The last months of summer are usually a whirlwind of getting out of town. For some of us that means finding a pet sitter. Maybe it’s a friendly neighbor or a local boarder or maybe it’s you! This August I hung out for two weeks with two adorable cat brothers who act more like dogs than cats! They sneaked into grocery bags and even brought a bat in the house (thank goodness for vaccinations)! My other gig is in a few weeks with two older pups…and I’m starting to wonder what adventures they will bring! Have you had any adventures in pet sitting?
Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement
“Clement’s assured cozy debut introduces an appealing heroine, 32-year-old Dixie Hemingway, who’s given up her stressful job as a sheriff’s deputy in Sarasota, Fla., to become a professional pet sitter. When Dixie calls early one morning on her latest client, a silver-blue Abyssinian named Ghost, she finds a dead man face down in the cat bowl. The contact person (a requirement when you leave an animal with a sitting service) has no clue where Ghost’s owner, gorgeous Marilee Doerring, could have gone or why her locks were changed before she left. Unfortunately, when Dixie locates Marilee, she, too, is dead. And that makes Dixie suspect number one. With sensitivity and insight, Clement develops a plot line involving a bigoted, Bible-thumping radio psychologist, Carl Winnick; his repressed wife, Olga; and their gay teenage son, Phillip, who’s a talented pianist. The difficulties and humor inherent to the pet-sitting business, a local law-enforcement hunk with romantic potential and crisp writing all bode well for future entries in the series.” (Publisher’s Weekly) Want more? Check out the series!
Death by Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake
“Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper–Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend” (Bibliocommons) Want more? Check out the series!
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~posted by Kara P.