Title: Karma’s a Killer
Author: Tracy Weber
Genre: Cosy Mystery
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…”
Blurb: Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is about to discover that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like home. When she agrees to teach doga—yoga for dogs—at a fundraiser for Dogma, a local animal rescue, Kate believes the only real damage will be to her reputation. But when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning, a few downward-facing dogs will be the least of Kate’s problems…
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!
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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 Books and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review