Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin's Press), 2008. ISBN 0-312-34093-1.
Reviewed by Trilla Pando
Posted on 01/30/2008
When Dixie Hemingway found the dead body she should have called the police. She knew that, but she didn't. Now she is a suspect.
In this third of the Dixie Hemingway mysteries, the former sheriff's deputy once more brings her skills to bear on the investigation. And once again she's working with Lieutenant Guidry. There is a bit of romantic push-pull, but Dixie is still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter and only beginning to come to terms with her loss while going on with her life. The lieutenant helps, so does lawyer Ethan Crane. Her fireman brother Michael and his undercover agent partner Paco, live next door and offer her strong family support.
Dixie works on the mystery as she continues to care for her animal charges, which gives the author an opportunity to include a good bit of animal information without overpowering the story. We learn how to warm up a cold iguana (slowly) and the many reasons not ever, ever to consider declawing a cat. Animal lovers will be interested.
This series is a "cozy," but it goes deeper, probing issues of grief, love, and dependency. Clement also includes good local color, using her setting to good advantage. We not only see more of sleepy, well-named Siesta Key, but also get a good look at the members of the Hispanic community—an important part of life in Florida.
Blaize Clement lives and writes in Sarasota, Florida. She spent her career as a psychologist in Houston. On her website she declares, "Bios are so boring!" She then offers a long and unorthodox rundown on her life, her views and her interest. You can check it out on her website.
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