Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: #1 in the Downward Dog Mystery series
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: 2014
The Short Version:
When a homeless man is found murdered outside her yoga studio, Kate Davidson has to find a home for his dog and convince the cops that the man wasn’t killed in a drug deal gone bad.
Why I Read It:
I discovered this author at the Left Coast Crime Convention in March and this sounded like a fun cozy mystery series.
From the publisher:
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.
I first heard about this book at the Left Coast Crime convention I attended in March. At one of the breakfast sessions authors who had their first book published in the past year each had one minute to tell us about their book. It was a ton of fun. Tracy Weber caught my attention when she said that her protagonist Kate Davidson was “a yoga instructor with an anger management problem”.
I’m kid of glad I knew that going in because Kate does pretty much go from zero to “later” pretty quickly. This is a bit of a complication when she’s trying to get information from people. It also doesn’t help with her budding romance either.
This was a fun light cozy mystery. I figured out the killer fairly early but that’s pretty typical for mysteries of this type. I do plan on reading the second in the series.