Fans of Blaize Clement's Dixie Hemingway series will be happy to learn that there is a new mystery out. The Catsitter's Pajamas, came out in 2011, but I just found it at the library last week.
For those who haven't read any of the series yet, it is about a thirty-something, former sheriff's deputy in Siesta Key, Florida. After the tragic loss of her husband and young daughter, she surrendered her badge and took up pet sitting. Somehow, though she tries to keep to herself, mystery and drama find always find her.
In The Catsitter's Pajamas, Dixie is trying to resolve whether to continue a long distance relationship with the darkly handsome Detective Guidry or begin a new one with the equally appealing attorney Ethan Crane. Naturally, in the midst of her romantic troubles, she stumbles across a dead body at the home of one of her cat sitting clients.
Dixie is drawn into the case against her will when the prime suspect, an international supermodel named Briana, pleads for her help. Unable to resist any creature in need, Dixie agrees to meet with her, knowing that it could land her in trouble with the police. After hearing the model's far-fetched story, Dixie sets up a meeting with the lawyer, Ethan Crane and then washes her hands of the whole affair.
Unfortunately her involvement is not at end, as international smugglers seem to think that she has information that they need. Dixie is attacked in own home and living in fear, before the resolution of the mystery finally brings the bad guys to justice. And yes, her romantic entanglements are finally sorted out too.
If you've read the Dixie Hemingway series before, you'll want to read this one. It's as fast paced, and exciting as the rest. If you haven't yet read the series, get reading. Blaize Clement has created a flawed but lovable character in Dixie, and you'll find yourself cheering her on, rooting for her to find happiness at last. I'll be eagerly looking forward to Dixie's next adventure.