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.

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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. This series is a great read. Cats, Animals, Action, Cool setting. Dixie is great! Her curiosity boundless. The stories well written pulling you in, pulling you along. Was reading the last one and about jumped out of my skin when my daughter wanted to know what was for dinner (2 hours late).

  2. I would devour a copy of the new Dixie book. She has such a love of her charges. It is obvious from the way she does her job.

    She also has a true love of Florida and her brother and his partner. All of this makes me love Dixie.

  3. I fell in May and just came home from Rehab on July 17th and missed the deadline for the Book give away. Actually, since my daughter introduced me to this series I have bought all of Blaize Clement’s (and now with John) books. I met Blaize several times at the Mystery Florida conferences. Now that the pre=ordered book has arrived, I have to start reading it!

    • Hi John, Could you please send me the email address for the “Read with me” email which Suzanne has? Thanks!

  4. I discovered Blaize Clement’s book just by chance and fell in love with her writing and read every one of her books after that. When Blaize passed away I corresponded with John and found him to be charming and then with his first book – talented as well! It would be an honor to have a signed copy of his latest book.

  5. I have been a fan of this series for quite a few years. I was sad to hear of the passing of Blaize Clement. I enjoyed her series and the style of writing. She wrote in a way that made the writer care about the main character, Dixie.

    I was very pleased when I found out that her son, John had taken over the series. In continuing the series, he has allowed the character of Dixie to continue. In a way, he has honored the memory of his mom by doing this. I look forward to reading more about Dixie.

  6. i’ve missed dixie. i miss the sand and surf and birds. i miss watching with her as the sun goes down. i miss the meals with her brother and friend. and i miss all the little critters she takes good care of. would love to have a volume to keep.

  7. I have followed the Dixie Hemingway series with great enjoyment and added involvement when I learned in the Dear Reader Club of the close friendship between Suzanne Beecher and Blaize Clement and the grief so many of us felt at her death. I was so pleased that her son is continusing the series.

  8. Although I’ve been a Dixie fan from the first book, I would love to receive this one for two reasons – a good addition to my “library shelves” and to frame the cover for my wall.

  9. I would love a signed copy of the book to read and then share with The Independent Cat Society Black Cat Boogie Silent Auction. ICS has been a no kill shelter for homeless cats and kittens since 1977 in Northwest Indiana. The Black Cat Boogie is one of our big annual fundraising events.

  10. I absolutely love following Dixie and her adventures in the Cat Sitter series. Blaize Clement began a very exciting book series and John has continued her work in a marvelous way. I have even convinced my husband to read the books along with me, and on our vacation last year we actually went to Siesta Key to follow in Dixie’s footsteps to see where her fictional adventures occurred and to enjoy her wonderful island!

  11. I have read all of the cat sitter mysteries. I love the series and own all but the newest one. I has so happy to see that her son was going to continue the series. I lived in Florida for twelve years and it is great to read about a character from there. I thing that they are well written and always look forward to the next one.

  12. I’d love to win this book because this is my favorite series ever. I have loved every single book so far and can’t wait to read the new one. The characters are great and so are the stories.

  13. I have been a huge fan of these books since the first page of the first book! I can’t wait to read her next adventure!

  14. Thanks for the continued cat sleuthing! I still miss your mom so much. She was a loving and kind person. And she loved animals!

    I would love to win the latest, to savor the contents and then send it on its way.


  15. This is one of my favorite mystery series. The writing is so amazing that I can feel the emotions the characters feel. I can see myself in the story with them. Each book finished leaves me waiting for the next one to be in the stores. I am so happy that John is continuing the series. He, like his mom, is a wonderful writer. I love animals and own 4 dogs and 2 cats and my sons started their own pet sitting business.

  16. Our local library has no funds fo new books this year. If I could win this book, I would first read it, then donate it to the library. (I think I’ve read all of the “Catsitter” mysteries so far.)

  17. I’ve loved this series from the beginning. I think it’s awesome that John has decided to continue the series. I shared on FB, tweeted, and shared on Google+

  18. Wow! I just finished reading The Catsitter’ s Nine Lives. This series just gets better and better. I can honestly say for one of the first times in a very long time, I was quite surprised with the ending of this story. I almost always guess who “dunnit”, but not this time. This series got me musing about the joys of pet sitting as a career and then a friend forwarded an email about an online class on starting a pet sitting business and I just finished that, so perhaps it won’t just be a dream after all. In any case, read this book and the entire series…it is so fun and entertaining!!

    I found one error, however, and that was in Chapter 22. This book says Cora got her bread machine from her daughter, but she actually got it from her granddaughter, Marilee, as told in the first book in Chapters 15 & 19.

  19. I’d love to win this book! I’m owned by a 22 lb Maine Coon named Mr Muffin (yes, he’s the owner!) and we love to read about cats! 😉

  20. I was looking for a fun read a couple of years ago when I read a blurb on one of the Cat Sitter’s books. I immediately found it to be intetesting and bought the book. Needless to say I got hooked on dixie and read through the series. When Blaize died i was sorry to hear it and thought that would be the end. Now through John we can continue enjoying Dixie and her wonderful gay brothers and the cat and of course the clients. Blaize had a good plan to keep the books going on!

  21. I was hooked from the first book. I started reading these when I saw that they were set in Siesta Key. I love love this place!

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