Set in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida, The Cat Sitter's Whiskers catches up with Dixie as she heads off for work one morning in the dimly lit hours before sunrise.
Her very first client of the morning is Barney Feldman, a Maine coon cat with a reputation for mischief who's guarding his vacationing owner's valuable collection of decidedly creepy antique masks. But someone's hiding in the house when she arrives, and they sneak up and knock her out cold. When the cops arrive at the house, there's just one problem: no one has broken in and nothing is missing.
Searching for answers, Dixie soon finds herself hopelessly trapped in a murky world of black market antiques, dark-hearted secrets, and murderous revenge...a mystery only she can solve.
When she decides, on a hunch, to go to Levi's and see if he was indeed following her, she is met with an antagonistic woman named Mona, who who threatens her. And when she opens Levi's door, she finds him dead, lying in a pool of his own blood. The woman passes out, Dixie calls the police again, and our story begins.
What we have is indeed a tangled tale of greed and murder. And nothing is quite exactly as it seems. While Dixie is trying to figure out if she indeed saw at the Kellers' what she imagined she did, she's also trying to figure out exactly what kind of woman Mona is, and who would want to kill Levi, and why. We soon discover that there is something that was in Mrs. Keller's possession that has been causing all the trouble, something Dixie herself took possession of and delivered, but it didn't end there.
She is also living in her own past - still struggling with the five-year-old death of her husband Todd and daughter Christy in a car accident; and not quite able to reconcile that with her present - her new love Ethan, with whom she has feelings for, but is not willing to explore the relationship any more than they have, and be anywhere else than where they are now. Two factions warring within themselves, neither of which is winning, and we see only glimpses of what Dixie had or what she envisions for her future.
When the truth about Levi, Mona, and what Dixie delivered is finally rolled out, it makes for an interesting story indeed, and one that is as intriguing to read as it is enjoyable. Highly recommended.