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A Killer Retreat: A Downward Dog Mystery #2 (Downward Dog Mysteries)

af Tracy Weber

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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.… (mere)

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I really enjoyed this story. I had not read the first one, but I got to know and care for the characters quickly. I loved the yoga parts and the island setting. The murderer was on my suspect list, but not near the top. I also had the motive wrong. I like when the author outwits me. I will certainly continue reading this series (and get a copy of the first one.) ( )
  AnaKurland | Jan 30, 2016 |
Yoga instructor and studio owner, Kate Davidson, gets a chance to work at the reopening of the Elysian Springs resort. But it is also part vacation because she only has to teach a few classes and can enjoy the lovely site as much as she wants. She is accompanied by her boyfriend, Michael, and beloved German Shepard, Bella. Also her BFF and her husband make an appearance. The highlight of the grand opening is the wedding of the two people who own the resort, Emmy and Josh. So of course Emmy's family is there, including her father and his young wife and Emmy's mother. This is bad enough but the wife is a major pain and manages to alienate almost everyone at the resort. When Kate finds the woman, dead in a hot tub, she tries to save her. But when she is seen with the body, all eyes turn to her as the killer.

This book was fun. I love that Kate is a normal human being who is trying very hard to live by the ideals of yoga. Um, did I say normal? Well quirky might be a better word. Anyway, she struggles with her temper just like everyone, well maybe a bit more than everyone. But you can't help but love her anyway. I love the other characters too. Michael is probably the most understanding guy around but even he gets pushed to the edge this time. This book is the poster child for the vacation gone wrong. I can totally relate. Looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  TheLibraryhag | May 4, 2015 |
Vacations are fun, but at the same time, they can be chaotic just getting from A to Z. In this case, the A to Z is from Seattle to Orcas Island to stay at a retreat center called Elysian Springs. For Kate Davidson, this is a working vacation. Her boyfriend, Michael, and her German Shepherd dog, Bella, are traveling with her. Kate is a yoga instructor, having opened her own studio, Serenity Yoga, a couple of years prior. She will be providing yoga classes for the members of Emmy and Josh’s wedding party during their stay at the retreat.

Bella is a sweet dog, with some dietary issues. But, Bella doesn’t get along well with other dogs. Thank goodness there is a leash law on the island; unfortunately not everyone adheres to the leash law policy. Monica, Emmy’s step mother owns a Jack Russell Terrier. She allows him to run free. He just happens to think playing with Bella might be great fun. Kate and Michael try to stress to Monica to keep her dog away, but Monica can’t be concerned about anything that doesn’t make Monica happy. Needless to say, Monica doesn’t make too many friends. Kate finds her floating face down in one of the hot tubs. She tries to resuscitate her. But her actions are misinterpreted; that plus everyone knew their dislike for each other. Now Kate is suspected in Monica’s murder.

This is a fun cozy with good pacing. The characters were entertaining and personable; and Monica is entertaining and ‘hate-able’. There is a romantic aspect. Kate loves Michael but she’s not sure she wants to be wed and she’s afraid he’s getting ready to pop the question. I enjoyed the descriptions of some of her yoga routine; they sounded like very relaxing and beneficial movements. This is the second book in the series, but I felt comfortable with having read it as a standalone. I enjoy pets within novels; it gives more of an everyday feel to the story. But Bella seemed to have a lot of space in this book. Unless animals are tantamount to helping solve the mystery, I question the overindulgence. I rated A Killer Retreat at 3.5 out of 5. ( )
  FictionZeal | Feb 17, 2015 |
4 Stars

This is the second book in the series. Lots of mystery, lots of suspects, lot of Yoga, interesting characters and cute animals.

Kate Davidson is a Yoga teacher. She has been hired to come to a retreat that is having a grand opening. Her boyfriend Michael and her dog came with her. The first part of the book I did not think much of Kate. She is rude and mean. Kate has a temper that I find hard to believe in someone who owns a Yoga studio and teaches it.

The setting for this book is Elysian Springs resort that is on a island a few hours away from
Seattle Washington. I would like to go their except for the nude hot tubs. The whole resort is a vegan.

Monica is murdered and Kate had threatened her twice. Monica has offended lots of people at the resort. The owners are getting married. Monica is the step-mother of the bride.

The yoga classes sound peaceful. I have never been to one but it does tempt me to try it.

I was given this ebook to read so I could give honest review of A Killer Retreat and be part of it's blog tour. ( )
  rhonda1111 | Jan 14, 2015 |
[Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (cclapcenter.com). I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.]

Oh, what to say about a book from a basement press you found truly terrible, when you're an organization dedicated to supporting basement presses and cutting them as much slack as possible? That's the dilemma I find myself in today, reviewing Tracy Weber's A Killer Retreat from Midnight Ink, and as a result I'm finding it difficult to even get my thoughts in order; for while it definitely gets an A for ambition and effort, it unfortunately gets as close to an F for execution as we even give around here. One of those contemporary mystery novels where the gimmick is that the person solving crimes is not a formal detective, like what litters so many basic cable networks these days, it's this very subject that provides the first and one of the biggest obstacles to the book itself; for the crime-solver in question, professional yoga instructor Kate Davidson, is so smugly self-righteous and intolerably pretentious that it made me immediately start rooting for her violent demise right on page one, a bad attitude for a reader to have when this is to be the main narrator and the one you're supposed to be rooting for. Now add the childish, awkward telegraphing of the coming goodies and baddies as each new character gets introduced, so clumsily done that one can fairly easily guess the book's entire plot just in the first chapter; then add the immature dialogue, the special-needs dog I wanted to kick every time it appeared, and just the overall "I Watch Too Much Nancy Grace" tone of the book in general, and you're left with a novel I cannot in good conscience recommend to others, no matter how much I hate to admit it. A cautionary tale from the world of basement presses -- that just because it's easier than ever to turn a 300-page Microsoft Word document into a finished paperback book doesn't mean that every 300-page Microsoft Word document should.

Out of 10: 4.4 ( )
  jasonpettus | Dec 17, 2014 |
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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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