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by Blaize Clement

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-312-36956-9
Publisher: Dunne/Minotaur

Dixie Hemingway is a loyal friend and a bad enemy—two traits that spell trouble for her and Siesta Key, Fla.

While picking up a recovering parrot from the vet’s office, pet sitter Dixie meets Jaz, a young teen sobbing over the death of a wild rabbit hit by a car. Former law officer Dixie can’t help noticing that the driver, Jaz’s stepfather, is wearing a shoulder holster. When Dixie introduces Jaz to her friend Hetty, who raises puppies as future guide dogs, the two hit it off. But trouble looms when three teens follow Dixie to her client’s house looking for Jaz. She convinces them she knows nothing but warns Hetty that Jaz could be big trouble. Although concerned about Jaz, she’s more worried about her brother’s significant other, Paco, who’s been gone longer than usual on one of his undercover assignments, and her old high-school friend Maureen, who shows up in the middle of the night claiming that her husband’s been kidnapped. Against her better judgment, Dixie agrees to drop off the million-dollar ransom. Once Maureen’s husband is found underwater tied to an anchor, Dixie begins to have suspicions about Maureen’s high-school sweetheart. Long after he’s been dumped for her wealthy husband, his heart still belongs to Maureen. Will Dixie’s love interest, sexy cop Lt. Guidry, save her from the dangerous doings that beckon?

Another enjoyably breezy tale featuring multidimensional Dixie and her cadre of friends, human and animal.