Author Showcase ~ The Cat Sitter’s Cradle by John Clement

Cat Sitters Cradle

No mission is impawsible for pet sitter Dixie Hemingway (no relation to you-know-who). On an early morning walk, she spots an exotic bird rarely seen north of the equator, much less in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida. At first, Dixie thinks the bird has been blown off course by a terrible storm, but as she digs deeper into where the bird came from, Dixie becomes increasingly suspicious of its origins. When one client is found dead and a new friend and her baby disappear without warning, Dixie is pulled into a whirlwind of greed, deception, and danger. The eighth in this popular cozy series, John Clement and Blaize Clement’s The Cat Sitter’s Cradle, will keep both newcomers and loyal Dixie fans perched on the edge of their seats.

Release: July 2013
Series: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries #8
Publisher: Minotaur Books

John is giving away one (1) signed copy of THE CAT SITTER’S CRADLE. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends October 14; US entries only.

Meet the author
John Clement is the son of Blaize Clement, author of The Dixie Hemingway Mysteries. Together they wrote the eighth book in the series, The Cat Sitter’s Cradle, published by St. Martins/Minotaur in July 2013. John lives in New York City and is currently at work on the next Dixie Hemingway mystery.

You can also find John at, on Twitter or on Facebook.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

95 responses to “Author Showcase ~ The Cat Sitter’s Cradle by John Clement

  1. I would love to read this book! Thanks for offering the chance to win.

  2. mamie mcbee-harrison

    Thanks for picking this book for a chance to win!! Would LOVE to read it!!

  3. mamie mcbee-harrison


  4. Valerie Consoer

    I love this series!! I remember finding the first book in our library when it first came out, and I squealed with excitement. This is a very good series with an even better main character! I’ll be crossing my fingers until the drawing!!

  5. Count me in please.

  6. Elaine Roberts

    I love this series and was so sad when I saw that Blaize Clement had died. I was so impressed that she had the strength and desire to continue this series after her death through her son, John.
    I have not read this book yet & would love to read it.

  7. Oh no I hadn’t heard she passed away. I love her books but am really happy her son is continuing the series.

  8. What a fun looking book. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  9. I haven’t read any books in this series. I’d love to start with this one! Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Sounds like a really good read. I love the cover!

  11. another series added to my WishList (boy, this list is getting LONG!!!)….
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  12. Love this series. So happy that John is continuing it for his mother…and us readers.

  13. I haven’ had a chance to read any book in this series but would really love to. Adore animals in cozy series.


  14. Once again you’ve introduced me to a series and a pair of authors that I was previously unaware of. Well done. This looks like a fun story, please enter my name for the chance to win a copy.

  15. I’d love this!

  16. Sounds like a great series. Would to start with this one, then get the others to catch up. I’m always looking for an interesting series, this my be my new choice!

  17. I haven’t read any of this series, but want to rectify that as soon as possible. There are just so many books available nowadays that it is hard to even know which ones to try. Thank you, dru’s book musings, for giving me ideas for the best ones to read.

  18. I’d love to win a copy!

  19. Love the cover!! And after reading the review, I want to read this book.
    Thanks for the chance to win it.

  20. I can’t wait to read the next Dixie book!

  21. I love these books. They are the greatest. Glad to see another one is available.

  22. this is really a good series, her son is doing a good job at keeping it going! Thanks for wonderful opportunity!

  23. Love the Dixie Hemmingway books. To the commenter who said she hasn’t read any. Start with the first one… But they’re all awesome.

  24. I’ve enjoyed the couple of books in this series I’ve read. Need to finish the others. Would be great to have this one when I’m ready for it.

  25. This is a series I love to read
    As Dixie solves each nefarious deed
    Love meeting the pets she cares for so well.
    Having John continue the series is really swell

  26. I read the first book in series from the library, came upon it and thought it was different then any other dog or cat book I have read. you could almost put your self in the position of Dixie and how she felt.

  27. I love this series and I’m so happy that the author’s son is keeping it going for us.

  28. Elaine Licato

    This is a great series. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

  29. I love this series and I am so happy that John is keeping it going. He is doing an excellent job!!

  30. love this series

  31. Wow, another series I’ve missed, I’ll have to add this to my growing list. Thanks for the chance to win, I love books with animals.

  32. Annette Naish

    I love this series, it has given me a great amount of reading pleasure and smiles. The cover is lovely. Sir, thank you very much for continuing this terrific series.

  33. I have loved this series, can’t wait to find out what’s next in Dixie’s life. Thanks for keeping it going.

  34. I love this series and I couldn’t believe how seamlessly the transition going from Blaize to John and I couldn’t tell a difference. I hope he keeps writing these not only for our enjoyment but to keep a little bit of his mother alive.

  35. Can’t wait to read this one! i am so happy you are continuing what your Mother started. God bless you!

  36. Enter me!!!!!

  37. So happy that John is going to continue his Moms work! I hope I win!

  38. This series is fantastic one of my favorites.

  39. Great series. I hope John keeps it going.

  40. I enjoy this series so much. I am glad that John is keeping it going. Thanks for having this contest. There is nothing like holding a book in your hands and turning real pages.

  41. Can hardly wait to start reading this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Sounds like a great read.

  43. Can’t wait for this one. The series is great!

  44. Elizabeth Harper

    Such a great way to honor your mom. I had the pleasure of corresponding with Blaize a couple of times in regard to her books. Keep on keepin on John and bona fortuna. Thanks for the entry to win! Elizabeth

  45. Stephanie Carr

    I adore this series–will be so thrilled to read this one and so happy that the series will continue despite the loss of his lovely, talented mom.

  46. That cat is cute as a button. Have to seek out the others in the series. Where’s there’s a cat, it’s got to be fun. judydee22002@yahoo dot com

  47. Would love to read this. Please enter me in the drawing!

  48. Rebecca Rouse

    Such a charming story, Thanks for your generosity. Can’t wait for the next good read.

  49. I’ve read all of this series (more than once), and as someone who pet/house sat for years without ever encountering a body larger than a mouse, they have a particular appeal for me. I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

  50. Della Williamson

    So glad you are contnuing the series. They are a delight to read.
    So sorry about your Mom. It hits close to home, mine died not to long ago. It does get easier. Your giveaway link isn’t working for me.

  51. Enter me in the drawing please. Winning would be a great way to read your books for the first time.

  52. How nice of you. I see you’re following after your Mom. Please add me to the list to win—never read any of yours.

  53. Thanks for keeping Dixie alive and adventuresome after your Mother’s passing. I am a professional pet-sitter and reading Dixie’s tales always makes me smile! I have every book so far, and love them all.

  54. Dawn christenson

    I am looking forward to the new book. Thank you for continuing the series that your mom started. I have kept all of her books.

  55. I love cats and I’d love to read your book!

  56. This is one of my favorite series and since I live about an hour North of where these books take place, it seems like Dixie is my neighbor. I love cats, and mysteries, and am so glad that John is continuing the legacy, Thank you. Please consider me when you pick a winner. Thank you

  57. Would like to try this series of books.

  58. Really enjoy this series. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Sue B

  59. Edith Singleton

    I met Blaize Clement twice at Mystery Florida meetings. She was a delightful person. I told her of my love for cats, but unfortunately I live in a condo where cats are not allowed. I have all of her books except the latest one. It would be wonderful to be a lucky winner.

  60. I already read this book and loved it as much as I did the previous books in the series. I am thrilled that John picked up the mantle and is doing such a great job.

    • Edith Singleton

      I’m glad too that John is continuing with the series. Twenty-one years ago I lived in Sarasota, not too far from where the Cat Sitter lives so it is fun to read about an area that I’m familiar with.

  61. I can’t wait to read this new one!!!!

  62. Sounds like a wonderful book, I’d love to read it.

  63. Love everything about this series – the animals, the main character, the setting. They’re all fun to read!

  64. I would love to read this book!!!

  65. I think Dixie’s new adventure sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win.

  66. Ms. Clement passed away? I hadn’t heard. Deepest condolences to John and the rest of her family. I am thrilled he is keeping Dixie “alive,” just can’t get enough of her adventures! Keep them coming, John, and we’ll keep buying them! Would love to have a signed copy for my collection!

  67. Yes please Dru, count me in. I love this series and have read all the books in it so far. I usually got them from the library, but I’d love to own one.

  68. So glad that Blaize’s son, John is continuing this wonderful series.
    I treasure my “Siesta Key” hat sent to me by Blaize when I failed
    to win one in a contest a few years ago. I’d love to have John’s
    autograph to go along with his mom’s.

  69. I love your continuation of this series! I can hardly wait for the next one.

  70. Kristin Orlowski

    My mom and I both love this book series and we are so happy John is going to continue on with it. We always look forward to the next book. I would love to have an autographed copy!

  71. Dixie is my favorite book character and my favorite series. Keep the great books coming.

  72. Hope I’m a winner!

  73. Dona B. Russell

    So glad you’re continuing this series. Would love to see what Dixie is up to now!

  74. Beverly DeBenedictis

    I love your cat stories and hope to win a signed copy of this one.

  75. Tricia Douglas

    There’s not a “cat” book on my shelf that I haven’t loved. I’m sure this one will be no exception. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Cassie, my grey and white, is sitting on my lap dictating what I should write. She says that I read too much, but I’m still a pretty good mom.

  76. I love this series! I am so glad John was able to continue with it.

  77. Love these books so much!

  78. My husband and I have read together and enjoyed every book in the “Cat Sitter” series. We even spent a day in Sarasota and Siesta Key on our vacation this September so we could picture the area and enjoy the descriptions in the stories even better. We are eagerly looking forward to reading “The Cat Sitter’s Cradle”, and are excited to know that you are continuing the series. We would love to have an autographed copy of the newest book from our favorite series.

  79. Michel Gallegos

    Enjoyed “meeting” Blaize through Suzanne Beecher’s Dear Reader and am glad to see her son is carrying on with the series. Please enter me in the drawing.

  80. I just turned 71 and have been a cat person all those years. I particularly love cat centered mystery fiction and have enjoyed Dixie’s adventures in the past. I look forward to reading this new issue. I’m delighted that she’s back!

  81. John, you did such a wonderful job of stepping into your Mothers shoes. Thank you so much for continuing on this beloved series.

  82. I am a newcomer to this series. Sounds wonderful!!

  83. I’ve enjoyed other books in this series, and I appreciate this opportunity for a chance to win the latest.

  84. I LOVE these books…they are fantastic!!!

  85. I love this series, including the latest one which I have read. Thanks to John for carrying on with these delightful books. Would love to win this!

  86. Edith Singleton

    I would love to receive a copy of “The Cat Sitter’s Cradle.: I met Blaize several times at the Mystery Sarasota meetings on Lido Key. She always had time to talk to me. I told her I lived in a place that didn’t allow cats, so I had to enjoy my cats through her books.

  87. Kathleen Carn

    I love to read books that feature cats. We have 14 rescueded from around the neighborhood.

  88. I’ve read all of the Dixie Hemingway books. (As has my Mom) We’ve gotten to know and love all of the characters like family. I would love the chance to win this book. But I’ll be reading it even if I don’t win. Keep up the good work John. Your Mom would be proud!

  89. Hi John! Just now saw where the link was re-sent! Gosh, almost missed it!
    I LOVE these books! I can see so much of your Mother in you… the style is just a bit different, which is a good thing….. we get the best of both worlds! Awesome job… I wish I could write books! Unfortunately, I have practically no imagination and so have to live through Dixie’s! Thanks so much for l letting me live vicariously.

  90. I have had to stop reading until I take a required test at work. I would love to win this book . It would make my wait so worthwhile! I loved your Mother’s books and I’m so happy that you are continuing the legacy. I’m such a cat lover too!

  91. Not sure if I am too late to enter as I have been away but I would love to have a chance at winning this wonderful sounding book. I don’t believe that I have ever seen anything else written by this couple so hope to get to know them and their work soon. Thank you.

  92. Thanks John for doing the author’s showcase and giving away a copy of your book.

  93. contest is closed.