Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery
When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the
Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it means
being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center’s two caretakers.
Avoiding the M-word turns out to be the least of Kate’s problems when a wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort’s hot tub, shortly after a loud, public
(and somewhat embarrassing) fight with Kate.
The police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, so she’s forced to team up with boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer. But they’ll have to solve the murder before the police arrest Kate, or her next gig may last a lifetime–behind bars.”
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Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.
Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.
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Audio Review: 4 stars
The narrator has a likeable voice that is easy to listen to and she does a great job at differentiation between the characters, there was only one point that I wasn’t really clear what character it was but it ain’t became clear. I loved how she made the story flow with ease and bring it to life.
The Book: 3 stars
Oh my god just about every character is annoying in this book. Kate is obnoxious & annoying and I just did not gel with her at all. She is a vegetarian yoga instructor (cliché much!), Who along with her boyfriend Michael and dog Bella are off to the Elysian Springs resort so Kate can teach yoga to the resort’s owners wedding guest.
On the journey she encounters Monica and her off the leash jack Russell dog – instant dislike on Kate’s part and when she find out the Monica is part of the wedding party it just goes from dislike to worse.
She has several run ins with Monica and on several occasions made it know what she thinks of her – mainly about wrapping the dogs leash around Monica’s neck, you know the kind of banter you come out when you don’t like someone?
Only when Monica winds up dead, the police see Kate as the prime suspect based solely on witnesses hearing her saying that, with resembles the death.
It is a very slow burner before anything happens but once it did I go into the story, I loved the yoga aspect but also found Kate’s dislike of Monica being so inherently against the yoga lifestyle – a point that Kate actually makes herself.
Kate also seems to have a strange aversion to facial hair as well as nearly everyone male she meets with a beard or moustache she is physically repulsed – she was an odd character and one that I didn’t not like from the get go, but as I have not read the previous books maybe I will grow to like her?
She certainly seems to have a way for getting involved when people wind up dead!
overall rating: 4 stars
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