Murder Strikes a Pose
by Tracy Weber
on Tour August 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: January 8, 2014
Number of Pages: 288
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.
My take on this book:
If I had to describe the main character Kate Davidson in one word I think it would be quirky! Often funny, even when she really doesn't mean to be, the author's descriptions of several scenes really had me laughing out loud, but I think it was the way that she took Bella in and gave her a home, even though it was just until she could find a permanent home really cemented her character in my heart! The friendship that developed between her and George, along with Bella, propelled her tenacious spirit into action because she wanted justice for her friend, even though everyone else dissuaded her. The author provides a solid who dun it that really wasn't easy to solve because there were more than a few suspects, or at least Kate thought there was. I love that Bella wasn't just a secondary character that was mentioned occasionally, instead she plays a prominent role in the story. Cozy mystery readers are really going to enjoy Murder Strikes a Pose, but anyone who enjoys a fast paced, page turning, not so easy to solve murder that has plenty of laughs, a bit of romance, and very enjoyable characters will find this and more woven into the pages of this one. While the author does a great job of wrapping up the story, she left me hoping that this book might become a series, because I would love to see more from these characters.
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Author Bio:My writing is an expression of the things I love best: yoga, dogs, and murder mysteries.
I'm a certified yoga teacher and the founder of Whole Life Yoga, an award-winning yoga studio in Seattle, WA. I enjoy sharing my passion for yoga and animals in any form possible.
My husband and I live with our challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha and our bonito flake-loving cat Maggie. When I'm not writing, I spend my time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at my favorite local ale house.
I am a member of Sisters in Crime, The Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Dog Writers Association of America.