In the sixth installment of the wildly popular Dixie Hemingway mystery series, Dixie is caring for the cat of a prickly old man whose granddaughter shows up with baby in tow. Dixie desperately tries to save this young woman and her infant from murderous con-artists ready to kill in order to hold on to the millions they stole from naive investors. The villains, though, are not run-of-the-mill criminals; they are among the socially prominent movers and shakers in Dixie's town.As with other novels in the series in which Dixie protects, for example, a precocious parrot and a defenseless iguana, in the end, Dixie must confront her greatest fears and try to save the lives of the innocent, both two-legged and four.
In Clement's sharp sixth Dixie Hemingway mystery (after 2010's Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs), the pet-sitting sleuth and former Sarasota, Fla., sheriff's deputy bonds with Ruby Carlyle, the estranged wife of celebrity drag racer Zach Carlyle, as soon as they meet at the Siesta Key home of Ruby's crusty granddad, Mr. Stern. Ruby has sought shelter with her grandfather while waiting to testify against her one-time boss, Ponzi schemer Myra Kriegle, Stern's next-door neighbor. Dixie's job is to look after Cheddar, Stern's American shorthair cat bequeathed to him by Ruby, but she's also concerned about Opal, Ruby's baby girl. When kidnappers snatch Opal from Stern's house, Dixie, Zack, and Zack's beefy best friend, Cupcake Trillin, embark on an exciting rescue mission. The decision of Dixie's fiance, homicide detective Jean-Pierre Guidry, to move to New Orleans, adds some romantic tension. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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January 03, 2011
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