Clement, Blaize

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Clement, Blaize

PERSONAL:

Children: two sons.

ADDRESSES:

E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Psychologist, writer.

MEMBER:

Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Authors Guild.

WRITINGS:

"DIXIE HEMINGWAY MYSTERY" SERIES

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: The First Dixie Hemingway Mystery, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 2006.

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund: The Second Dixie Hemingway Mystery, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 2007.

Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery, St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 2008.

SIDELIGHTS:

Blaize Clement is the author of a mystery series featuring protagonist Dixie Hemingway, a deputy sheriff who becomes a pet sitter after losing her husband and daughter in an accident. In Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: The First Dixie Hemingway Mystery, she is hired to watch Ghost, an Abyssinian, but after arriving at the home, she discovers a dead body. When she finds the cat's owner dead and she is named guardian of Ghost, who is to inherit the owner's estate, Dixie becomes a suspect in the murder. The character list includes a handsome detective and suspicious neighbors, a family that consists of an alcoholic wife, a homophobic father, and a talented but closeted son. A Kirkus Reviews contributor wrote: "An entertaining debut. Dixie is a complex, well-conceived character and the plot fast-moving and believable."

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund: The Second Dixie Hemingway Mystery finds Dixie walking in the park with an elderly dachshund who discovers the body of Conrad, another of Dixie's clients. Just minutes earlier she had waved at a man she thought to be Conrad, as he was driving in Conrad's car and had his dog. She soon realizes that the killer thinks she can identify him and she becomes a target.Booklist reviewer Barbara Bibel described this entry as "an entertaining cozy."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, December 15, 2005, Jenny McLarin, review of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: The First Dixie Hemingway Mystery, p. 26; January 1, 2007, Barbara Bibel, review of Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund: The Second Dixie Hemingway Mystery, p. 60.

Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2005, review of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, p. 1108; November 15, 2006, review of Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund, p. 1154.

Publishers Weekly, November 7, 2005, review of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, p. 56; January 1, 2007, review of Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund, p. 34.

Voice of Youth Advocates, December 1, 2006, John Charles, review of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, p. 389.

ONLINE

Armchair Interviews,http://armchairinterviews.com/ (August 9, 2007), Sharon Broom, review of Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund.

Blaize Clement Home Page,http://www.blaizeclement.com (August 9, 2007).

Kingston Observer Online (Kingston, MA), http://www.kingstonobserver.com/ (January 20, 2006), Nancy Sapir, review of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter.

Reviewingtheevidence.com,http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/ (August 9, 2007), Sarah Dudley, review of Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund.

Spinetingler Online,http://www.spinetinglermag.com/ (January 2, 2007), Dawn Dowdle, review of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter.