Latest in the Downward Dog series, which mixes sleuthing with yoga
instruction and dog-walking, comes a case of PRE-MEDITATED MURDER. Our determined yogi Kate
Davidson needs to act fast; her beloved boyfriend Michael depends on
Actually, given the horrible surprise Michael gives our heroine on her
thirty-something birthday, I think she would be justified in dumping
him. She doesn't, at least not for now, anyway, but matters are strained.
Seattle seems rather small all of a sudden and Kate takes off to
Oregon, to walk her German Shepherd, Bella, and do some relaxing
yoga in the wide open space of the beach at Arcadia State Park. Bella
uncovers a shoe from the sand, and there's a body attached. Someone
Michael knew, and might just possibly have wanted to kill.
The fraught situation keeps escalating, with Michael's relatives
revealed as complicit in not giving Kate the full facts, and Michael
looking a lot more human and daft than the paragon of previous books.
Can their relationship last, if he isn't guilty? We learn about various
sides of the situation which serve to make the victim more fleshed-out
but don't help Kate to make up her mind.
I don't want to spoil the outcome for anyone, so I'll just say Kate ends
up with a kitten, of all unlikely things, and the bracing sea air does keep
the tale moving swiftly. Author Tracy Weber, who lives in Seattle with
her family, is a certified yoga therapist and keeps a German Shepherd
herself, so she knows all about controlling large, alert dogs.
PRE-MEDITATED MURDER is fifth
in her series and focuses on the central characters she has made so
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend
Michael, so she's disappointed when a special dinner doesn't
end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and
outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already
married and his green card-seeking wife is blackmailing him.
When his wife's body is found—by Kate and her dog, no less—
Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the
night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to
uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web
of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with