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Down Dog Diary Paperback – October 15, 2013
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From the Author
Down Dog Diary allowed me to combine my two loves: yoga andmysteries. This is my first mystery, my first time trying to create thepuzzle instead of trying to figure it out. Finding patterns withinpatterns was fascinating. Plus I got to refer to old friends: Buffy theVampire Slayer and Pink Panther. I researched all the locations in thisbook, which meant delightful field trips to some of Minnesota's greatstate parks. I am working on the next Maya Skye adventure and takingmore field trips -- online and in my trusty Subaru.
About the Author
Sherry Roberts is the award-winning author of Down Dog Diary, Warrior's Revenge, Book of Mercy, Maud's House, and WriteTips, a guide to giving your writing power and improving your business. She has contributed essays, articles, and short fiction to national publications such as USA Today as well as anthologies such as the Saint Paul Almanac. She lives in Minnesota.
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James “Tum” Tumblethrone – previous Hell’s Angel, current peaceful shaman who enjoys baking bread – is attacked by two muscled goons that want one thing – a mystical diary that has been passed down through generations of shamans. Tum refuses to talk and pays for his courage with his life. This murder sets in motion a long trail of events that begins with the diary coming into the ownership of Maya Skye, a yoga teacher in Gabriel’s Garden Minnesota who yearns for enlightenment but is somehow always pulled back to gritty reality by her powerful sense of justice.
When Maya receives the diary – she calls it the Down Dog Diary – she soon learns that others are looking for her new possession, believing that it possesses powerful secrets. Even as Maya tries to understand her new responsibility as the diary’s keeper, she must also keep it from harm, unravel the clues to “Tum’s” murderer, and watch out for her own safety.
Maya Skye is a delightful protagonist. Soaked in the new age world of Namaste, reiki, and energy vortexes, she brings a fresh perspective to the role of heroine. She may be willing to throw a round-house kick when cornered, but Maya would much prefer to meditate on a problem or find a non-violent solution that will protect her karma. Down Dog Diary exudes incense and the warm smell of a pine-scented candle. That’s not to say that the book doesn’t move. The pace is tight and gripping without strangling the reader. The mystery aspect of the story is well plotted, and the culmination is exciting and satisfactory.
But author Sherry Roberts gives us more than a good mystery and a peek into the new age culture. Her true talent is breathing life into characters who stick with you. Maya’s struggle to be a good person and preserve peace even when evil comes knocking is something I think we can all relate to. Maya lives in a town filled with great characters, including her gentle hippy parents and her overly-practical sister, Heart. Even the main baddie in this book shows off a few different layers.
My favorite character of all is Peter Jorn, the hard-nosed journalist who limps into Maya’s yoga class under strict doctor’s orders to recover from injuries he received while reporting in Afghanistan. When Jorn finds out about the Down Dog Diary, he may not believe in all that hippy, feel-good mumbo jumbo, but he knows a good story when he hears it and agrees to team up with Maya.Jorn is the perfect foil to Maya, always rolling his eyes at her interpretation of events. Their relationship is sincere and magnetic and bubbling with unspoken romantic tension.
Oh and llamas. Adorable, furry, pine-bathing llamas! Need I say more? Pick up this book and you won’t be disappointed.
Shaman James Tumblethorne, former Hell's Angel, has been murdered and yoga teacher (and Reiki master) Maya Skye has inherited his diary, the fabled Shaman's Diary that shamans have been writing and passing down for centuries, to keep and guard with their lives. Some people believe it carries the secret of immortality within its pages, and they will not hesitate to kill to get their hands on it.
Sherry Roberts, author of 'Book of Mercy', just crafted her first mystery and it is a beautiful work, dipped in zen and Native American lore, with echoes of Tony Hillerman and Abigail Padgett. 'Down Dog Diary' is a thriller written with a humorous and fluid style, and has many layers between caffeine and inner peace, between day-to-day reality and touches of paranormal.
Once again Sherry Roberts introduces memorable, colourful characters. Maya Skye is the most remarkable in the lot. Behind her strong appearance and beneath yoga, Reiki and Tai-Chi, she has buried anger and tried to escape guilt. Her new friend Peter Jorn is a non-believer who tries to hide his pains beneath wounds collected in Afghanistan, and his life as a reporter. Maya's family is a crazy motley crew between her mother the zen artist, her father the computer geek, and her sister who only wants a normal life.
Gentle and wise, 'Down Dog Diary' is also down to earth and realistic. It carries the beauty and ugliness of life within its pages, reminding the readers that life is coloured by our actions and thoughts and the paths we follow are from our own choices. 'Down Dog Diary' is a kick-ass mystery novel and I am looking forward to Maya Skye's next adventure. I hope the crow will be there, too.
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