Title: A Killer Retreat
Author: Tracy Weber
Genre: Cosy Mystery
Opens: “This is bad, Michael. She’s not responding. I think she might be dead.”
Blurb: When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity. A wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort’s hot tub, shortly after a loud, public fight with Kate. So when the police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, she teams up with her boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer.
My Thoughts: Last year I read, and enjoyed, the first book in the ‘Downward Dog’ series Murder strikes a Pose. So I jumped at the chance to read A KILLER RETREAT. I was not disappointed and liked this one even better! From the very first page as Kate, Michael and Bella travel to the resort I was drawn into the story. Kate may be a Yoga teacher and as such an ‘expert’ on channelling peace in and stress out, but as with anyone Kate has issues. Kate’s issues are commitment to a relationship and a really bad temper, so things are off to a bad start when while stretching their legs on a beach Michael casually mentions their imaginary future children which send Kate into a terror stricken panic leading her to having a run in with an unleashed dog owned by an obnoxious owner. The same obnoxious owner turns up at the resort as the trophy wife of the father of the bride, and still not putting her dog on a lead. Once again Kate lets her mouth run off before her brain kicks in and she publicly makes a threat to kill the women by strangling her with the dog’s lead, only to have the woman turn up dead a short time later – strangled with the dog lead. This makes Kate the chief suspect.
Rene and her husband turn up bringing their own issues with them; so with Kate avoiding Michael so he won’t talk commitment with her, Rene hiding a secret from her husband, and all of them trying to find the real killer it turns into a fast-paced story with lots of humour, and lots of suspects, and a few twists and turns. Because it turns out that Kate is not the only person to have been antagonised by the murder victim. When all is revealed in the edge-of-the-seat ending it all makes perfect sense.
A KILLER RETREAT has everything I enjoy in cosy – a mystery (goes without saying really) realistic characters, some edge-of-the seat action, some over-the-top drama, lots of humour and a little romance on the side. Throw in an animal and I am in cosy heaven!
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B – Great – I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.
With thanks to Midnight Ink and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.