystery novels, and I would love to win this new one. I have read the others several times each.

  6. Nancy Dloughy
    February 10, 2017 at 9:31 pm (8 months ago)

    I love to read, and anything that has cats in it is even better! This book looks awesome! Wouldn’t mind winning a copy!

  7. Mary
    February 10, 2017 at 8:23 pm (8 months ago)

    I love books that have cats in them. I have read some from these authors!

  8. Name*
    February 10, 2017 at 8:23 pm (8 months ago)

    I work in a library and these are very popular cozy mysteries. In fact, I do a cozy mystery book display every month. Next month I may do a cat cozy mystery collection display!!!

  9. Jana Leah
    February 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm (8 months ago)

    I love cozies that involve cats. This is a new to me author.

  10. Michelle
    February 10, 2017 at 7:03 pm (8 months ago)

    I have read one of these books and I really enjoyed it.

  11. Mary McNeil
    February 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm (8 months ago)

    This is SUCH a great series !

  12. Dianne Casey
    February 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm (8 months ago)

    I would like to win “The Cat Sitter and the Canary” because I love books with cats in the storyline. Book sounds like a great read.

  13. Joan Saliskas
    February 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm (8 months ago)

    Your review makes me want to read this book! And besides I love mysteries with cats!

  14. Cat Fleming
    February 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm (8 months ago)

    Because I positively adore books with cats and mysteries!

  15. Christine
    February 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm (8 months ago)

    I just started a small cat sitting service in my home town, combine that with my love of cozy mysteries this would be a perfect read. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  16. clair downham
    February 10, 2017 at 3:32 pm (8 months ago)

    because i love cats

  17. Robin L. Coxon
    February 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm (8 months ago)

    Any book that includes cats is up my alley. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. My fingers are crossed that I might win.

  18. Solange
    February 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm (8 months ago)

    I love books with cats in them.

  19. Cindy Lou
    February 10, 2017 at 10:57 am (8 months ago)

    I love these books! Joining the ranks of those that want to win!

  20. Jayedee Dewitt
    February 10, 2017 at 10:02 am (8 months ago)

    I love your review…sounds like a great read! Congrats on the cover mention!

  21. Janine
    February 10, 2017 at 9:53 am (8 months ago)

    I love books with cats in them

  22. Connie Fischer
    February 10, 2017 at 8:52 am (8 months ago)

    I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries that include animals. As a big book reviewer, I can certainly promise a review on this!

  23. Stephanie Brodersen
    February 10, 2017 at 8:40 am (8 months ago)

    Sounds like a great read, would love to read this!

  24. John Smith
    February 10, 2017 at 5:13 am (8 months ago)

    I would like to win this because it looks like a fun, ideal mystery. It has a great cat on the cover, and even if I didn’t love cats, I know that all mystery books should have cats on the cover. It’s just science!

  25. Tracy Nixon
    February 10, 2017 at 5:06 am (8 months ago)

    I love reading any cat related books!

  26. Lisa Brown
    February 10, 2017 at 4:26 am (8 months ago)

    My favorite genre, it sounds great; thanks for the chance.

  27. safepethaven
    February 10, 2017 at 3:37 am (8 months ago)

    LOVE mysteries and especially any that incorporate CATS!


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