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When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal rescue, 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 a woman claiming to When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal rescue, 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 a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother and charge her with murder. To prove her innocence, Kate, boyfriend Michael, and German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism, organizational politics, and the dangerous obsessions that drive them. All while discovering that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like hOMe.


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When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal rescue, 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 a woman claiming to When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal rescue, 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 a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother and charge her with murder. To prove her innocence, Kate, boyfriend Michael, and German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism, organizational politics, and the dangerous obsessions that drive them. All while discovering that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like hOMe.

30 review for Karma's a Killer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Weber

    I'm the author, so of course I have to like my own work. This is my favorite cover of all of the books so far, so 5 stars go to the cover artist. Here's what I would say about the book as the author speaking to readers: What I think makes this book special in the series so far is the growth of Kate, the protagonist, and what she has told me (and yes, I do think she speaks to me) about her life and what has made her be the person she is today. As for the birds...Blackie (the crow) is b I'm the author, so of course I have to like my own work. This is my favorite cover of all of the books so far, so 5 stars go to the cover artist. Here's what I would say about the book as the author speaking to readers: What I think makes this book special in the series so far is the growth of Kate, the protagonist, and what she has told me (and yes, I do think she speaks to me) about her life and what has made her be the person she is today. As for the birds...Blackie (the crow) is based on a crow that has befriended my own German shepherd and follows her around. They truly know and love each other. Mister Feathers, the pigeon, is based on a pigeon that roosted above my yoga studio. I saved him from a hawk attack, and the experience changed me in a profound way. If you're interested, here's a blog I wrote about that. http://www.wholelifeyoga.com/blog/liv... I hope you read the book and love it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This series continues to improve, this one has lots of yoga starting with dog yoga, along with good doses of yoga the mystery revolves around animal rescue. I'd recommend this to animal lovers, yoga enthusiasts and any interested in wildlife rehabilitation or dog lovers always a large dose of dogs in this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sally906

    Quote: “…For the record, telling your boyfriend that your not-as-dead-as-you-might-have-implied mother has been arrested for murder doesn’t go over well…” My Thoughts: KARMA’S A KILLER is the third in the series – and I’m now settling in to them to the extent that when I open to page one I have the relaxed feeling that I am meeting old friends. In this story we learn about animal rescue, crazy animal liberationists and doga. What’s doga I hear you ask – it is yoga for dogs!!! No really, and it Quote: “…For the record, telling your boyfriend that your not-as-dead-as-you-might-have-implied mother has been arrested for murder doesn’t go over well…” My Thoughts: KARMA’S A KILLER is the third in the series – and I’m now settling in to them to the extent that when I open to page one I have the relaxed feeling that I am meeting old friends. In this story we learn about animal rescue, crazy animal liberationists and doga. What’s doga I hear you ask – it is yoga for dogs!!! No really, and it is supposed to be very good for owner/pet bonding – here is more information: http://www.dogamahny.co.uk/ Kate’s class is to raise funds for one of the local animal rescue centres. She is not sure how opening a class to all and sundry is a good idea – even more unsure when a woman turns up with a rabbit. This reader just knew a rabbit in a class of dogs is not going to end well. Kate may have got away with bunny yoga, but when animal liberationists start setting fire to the goat shed, and yelling and screaming and frightening the very creatures they are supposed to want to protect, mayhem ensues. Once the dust has settled an activist has been murdered and Kate’s supposedly dead mother has been arrested for the murder. KARMA’S A KILLER is a very funny story, but within the humour are some serious issues – especially in animal rescue/protection and rights. It gently brings out the problem that sometimes activists do more harm than good when they run off half-cocked only hearing what they want to hear and not taking in the whole picture and considering any extenuating circumstances. As the investigation burbles along, Kate learns more about her childhood – things she had forgotten – finds letters that had been hidden from her which reveal secrets kept from her. All the familiar characters are back – the ever patient pet shop owner boyfriend; sulky teen pet shop assistant; Kate’s, now very pregnant with twins, best friend Rene; and her friendly goat breeder lawyer. Lastly, but by no means least, there is larger than life Bella, a dog with a lot of medical issues, a lot of character, and a hatred of dogs and many men. The great news to console me about finishing book 3 is that I have discovered that Tracy Weber has signed a contract with her publisher Midnight Ink for 3 more books in the Downward Dog Mystery series! Woo Hoo! More Kate and Bella adventures to come, can’t wait to see what happens! With thanks to Midnight Ink Books and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review

  4. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    A large explosion occurs and suddenly the the ring of trash cans are fire. It is not long before the hay surrounding the goat pen catches on fire. Panic is occuring as everyone is runs from the fire and Kate and friends rush to save the nubian goats. Later one of the HEAT demonstrators is found MURDER nearby. Kate is surprised to learned that the woman accused of the killing claims to be her Mother. This bring back chilling memories of her chilhood. The plot covers animal recuse for and against A large explosion occurs and suddenly the the ring of trash cans are fire. It is not long before the hay surrounding the goat pen catches on fire. Panic is occuring as everyone is runs from the fire and Kate and friends rush to save the nubian goats. Later one of the HEAT demonstrators is found MURDER nearby. Kate is surprised to learned that the woman accused of the killing claims to be her Mother. This bring back chilling memories of her chilhood. The plot covers animal recuse for and against it plus if wildlife should be euthanized or not. The characters have continued to grow. Bella is a delightful friend. The characters have become my friends and the next book is a must read. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Midnight Ink through Netgalley for an honest review. Iwould like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Kate Davidson, Seattle yoga teacher, has agreed to teach yoga for dogs at a fundraise for an animal rescue. But when an animal rights activist is murdered, and there is a drowning, things don't turn out so well. When the police arrest Dharma, a woman who claims to be Kate's estranged mother, Kate knows she has to get involved with the murder to see what is happening, and to find out who the killer really is. This installment in the Downward Dog mysteries is engaging and ent Kate Davidson, Seattle yoga teacher, has agreed to teach yoga for dogs at a fundraise for an animal rescue. But when an animal rights activist is murdered, and there is a drowning, things don't turn out so well. When the police arrest Dharma, a woman who claims to be Kate's estranged mother, Kate knows she has to get involved with the murder to see what is happening, and to find out who the killer really is. This installment in the Downward Dog mysteries is engaging and entertaining. Kate is a great heroine. She is relatable to be me, because she is human and second guesses things. I love the role her very pregnant best friend, Rene, plays. She is the perfect sidekick. The addition of Dharma intrigued me, and I was very happy to see the way it played out. The mystery was tight, and I didn't see the ending coming. When I thought about it later, I realized I should have read the clues a little more carefully and I might have guessed it. Bur truthfully I'm glad I didn't. I always like to be a little surprised at the end, and I was with this one. Watching Kate deal with her German shepherd's condition, added to the storyline. Bella, despite the fact she doesn't talk, is a great character, and adds a lot to the story. I have to admit that at times I wanted to smack Michael, Kate's boyfriend. A disagreement he had with Kate about one of his employees left me wondering exactly what he was thinking. Still, they love each other, and I rather enjoyed the fact that neither one of them gave in, and they talked it out in a very adult fashion. I haven't read all the books in this series, but the more I read the more I like it. I listened to an audio edition of this book, given to me by the author. Anne James is a wonderful narrator and listening to her tell the tale added a lot to my enjoyment of this book. Now to find the other books I haven't read in the series, and catch up. I hope this series is around for a while.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal rescue, 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 a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother and charge her with murder. To prove her innocence, Kate, boyfriend Michael, Synopsis: When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal rescue, 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 a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother and charge her with murder. To prove her innocence, Kate, boyfriend Michael, and German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism, organizational politics, and the dangerous obsessions that drive them. All while discovering that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like hOMe. (Goodreads) Review: Kate Davidson loves being a yoga instructor and she loves offering different types of classes at her yoga studio. She enjoys helping people to discover the benefits of yoga, whether they are pregnant or older or new to the yoga world. But she has never held a yoga class for dogs. When she agrees to teach doga at an animal rescue fundraiser, she can now add that to her resume. She is not sure how to engage the dogs and help them, but since she agreed to do the class, she is determined to do her best. But during the event, a fire and a drowning take place and her worries about the doga class take a backseat to these other concerns. When the police make an arrest she is relieved that the case has been solved without her getting involved. That is until she learns that the woman that has been accused claims to be her mother. Kate does not know what has her most concerned: that the woman is her mom or that her mom is a killer. Now Kate has to investigate the crime and try to clear her mother, if she is innocent. And if her mom is guilty, well, Kate cannot even bear to think that way. She, along with help from her boyfriend, Michael, her best friend Rene, and her German Shepherd, Bella, set out to find the killer and hopefully prove her mother’s innocent. The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Kate is one of my favorite protagonists. She is feisty, witty, sarcastic and hilarious. She is also kind hearted, loyal, insecure and an animal lover. She will do anything to help those she cares about and loves. She loves Bella with all her heart and does not think twice about doing whatever is needed to keep Bella healthy and happy. As an animal lover, this is something very special. I so wish that I knew Kate in real life because I would definitely be friends with her. The other characters are just as likable and add a lot to the story. I love reading about the interactions between all the characters. I think this book is my favorite of the series. That is saying something about how good this book is because I really loved the first two books. I think the thing I liked so much about this book is learning about Kate’s past and meeting her mother. Kate has such mixed emotions about finding out that her mother is alive and well. She is angry and finds it hard to let go of that anger, but she is also excited about the prospect of getting to know her mother. This made her seem so real to me. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy enjoyable read. This book has a little bit of everything. There is mystery, suspense, humor, friendship and many heartfelt moments. I found myself laughing out loud every few pages. The things that Kate says and thinks are so funny. The doga session (with a bunny in attendance) and the pigeon drama were two of my favorite parts and I found them hysterical. But there are so many funny moments in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery with lovable characters. If I could I would give this book ten stars, that is how much I enjoyed it. This author is a great addition to the cozy genre and one of my favorites. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. And I can honestly say I loved this book so much. I would like to thank NetGalley and Midnight Ink for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    A sneaky crow, a wounded pigeon, rescue dogs, a rabbit, goats and a territorial cat combined with the artfully drawn, engaging characters plus animal liberationists, fires creating chaos, murder and mayhem. This Cozy includes a challenging who done it mystery. Kate is scheduled to teach Doga. Yoga for dogs to raise money for a local rescues center. Amongst the twists and turns the reader becomes aware of the pros and cons involved with animal rights. The book presen A sneaky crow, a wounded pigeon, rescue dogs, a rabbit, goats and a territorial cat combined with the artfully drawn, engaging characters plus animal liberationists, fires creating chaos, murder and mayhem. This Cozy includes a challenging who done it mystery. Kate is scheduled to teach Doga. Yoga for dogs to raise money for a local rescues center. Amongst the twists and turns the reader becomes aware of the pros and cons involved with animal rights. The book presents a serious story intertwined with humorous situations. Kate finds out that her mother is very much alive And accused of murder. What will Kate do? Will she be able to save her mother?? Karma’s A Killer is the third book in the A Downward Dog Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone as the author weaves the past and present together effortlessly. Thanks to the author via Facebook’s Cozy Mystery Review for the book. My opinion is my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna Townsend

    Take one young talented yoga instructor with a temper, add one rescue dog with a hatred of other dogs and men with facial hair, a few misguided animal- loving activists, a bemused but supportive boyfriend, and oh, yes, a mother who abandoned Kate, said yoga instructor, and we have a perfect storm of fun and intrigue. What a terrific blend of colorful characters and murder in a warm, inviting setting! Karma’s a Killer has everything that makes a cozy mystery. But this one goes beyond a simpl Take one young talented yoga instructor with a temper, add one rescue dog with a hatred of other dogs and men with facial hair, a few misguided animal- loving activists, a bemused but supportive boyfriend, and oh, yes, a mother who abandoned Kate, said yoga instructor, and we have a perfect storm of fun and intrigue. What a terrific blend of colorful characters and murder in a warm, inviting setting! Karma’s a Killer has everything that makes a cozy mystery. But this one goes beyond a simple whodunit. I was captivated immediately with the setting and events from the start. The story occurs in Green Lake, a town outside Seattle. We are quickly immersed in a fundraiser for the local no-kill animal shelter, DogMa. Kate is planning a yoga class for some of the 2500 dog participants, a “canine stew,” as she calls it. We are surrounded with booths, and dogs, and activists and of course, murder. The murder happens early on in the story and the victim is not a surprise. But clever surprises do await us. Ironically, Kate, the yoga instructor, struggles with her fiery temper. She is an evolving character who faces her issues of abandonment and trust, yet she is fiercely loyal. I look for a character who struggles and grows, otherwise my valuable reading time is wasted. Karma’s a Killer gives me this and more. Not having read the first two books in the series was not a handicap; indeed, it is an impetus to read more of Tracy Weber’s fine series. A definite winner! I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christine Martin-resotko

    Yoga, animal rescue, and murder mix in the third installment of the Downward Dog Mystery series. This is the first book I have read in the series, and I was happily surprised by its quality. Our investigator, Kate Davidson, is a spunky Seattle yoga teacher who has a soft spot in her heart for animals in trouble and a need to find justice for people who have been murdered. In this installment, Kate is confronted with the murder of an animal activist, and the possible perpetrator is a woman claimi Yoga, animal rescue, and murder mix in the third installment of the Downward Dog Mystery series. This is the first book I have read in the series, and I was happily surprised by its quality. Our investigator, Kate Davidson, is a spunky Seattle yoga teacher who has a soft spot in her heart for animals in trouble and a need to find justice for people who have been murdered. In this installment, Kate is confronted with the murder of an animal activist, and the possible perpetrator is a woman claiming to be her long estranged mother. Now to the nitty-gritty. I found the main character wonderful. She has internal struggles that we all can understand. Her caring is shown in the way she takes care of her special needs dog, her boyfriend, and in the way she approaches others. The integration of yoga philosophy into the book is seamless and never feels forced. The plot is well thought out and had some good twists and turns. The only reason I didn't give the book five stars is that I figured out who did it before it was revealed. I am going straight to the library to request the rest of the series. I received a copy of this book for a fair review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Kate, a yoga instructor, her boyfriend Michael, and her German Shepherd Bella live together in Kate's bungalow which is currently being renovated. Michael isn't exactly the neatest person, and his mess and the construction mess is driving Kate nuts. Kate is a good person with a good heart but has been through events in her life that have her keeping secrets from Michael and that drives him crazy. Michael organizes a fundraiser for a local animal shelter and convinces Kate to teach a yoga class f Kate, a yoga instructor, her boyfriend Michael, and her German Shepherd Bella live together in Kate's bungalow which is currently being renovated. Michael isn't exactly the neatest person, and his mess and the construction mess is driving Kate nuts. Kate is a good person with a good heart but has been through events in her life that have her keeping secrets from Michael and that drives him crazy. Michael organizes a fundraiser for a local animal shelter and convinces Kate to teach a yoga class for dogs and their owners. A group of animal activists show up to protest and things go downhill from there. When one of the protesters is murdered, the person who is accused asks Kate for her help to find the real killer and she eventually agrees to help. I absolutely loved this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn't know who the killer was and I couldn't put this book down until I found out! I highly recommend this book and this series. Tracy Weber is a phenomenal author. I received a copy of this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Malka Essock

    Book #3 in the Downward Dog Series More Yoga,(albeit distracted) more murder, more pets, more rescue pets, more birds, more drama, lots more drama! (oh yeah, and more goats!) Poor Kate, can’t catch a break, her life is supposed to be settling down, and it’s not, remodeling her (and Michael’s) home, isn’t fun, just being herself, isn’t even being easy, then she lets Michael talk her in to teaching Yoga for dogs and their people, at a benefit for a local Animal Shelter, and things get Re Book #3 in the Downward Dog Series More Yoga,(albeit distracted) more murder, more pets, more rescue pets, more birds, more drama, lots more drama! (oh yeah, and more goats!) Poor Kate, can’t catch a break, her life is supposed to be settling down, and it’s not, remodeling her (and Michael’s) home, isn’t fun, just being herself, isn’t even being easy, then she lets Michael talk her in to teaching Yoga for dogs and their people, at a benefit for a local Animal Shelter, and things get Really Complicated! with her family growing by leaps and bounds, she feels it necessary, to find out who killed the angry animal rights activist, before (while) her life gets even more complicated. i loved this installment of this series, i love Kate and Rene’s relationship, and i LOVE Bella! (and Bella and Kate’s relationship)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    Another good-humoured crime tale involving a yoga instructor and her faithful, determined German Shepherd dog. There is chaos generated by a fun run with dogs, and the park also contains some demanding pet owners, young vandals, animal rights activists, charity organisers and goats. What could go wrong? The death of a well-known person, for starters. Enjoy the amateur sleuth tale and learn about yoga with dogs - meant to relax both dogs and owners - as well as responsible pet ownership and what Another good-humoured crime tale involving a yoga instructor and her faithful, determined German Shepherd dog. There is chaos generated by a fun run with dogs, and the park also contains some demanding pet owners, young vandals, animal rights activists, charity organisers and goats. What could go wrong? The death of a well-known person, for starters. Enjoy the amateur sleuth tale and learn about yoga with dogs - meant to relax both dogs and owners - as well as responsible pet ownership and what goes on behind the scenes in one dog shelter. Our heroine has the return of a long-lost family member to contend with but the staunch support of her boyfriend, and we can see the couple growing together as the murder investigation develops. This series is packed full and will entertain.

  13. 5 out of 5

    April Rogers-Krick

    I received an ARC ebook from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Karma's A Killer (Downward Dog Mystery, #3) by Tracy Weber is great. In book #3 of this wonderful cozy mystery series we learn more about Kate Davidson's early life and new family members are introduced. Along with her boyfriend Michael and best friend Rene, Kate finds herself involveds in another murder mystery. Stumbling along she finds she has to call in reinforcements in the way of old friend Dave the lawyer t I received an ARC ebook from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Karma's A Killer (Downward Dog Mystery, #3) by Tracy Weber is great. In book #3 of this wonderful cozy mystery series we learn more about Kate Davidson's early life and new family members are introduced. Along with her boyfriend Michael and best friend Rene, Kate finds herself involveds in another murder mystery. Stumbling along she finds she has to call in reinforcements in the way of old friend Dave the lawyer turned goat wrangler. More yoga, more dogs, more mystery and unexpected turns and events all make for a great and fun read. I highly recommend Karma's A Killer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    After a great start, the series got a little bogged down in the second entry. Safe to say all has been mended this time out. The story (yoga teacher Kate has to solve a drowning at an animal rights protest) is engaging, and relevant clues are dropped often enough to feel like the author is playing fair. The lead character's anger issues and fear of beards have been dialed back to "quirky" instead of "off-putting," and the character not only takes responsibility, she learns something of their psy After a great start, the series got a little bogged down in the second entry. Safe to say all has been mended this time out. The story (yoga teacher Kate has to solve a drowning at an animal rights protest) is engaging, and relevant clues are dropped often enough to feel like the author is playing fair. The lead character's anger issues and fear of beards have been dialed back to "quirky" instead of "off-putting," and the character not only takes responsibility, she learns something of their psychological underpinnings. I am now excited to get the new chapter!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Giusti

    Yoga lovers, dog lovers and anyone who loves a great mystery, this is the book for you. Kate Davidson is back in the third book and she is teaching yoga, for dogs, yes you heard me right. But she will be stretched to her limits when a fire and a murder takes place. Kate and her beloved dog Bella are on it again to find out what is going on and who the killer is before things get worse. The characters and the strong story line pull you in and keep you captivated. Funny, witty and fast Yoga lovers, dog lovers and anyone who loves a great mystery, this is the book for you. Kate Davidson is back in the third book and she is teaching yoga, for dogs, yes you heard me right. But she will be stretched to her limits when a fire and a murder takes place. Kate and her beloved dog Bella are on it again to find out what is going on and who the killer is before things get worse. The characters and the strong story line pull you in and keep you captivated. Funny, witty and fast paced to the last page.You will be getting in a comfy chair and reading this book until the end.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    A good story line that never lags. Delightful characters. Combine the two and you have a must read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    Karma’s A Killer by Tracy Weber is the third book in the Downward Dog series. I requested to review this book as I believed it was unnecessary to read the series in order as each book focuses on a different mystery. However, on completing this installment I feel it would have been best if I had read the books in order, as this would have provided me with better insight into the development of the main character. This book failed my expectations. When I hear the term cozy mystery, I am expecting Karma’s A Killer by Tracy Weber is the third book in the Downward Dog series. I requested to review this book as I believed it was unnecessary to read the series in order as each book focuses on a different mystery. However, on completing this installment I feel it would have been best if I had read the books in order, as this would have provided me with better insight into the development of the main character. This book failed my expectations. When I hear the term cozy mystery, I am expecting a small town mystery mixed with humour and served with a side of romance/love interest. Well, humour permeated the story, the love interest had developed significantly, but the mystery was severely lacking. This installment focused on the principles of yoga and the drama surrounding the characters while the murder mystery played a minor role in the whole scheme of things. There was so much yoga in this book that even the dogs were learning yoga. My favourite character was not the protagonist but her best friend Renee who was the life of the story. She had me in stitches for most of the story. I enjoyed watching Kate build a relationship with her mother even though it was not under the best of circumstances. There were instances, however, when I found Kate’s actions frustrating. Her refusal to communicate with her boyfriend about issues, which affected her and would ultimately affect their relationship. Despite it playing a minor role, I thought it was well done. Figuring out the identity of the villain did not come easy. I figured it out the same time Kate and Renee did, which occurred near to the end of the story. I took some time to get through the story. I believe this was due to the slow pacing and the minor role the solving of the mystery played in the story. Added to that, the yoga principles and terms went over my head. Narration This is my first time listening to Anne James and I would definitely listen to her again. She did a great job in bringing the characters to life. Her narration of the characters’ voices were distinct, making it easy to identify each of the characters. Conclusion/Recommendation Overall, I found this to be an average read, but I believe it could have been much better. Fans of cozy mysteries may want to try this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    The HEAT is on in Karma's A Killer Animals and yoga come together in Karma's a Killer by Tracy Weber. I haven't read this series since the first book and I can say that I love Kate and especially her dog,Bella even more than I did in the first book. Kate has a lot to deal with but I wonder if she will get through it and try to solve yet another murder. From the first page I was riveted by Kate and Bella and also all the shady characters that Kate suspects of murder. I have to say my The HEAT is on in Karma's A Killer Animals and yoga come together in Karma's a Killer by Tracy Weber. I haven't read this series since the first book and I can say that I love Kate and especially her dog,Bella even more than I did in the first book. Kate has a lot to deal with but I wonder if she will get through it and try to solve yet another murder. From the first page I was riveted by Kate and Bella and also all the shady characters that Kate suspects of murder. I have to say my favourite parts of the book were reading about all the rescue animals and especially Blackie the crow that was a pet to Judith the wildlife rehabilitator . The heat is on literally for yoga teacher and hot tempered,Kate in the third book in the A Downward dog Mysteries, Karma's a Killer. Between the HEAT demonstrators aka Human's for Ethical Animal Treatment, Dogma, a no-kill animal shelter, run by Maggie and her assistant, Sally. Also, Judith a wildlife rehabilitator. Kate will soon find herself in the middle murder investigation all the while trying to find her inner peace and trying hard to practice the yoga sutra's in her life but not always succeeding. It all started when Kate's Boyfriend, Michael organizes an event called “Paws around Green Lake 5k dog run” in Seattle, Washington a fundraiser for Dogma. Kate is going to teach a “Doga class” yoga for dogs to a not so great reception and Kate wonders if she will become a laughing stock at the event. Soon the HEAT demonstrators invades the event and a fire breaks and then everything turns to chaos when Raven, A HEAT Demonstrator, Raven is found drowned in Green Lake while she and her German Shepard with special needs, Bella while taking a walk. Raven also has a red gash on her head. When another HEAT demonstrator, Dharma someone one from Kate's past is arrested for Raven's murder. Kate struggles within herself to apply the yoga sutra's teachings and help her through her ordeal but Kate realizes that she needs to help her and asks her friend and lawyer, Dale to help out Dharma. Dharma has many reasons for wanting Raven dead having argued and sleeping with Dharma's boyfriend. But more HEAT demonstrators soon become suspects but soon a connection emerges between the founder of Dogma and Raven and suspect pool just got a little bigger. FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are honest and our own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara Gordon

    Karma's a Killer By Tracy Weber was an enjoyable book from the very beginning! I had never read a book with Yoga as main character's profession and was quite surprised at how interesting I found the profession and terms (I had to stop and google a few terms through out the book, since I am not informed on Yoga), I am now interested in looking into the topic further and perhaps even taking a class! The characters themselves are easy to relate to. As with most cozy mystery stories, the main charac Karma's a Killer By Tracy Weber was an enjoyable book from the very beginning! I had never read a book with Yoga as main character's profession and was quite surprised at how interesting I found the profession and terms (I had to stop and google a few terms through out the book, since I am not informed on Yoga), I am now interested in looking into the topic further and perhaps even taking a class! The characters themselves are easy to relate to. As with most cozy mystery stories, the main character Kate is an accidental detective, her day job/career is as a Yogi (Yoga instructor) who is happily living with her boyfriend, and rescued dog Bella. During a fundraising event held by her boyfriend (the owner of a pet product store), for a dog shelter, an incident involving a radicalized animal welfare activism group occurs ruining the festivities. It's only the beginning of troubles to come for Kate and Bella. Her week continues by meeting an estranged relative, conflict with her boyfriend, dealing with a girl jealous of her relationship, break-ins, attempted dog-napping, and oh, yes of course a murder. A murder she is compelled by curiosity, and a hint of guilt, to help solve. With the help of her boyfriend, and friends, Rene, pregnant, with an impressive sweet-tooth and taste for adventure, and Dale, a Lawyer turned farmer and goat enthusiast, and there's of course her faithful furry best friend Bella the German Shepard. Karma's a Killer kept me absorbed and didn't allow me to put it down until the very end. Having multiple suspects, ones that all had such strong reasons to be considered for the crime was a wonderful change of pace for me, it took more chapters than usual for me to decide who I truly thought was the killer, and even so I was not certain! Great book, will definitely be looking forward to more in the series! I received a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Libby Mckinmer

    When Seattle yoga instructor and dog owner Kate Davidson is invited to teach a dog-and-owner yoga (doga) class at a fundraiser for a no-kill shelter hosted by her pet supply store owner boyfriend Michael, she has no premonition it will end in murder. But before long, there’s a protest by animal rights activists, a suspicious fire and a drowning…and Kate is in the middle of trying to figure out if the mother she believes abandoned her as a child had a hand in any of it. With her pregnant best fri When Seattle yoga instructor and dog owner Kate Davidson is invited to teach a dog-and-owner yoga (doga) class at a fundraiser for a no-kill shelter hosted by her pet supply store owner boyfriend Michael, she has no premonition it will end in murder. But before long, there’s a protest by animal rights activists, a suspicious fire and a drowning…and Kate is in the middle of trying to figure out if the mother she believes abandoned her as a child had a hand in any of it. With her pregnant best friend Rene at her side, Kate investigates, all while coping with her mother’s arrest for murder, ongoing home renos, the hospitalization of Michael’s father, and the attempted dog-napping of her special needs German Shepherd rescue Bella. As they navigate the practice and politics of animal rescue and animal activism, they encounter a number of people who could’ve committed the murder—co-workers, other rescuers, family…it’s a wide circle of suspicion. When Kate and Rene find themselves face-to-face with the murderer, how will they and Rene’s unborn twins survive the encounter? This is my first Tracy Weber novel, and it definitely will not be my last. Ms. Weber creates appealing, multi-dimensional characters you want to cheer for…and villains you want to see get their comeuppance. She has a deft hand with her animal supporting cast as well and also sprinkles in interesting yoga information. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing who-dun-it, and you may think you’ve figured it out a couple of times. Ms. Weber is skilled at setting a scene, so from the controlled chaos of a fundraiser dog walk to the serenity of a yoga class, you will feel like you are right there. If you want to sit back with an enjoyable cozy mystery read, don’t miss Karma’s a Killer. Five stars!

  21. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts This is my favorite book in this series so far and I absolutely love the cover. Yoga for dogs! Yes, I have heard of it, but those have to be some well behaved dogs if the experience is going to be tranquil for the dogs and their owners. Kate’s class has a great turnout but things quickly turn to chaos when another type of animal and their person decides to take part in the class. Add to that a group of protesters set on disruption and shortly thereafter Dollycas’s Thoughts This is my favorite book in this series so far and I absolutely love the cover. Yoga for dogs! Yes, I have heard of it, but those have to be some well behaved dogs if the experience is going to be tranquil for the dogs and their owners. Kate’s class has a great turnout but things quickly turn to chaos when another type of animal and their person decides to take part in the class. Add to that a group of protesters set on disruption and shortly thereafter a dead body and you have a great start for a mystery. Kate has really grown since the first book. When her mother comes to town with a group of animal activists Kate isn’t very receptive to the woman that abandoned her when she was just a toddler but when her mother is accused of murder she can’t help but get involved. With the help of her boyfriend, Micheal, her fabulous dog Bella, a lawyer that raises goats, and a very pregnant best friend, she sets out to clear her mother’s name and find out why her mother left her. With several calming breaths Kate handles these stressful events and many more before we reach the final page. Readers and Kate learn so much about her past in this installment. Kate’s reactions were perfect and so real. She went through all the emotions you would expect for anyone in her situation. With a big dose of humor Tracy Weber takes us on quite an adventure. The drama of the fire at the fundraiser, the return of Kate’s mom, the body discovery and all the aftermath are joined Kate’s daily life. Things like dealing with a pesky pigeon, learning about the rehabilitation of a very friendly crow, activists attacks, a little political corruption, a home renovation, and other people’s relatives behaving badly. Kate’s life is definitely not dull by any means. This series is going in a fantastic direction. Animal lovers, you must read this story!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    An entertaining book - sometimes funny, sometimes romantic, at other times sad, this book has just the right touch of suspense for my liking to make this cozy mystery a great read! The novel is the third book featuring the adventures of Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson, but it was the first that I had read in the "Downward Dog Mysteries". Although I usually try to start at the beginning of a series, the author Tracy Weber has done such a good job of explaining the characters & their past h An entertaining book - sometimes funny, sometimes romantic, at other times sad, this book has just the right touch of suspense for my liking to make this cozy mystery a great read! The novel is the third book featuring the adventures of Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson, but it was the first that I had read in the "Downward Dog Mysteries". Although I usually try to start at the beginning of a series, the author Tracy Weber has done such a good job of explaining the characters & their past history that I did not feel that I had missed anything vital to enjoying this book. That does not mean that I won't go back & read the first two books; I look forward to adding them to my "to read pile"! With an eclectic cast of characters, both human & animal, and a glimpse into the murky, disturbing & sometimes dangerous world of animal activism this book is an adventure of a read that is hard to put down. I loved the exploration of Kate's past and the believable relationships with her boyfriend and best friend. Anyone who enjoys yoga, animals but especially dogs, humour, mystery or Seattle will find this book an appealing read. My only caveat to the book is the glimpse into animal activism - I did find the subject & some of the tactics employed by the characters in the book very disturbing. That said, it does not preclude me from recommending this book to mystery readers. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    NicoleG

    Do you like Yoga, saving animals, and cozy mysteries? If you do, then you'll love Karma's a Killer, the 3rd book in Tracy Weber's Downward Dog Mystery series! Kate, a yoga instructor, mishaps upon yet another murder. She also stumbles upon her long lost mother! Unfortunately, she doesn't get a chance to have a warm and fuzzy family reunion. Her mother, who’s now going by “Dharma”, is arrested for the murder of a woman who has more enemies than friends. There’s a lot of evidence pointing to Dharm Do you like Yoga, saving animals, and cozy mysteries? If you do, then you'll love Karma's a Killer, the 3rd book in Tracy Weber's Downward Dog Mystery series! Kate, a yoga instructor, mishaps upon yet another murder. She also stumbles upon her long lost mother! Unfortunately, she doesn't get a chance to have a warm and fuzzy family reunion. Her mother, who’s now going by “Dharma”, is arrested for the murder of a woman who has more enemies than friends. There’s a lot of evidence pointing to Dharma as the killer so things are looking grim, even with the help of a lawyer friend of Kate. With the help her VERY pregnant friend Rene and her pet store owner boyfriend, Kate performs some stealth moves that would have any Yogi honored to follow in her footsteps (but no shoes allowed in the yoga studio please!!). I have to say, I have zero interest in yoga. Never have, never will. However, this story was extremely engaging from beginning to end even if you have no interest in the main character’s profession. The human characters are relatable and the animals (dogs, cats, even birds) will make you want to run and donate to your local pet rescue! I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Connie Stein

    KARMA’S A KILLER is the third in Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog series. This is the first in the series I have read. 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. Throughout the book references were made to a previous KARMA’S A KILLER is the third in Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog series. This is the first in the series I have read. 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. Throughout the book references were made to a previous murder. I felt like I had missed something very important for the story by not reading the first two in the series. Also, I figured out the murderer right after reading who was murdered, it seemed very logical to me I really liked Kate and her friend Rene, they are fun amateur sleuths. In this book, Kate has to deal with the return of her mother and try to clear her of murder charges. Her feelings on the entire subject are mixed, and make for good reading. I loved the introduction of the of the wildlife and rescue organizations. I would recommend this as a light mystery. I received a complimentary copy of Karma’s a Killer from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Kate Davidson is helping out at a fundraiser for a local dog shelter. She'll teach yoga to the dogs. Unfortunately things don't go as planned. A protest breaks up the event. Next one of the protestors is murdered and Kate's estranged mother is arrested for the crime. Can Kate put aside her anger toward the woman who left her and find the real killer? Kate has trust issues. Her past haunts her. I loved that she could put aside her pain and help. She feisty, smart and determined. That's a winning Kate Davidson is helping out at a fundraiser for a local dog shelter. She'll teach yoga to the dogs. Unfortunately things don't go as planned. A protest breaks up the event. Next one of the protestors is murdered and Kate's estranged mother is arrested for the crime. Can Kate put aside her anger toward the woman who left her and find the real killer? Kate has trust issues. Her past haunts her. I loved that she could put aside her pain and help. She feisty, smart and determined. That's a winning combination. Plus she has her boyfriend, Michael, to help as well as her, faithful sidekick, Bella. Michael is a patient and loving man. I wanted them to find the happiness and security that they deserved. This is a well written story filled with plenty of suspects. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't figure out who the culprit was. Tracy Weber kept me guessing until the very end. This is a great cozy series. I can't wait for the next mystery. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    An interesting combination of yoga, relationship issues and meshing lifestyles, animal rescue drama and conflicting values. While this book does well as a stand alone, the Orcas references will be better understood if you have read previous books in the series. Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is an animal lover. Her boyfriend, Michael, is a major supporter of local animal rescue Dogma, and organized a fundraising event, including volunteering Kate's services to instruct a DOGA (dog yoga An interesting combination of yoga, relationship issues and meshing lifestyles, animal rescue drama and conflicting values. While this book does well as a stand alone, the Orcas references will be better understood if you have read previous books in the series. Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is an animal lover. Her boyfriend, Michael, is a major supporter of local animal rescue Dogma, and organized a fundraising event, including volunteering Kate's services to instruct a DOGA (dog yoga) session. Animal rescue has much more going on behind the scenes than most people want to know about. Every time Kate has a new suspect or theory, the plot twists. Best friend Rene, pregnant with twins, can't resist trying to figure out clues and doing some unauthorized sleuthing on her own. When someone with information about Kate's past shows up, Kate's thoughts and emotions become even more conflicted and unfocused than usual. I did receive this book via Netgalley for review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Kander

    Third book in the series, and Kate is beginning to feel like a dear friend. This time around, she is planning to teach yoga to dogs at a fundraiser for the local animal shelter. As usual, things don't go smoothly, and she finds herself in the midst of yet another murder investigation. Kate is a fun amateur sleuth. She is feisty, sarcastic, and very humorous. In this book, she not only has to deal with the return of her mother, she also has to try to clear her of murder charges. Her feelings on t Third book in the series, and Kate is beginning to feel like a dear friend. This time around, she is planning to teach yoga to dogs at a fundraiser for the local animal shelter. As usual, things don't go smoothly, and she finds herself in the midst of yet another murder investigation. Kate is a fun amateur sleuth. She is feisty, sarcastic, and very humorous. In this book, she not only has to deal with the return of her mother, she also has to try to clear her of murder charges. Her feelings on the entire subject are mixed, and make for good reading. There are plenty of plot twists in this story, along with the many intricacies of Kate's daily life. Her best friend, Rene, pregnant with twins, can't resist the temptation of sleuthing on her own, which adds to the fun. I can't wait to see what Kate and Bella get up to next! **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Frazier

    A wonderful book! This is book three in the Downward Dog Mysteries, and as much as I loved the first two books, I think this one is my favorite. Full of laugh out loud moments, some real insight into Kate and her past, and lots of surprises. Tracy does such an outstanding job with these characters, you feel like you are right there with them as everything is happening. This book is a must read, and I cannot wait for the next one!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Maroon

    I was chosen to review this book through a review group. This is the first book in the series that I have read and I can not wait to go back and read the first two. I really enjoyed the mystery and had some of an understanding of yoga and was interested in her doing it with dogs. I can relate to having a dog as a member of the family and we all love her so I loved that the mystery included her dog along with all her investigating.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Oh Kate and Renee! Getting yourselves into trouble yet again! I absolutely adore this series and can't wait to see what the next book brings!! I laughed out loud many times but it also had so much heart. Tracy Weber my friend you have done it again and wrote a wonderful, funny and captivating book that had my attention from page one!

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