Each year, the Mystery Writers of America presents the Edgar Allen Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and TV. It's a big deal and huge honor.
Now, if someone had told me I would one day be a fan, friend and devoted writing workshop attendee of an Edgar Award nominated author, I would've laughed. But, as of the other day, it's all true!
This year, Blaize Clement, author of the The Dixie Hemingway Mystery Series from St. Martin's Press, has been nominated for The Simon & Schuster - Mary Higgins Clark Award for the novel Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof (now in paperback.)
The series is set on beautiful Siesta Key, Florida where pet sitter, Dixie Hemingway, often gets tangled up in the complicated plights of pet owners and their neighbors. The stories are told with a light and feisty touch but the cast of characters, who possess both secrets and senses of humor, make these novels more than just a walk on the beach.
Although each novel can stand alone, I recommend starting with the first one - Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter. You can read an excerpt from the newest one - Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs - on Blaize's site.
I can't wait until our next workshop meeting when I'll get my autographed copy...