Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Blaize Clement: R.I.P.

I'm sad to report that Blaize Clement, author of the Dixie Hemingway Cat Sitter Mysteries, died of cancer on July 20. Elaine Viets posted the obituary from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on DorothyL yesterday.

From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Mystery writer Blaize Clement spent the last months of her life working against the ultimate deadline to complete the seventh and eighth novels in her popular Dixie Hemingway series.

And although Clement lost her fight with cancer July 20, her beloved pet sitter character will live on, not only through two upcoming novels, but through her son, John, who has signed a contract with St. Martin’s Minotaur to write at least two additional books in the series, which is set on Siesta Key.

Clement, who was 78, came late to mystery writing; the first Dixie Hemingway novel, “Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter,” was published in 2006. Its success was a happy accident in a life sometimes marked by physical pain and financial challenges.

Read the rest of the Obituary HERE. 

The next issue of Mysteries Readers Journal will focus on Animal Mysteries and will include reviews of her books.


Jannas said...

She is my favorite writer. She brings out so much character in everyone ---- even animals.

Eileen said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Blaize's passing. I've enjoy her writing style through the series and was looking forward to further exciting and plot twisting adventures. I'm glad she was able to make a living at writing and think she had a real gift for grabbing the reader's attention.

Anonymous said...

Geez, I was just telling someone how good her stories are, and find out she's gone. That just sucks. (Walks away, kicking the chair.)

vallerose said...

Another one gone. I didn't realize Blaize was in her 70s. That gives me hope that I can still accomplish something later in life. She really made pet sitting sound like an attractive occupation. She has wonderful characters, outside of Dixie. There are Dixie's brother and his boyfriend, a retired clown, of course the required police detective boyfriend and others. It's obvious she loved animals and has cute asides about their personalities.