Title: Murder Strikes a Pose
Authors: Tracy Weber
Opening lines: ‘…I laid my body on the cool wood floor, covered up with a blanket, and prepared to die…’
Kate is the owner of Serenity Yoga and runs classes on a regular basis, however the serenity is shattered when George, a street bum, and his German shepherd set up just outside the studio to sell papers. Selling the papers isn’t the problem; the dog is. Bella isn’t people friendly and she scares the customers by barking and lunging at them. As she gets to know George and Bella better she learns more about why George is on the streets and that Bella needs expensive medicine to stay alive. George tells her he has a plan to get the funds needed to pay for the medication for his best friend in the world, and then turns up dead outside the Yoga Studio. The police write his murder off as another drug deal gone bad, but Kate knows that George didn’t do drugs. She determines to find George’s killer and a new home for the unhappy Bella.
MURDER STRIKES A POSE is a great debut cozy mystery. Kate is witty, smart, and likeable but not without her flaws which makes her a very believable character. The delectable pet shop owner and love interest, Michael, is also a very believable character. The story moves along at a fast rate so there is not a lot of time for character development but as this is the start of a series then character development can develop in future books.
The cover of the book was lovely, I am sure there is not a dog owner in the world who hasn’t had their furry friend join in during exercise time – nothing like doing floor work with a worried dog face gazing in your eyes or tripping you up as they try to join in. There was just one thing that concerned me and that is the fact that Kate was leaving Bella in her car while she was at work – with the window slightly down. Not sure what the day time temperatures are in Seattle but where I live in Tropical Australia dogs can die in minutes when left in cars, and sadly often do. So I was a little distressed to read this, to her credit Kate admitted this was not what she wanted for Bella but was a short stop solution until something better could be sorted out. Tracy Weber has a beautiful German shepherd of her own, Tasha, whose picture graces Tracy’s bio on her web. The fact that Tracy lives with a German shepherd shines clearly through Bella – a wonderful character in her own right. I would certainly read more Bella and Kate stories.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and I really liked it but was easily able to put it down and walk away for a while.
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With thanks to Midnight Ink and the author via Netgalley.