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.
This book grabbed me from the start. As much as I love cozies that involve food, animals and bookstores, I was intrigued about one that centered around a yoga studio. It’s different. I don’t do yoga but I learned a little about yoga in this book. The information wasn’t overbearing – it was sprinkled throughout the book, but it didn’t bog down the story in any way.
Now, to the story. Kate Davidson is trying to make a success of her yoga studio and one important ingredient is to give her clients a calm, serene feeling. That’s hard to do with a homeless man, George, and his vicious German shepherd, Bella, hanging around her studio and they aren’t being very quiet about it. Instead of convincing them to leave, Kate befriends them.
Then one night Kate stumbles upon George’s dead body. The police chalk it up to a street fight, but Kate isn’t buying it. She’s convinced there’s more to this story then meets the eye and she intends to find out what it is. She feels she owes it to her newly found friend to find his killer. At the same time, she also feels obligated to find Bella a new home. It won’t be easy since Bella has an expensive illness and isn’t the friendliest of dogs. Kate has her work cut out for her.
Kate’s strength and perseverance shined in this book. Everyone tries to convince her to stay out of the murder investigation, but she wouldn’t be stopped. She’s a spunky amateur sleuth that you both cheer for and want to scream “stay out of it!” at the same time. She even has a little romance going on with Michael, the owner of the local pet store.
I would have liked to see more of Michael. He seems like a good match for Kate, but I would have to read more scenes between them. There weren’t enough of them for me to decide, but there is definitely the potential for a long term relationship. I would also like to see more of Kate’s friend Rene. I think they could be a fun “Thelma and Louise” type of combination.
This series got off to a good start and it left me anxiously awaiting a second book. It's well written and has everything readers look for in a cozy - secrets, romance, and quite a bit of mystery.
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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.