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Blaize Clement was an American author of cozy mystery novels. She also authored a standalone and a non-fiction book.

Born in Texas in 1932, she did several different jobs like being a writer, dressmaker, stay-at-home mom, family therapist and caterer.

Passionate about families and children, and with a huge admiration for the intelligence and integrity of animals, Blaize was inspired to write the Dixie Hemingway Mysteries.

The series continues to be written by her son, John Clement.

Blaize was a proud member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

She died on July 20, 2011 ath the age of 78.

Her favorite quote was from the 14th century Sufi poet, Hafiz: “Sweetheart, O Sweetheart, you are God in drag!”

More about Blaize Clement

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Non-fiction, Thriller

Born: 1932 / Died: 2011

United States

Non Series

  • I, Malcolm (2011)


  1. Kids Stay Free (2011)

Dixie Hemingway Mysteries

  1. Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (2005)
  2. Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund (2007)
  3. Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues (2008)
  4. Cat Sitter On a Hot Tin Roof (2009)
  5. Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs (2010)
  6. Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons (2010)
  7. The Cat Sitter's Pajamas (2012)
  8. The Cat Sitter's Cradle (2013)
  9. The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives (2014)
  10. The Cat Sitter's Whiskers (2015)
  11. The Cat Sitter and the Canary (2016)


  1. In The Beginning... (2010)
Non Series

Detailed book overview

Non Series

I, Malcolm

Told from his position in the afterworld, Malcolm, the family dog, is the only witness to the kidnapping of a three-year-old little girl. He watches and waits, and finally sees the man during a family vacation at the beach.

When he runs at the man, he is fatally shot. In the afterlife, he is assigned the task of rescuing the child. But strict rules govern the contact between the living and the dead, and Malcolm can only help the child by planting ideas in her mind.

This, his final report, tells how he managed to save the child, bring her kidnapper to justice, and learn the true secret of life.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B0054EKVAQ


Kids Stay Free

Blaize Clement's collection of short stories explores the minds of characters of different ages, cultures, and levels of awareness. Some of the stories are warmly comforting, others ask disturbing questions about the shape of reality. Taken as a whole, they offer a close-up view of humanity in all its frail, ignorant, courageous, lonely yearning.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B004I1L5Z6

Dixie Hemingway Mysteries

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter

Until three years ago, Dixie Hemingway was a deputy with the Sarasota County Sherriff's Department in southwest Florida. Then came a tragic accident. Now Dixie's a pet-sitter on Siesta Key, a lush, exotic barrier island where the people tend to be rich, suntanned, and tolerant of one another's quirks.

As Dixie tried to get her life back in order, pet-sitting is the perfect job. She goes into people's homes while they're gone and takes care of their pets; she likes the animals, they like her, and she doesn't have to deal with people very much. She especially does not have to be afraid that she'll run into a situation that will cause her to lose her hard-won composure.

But when Dixie finds a man bizarrely drowned in a cat's water bowl, she is drawn into a tangled web of danger and secrets. Unbeknownst to Lieutenant Guidry, the homicide detective handling the murder, Dixie begins her own investigation into the whereabouts of the cat's owner, who has now vanished.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2005
Ebook: B004G5Z4PG
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund

Everybody who loves dachshunds knows about their adventurous streak. So when Mame, the elderly dachshund in Dixie Hemingway's care, gets away from her to investigate a mound of mulch, Dixie isn't surprised.

What the dachshund digs up, however, is not only a surprise but a trigger for a whole new pile of jolting events that puts Dixie at the center of a hunt for a psychopathic killer—someone who fears Dixie saw him leaving the scene of a brutal murder. In the lovely seaside community of Sarasota, Florida, another desperate chase to collar a criminal is about to begin…

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1250095343
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues

Dixie Hemingway has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The day she happens upon the dead body outside a fancy mansion is no different. She's had her fill of homicide investigations, so she leaves the gate-keeper's corpse to be found by somebody else. Unfortunately, that somebody else sees Dixie leaving the scene of the crime, and the fatal bullet might have even come from her own gun!

To make matters worse, the owner of the mansion is Dixie's new client—a scientist who is either a genius, insane, or both—whose pet iguana is under her charge. All that, plus a feisty calico kitten that needs some TLC, means that time is running out for Dixie to catnip this case in the bud…and collar the killer.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0312945367
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Cat Sitter On a Hot Tin Roof

When Dixie meets Laura Halston, a newcomer to Siesta Key, she recognizes a kindred spirit and believes she's found a new friend. Disarmingly beautiful, Laura confesses that she's in hiding from an abusive husband. Later, when Laura receives threatening phone calls, Dixie is certain the husband is the culprit.

But the more Dixie learns about Laura, the less certain she is about anything…and then matters turn deadly. As she tries to understand Laura's past, Dixie is forced to acknowledge things about herself that she has never faced before.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0312369576
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs

Curiosity is always a killer for former police officer Dixie Hemingway. Even a trip to pick up her parrot at the veterinarian's office is bound to turn up something... curious...and the teenager Dixie meets in the waiting room is no exception.

Jaz, as she calls herself, is inconsolable after her stepfather ran over a rabbit with his car. Really? Dixie's animal-like instinct tells her that something's not quite right about this Jaz--and she's going to make it her purr sonal business to find out more.

Even if that means going on a wild-goose chase, from the pampered luxury of Siesta Key's exclusive resorts to the gang wars being fought in the back alleys, to ferret out the truth. And not get caught with her tail between her legs in the process...

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1250063106
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons

Dixie, no relation to you-know-who, is helping an injured and cantankerous man take care of Cheddar, his orange shorthair cat. Soon Dixie finds herself totally smitten with the man's adorable infant great-granddaughter. But the baby's naive young mother has enough knowledge about certain powerful local big-mney honchos to send them to prison for life, and they are willing to do anything, even kill her baby, to shut her up.

Caught in the turmoil caused by the grandfather's prickly pride, the granddaughter's misguided plans to regain her young husband's respect by telling the truth in court, and the ruthless determination of wealthy villains to preserve their ill-gotten millions, Dixie is the only person who can rescue the baby. And she has to do it without letting law-enforcement people know -- not even Lieutenant Guidry, with whom she has a new romantic relationship.

Does Dixie have her claws sunk too deep to make it out of this one? Find out in book six of Blaize Clement's splendid series.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2010
Ebook: B00447827S
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Cat Sitter's Pajamas

Dixie Hemingway, no relation to you-know-who, accepts a job taking care of famous linebacker Cupcake Trillin's cats, Elvis and Lucy, while he's away. But what seems like an easy job turns scary when Dixie finds a celebrity fashion model in Cupcake's house. The woman refuses to leave AND she also claims to be Cupcake's wife. But Dixie has met Cupcake's wife, and this woman certainly isn't her.

Soon, Dixie is spun into the world of counterfeit high fashion. When a valuable list of fake merchandise sellers goes missing, the criminals go after Dixie. Once again, what started as a simple cat-sitting job has turned into a mess that only Dixie can solve.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B005LVLZPW
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Cat Sitter's Cradle

Dixie has built a nice, quiet life for herself in the sleepy town of Siesta Key, a sandy resort island off the coast of Florida. In fact, her pet-sitting business is going so well she's even taken on part-time help: Kenny, a handsome young surfer who lives alone in a rickety old houseboat. But things get a little messy when, on an early morning walk in the park with a client's schnauzer, Dixie makes a shocking discovery. Hidden among the leafy brambles is a homeless girl, alone and afraid, cradling a newborn baby in her arms.

Dixie takes the young girl under her wing, even though she's just been hired by Roy Harwick, the snarky executive of a multi-national oil company, to care for his equally snarky Siamese cat, Charlotte, along with his wife's priceless collection of rare, tropical fish. It's not long before Dixie stumbles upon a dead body in the unlikeliest of places, and soon she's set adrift in a murky and dangerous world in which no one is who they appear to be.

NB: Co-authored with John Clement.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1250790224
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives

While driving along the beachside road that runs through the center of her hometown Dixie witnesses a terrible head-on collision. Ever the hero, she springs into action and pulls one of the drivers from his car just before it explodes in flames.

A little shaken but none the worse for wear, Dixie proceeds to her local bookstore where she meets Cosmo, a fluffy, orange tomcat, and Mr. Hoskins, the store's kind but strangely befuddled owner. The next day the driver whose life she saved claims that he is Dixie's husband.

Meanwhile, both Cosmo and Mr. Hoskins have disappeared without a trace, and a mysterious phone call from a new client lures her to a crumbling, abandoned mansion on the outskirts of town. Soon Dixie finds herself locked in a riddle of deception, revenge, murder, and mystery.

NB: Co-authored with John Clement.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00HP1I7AC
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Cat Sitter's Whiskers

Set in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida, THE CAT SITTER'S WHISKERS catches up with Dixie as she heads off for work one morning in the dimly lit hours before sunrise.

Her very first client of the morning is Barney Feldman, a Maine coon cat with a reputation for mischief who's guarding his vacationing owner's valuable collection of decidedly creepy antique masks. But someone's hiding in the house when she arrives, and they sneak up and knock her out cold. When the cops arrive at the house, there's just one problem: no one has broken in and nothing is missing.

Searching for answers, Dixie soon finds herself hopelessly trapped in a murky world of black market antiques, dark-hearted secrets, and murderous revenge…a mystery only she can solve.

NB: Co-authored with John Clement.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00NDZQ24W
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Cat Sitter and the Canary

Dixie Hemingway, everyone’s favorite pet-sitting sleuth, is back for yet another riveting case.

This time, she finds a tall, handsome tourist loitering around the home of one of her long-time clients. He tells her he’s just arrived from Scotland and that he’s lost his glasses, which presumably explains why he can’t find the house he rented for his seaside vacation. Dixie points him to the bungalow across the street (but not before rebuffing a few of the sexy Scotsman’s passes) and then continues about her business.

She doesn’t think about him again until she stumbles upon a dead body in her client’s front hall — a man in a three-piece suit with jet-black hair, delicate wrists, and a small notecard stuck to his lapel with a pearl-tipped hat pin. Right away, Dixie puts on her sleuthing cap and starts looking for clues, but when she sees what’s written on that card, she knows…this is going to be an adventure unlike any she’s ever had before.

And if she’s not careful, it just might be her last!

NB: Co-authored with John Clement.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B01GC9Y1ZM
Publisher: Minotaur Books


In The Beginning...

The history, beliefs, and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, with adaptations of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

Author: Blaize Clement
First Release: 2010
Ebook: B003YCPEEI