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Murder Strikes a Pose

(Downward Dog Mystery #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  868 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson tries to live up to yoga's Zen-like expectations, but it's not easy while struggling to keep her small business afloat or dodging her best friend's matchmaking efforts.

When George, a homeless alcoholic, and his loud, horse-sized German shepherd, Bella, start hawking newspapers outside her studio, Kate attempts to convince them to leave. Instea
Paperback, 274 pages
Published January 8th 2014 by Midnight Ink (first published January 1st 2014)
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Tracy Weber
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
It's my book. I have to love it! ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I love the cute little cover of the book, I had to read it because....yes, those that know me.. it has a dog in it :)

Kate owns a yoga studio and one day this horrific noise disturbs the serenity of the studio. Kate runs out to see what is going on and that is when she meets George and his German Shepherd Bella, who is barking up a storm.

George has found him a little job of sorts, which puts his little set-up outside of the studio. Bella who barks at all dogs
Lisa Kay
★★★★☆ I enjoyed this one. I liked the yoga studio setting and the writing flowed. I shook my head at the heroine, Kate, a few times around the center of the book, but she was one determined woman to find the killer. And, of course, I love Bella, the dog. Looking forward to the next one.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
Interesting first book in a series about a Yoga studio owner/teacher and the dog she tries to save after a homeless man dies. There's not a ton of character development nor a whole lot about yoga in this book, but the mystery itself was pretty good even though I'd guessed the killer fairly early on. There is quite a lot of the book about dealing with the rescued dog.
I liked this a lot more then the British yoga series Downward Facing Death I'd read recently.
Andrea Guy
Murder Strikes A Pose is a fun new book in the "Downward Dog Mystery Series" by Tracy Weber.

The plot revolves around the death of homeless man, George, who has left behind his special needs, German Shepherd, Bella.

I think Bella, really is the star of this book, with her personality disorders and her illness. When the book opens you can't begin to think that Bella is going to be a wonderful dog, but as things progress and Kate rather unwillingly accepts the dog into her heart, Bella blooms.

Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nothing draws me into a book more than a dog as one of the main characters! Tracy Weber's book "Murder Strikes A Pose" follows a yoga studio owner as she tries to solve a friend's murder while also trying to find a good home for his dog. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but I enjoyed the yoga studio owner's clumsy attempts at sleuthing, and I loved watching her fall in love with Bella the German Sheperd over the course of the novel. There's a reason that foster failure is such a well k ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really, really good. Read quickly and thought the interaction between the characters was believable. I LOVE her friend, I forget her name but I think it's Rene (?) ...anyway she is quite funny and man can she eat! Calories apparently just walk away from her. All in all, a fun read and I would say it's a winner for a 1st book. Looking forward to more in the series. ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not much of a mystery book, than a dog book crossed with a 'benefits of yoga' book. Not sure how this book has been rated so highly. Maybe, all the reviewers were dog loving yoga practitioners. ...more
Lelia Taylor
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
3.5 stars

I don’t read a lot of cozy mysteries these days—not because I don’t like them but because the edgier stuff tends to appeal to me more (a cycle that I’m sure will change as it does from time to time)—but, every now and then, I feel the need. It’s sort of like occasionally indulging my craving for peppermint patties rather than being on a continual sugar high. The timing of my stop on this blog tour was perfect because I was in the mood for it and I really wanted to check out Tracy Weber’
Chanticleer Reviews
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this award winning mystery, yoga instructor Kate Davidson tries her best to live the Zen life, but she often finds herself being challenged with her fluffy hips, her struggling yoga business, and missing her deceased dad, who was a cop. Date-free for nine months, three days and seven hours since her break-up, Kate tries to resists friend Rene’s numerous attempts to set her up with dates.

Into Kate’s world steps George, a homeless alcoholic with a German shepherd sidekick named Bella who loves
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2017
In Tracy Weber's Murder Strike a Pose, the first installment in the Downward Dog Cozy Mystery, you'll enjoy this debut and strike a yoga pose at the same time too. When yoga teacher Kate Davidson encountered a homeless man named George and his monster-sized German Shepherd named Bella outside of her yoga center hawking cheap newspapers, she befriends him and his dogs and tries to force him to leave. But when she overheard a conversation outside of her center and discovers his dead body, she need ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read! Tracy Weber has created a delightful scenario with Kate's yoga studio. Kate tries to get a homeless man with a huge German Shepherd to stop hanging out in front of her shop because the dog barks at everyone and disturbs the tranquility of her space. She ends up becoming friends with the old man. When he is murdered, nobody believes it was anything but a drunken brawl or a drug deal gone bad, but Kate knows that's not true. In addition to adopting the dog, Bella, who, by the wa ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
Yoga - check. Dog - check. Cozy mystery - check. A comfy read that was just what I needed. I found the rest of the series in random places all over the internet and am sad it appears to be out of print - a new publisher needs to snap this series up and rerelease it.
Teena in Toronto
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Kate has recently opened a yoga studio and is barely getting by. It doesn't help when a homeless man and his large German Shepherd, which doesn't like other dogs, starts selling newspapers outside her door. Instead of freaking out, Kate does the Zen thing and befriends George and Bella.

When George is killed, the police assume it was during a fight among the homeless and don't put a lot of effort into finding out who the killer is. But Kate can't let it go and starts investigating on her own and
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a new yoga themed cozy mystery. The series opens with the reader meeting Kate, a yoga studio owner, who has a run-in with a homeless man and his dog Bella. Eventually, they become friends or at least Kate tolerates George and Bella’s presence outside her studio. George is murdered and Kate can’t just let it be written off as a dispute between the homeless, which is what it seems the local police are doing.

She investigates with her sometimes side kick, Rene, and Bella, George
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Kate is a struggling Yoga instructor who tries to maintain a zen-like life but sometimes it's just really hard. Especially when a homeless man decides to take up residency outside her studio to sell papers with a very vocal dog named Bella.

As time goes by though she becomes friends with George and is very upset when she finds him dead near the studio. Now she is stuck with a moody dog who doesn't seem to like bearded men or any other dog. She has grown attached to Bella but can't really afford t
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Murder Strikes a Pose is an entertaining and enjoyable cozy mystery, the first in a new series to feature yoga instructor Kate.

She rescues a huge German Shepherd dog called Bella when her owner, George, is found murdered near Kate's yoga studio. George, a homeless alcoholic, and Kate had become friends when George started selling newspapers outside her studio.

Unfortunately, poor Bella has health and behaviour issues but, undeterred, Kate looks after her while trying to find a new owner and a
Jill Yesko
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What’s a 30something Seattle yoga teacher to do when she finds a dead body and a snarling German Shepherd on her yoga studio’s doorstep?

If you’re writer and real-life yoga studio owner Tracy Weber, you first take a deep, cleansing breath, then sit down with a cup of organic chai and pen a fast-paced mystery that will keep you wondering whodunnit until the last page.

Murder Strikes a Pose has just the right mixture of blood (hey, the title does say “murder”), guts (as in a gutsy heroine), and se
Terri Crossley
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed getting to know Kate and Bella is this book! I loved the fact that both had flaws but we're great main characters! Kate was funny and quirky and sometimes a little annoying but that just made her even more real! When George a homeless guy starts selling papers out in front of Kate's Yoga studio she is sure he will ruin her business. It isn't the fact that he's homeless but he has a huge dog that is terrifying her customers. You can't really relax when the constant barking is har ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seattle’s Serenity Yoga becomes less serene when a homeless man with an aggressive dog takes up space on their sidewalk. Kate Davidson, the owner of the studio and a yoga teacher, tries everything she can think of to make the man move on, but he turns up day after day, until the day he doesn’t.

Kate finds George dead in the alley behind her shop, his quivering German Shepherd, Bella, locked in the crate Kate bought for the dog. Stuck with Bella, who also has a rare digestive illness, Kate is dete
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book. Tracy Weber is well on her way to captivating a wide variety of readers. While I am a cat person, I still love a good story with any kind of animal. Whatever animal lover you are, whether you enjoy yoga, sitting in a cafe with a friend over coffee and yummy baked goods, perusing the pet store, hanging at home, or solving a murder then this book is right down your alley.
Even reading all the yoga sessions will put you at ease while you get lost in Kate and Bellas story.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS BOOK! There are so many things I just adored about this book and cannot believe this is the first book from the author! Made me laugh, want to cry and also at times want to punch a few of the characters lol. I absolutely LOVED the character of Rene and hope to see more of her in the series!It honestly kept my full attention all the way to the very end I knew it would be love when I saw the main doggy character was named Bella =)
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book, it was such fun. Kate and Bella are a great pair and this was a good mystery that I thought I had figured out a few times, but didn't. Guessing who was half the fun.

I loved that this wasn't a 'cutesy' cozy mystery, I mean it was very tame, but the main character was intelligent.

Of course I loved all the yoga references, what would have been fun would have been maybe a yoga flow in the back of the book :)
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Calling this one probably 3.5 stars, but going the extra 1/2 as I like the author. She seems like a really nice person. Good story and I really like the main character because of what she was willing to do for a dog with beyond special needs, that no one else wanted. A chance for some good relationships here, so I'll definitely read more. Recommend! ...more
Linda Rowland
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not sure why I waited so long to read this. Maybe the lack of knowledge or real interest in yoga.
Must admit that I skimmed much of what I did not understand, but did like the main character, and loved the dog.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book drew me in with some of my favorite things, Dogs, Yoga, Mystery, I really enjoyed it!! It was funny, well written, and creative. I really liked the main characters, and Bella, well she stole my heart. What a great way to debut a series. I can't wait for the next one!! ...more
Susan O'Brien
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was impossible not to become emotionally invested in Tracy Weber's characters and plot right away, and I sped through the book in just a few days. Meanwhile, the information about yoga sprinkled throughout the book tempted me to take a class. Murder Strikes a Pose really struck a chord with me! ...more
Betty Lafferty
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesomely fun and mysterious. This is a charmingly playful story about yoga and dogs. I loved hearing about Seattle and it's people. I highly recommend this author and this book. ...more
I read this book for a reading challenge. I needed to find a book that had a dog hiding under something on the cover. With that said I did like this book but the main character was a tad bit annoying with her constant reflection on being a yoga teacher and her yoga techniques etc.. It is nothing against yoga, I think that if it had been any other subject I would have found it annoying. It was just too much.

I think if you enjoy yoga and cozy mysteries then this would be a perfect book for you.
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Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The fourth book in her series, A Fatal Twist, will released January, 2017 by Midnight Ink.

Tracy and her husband live in

Other books in the series

Downward Dog Mystery (6 books)
  • A Killer Retreat (Downward Dog Mystery, #2)
  • Karma's a Killer (Downward Dog Mystery, #3)
  • A Fatal Twist (Downward Dog Mystery, #4)
  • Pre-Meditated Murder (Downward Dog Mystery, #5)
  • Murder Likes It Hot (Downward Dog Mystery #6)

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“Don’t get me wrong. I like dogs. I love them, in fact. It’s their human counterparts I could sometimes do without.” 15 likes
“Michael spoke slowly and sternly, as if scolding an obstinate child. “Kate, let me be very clear about this. You will not continue this murder investigation, under any circumstances. I forbid it.” Michael’s words were unequivocal, not to be challenged. He was man. He was in charge. He expected no argument.

He was an idiot.”
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