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Murder Strikes a Pose (A Downward Dog Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tracy Weber
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Book Description

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.

“The delightful start of a promising new series. I couldn’t put it down!”—Waverly Fitzgerald, author of Dial C for Chihuahua

“Murder Strikes a Pose is a delightful debut novel . . . Namaste to Weber and her fresh, new heroine!”—Penny Warner, author of How to Dine on Killer Wine

Editorial Reviews


"Weber's debut, which launches the Downward Dog series, should appeal to anyone who likes canines, yoga, and a determined sleuth. ... Cozy fans will eagerly await the next installment."

Publishers Weekly

"What a treat! A charming heroine, a cantankerous pooch, and a clever page-turner of a mystery make for delightfully original entertainment. You don't need to love yoga to love this series--its good karma makes it an instant winner."

Hank Phillippi Ryan

"We hope to see more Downward Dog Mysteries. Our judges thoroughly enjoyed reading this murder/mystery/suspense manuscript. The writing is fresh, the story is relevant on several levels, and the suspense keeps the pages turning. A hands down winner!"

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About the Author

Tracy Weber (Seattle, WA) is a certified yoga therapist and the founder of Whole Life Yoga. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime, The Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Dog Writers Association of America. Murder Strikes a Pose is her debut novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2102 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H3R53NM
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun read January 21, 2014
By Caroldn
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book, Kate reminds me of myself--wants to be mindful, wants to be present, but frequently sucked into the whirlwind of emotions and reacting.

It was refreshing to have a hero that is making mistakes, can see she's making mistakes, but really just keeps trying. Everyone is telling her to leave the case to the police, but given her history and her recent mindset I can see exactly why she couldn't. So many mysteries create the equivalent of a photoshopped version of detective work--the Hero is smarter than people actually are, can come up with precise solutions based on tiny shreds of information--that isn't actually how it works, the actual world is full of ordinary people who felt compelled to get involved with cases.

It feels very true to Seattle--not just the great descriptions of Discovery Park, Ballard and Greenwood--but also because it managed to capture the special kind of 'Seattle way' of doing things: we want to make difficulties for us go away (like moving someone who is homeless with an aggressive dog away from your storefront) but not in a way that will make us look insensitive.

I hadn't realized that just reading about someone doing yoga is really relaxing, that was an unexpected plus.

I really loved canine Bella too--good girl!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good future February 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is Tracy's first mystery. Tracy Weber writes about what she knows...Yoga and writes it well. She actually makes me want to try Yoga. But the mystery was weak and didn't work for me. I would have liked to see the characters developed better. I felt Kate, the main character, was not a good business person, had a quick temper despite practicing yoga, and was very immature. There seemed to be too many inconsistencies in the storyline, for example Kate was concerned about money, going to be late on her rent yet was going out to lunch, the coffee shop and doling out $20 to everyone for information. I also was bothered that she kept the dog in her car while she was working yet she claimed to care about what happened to the dog. The storyline just didn't flow for me. I wouldn't give up on Tracy yet she should continue to write and hone her mystery skills.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Mystery January 16, 2014
By rhonda
4 stars

Murder Strikes a Pose is entertaining. I laughed, I even shed a tear. Thought of doing yoga for a sec or two.
Her main character Kate I liked most of the time. She tried to live her beliefs, but sometimes she failed.

The plot was good. She went down a lot of wrong paths before she figured out the right one. Lots of suspects. I do admit that I guessed right on who the murder was and why he killed him. But it still a good read.

Kate is still getting over the death of her father. She is afraid to love again. She gets into a lots of arguments when people tell her to leave it to police. I sided with Kate till I realized if my friends were going to look into a murder I would tell them to leave it the cops.

I know I could not afford to pay 400$ for pet medicine I could not afford it for my own even. But I would not want to put a dog down either. Hard choices to make.

I would read another book in this series.

I was given this ebook to read for review from Netgalley and Midnight ink. Also asked to be part of blog tour.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun new cozy August 1, 2014
By by_Mel
Format:Kindle Edition
I really wish I enjoyed Yoga. Am I the only person who does not find it relaxing? The one time I tried it, my neck was killing me and I seriously felt like a beached whale. This book made me wish I enjoyed it even more. Just reading about it made me relax. One of Kate’s customers and her landlord had cancer and I could totally appreciate her personalized work out.
I thought this was a really fun read. Being a dog lover myself, I immediately fell in love with Bella and could relate with George and Kate, between her expensive health problems and her bad behavior. When Kate finds George dead outside her Yoga studio, she decides to take Bella, and the case. Especially after the cops write it off as a drug deal gone bad. There were plenty of suspects to go through along with a fun cast of characters, including Kate’s friend Rene, her sleazy landlord and her new romantic interest. Murder Strikes a Pose is a fun read and I look forward to reading future books in this series.

Favorite Quote:

“Michael spoke slowly and sternly, as if scolding an obstinate child. “Kate, let me be very clear about this. You will not continue this murder investigation, under any circumstances. I forbid it.” Michael’s words were unequivocal, not to be challenged. He was man. He was in charge. He expected no argument.

He was an idiot.”
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A yoga canine cozy March 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
As relaxing as a great yoga class.
Yogi Kate and Serenity Yoga are not always serene but always gutsy and delightful.
A mystery from a yoga studio owner that knows the behind the scenes work and a dog lover not afraid to deal with real problems. Caught the feeling of teaching yoga. Drinking coffee during yoga nidra - too funny!
Bella was a great dog. I loved that she had serious issues and, for a change wasn't smarter than the sleuth. The story moved flawlessly page after page. And the neighborhood felt like i place I'd love to visit.
I would have liked a little more yoga studio scenes, but this is only the first Downward Dog Mystery.
Looking forward to many more in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Another easy fun mystery
Published 6 days ago by Marilyn McGriff
5.0 out of 5 stars Cozy romantic murder mystery with yoga and dogs in Seattle.
No actual sex scenes and just a couple of violent scenes.
Lots of accurate Seattle details, specifically Greenwood and Ballard neighborhoods. Read more
Published 18 days ago by John, a writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to get absorbed into this book. Great read!
Published 21 days ago by Roquel Simms
5.0 out of 5 stars Will this woman open her heart to a dog?
This is the first book in a hopefully long series. I don’t know what rock I was under, but I’m glad I climbed out and found this book.
Kate Davidson is a yoga instructor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SueR
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Though it had good background with yoga, dog information, pet fostering--and the need for fpster homes, and sympathy for the homeless, sometimes I found the heorine irritating and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joy V. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun yoga-themed mystery for yoga and dog lovers alike
As a long-time yoga practitioner (and someone currently going through yoga teacher-training), I enjoy yoga-themed novels and am always on the lookout for new ones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by doctor_beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
Great book!
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Brock
3.0 out of 5 stars A good debut cozy
This was a more character-driven cozy with the main character, Kate, having to reconcile with something that happened in her past and learn how to open herself up to commitment,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate Lansing
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Main character not likeable. Book dragged on and on. Could barely make myself finish it. Will not buy any more books by this author.
Published 4 months ago by b Summerfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Yin AND Yang
Any book that includes an adorable dog, Yoga, and is a murder mystery... And the first book in a new mystery series? Consider me there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shirley Azar Gordon
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More About the Author

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Tracy loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and is a 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The second book in her series, A Killer Retreat, was released January, 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.

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