Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Killer Retreat ~ Tracy Weber ~ Review and Giveaway

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A Killer Retreat: A Downward Dog Mystery #2 (Downward Dog Mysteries)
Killer Retreat 
  • Series: Downward Dog Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (January 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738742090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738742090
Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery
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.

My take on this book:
Tracy Weber provides a page turning read with Killer Retreat, the second book in the Downward Dog Mystery series. Kate Davidson decides to take a "working" vacation on Orcas Island where she will be teaching yoga for a week at a vegan retreat center. She takes along her boyfriend Michael and of course her dog Bella. While she hopes for a relaxing time it really doesn't seem to be in the cards, and when she has a confrontation with someone who is later found dead, relaxing is the last thing she will get to do if she doesn't solve the murder!
  After reading the first book, Murder Strikes a Pose I was hooked on this series! I loved that one of the main characters happens to be a German Shepherd with "issues." I often find myself laughing out loud at the predicaments that Kate finds herself in, especially when those situations are a result of something crazy that Bella has done! Speaking of Kate she is an OCD kinda girl who doesn't practice what she teaches, after all yoga is supposed to be relaxing, but relaxing is usually the last thing Kate is doing. Hot tempered, but quick to apologize when she is wrong, I really love the character of Kate and think that she and Michael are perfectly matched. Her problems with her smart phone are all to easy to relate too.  When Rene and her husband Sam show up at the retreat, I was immediately interested in what was going on with Rene.A well crafted mystery with plenty of suspects that isn't easy to solve allows the plot to move along at a brisk pace. If you're looking for an engaging read with easy to relate to characters and a fast moving plot with a not so easy murder mystery to solve I recommend checking out both books in the Downward Dog Mystery series. 
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About This Author
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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For a chance to win a limited edition “A Killer Retreat” t-shirt, a Downward Dog Mysteries coffee mug, a signed bookmark, and a $25 Amazon gift card go here.

Tour Participants
January 5 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
January 6 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
January 7 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows - Review, Interview
January 8 – Christa Reads and Writes – Interview
January 9 – readalot – Review
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January 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Interview
January 12 – Traci Andrighetti’s blog – Review
January 13 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
January 14 –  WV Stitcher – Review
January 15 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review
January 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
January 18 – Libriamorimiei – Review
January 19- dru’s book musings – Guest Post


  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my book. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! The GSD, Bella, is based on my own dog, so of course I think she's the best character in the book. ;-)

    1. I agree Bella is great, but I also love the not so easy mystery that you always seem to provide, and the humor is like icing on the cake.

  2. I am liking this dog and yoga theme! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

    1. Good Luck Grandma Cootie, I hope you get a chance to read this series especially if you like dogs and yoga.

  3. Sounds like a great read


    1. Thank you, Rebecca! I hope you read and love it! Please let me know what you think if you give it a try.

    2. Rebecca, It is a very well written cozy mystery that is a real visual delight to read.


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