Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 2, 2023 by Crystal Uys


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 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 Whiskers, Dixie’s heads off early one morning to see her first cat client of the day. She doesn’t expect her visit with Barney Feldman, a beautiful eight-year-old Maine Coon, to be anything but routine: play Barney’s favorite game of hide and seek, feed him his breakfast, and groom him. But it turns out Barney, whose humans are on vacation, is not the only one in the home filled with a valuable collection of somewhat creepy masks. Dixie is knocked out cold by an intruder wearing one of the masks.

When Dixie regains consciousness, she calls the police. Unfortunately, when they arrive, there are no signs of anyone breaking into the house, nor are any valuables missing. Did Dixie imagine the whole thing? The bump on her head the size of an egg says differently. As Dixie tries to figure out what happened, she gets drawn into a world of black market antiques, dark secrets and murderous revenge.

I love everything about this series: the tropical setting, the thoroughly likable 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!

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96 Comments on The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers – Book Review

  1. Oh my goodness, I just love the Dixie Hemingway series of books. I haven’t loved a series this much since The Cat Who books. I’m so glad that John is continuing his mom’s work.

  2. Cats, kittens, mystery, suspense mixed in with lots of love , hugs, pets , purrs , giggles and just plain fun. Sounds like a day at my house. Did you write about us? – Fluffer-bugs, Bitsy boo and Baby, we’d love it if mommy won cause then she could read to us all about the story you wrote about us!!! Meeooww!!

  3. I love cats and reading about them and the escapades they get into. I hope I am a winner of your book.

  4. Would love to win this copy. Feel in love with this series from the first book. This cover is the best one yet.

  5. I love reading your book reviews! This is a book I have to give to my pet sitter and great friend, Leslie of On All Fours Cat Sitting.

  6. Love the series! My one experience as a pet sitter was with a beautiful but determined to be the boss of me, boxer. I lasted one day. Love all animals but my heart is with cats! Our 14 yr old fur baby is as bossy as the boxer, but we are used to being her “staff”! Thanks for the chance!!

  7. Usually I only have time to read technical or instructional books and journals, rarely any reading just for pleasure. But this sounds wonderful, combining my two favorites: felines and mysteries!

  8. I love this series and have read it from the beginning. I was thrilled to meet John at Left Coast Crime in Portland a couple of weeks ago.

  9. I love this series, and have read it from the beginning. I was also very thrilled to meet John at Left Coast Crime in Portland, a couple of weeks ago.

  10. I have quite a few of the books in the series in my TBR, so another one to the collection wouldn’t be so bad…..
    I have to seriously start this series!!!!

  11. I would love to win a copy of this new awesome book by John Clement! I have read all of the other awesome books in this awesome series and love, love, love them all! I am so thrilled that John has continued writing where his precious mom left off. I love Dixie Hemingway’s adventures and can’t wait to read this one! The cover is so adorable too!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  12. When we moved to Florida I went to the bookstore (that went out of business) and asked for local authors. I love cats and was attracted to the author’s name, Blaize Clement, and the catchy names of her first two books. I continue to enjoy them and always look forward to the next one. So glad John was able to help Blaize and continue to help Dixie with her investigations. I have given them several times as gifts, especially to those new to the area, and friends far away. Everyone loves them.

  13. I wrote a long comment about our cats over a lifetime of having them and somehow the comment was deleted. So, this one will be brief. Since I was a child, and through 52 years of marriage we have had at least 50 cats, and about 18 of our own since we have been married. Most lived 20 years or so, with others being 21, 24, and 26 or older. We got her when we bought a golf course and so we know she was over that age, but not sure how much. Anyway, cats have been a big part of our lives, and our married children and grandchildren love cats so much too. The cats are such a job and make us all better people with more compassion I think. This blog is very nice; I didn’t know about it until today. John, you are doing a great thing in your Mom’s memory by continuing her series. I have not ever seen this series but I would love to win a copy and get caught up with all of the books now. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the newest release. The cover is just fantastic. Thank you.

  14. Throughout my entire life, cats have been an integral part of our household. Once we were married, we also had cats and until 2014 when I became very ill and our last kitty went to kitty heaven, we have never been without a cat in almost 52 years of marriage. We get our kitty comfort with our daughter’s two beautiful girl siblings and realize that we did our duty in rescuing many feral cats and everyone’s stray kitties that neighbors chose not to keep. We were blessed with the love and affection of all of these cats, which number approximately 18. Our cats were all indoor cats and they lived long and healthy lives with our Gidget being over 26 when she passed away and Honey being 21 and others quite near those ages. They were all a blessing in our lives and our children have a love for cats having had them in our home all of our lives. Our grandchildren adore their pets and to me, having pets makes them far more responsible and compassionate children. I have not read any books in your series yet but would love to win a copy of your latest to find out what I have been missing. Sorry that your Mom passed away, John, and it is a wonderful tribute that you are taking over her writing of this series. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book.
    Cynthia B

  15. I LOVE the Dixie Hemingway books and was so sorry for Ms. Clements’ death ! Glad her son is working to carry on the series !

  16. Have not read anything by these authors yet. Winning would be my perfect chance to do so. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. This is one of my favorite series, and I’m so happy that John is carrying on with it. I am so anxious to read this one!

  18. This sounds like a fun addition to the series. What a great thing that the author’s son is carrying on her legacy.

  19. This is a new series to me, but sounds very intriguing. I would love to have a chance to win a copy of the book!

  20. I began reading the Dixie Hemingway books while Blaize was still penning them. I am so grateful her son John has taken up the job of continuing this beloved series. As an animal lover, it is great to see animals incorporated into a novel.

    Thanks for a series that captures and holds my attention.

  21. sounds like another great addition to the series. I love the cover!!! good luck with the book – and thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Loved this series from the start. Not only good mysteries, but interesting facts as well. Always learn something.

  23. Thank you for a chance to have another delightful mystery book to read. I had not read mysteries until I found your wonderful books … so glad you are taking up where your Mother left off. My daughter is a cat lover and only has 4 right now so she will be next after me to read this new book.

  24. I love this series, have read them all since the 1st book came out. So glad John is continuing Blaize’s legacy. Would love to win a signed copy!

  25. Would LOVE to read this! Key West is my favorite place on earth and I love visiting the kitties at the Hemingway house! Sounds like a great plot, too! 🙂

  26. I would love to have a Dixie Hemingway book autographed by John as I already have one autographed by Blaize. Anxiously awaiting the new book.

  27. I love this series and I have read every Dixie Hemingway book. I can’t wait to find out what Dixie gets into next! 🙂

  28. Great cover! Love this series and am looking forward to another great read! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  29. Love this series! Very enjoyable read and I’ve told many people about this series when I worked at my local library. Now retired but still use my library and requested that they buy this book for their collection, and they are buying it! 🙂

  30. This is my favorite mystery series of all time! I would love to win this book. Thanks for doing the excellent writing!

  31. I’m a big fan of this series since book one. The cover is just plain wonderful, I think the best yet but what’s inside is what I’m waiting for. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  32. Congratulations John! Thanks for continuing the legacy. I appreciate it and I’m a big fan. I will definitely raise my glass to you and your mother on Tuesday.
    Great work!

  33. I love these books. Through the first 9 books, I feel as though Dixie is a friend. I am thrilled that there will be a new one and would love to win it.

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