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 ...
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. Praise: "Weber's clever assemblage of suspects is eliminated one by one in her entertaining novel."-- RT Book Reviews " [Weber's] characters are likeable and amusing, the background is interesting, and the story is ultimately satisfying."-- Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine "A wonderful story for dog lovers, with the other human characters being just as likeable."-- Suspense Magazine "Weber keeps readers guessing and populates the action with plenty of kooky characters."-- Mystery Scene " Karma's a Killer continues Tracy Weber's charming series."-- The Seattle Times "Crazy, quirky critters and their odd, yet utterly relatable human counterparts, make Karma's a Killer an appealing story. But when you add the keep-you-guessing mystery with both laugh out loud one liners and touching moments of pure poignancy the result is a truly great book!"--Laura Morrigan, national bestselling author of the Call of the Wilde mystery series "Tracy's Weber's Karma's a Killer delivers on all fronts--a likably feisty protagonist, a great supporting cast, a puzzler of a mystery and, best of all, lots of heart."--Laura DiSilverio, national bestselling author of The Readaholics Book Club Mysteries, two-time Lefty Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery and Colorado Book Award-finalist "Yogatta love this latest in the series when Kate exercises her brain cells trying to figure out who deactivated an animal rights activist."--Mary Daheim, author of the Bed-and-Breakfast and Emma Lord Alpine Mysteries
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Karma's a Killer by Tracy Weber is the third book in A Downward Dog Mystery series. Kate Davidson owns Serenity Yoga. She has agreed to teach a Doga (yoga with dogs) session at Paws Around Green Lake (her boyfriend organized the event). On her way to teach the class, Kate overhears two women arguing by the lake. Kate eavesdrops and then continues on. Her session does not start off well because one woman brought her pet rabbit (in a room full of dogs). Kate tries to get her to leave, but the woman refuses (states it will be fine). Well, (as you can expect) the dogs take off after the rabbit and chaos reigns. Then someone starts a fire nearby and protestors descend. The proceeds from the event were to go to the local animal shelter DogMa. The protestors are from California and one of them is actually related to Maggie, one of the creators of DogMa. Just when Kate thinks the day cannot get any worse, Dharma (a protestor) comes up to Kate and tells her that she is her mother (that she has not seen in thirty years). The next Raven is found dead by the lake. Raven was on the HEAT protestors (and was arguing before event). Dharma turns out to be the main suspect (with a lot of evidence). Kate sets out to prove her mother's innocence and find the real killer.
Karma's a Killer is nonsensical. It drove me crazy. It was over-the-top ridiculous (with one thing after another). There was too much going on in this book. I wanted the focus to be on the murder (the mystery) not on yoga, Bella (Kate's dog with an EPI condition), birds who steal silver objects, the goat whisperer, Rene (best friend pregnant with twins), Kate's temper issues, or Tiffany (work with Kate's boyfriend and Kate feels that Tiffany is trying to steal him away). There was also quite a bit of information on yoga in the book (I had no clue what the author was talking about). I give the book 3 out of 5 stars (it is okay). I was just not the right person for this book. The novel had such a simple mystery (I knew who had done it as soon as they said who was murdered). I think more of the book was devoted to Bella and her condition (along with the special diet she is on) and yoga than to the mystery. The one thing I disliked in the book was the Kate dissed Peeps! She had the nerve to say that they are junk! Can you imagine? The book, though, is nicely written to make it easy to read and enjoy (if you like these types of stories).
I received a complimentary copy of Karma's a Killer from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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