The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

July 20, 2013

July 20, 2011

Blaize Clement (August 18, 1932 to July 20, 2011) wrote a series of mystery novels featuring Dixie Hemingway as a cat loving sleuth. The setup is that the heroine was a police woman and has become a pet-sitter. The setting is the Florida west coast.  As is the author's.

Blaize Clement described her career in an interview:

I began as a ghost-writer while I was a single mom in graduate school (psychology). Later, under my own name I wrote a couple of parenting books, a gazillion essays and some short fiction, but I didn’t begin to write book-length fiction until I closed my 20-year practice [in Houston].

The blurb for her first title in the series, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (2007) tells us a different story. Fortunately, since it is fiction after all.

Dixie Hemingway knows first-hand that many things in life are worse than a dirty litter box. Once happy as a Florida sheriff's deputy, she lost everything when senseless tragedy shattered her world.

Other  titles include:

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund
 (2007)
Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof  (2009 )
Even Cat-Sitters Get the Blues (2010)
Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs (2010 
Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons (2011)
The Cat Sitter's Pajamas (2012 )
The series is carried on by her son, John Clement. The Cat Sitter's Cradle  (2013.) is just out. This title is number 8 in the series. It has both their names on it. 

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