Until three years ago, Dixie Hemingway was a deputy with the Sarasota County Sheriffs Department in southwest Florida. Then came a tragic accident. Now Dixies a pet-sitter on Siesta Key, a lush, exotic barrier island where the people tend to be rich, suntanned, and tolerant of one anothers quirks.
As Dixie tries to get her life back in order, pet-sitting is the perfect job. She goes into peoples homes while theyre gone and takes care of their pets; she likes the animals, they like her, and she doesnt have to deal with people very much. She especially does not have to be afraid that shell run into a situation that will cause her to lose her hard-won composure.
But when Dixie finds a man bizarrely drowned in a cats water bowl, she is drawn into a tangled web of danger and secrets. Unbeknownst to Lieutenant Guidry, the homicide detective handling the murder, Dixie begins her own investigation into the whereabouts of the cats owner, who has now vanished.