“Pre-Meditated Murder” A Downward Dog Mystery By Tracy Weber: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review & links to purchase it.

This was certainly not the birthday yoga instructor Kate Davidson expected. Instead of receiving an engagement ring in Seattle Space Needle’s SkyCity restaurant, Kate is blindsided by a series of harsh truths. The coveted jewelry box contains not a ring but a locket, her boyfriend Michael Massey never expected that Kate would even want to get married, and by the way, he already has a wife. Michael quickly adds that it was a marriage to keep Gabriella Massey from being deported to Mexico, making it illegal but not immoral.

Kate is justifiably furious that Michael neglected to impart this little bit of information after nine months of living together, which is why he promises to convince Gabriella to allow them to divorce. Kate’s best friend Rene isn’t about to let Michael travel to Oregon’s Cannon Beach and meet with his wife unescorted, so she, her husband Sam, human twins, and labradoodle twin puppies follow along; Kate is only a reluctant participant. Kate is even more leery when she discovers that the former model from Mexico demands a massive payment from Michael, causing him to become uncharacteristically angry and drunk.

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The confrontation between Michael and Gabriella doesn’t go unnoticed, and it doesn’t look good for him when Kate once again has the bad fortune to discover a body. Local police are biased and intent on punishing Michael before a trial, and every new bit of evidence that emerges seems to further implicate him. Kate already has her hands full with her anxiety-prone German shepherd Bella, whose restrictive diet demands careful monitoring and a lot of attention. Bella exuberantly inserts herself in everyone’s lives much to the delight of readers, if not always to Kate and those with clean floors. As someone with her own share of psychological issues, Kate will find that trusting Michael enough to forgive will be nearly as challenging as uncovering a murderer.

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This fifth in the series sees Kate and Bella still dealing with their own health concerns, but also learning to rely on their loved ones for support. They still share a fear of beards, and Kate has her anger management problems, but yoga is helping her to stretch out her hostility. Rene and Sam are an absolute joy in this novel, as the two millionaire entrepreneurs cleverly insert humor as well as investigative assistance. Their levity balances out a very troubled Kate, especially as she doubts the innocence of Michael and those closest to him.

Readers will be drawn into this novel for Bella’s antics, the celebration of pets, and the exuberant banter between the friends. This mystery satisfies on so many levels, from the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Festival to its over-the-top pet accessories, concluding on a note that will warm the coldest of hearts.

To enter to win a copy of Pre-Meditated Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “pre-meditated,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 10, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address. If entering via comment please be sure to include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. Thank you for reviewing Pre-Meditated Murder, I'm delighted that you enjoyed it!

  2. I love this series! Bella & Kate are so much fun to read about. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. This is a great series. Would love to read.

  4. Sounds like a great read. parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

  5. I really love the series and the characters. My favorite is Bella.


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