Davidson is a Seattle yoga teacher who has a canine companion,
Bella. When Kate is asked to teach yoga for dogs at a fundraiser
for a local animal rescue, she agrees. Kate suspects that
teaching yoga to canines and their human owners may pose problems,
but that's nothing compared to the arrival of animal rights
protestors who disrupt the event, or the suspicious fire that
follows. Later, Kate learns that one of the protestors, Raven,
was murdered, and she remembers seeing an older woman arguing
with Raven. That woman, Dharma, admits that she's Kate's long
lost mother and asks Kate for help when she's charged with
Tracy Weber's latest release is an engrossing, sassy mystery
loaded with wonderful characters, both animal and human, a
great plot and humorous antics that had me laughing out loud.
Despite Kate's estrangement from her mother and the emotional
turmoil raging inside her, Kate believes the universe is trying
to teach her a lesson. To prove her mother's innocence, Kate
enlists her significant other, Michael, and her best friend,
Rene, who is pregnant with twins, and asks an attorney and
current goat herder, Dale, to represent Dharma. It appears
that the murder may revolve around DogMa, the animal rescue
firm that held the fundraiser. But why would the protestors
kill to make a point?
The yoga scenes with the dogs and the pregnant mothers were
especially enjoyable and conjured up images that had me laughing
out loud too many times to count. Kate's dog Bella is a real
sweetheart and proof that rescue dogs are family, one for
Kate that now includes a mother with whom Kate shares many
traits. The mystery was solid and fast-paced, the characterization
outstanding, and the zany wonderful humor made Karma's a Killer
a win-win for me.
Weber's first release in the Downward Dog Mysteries series,
Murder Strikes a Pose, is nominated for the 2015
Agatha Award for Best First Novel.