Posted in 4 paws, Cozy, mystery, Review on October 14, 2013

murder strikes a pose



Yoga instructor Kate Davidson tries to live up to yoga’s Zen-like expectations, but it’s not easy while struggling to keep her small business afloat or dodging her best friend’s matchmaking efforts.

When George, a homeless alcoholic, and his loud, horse-sized German shepherd, Bella, start hawking newspapers outside her studio, Kate attempts to convince them to leave. Instead, the three strike up an unlikely friendship.

Then Kate finds George’s dead body. The police dismiss it as a drug-related street crime, but Kate knows he was no drug dealer. Now she must solve George’s murder and find someone willing to adopt his intimidating companion before Bella is sent to the big dog park in the sky. With the murderer on her trail, Kate has to work fast or her next Corpse Pose may be for real.


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This is the first in a new series and was not too bad.  I am not sure how well the characters were developed but they were likeable and I can see a lot of potential for the storyline.  I was surprised to see a “cozy” span a month or longer in the time frame, usually most cozy books are 1-2 weeks depending on the circumstances.  It was interesting to learn a little about yoga and the instructors belief system – to have a calming influence on their own lives and those around them.  You could see this come into play when dealing with George the homeless man and the compassion for him and his dog Bella.  I love dogs so anytime there is a dog involved I want to read the book!  Bella was a mess but well loved by George and in turn by Kate.  I thought it was funny how her friend conspired with the pet store owner in setting her up on a date, have to give them kudos for their conniving since it was in Kate’s best interest!

Overall we give it 4 paws


About the Author:

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.

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I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review