A Florida pet sitter is involved in yet another strange murder case.
Two cats await Dixie Hemingway at the house of one of her favorite clients, pro football player Cupcake Trillin, who’s vacationing in Italy with his wife Jancey. Waiting along with them is a near-naked woman who introduces herself as Briana and claims to be Cupcake’s wife. Dixie calls first Cupcake and than the police, who enter only to find Briana gone and an unidentified woman dead on the floor. When Dixie leaves to take the cats to a sitter, Briana follows her, denies killing the woman and pleads for help. She maintains that she was Cupcake’s friend when they were both growing up poor in Louisiana. Perhaps her former life as a police officer leaves Dixie open to such pleas, but it also leads her into many a dangerous situation. Questioned by an Interpol agent on loan to the FBI, Dixie realizes that this is more than a case of a disturbed woman and a simple murder. When she is attacked and her apartment ransacked, it only makes her more anxious to discover who is behind the murder and what the killer wants from her.
Not on a par with Clement’s best (Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons, 2011, etc.), but still full of interesting characters, both human and animal, and descriptions of Siesta Key that may have you booking a vacation.