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A Killer Retreat

(Downward Dog Mystery #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  129 reviews
When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity--even if it means enduring the wedding ceremony of the center's two caretakers. But avoiding the M-word turns out to be the least of Kate's problems when a wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort's hot tub, shortly after a loud, public fight wi ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2015 by Midnight Ink
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Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2017
A Killer Retreat was a killer for me to get through. I finished the book but it was one of those "this just has to get better" reads. I kept reading another chapter thinking any minute now the action will start.

I felt it took too long to get to the mystery; there was no hook to make me want to keep reading. I don't need a mystery to grab me in the first chapter, but if I am more than a 1/3 of the way through the book, I should know by then what the mystery is that the main character is trying t
Tracy Weber
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
How can I not love my second book? That's like not loving your second child. ;-) But these 5 stars go to the cover artist. I love it! ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this a bit more then the last book, probably because the main characters are better developed. Not a lot of yoga in the book but enough to give the mystery flavor and I found the retreat center interesting.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it

Opens: “This is bad, Michael. She’s not responding. I think she might be dead.”

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 wit
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. I forgot how much of an attitude Kate had. I love the series, but having the main character be so obnoxious can be a bit off-putting. The nice thing is that Kate is aware of her attitude, she just doesn't put much effort into changing it. Other than that, the mystery was very enjoyable, and I absolutely love some of the other characters. ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yoga teacher Kate Davidson is hired to teach yoga classes at the Elysian Springs resort, where the owners are hosting their very own wedding celebration. Kate brings along her boyfriend, her dog Bella, and her friends for a mini-vacation. Kate isn’t thrilled to be surrounded by wedding talk since her boyfriend, Michael, is getting serious and Kate isn’t so sure she’s ready for that.

Their carefree vacation turns into an annoyance when one of the guests at the resort has a dog that seems to want t
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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by Kim

Kate Davidson is a contradiction. She’s a yogi, which means she should be living a peaceful quiet life, without drama and anger. But Kate has an issue with relationships, a chaotic life, and a really bad temper. A Killer Retreat has Kate on a working vacation with her boyfriend Michael, her best friend Rene, Rene’s husband Sam, and of course Bella the rescued dog.

Kate’s mouth and temper land her in trouble when a person she publicly made a threat a
Yoga instructor and studio owner, Kate Davidson, gets a chance to work at the reopening of the Elysian Springs resort. But it is also part vacation because she only has to teach a few classes and can enjoy the lovely site as much as she wants. She is accompanied by her boyfriend, Michael, and beloved German Shepard, Bella. Also her BFF and her husband make an appearance. The highlight of the grand opening is the wedding of the two people who own the resort, Emmy and Josh. So of course Emmy's fam ...more
I received a copy of the second Downward Dog mystery courtesy of Midnight Ink (thank you!) at a 10-year birthday celebration the publisher hosted at the 2015 Malice Domestic conference. Having read the first book in the series, I was interested to find out what would happen next for yoga instructor/amateur sleuth Kate Davidson and her German shepherd Bella. In this installment, Kate jumps at the opportunity to teach yoga at the Elysian Springs resort, even if it means attending the wedding cerem ...more
Amber Polo
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yoga, dogs
Kate, owner of Serenity Yoga, just can’t keep her life grounded in serenity. Teaching yoga at an Orcas Island retreat sounds like a needed vacation with boyfriend Michael. Until Kate pulls a body out of a hot tub. And things really heat up when she’s accused of the murder.

The second in this seriously laugh-out-loud cozy mystery series follows Kate's madcap pursuit of romance and inner peace.

I loved peeking into the comic side of running a yoga studio. Who knew it wasn’t all peaceful tranquility
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book from Midnight Ink and would like to thank them for the opportunity to read and critique it.

Like some other readers, I found Kate difficult to like and sympathize with in this installment. When she makes mistake after mistake - all the while admitting that she knows she's wrong, but going to do it anyway - it wears thin very quickly. And her patronizing and thoughtless behavior towards her eligible-for-sainthood boyfriend Michael was difficult to take.

I enjoyed the
Vicki Gooding
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some times it was a bit confusing who was suppose to know what while they all participate in being an amateur sleuth with secrets and suspicions. The sisters and the dog are what makes the mystery for me in simplified form. Great story line and fun characters. some with sass. I have not yet read #1, but enjoyed this book.
Mary Brown
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber is the second book in A Downward Dog Mystery series and I think it is a really good book. Both books in the series are great reads.

Kate Davidson is a yoga instructor and the owner of her own yoga studio. She is invited to a wedding at a resort and is also offered a job to teach yoga classes while she’s there. Kate, her boyfriend Michael and her dog Bella make the trip and are looking forward to a great time on their get-away. Her best friend Rene and her husband a
Jessica Robbins
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs... ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Deep Breath In, Deep Breath Out. Now get ready for a mystery with several twists and turns and yoga positions.

Kate Davidson is a yoga instructor and in a perfect world her life would be calm and uplifting but Kate’s world is far from perfect. She has been asked to teach yoga classes Elysian Springs Resort. This means she will have to find other yoga instructors to fill in for her at her own studio but that should be easy and she will just be a phone call away. (Yeah, right :)
Jason Pettus
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
[Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography ( I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.]

Oh, what to say about a book from a basement press you found truly terrible, when you're an organization dedicated to supporting basement presses and cutting them as much slack as possible? That's the dilemma I find myself in today, reviewing Tracy Weber's A Killer Retreat from Midnight Ink, and as a resul
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber
The Second Downward Dog Mystery

Take a yoga instructor with a hot temper and a hundred pound German Shepherd, who happens to be a reactive dog, and you'll find trouble can't be far away.

Kate Davidson has agreed to leave her yoga studio in the hands of her employees and venture to Elysian Springs resort to teach yoga to a group of wedding guests. Accompanied by her boyfriend, Michael, and her dog, Bella, the trip is fraught with anxiety from the start. A monstrous wo
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tracy Weber provides a page turning read with Killer Retreat, the second book in the Downward Dog Mystery series. Kate Davidson decides to take a "working" vacation on Orcas Island where she will be teaching yoga for a week at a vegan retreat center. She takes along her boyfriend Michael and of course her dog Bella. While she hopes for a relaxing time it really doesn't seem to be in the cards, and when she has a confrontation with someone who is later found dead, relaxing is the last thing she w ...more
Maureen Timerman
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
What could possibly go wrong, Kate Davidson and her boyfriend Michael, along with Bella her German Shepherd, have been invited to a 5 Star resort that is having an opening with the new owner’s wedding.
When they arrive the love the splendor of everything, until they go to their cottage, with has not been updated, and has one bed and a pull out couch. Thank goodness her friends René and Sam couldn’t make it. Ummm until they arrive and now we have a crowded and no privacy cabin, with no other acco
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Tracy Weber has given us another highly entertaining cozy mystery! This is second in the Downward Dog Mystery series and I really enjoyed reading it. In this book, we get to go to a resort where Kate will be vacationing, teaching and attending a wedding.

Of course, with this being a cozy mystery you know we will have to come across a murder! Once again, the author gives us enough twists and turns that make figuring out the "who done it" part complicated. I think I changed my mind with every chapt
Killer Read!

Kate Davidson is a yoga teacher with some definite commitment issues. This time around Kate, her boyfriend Michael, her best friend Renee & her husband Sam, & Kate's dog Bella head out to an Eco friendly spa on an island near Seattle. They are there because Kate has decided to take a temporary job as a yoga instructor for wedding guests at the resort & her friends could have a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately they are all stuck together in one small cabin that is not anywhere near as
Betty Lafferty
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
I actually won an advance reader edition of this book. I packed it with a few other things and promply left it behind when I went out of town. I started reading it a few weeks after it was released to the public.

Tracy Weber's first book, Murder Strikes a Pose introduces us to the main character Kate. We learn she teaches yoga and acquires a dog. Oh yes * there is a murder.

This is Tracy's second book of Downward Dog Mysteries. I believe I love this book more than the first.
I have seen her writin
Clare O'Beara
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dogs, america-crime
Kate Davidson, yoga teacher, and her GSD Bella with the delicate stomach are again featured in this amateur sleuth tale. There's fun and contrast as they head to an island health spa in scenic Puget Sound with Kate's new boyfriend. Kate is giving classes for a week, there's a wedding party and before you know it there's also a murder.

For a calm person Kate seems surprisingly brittle and she's not only snapping remarks which she then wishes she hadn't made, but heading off her boyfriend every ti
Jeanie Jackson
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-amateur
Really good. Love her writing. Tracy Weber again brings in a strong plot and outstanding cast of characters. When Kate and Michael travel to an eco-friendly island retreat as a working vacation, things naturally do not turn out quite the way they expected. Kate is on edge fearing that Michael is ready to ask the big question and she is not ready to make a commitment: in fact, she is not sure she will ever be ready, but she doesn’t want to lose him. Then there’s that thing about the cabin sleepin ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber is the second book in a Downward Dog mystery series. Yoga studio owner, Kate Davidson is asked to teach some classes at the newly refurbished Elysian Springs resort and decides to combine it with a romantic getaway with her boyfriend, pet shop owner, Michael and her german shepherd Bella.Things go hayward when she finds an obnoxious guest strangled in the spa and is accused of the crime. I found the book was a fun and quick read. I loved all the yoga descriptions ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of fiction
Tracy Weber has done it again with her second book, A Killer Retreat. Our heroine, Kate Davidson accepts an offer to teach yoga at a health spa. But health fails big time for one nasty guest who is murdered and wouldn't you know it, fingers point to Kate. Serenity can be hard to maintain for our favorite yoga teacher as she deals with her changing relationship with her boyfriend Michael and the well being of her two best friends, beloved Bella, her German Shepherd and the feisty Rene. Add to thi ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is the second of her series of cozies and I've canceled my library hold request for the recently released third. This story takes place 6 months after the first. She is still with her nasty, moody boyfriend who is more yogic than the self centered, ill tempered yoga instructor. She judges as shallow anyone who likes nice restaurants and cars except her good friend who is snobby and likes nice hotels and designer clothes. The whole thing is predictable from the first chapter. Authors, like y ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kate Davidson is offered the chance to teach Yoga classes at the Elysian Springs Resort.She jumps at it even though it means enduring the Wedding ceremony of the two Caretakers. But when a dead Wedding Guest is found floating face -down in the hot tub at the resort after a loud, public fight
with Kate> The Police pick Kate as the number one suspect, she teams up with Michael her Boyfriend
,Rene her Best friend an Bella her German Shepard to find the real killer. They need to solve the crime or Kat
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome book by one of my very favorite authors,Tracy Weber! It had me laughing literally from page one! I am so glad we get to see more of Kate's hilarious friend Rene here in "A Killer Retreat" and can't wait to see what else happens with this crazy and funny Ugg loving girl! Very excited to read on in the series and see what other mischief Kate, Rene and Bella can get into!! Tracy you definitely have a fan for life here! ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series.
Kate, Michael and Bella head to Orcas Island retreat where Kate will be teaching yoga and attending a wedding.
Vacation is what this should be, but Kate pulls a body out of a hot tub and becomes the main suspect.
This book was a fun read and I love reading all the yoga descriptions for relaxing as chaos continues all around.
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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.

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Other books in the series

Downward Dog Mystery (6 books)
  • Murder Strikes a Pose (Downward Dog Mystery, #1)
  • Karma's a Killer (Downward Dog Mystery, #3)
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