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Murder Strikes a Pose (A Downward Dog Mystery)

af Tracy Weber

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When George and Bella--a homeless alcoholic and his intimidating German shepherd--disturb the peace outside her studio, yoga instructor Kate Davidson's Zen-like calm is stretched to the breaking point. Kate tries to get rid of them before Bella scares the yoga pants off her students. Instead, the three form an unlikely friendship. One night Kate finds George's body behind her studio. The police dismiss his murder as a drug-related street crime, but she knows George wasn't a dealer. So Kate starts digging into George's past while also looking for someone to adopt Bella before she's sent to the big dog park in the sky. With the murderer nipping at her heels, Kate has to work fast or her next Corpse Pose may be for real.… (mere)
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If you're a dog person you'll love Bella, if you're a yoga person you'll love Kate, and if you like cozies this one is well worth reading! The amateur sleuth is a bit of a bumbler, but gets the job done. Interesting characters and plot twists make this a fun read!
Anne James is just perfect as narrator!
I requested and received this audio free from the publisher, author, or narrator courtesy of AudioBookBOOM. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Dec 6, 2016 |
Murder Strikes A Pose is the first book in the Downward Dog Mystery series by Tracy Weber. I received an audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Kate Davidson owns a Yoga studio in Seattle. Her voice on the audiobook is so quiet and light that you just know she is serene and Zen-like. Well, almost. Turns out she’s just like the rest of us: tries to stay calm and above it all, but that doesn’t always work.

Kate meets George, a homeless alcoholic, and Bella, a big, scary German shepherd with an expensive, serious illness, when they set up outside her yoga studio to sell newspapers. She persuades George to move down the street a bit, and as time goes by a friendship forms. Although she really doesn’t know George very well, when she finds his body behind her studio she knows it can’t be just a drug-related street crime like the police think. And it turns out “Zen Kate” has a feisty side and a stubborn streak a mile wide. Against the advice of everyone she knows she starts looking into George’s past trying to prove he was murdered, while also looking for an appropriate home for Bella. After all, she can’t keep Bella, can she? – Bella is too big, scares the clients, her medicine is too expensive, Kate doesn’t have time . . . .

This was an absolutely delightful story. The descriptions of Seattle were so vivid I almost felt like I was there, and the yoga sounded so relaxing I just might sign up. The plot was strong and the mystery engaging and not easy to solve. There were a lot of viable suspects and interesting characters, and Kate recklessly went down a lot of dangerous paths and met a lot of strange people while trying to find the killer and someone to adopt Bella. Kate has some old issues to deal with, wants to do things her way and isn’t ready to love again, but she cares, a lot – about Bella and maybe about Michael, the pet store owner in the neighborhood.

I loved the understated delivery of the audiobook. It was perfect for Kate and for the story. I have to admit, though, that I sometimes did a double take when I realized just exactly what Kate has just said or thought, like when Michael tried to tell her to stay out of the investigation: “Michael spoke slowly and sternly, as if scolding an obstinate child. ‘Kate, let me be very clear about this. You will not continue this murder investigation, under any circumstances. I forbid it.’ Michael’s words were unequivocal, not to be challenged. He was man. He was in charge. He expected no argument. He was an idiot.”

I loved Bella, enjoyed my visit to Seattle and my introduction to yoga, and want to spend more time with Kate and see what happens with Michael. I highly recommend Murder Strikes a Pose and will be reading the rest of the stories in this fun series. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Sep 25, 2016 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Sep 1, 2015 |
I don't want to dwell deep in this review. My aim here is not to warn people not to read this average book, since I know that there are fans of such fare, and they will read the book regardless of what I have to say. I wrote this review simply to keep track of my books read and my thoughts.

One problem with this story is the decision made by the author to make the heroine, Kate Davidson, very nice, balanced, healthy, calm, intuitive, if not merely determined. The author tried at least. Many of us hold the belief that fictional heroes are usually much more perfect than ordinary real humans. I think that the author does not know how to write a nice person's character. She had to follow the much followed route of making her heroine fiercely independent, and headstrong. In doing so she muddied the waters. The author has not been able to get inside the head of a good person. She herself might have some personality flaws. That has had a direct bearing on her book.

The troubles that Kate has to face were weirdly avoidable. E.g making an adversary of Tali with a stupid line of inquiry. Taking Bella everywhere despite knowing her problem. Breaking up with Micheal. I can't believe after all that that the writer would make Kate cower before the fury of Alicia, a friend and a cancer patient. Also I don't know even now how had Kate solved to mystery. There was no proof, there were no clues. I also think that this is the first mystery I've read that uses the word 'alibi' less than five times. So my purpose is now done, I needed the catharsis that writing this review has given me. So yeah, the one star is less for the awfulness of the book and more for the laziness of the author. ( )
  Jiraiya | Dec 8, 2014 |
I admit it: The cover sold me on this book. As soon as I saw it, I was eager to find a copy.

Turns out, the cover was the best part. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a solid mystery. But it’s nothing special, and it’s certainly not a book I’d pay $14.99 (cover price) for.

Read it. But be forewarned. ( )
  debnance | Sep 25, 2014 |
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When George and Bella--a homeless alcoholic and his intimidating German shepherd--disturb the peace outside her studio, yoga instructor Kate Davidson's Zen-like calm is stretched to the breaking point. Kate tries to get rid of them before Bella scares the yoga pants off her students. Instead, the three form an unlikely friendship. One night Kate finds George's body behind her studio. The police dismiss his murder as a drug-related street crime, but she knows George wasn't a dealer. So Kate starts digging into George's past while also looking for someone to adopt Bella before she's sent to the big dog park in the sky. With the murderer nipping at her heels, Kate has to work fast or her next Corpse Pose may be for real.

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