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, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, came out seven 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’s Nine Lives, Dixie witnesses a head-on collision on the main road that runs through her beach town. After pulling one of the drivers from his car just before it explodes, Dixie heads to the local bookstore, where she meets Cosmo the bookstore cat and the store’s owner, Mr. Hoskins. When Cosmo and Mr. Hoskins disappear without a trace, Dixie can’t help but investigate. She soon finds herself involved in a twisted mystery of murder, revenge and deception.

Dixie is one of my favorite cozy mystery heroines, and the setting of this series always makes me wish I lived in her little beachfront house. I’ve enjoyed following Dixie’s development over the life of the series, and I was particularly happy that Dixie finds happiness in a new romance in this installment. Or does she? You’ll just have to read the book to find out.

The setting, the characters, and the plot make The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives a great addition to your summer reading list.

Enter to win an autographed copy of The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives!

To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win this book. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment letting me know that you shared. No need to post the link to your share.This giveaway ends Friday, July 18, and is limited to readers in the United States only *.

*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

I received a copy of this book from the author. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

137 Comments on Review and Giveaway: The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives by Blaize and John Clement

  1. I can hardly wait for my new book. I have all 8 books that Blaize had written in the Hemingway series. I found my first book “Duplicity Dogged The Dachshund by accident, saw the author was from Sarasota Florida and I was familiar with the area she was writing about since I live close by so I picked up the book and have been enjoying the rest of her books whenever they came out and looking for each new one. She was a Wonderful writer and John your doing great following in Mom’s footsteps, please keep up the good work and keep her writing’s coming our way they are the BEST. Your doing her justice and so sorry we had to lose her so soon. Thank you for everything.

  2. I love reading the Cat Sitter’s books! I vacation at Siesta Key every year and reading these books takes me back there. Dixie’s adventures are always entertaining. I hope to be moving to the area soon and can’t wait to put all the books in the series on my bookshelf.

  3. I am a fan and I think Dixie is one of my best friends. So happy to find another book to add to my long list of best reads. Thanks so much.

  4. I started reading this series when I found one in the new book section of our library. I loved it so much that I read all the previous books and have purchased every new one since. I have learned so much about cats and their care from these books and absolutely love all the characters and location. Thanks so much John for continuing your mom’s legacy.

  5. I first met Dixie and her family while going through a difficult time and needing something light and fun to read. Since I often had entertained the thought of becoming a professional pet sitter after the first book I raced to get the second. They gave me such enjoyment that I searched the web to send a thank you to their creator, since this was just two summers ago unfortunately she had already passed and I was devastated feeling almost as if I had lost a friend because after all she was Dixie. I sent a message through the web site and read that it was John’s plan to keep Dixie alive. He responded and I anxiously awaited the newest Dixie and was thrilled first that I had a new Dixie story to read but also for John because the transition in writers was just seamless. I am sure that Blaize is smiling down on both Dixie and John!! Thank you John for keeping Dixie and get adventures a part of our lives!

  6. So happy to hear there is another Cat Sitter’s book out. I have read all of Blaize’s books and can’t wait to read this one. They are fun reads and I’m not afraid to let my grandchildren read them too.
    So glad Blaize’s son is continuing the series.

  7. I’ve been with Dixie from the beginning, and am so glad that John has continued the series for his mother. Looking forward to Dixie’s latest adventure.

  8. I had a some delightful e-mail exchanges with Blaize back in June of 2009, where she actually took the time and trouble to send me a “Sierra Key” hat just like the one worn by Dixie. A famous writer actually did this for me! I treasure it to this day. I love all of Dixie’s adventures and will certainly be reading this newest one and I sure would love having a signed copy of it to keep with my treasured hat.

  9. I have started obtaining the books in this series due to the cat in them. I am a HUGE cat fan and love the cozy mystery books.

    • Michelle. Have you read the series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy? It is about Joe Grey P.I.
      Joe Grey is a cat. He talks. He uses the phone. The local police are going nuts trying to find out who their secret informant is. Joe’s acerbic comments about humans are spot on. Love it.

  10. This looks like an adorable prize to win. I love reading and a book with cats in it just makes it even better.

  11. These books are so entertaining. Loved all the books written by Blaize and can’t wait to read The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives.

  12. The first Dixie Hemingway book I read was Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof which mentions a luxury kennel for cats with kitty condos. That made me wonder if the author ever visited the Burbank Cat Hotel which was the first luxury cat boarding facility of its kind. I enjoyed the book and wanted to read more since Lillian Jackson Braun is no longer with us. By the way, I want to read more pet stories and less steamy romance.

  13. I love these books, I got a signed book by Blaize who was very kind to reply to my email and I’d love a copy signed by John 🙂

  14. I have read the whole series from the library. Additionally, I have purchased some to give as gifts. (The library frowns on it when one gives their books away.)
    I want a free copy because the library does not yet have it. I will read it and then MAYBE give it to a friend!

    Thanks for keeping up the series!

  15. I have loved all of the “Dixie adventures”. And I know I will love this book too! It’s nice to be able to safely go on these dog or cat sitting days with Dixie! I don’t think I’d be that brave!

  16. I have a mental illness that makes it hard to concentrate. I have a hard time reading books. Form what I’ve read in the teaser paragraph, this may be a book that grips me and keep me focused. I’d love to try and share it with my mother so we can get into the series. I used to be able to read very well, I’d read a novel in one day. I used to love to read. Please pick me! Thank you for your consideration.

  17. I discovered Blaize Clement’s books when I worked at a local county library. I LOVED them right from the start. I want to live the life of Dixie and all of her adventures. I am a pet lover also and live with two cats. I wrote to Blaize on her website to ask for her autograph on her books that I owned. I was going on a girls trip to Flordia and we were going to visit Siesta Key. She wrote back to me saying yes…she would autograph my books but I didn’t know she had answered me on her website until we returned home. I really missed the chance to meet her and tell her how much I enjoyed her books. We loved Siesta Key and looked for Midnight Pass Road and bought lunch at Anna’s Deli! I kept thinking I know I’m going to see Billy Elliott running around here somewhere. The sunsets on Siesta Key are just as beautiful and magical as she described them.

  18. I was so excited to find the first “cat sitter ” book. I grew up on Siesta Key and so enjoyed the mysteries and the familiar surroundings ! All the characters have their own personalities and I have grown to love each one for what they bring to the story. I( we, as my husband shares the enjoyment of these books with me) was so sadded by Blaize’s death.. Just to think there would be no more cat sitter mysteries. Then we were delighted to learn that her son, John, had worked with her on plots and characters and would continue the series…so far we have been pleased. We do wish more were available on CD, especially in libraries. My mom would love these and she can only listen because of macular degeneration at 97. Thanks, I can’t wait to get the new book!

  19. Thank you so much for this giveaway! I am an avid reader, and cat owner, and so I love cat-themed books! I would love to win this! 🙂

  20. Great series!! You open the book, and you are right there with them involved in their lives. They are hard to put down.

  21. Anxious to read this one. Read all of the others and LOVE them. So saddened by Dixie’s death; but am happy John is continuing the series.

  22. I would like to win because I love this series and I cannot afford books. It’s smart funny and we’ll written.

  23. I’ve read the whole series, except for this one and it’d be nice to get just one free, paperback books are getting way to expensive now-a-days! This one sounds as good as the rest of them!

  24. I have loved Dixie since the first book. Getting to know her, her brother Michael, his partner Paco, the people at the diner and all the other people in Dixie’s life has been so much fun. She always manages to get herself into trouble. She loves animals and white keds. Cannot wait to read the Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives.

  25. Went on Facebook and pi ninterst. Shared their book which is the best one I have read so far. Bering a cat lover, these are the bezyt books.

  26. I’ve enjoyed every book in this series and must say John is doing a bangup job continuing it. Always so much to read.

  27. I just started as a Cat Sitter this February 2014 and this is the first that I heard of this series of books.
    Looking forward to reading the series and catching up to this new one.

  28. I have read some of the earlier books and loved them. Would love to read one of his. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. I absolutely love this series. I discovered it thanks to your book reviews. I own all of the series so far, and I would LOVE to have an autographed copy of this newest one ! Keep the reviews coming I have discovered lots of great cat books through them. Thank you!!

  30. I’ve enjoyed the Dixie Hemenway pet sitter series from the beginning. They have “heart” and greater depth of relationships than most “cozy” mysteries. I was saddened when Blaize Clement died. John Clement is carrying on the legacy admirably. I think his mother would be very pleased and proud. I’m looking forward to reading this latest installment and would love to receive an autographed copy. Thank you.

  31. I stumbled upon this series of books thru Audible. I have a very busy petsitting business in Florida, so I have more time to listen to books than to read them. I LOVED her first couple books! Since most the books haven’t yet been turned into audio books, looks like I’ll have to sit down and read the rest. Being a pet sitter, I get a kick out of reading about a mystery solving pet sitter. They are fun books!

    • I too, love the Dixie Hemingway character created by BkaizeClement and now continued through her son, John Clement. The series has something for animal lovers and mystery lovers and
      Showcases great characters who interact with Dixie throughout each book. I’ve read them all and am anxious to read the newest one by John Clement. Keep on creating more Dixie Hemingway mysteries, John and your public promises to keep on reading your stories.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.