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Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Oct 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (30 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312947704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312947705
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.9 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,394,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Busy Lizzy on 20 Sep 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book as a stop-gap between some heavy thrillers but was very impressed with the depth and pace of the story. I just couldn't put it down. There were a number of twists and turns in the story that were unexpected and this cleverly created story was definitely a page-turner . I would recommend you give this book a try and I shall certainly be looking for this author's next book. Dixie Hemingway has some serious past experiences to work out but her character is caring and considerate of others but when faced with danger she gets herself together. One or two moments of sadness and joy where the dogs are concerned which I felt added to the enjoyment of the story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JM on 1 Feb 2013
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One of the few books I've ever bought and not finished reading. Don't be fooled by the cute dachshund on the cover. This is not a nice book at all. It doesn't even look like the jacket designer has bothered to look at the text. The author describes a golden long-haired mini dachshund, but the cover shows a smooth-haied Black and Tan! I will never buy another book by this author.
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By baileyboo on 23 Sep 2014
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Nice read
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Too Grim in spots 3 Feb 2008
By Ace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well Dixie - you dun it again, pet sitter...BUT I have my reservations. Sure -- you found dead bodies, confronted crazed criminals, fought back in style, used your wits, put yourself in the middle of action and danger, death and duplicity, all the while taking care of those precious pets, consoling surviving widows and a fading lady, eating great meals at the diner and spending quality time with your brother and Paco while you continued to wrestle with your own demons.

And then again, your escapades were concluded in your usual inimitable high style.

But what about those abandoned kittens in the box? Why did you leave them, when you could have "put them in the Bronco, and hightailed it to Tom's condo, taking the steps two at a time, and running into his apartment carrying your precious live cargo (never leave pets unattended in a car!) saying `Tom, get out your laptop PDQ -- I have some babies here who NEED some TLC ASAP - where's the nearest Animal Rescue group around here?'" Why did you leave them on the sidewalk abandoned and needy and not give them another thought except to make a Cold-Hearted and Heartless comment about them later on in the day???? How sad that your readers, Blaize didn't get a chance to see what should be done in a situation like that -- in fact, a little lesson on the need for Spay Neuter would have been great there too. And I always wonder--why is it always kittens--why not puppies???

And what about the other kitten? And the monkey? This was grim.... Too grim. This book breaks my heart. I have a hard time seeing how any animal abuse can contribute to the literary merit of this Dixie Hemingway novel, when the other two Dixie Hemingway books did just fine - were stellar -- without it.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Duplicity dogged the Dachshund......too many broken animal legs 16 Sep 2007
By Susan R. Tower - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think this new author is good.

However, most people who read mysteries with animals do not want to read about kittens whose legs have been purposely broken. I stopped there. Then I went back. Next thing I knew, I was reading about a MONKEY whose legs had been purposely broken.

What is this thing the author has about having animals tortured like this?

I can't read her, which is too bad, because, aside from these animal torture scenes, I think she is good.

I could deal with the death of the dying Dachshund (sort of), but most writers who feature animals realize they are writing for animal lovers.

We are not looking for horror, or even the sadness.

I am so sorry this author can't do without the cruelty to animals in her mysteries. I sat down thinking I was going to have an entertaining read, and ended up depressed.

Could you try again, and leave out the animal torture?

We know animals are mistreated, and most of us contribute to funds to make sure they are not. We don't want to read about it in what I supposed was sort of a "cozy" mystery.

I definitely DO NOT recommend this to any animal lover with a heart.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
animal lovers beware! 2 May 2009
By Lillian T. English - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
not only does the dog on the cover die but several other animals not to mention people abused and die. very depressing from beginning to end.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
If you love cats, don't read this book! 15 Oct 2008
By digging-out - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was delighted to have found a new mystery series to enjoy. I really liked the first one, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, No. 1). I was enjoying this one until it turned cruel with images I can't get out of my head. I'd like to know how it ends, but I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it. The descriptions of cruelty and the poor man whose last thoughts were of that cruelty are simply unnecessary. I read for pleasure and relaxation, not to be sickened and upset. I can think of several ways the author could have handled the scene in a way that advanced the plot. If it was meant to carry an anti-cruelty message, fine, but it didn't have to go that far.

In my humble opinion, a writer has something of an unwritten contract with readers. When I pick up a mystery of the cozy persuasion, I expect dead bodies. That's part of the deal. What I don't expect in a novel that relies so heavily on animals and people who love them is torture. It's as if you were sharing a storybook with a child and suddenly found yourself reading about a couple having kinky sex.

I hope future books in the series don't have such disturbing material. I'm not sure I'm going to read any to find out.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Dixie Definitely Disappoints 30 Dec 2010
By Claudia Kinsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have read two other Dixie Hemingway novels and fell in love with the characters, setting, and, of course all of the pets. I couldn't wait to begin "Dachshund".

Before I was halfway through the book I was becoming depressed. When I was two-thirds finished, I'd encountered a box of kittens left in the sun, a dead kitten and monkey, and a sad, pathetic little Dachshund whose owners left her alone (except for a pet-sitter's visits) even though the dog was near death.

I kept waiting for some plot twist which would explain or at least relieve the relentless misery in this book, but things just got worse. By the time Dixie took the little Dachshund to the vet to be put to sleep, I was seriously disturbed.

Although I'd originally planned to continue reading the series, I've changed my mind. I can't risk another nasty experience like that. If I want to know about animal abuse, all I have to do is turn on TV or pick up a paper. I read books to feel better and lose myself in a light-hearted world for a while.

All I can think is that the author was going through a dark spell in her life when she wrote this. However, it always annoys me when an author uses their work to exorcise personal demons. It's not fair to unsuspecting readers looking forward to a pleasant experience.
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