Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cozy Mystery Review ~ KARMA'S A KILLER by Tracy Weber

Karma’s a Killer (A Downward Dog Mystery, #3)
by: Tracy Weber
Series: Downward Dog Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: January 8, 2016
Source: Publisher ~ Midnight Ink

When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal shelter, she believes the only damage will be to her reputation. But a few downward-facing dogs are the least of Kate’s problems when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning.

The police arrest Dharma, a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother, and charge her with murder. To prove Dharma’s innocence, Kate, her boyfriend Michael, and her German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism and organizational politics. As they investigate the dangerous obsessions that drive these groups, Kate and her sleuthing team discover that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like hOMe.
The yogi with anger management issues is back in Karma’s a Killer.  In the third installment of the Downward Dog Mystery series, Kate Davidson comes face to face with the mother she hasn't seen in nearly thirty years and a killer who’s gunning for her.

I’ve read the Downward Dog Mystery series from the very beginning.  I can truly say Kate has grown as a character over the course of the series, and this book gives readers a little insight into her quirks.  But Karma’s a Killer ran hot and cold for me.  I had several issues with the story, but none of them were related to the story itself.  Nope.  My issues were all character based.  As a dog owner myself,  I have a SERIOUS problem with dogs being left in cars.  Kate does this to her beloved Bella ALL the time.  I don't care if she parks in a parking garage or under shaded trees and cracks the windows.  It’s not right. Adding to my FRUSTRATION is Kate’s boyfriend Michael.  Over halfway through the book, something bad happens.  Kate gets upset, as she SHOULD.  Michael says, “Don't do anything rash. We can figure some way to fix this. Remember we were young and stupid once.”  What the Hades????  Uhm, no.  Honestly, at that point I was so mad, I was ready to be done with the book.   But I kept on, and it was worth it.  But I was mad at Michael for two days.  Seriously.  It took serious stretches and breathing exercises to calm me down.

As for the plot and mystery themselves, I thought they were both solid.  Tracy Weber has written a story with colorful characters who kept me guessing as to who the murderer was and why they committed the crime.  I’m looking forward to Kate obtaining an understanding of her past and closure.  I will also be interested in seeing how Michael will redeem himself in my eyes and just how I will get a soft spot for another character I’m not very fond of.

**Received a copy from the Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**

Rating: 4

A Downward Dog Mystery Series:
(Click on the book covers for more information or to purchase from Amazon.)

Murder Strikes a Pose ~ Review
A Killer Retreat ~ Review

Tracy stopped by as part of her Karma’s a Killer blog tour and talked about crows and her dog Tasha.  You can read the For the Love of Crows guest post here.  There’s also a giveaway.

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Tracy loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. The second book in her series, A Killer Retreat,is available January 8, 2015, 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.

For more information, visit her online at TracyWeberAuthor.com and WholeLifeYoga.com.

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Follow Tracy’s Karma’s a Killer Blog Tour here


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