A Killer Retreat

A Killer Retreat

by Tracy Weber

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ISBN-13: 9780738742090
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 01/08/2015
Series: A Downward Dog Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 713,833
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tracy Weberis author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mystery series. Herfirst book in the series,Murder Strikes a Pose, won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. A certified yoga therapist, Tracy is the owner of Whole Life Yoga, a Seattle yoga studio, and she loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any way possible. Tracy and her husband Marc live in Seattle with their precocious German Shepherd pup Ana. When she's not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, trying to corral Ana, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.

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A Killer Retreat 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
Life throws curveballs when you least expect it to. This motto, if you believe in karma, is gold. When you want something, but become desperate to find it—the worst scenario possible is all too likely. If you are not looking for anything, the best things in life can be life altering and quite beautiful. Weber has an entertaining mystery comedy that will rope readers in and leave them wanting to read more. What was thought to be a nice vacation and an easy work schedule turns out to be one of the worst decisions that Kate has ever made. Kate and Michael take Bella to a retreat so that Kate can help the bride and groom relax by holding some Yoga classes for the family. Kate typically is an easy going person, but her temper is on edge already. After walking Bella while waiting for the ferry, an obnoxiously well-dressed New-Yorker prances around on her phone, allowing her Jack Russell terrier to dominate the beach without a leash. Kate, knowing that Bella isn’t very friendly with other dogs, immediately tries to get her attention and miserably fails. After a round in the mud and being yanked like a rag-doll, Kate is finally able to get the woman to acknowledge her and get off of her phone. What a disaster! The woman sees no fault in her actions, by letting her dog run free on the beach with several people and animals milling around on leashes. With the hope that she’ll never see this woman again by the looks of her, Michael is able to calm Kate down once they get onto the ferry and headed to their destination. But, as always, Kate knows that nothing can ever go in her favor. Checking into their cabin, she finds the woman is there to attend the wedding and absolutely no one likes her, but she is the bride’s mother-in-law so everyone tries to make due with friendly attempts and staying out of her way…until she winds up dead. And what’s worse…Kate is the first on scene and becomes the prime suspect. Weber has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of her characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like sympathy and determination. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the second installment in the Downward Dog Mystery series, it is advised to read Murder Strikes a Pose as there are some references made back to that installment; however, this can be read as a standalone if desired. A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
A Killer Retreat is book 2 of a Downward Dog Mystery by Tracy Weber. We join Kate Davidson, her boyfriend Michael, and beloved German Shepherd-Bella on a work vacation trip to Elysian Springs Resort. When Kate has agrees to teach yoga to a wedding party all kinds of trouble ensues. Some of the family members of the wedding party do not seem to be able to be around one another without arguing and somehow Kate get pulled into their drama. When a body is found, Kate becomes suspect number one. Can Kate clear her name, as she deals with Bella health problems, her relationship with Michael, and all the other drama that seems to surround her? I love how Mrs. Weber make Kate more realistic by giving her a quick temper, commitment phobias, and unconditional love for her dog-Bella. I definitely can relate to Kate’s quick temper or what seems as quick but I feel like she and I are alike. I feel that we take in a lot of stress and frustrations and it builds up. So when she loses her temper it seems quick. I know this sounds like a strange trait for a yoga instructor but I feel it makes her more human. I also can relate to going to extra mile to take care of a sick animal, as I am an animal lover and have taken care of my fair share of sick pets over the years. I also enjoyed learning a little more about yoga as this is something I keep meaning to try. In addition to Kate and Bella being great characters, all the secondary characters are hilarious with their family drama. You can just see how crazy this wedding party is as narrator Anne James brings the characters to life. She does a fabulous job with the accents and comedic timing. She seems to be a natural storyteller. Mrs. Weber has another hit on her hands with this cozy mysteries. The book has great pace, wonderful characters, no bad language, and no graphic sex or violence. I would definitely recommend this book. I have read books 1 and 3 in this series and look forward to more.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: A Killer Retreat - Downward Dog Mystery 3 Author: Tracy Weber Published: 1-8-15 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 338 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women's Fiction; Amateur Sleuth; Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuths; ISBN: 9780738742090 ASIN: B00QVLB9MA Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . Kate Davidson accepts the job offer to teach yoga at the Elysian Springs resort even if it does means having to deal with the upcoming nuptials of the Resort's two caretakers. Of course that inconvenience quickly takes a backseat when she has a very public and vocal argument with a guest that is found dead in the hot tub the next day. Unless Kate, her love interest Michael, best friend Rene and of course Bella her German Shepherd companion can flush out the real killer the prime suspect Kate may find her next twenty years to life teaching yoga to prison guards and inmates. This fast paced cozy is a delight to read as Kate scrambles to clear her name by working through a suspect list that continues to grow and change. With many returning characters and a range of new ones you will find more than a few to steal your heart (big hint to Bella). The plot is well laid out and the story flows smoothly. If you have not read any of the books in this series you will find it easy to read this book by itself but I do recommend reading book one, Murder Strikes a Pose, mainly for the enjoyment of Tracy Weber's humorous writing style, but also so you can see the development of the characters and their relationships. To make it even better book 2, Karma's a Killer is also out at present. My Rating for A Killer Retreat is a 5 out of 5 star rating.
FionaST More than 1 year ago
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 luxurious as it was advertised. Soon we have the death of a very unlikable & obnoxious character. As Kate is found standing over the recently deceased woman she is arrested for murder. This forces Kate to go into sleuthing mode. The plot twists & turns as Kate tries to untangle all the clues to find the real murderer. She is also dealing with her conflicting feelings about Michael & their burgeoning relationship. I really enjoyed this book finding it hard to put down until all was resolved at the end - a very satisfying conclusion btw!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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 accommodations available. There is a lot of action here, and when we meet Monica, even before we arrive on the Island, there isn’t a lot to like. Even her Jack Russell is obnoxious, and she has made him not very likeable. She leaves trouble in her wake, and unfortunately this is a mystery and with Kate involved there has to be a murder. When she tries to save the victim, she is arrested for murder, and then she starts her sleuthing, and a page-turner we have in hand. A very hard book to put down at any time, I had to get to the end to find all the answers. Pick this one up, you won’t be disappointed! I received this book through Pump Up Your Book Blogger Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our off beat yoga teacher, Kate Davidson, teaches the true meaning of,.Think Before you speak, lest you find yourself a suspect in a murder investigation, at a yoga retreat/wedding no less. Tracy Weber is a talented writer who shows the reader what it truly means to be human. You will want to follow Kate Davidson and her adventures with her beloved Bella the rescue dog.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Tracy Weber in her new book, “A Killer Retreat” Book Two in the Downward Dog series published by Midnight Ink gives us another adventure with Kate Davidson. From the back cover: To clear her name of Murder, yogi Kate strikes a new sleuthing pose. When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center’s two caretakers. 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 (and somewhat embarrassing) fight with Kate. The police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, so she’s forced to team up with boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer. But they’ll have to solve the murder before the police arrest Kate, or her next gig may last a lifetime–behind bars. It is not supposed to be a problem for Kate when she is hired to teach yoga classes at the Elysian Springs resort. I mean, come on, how much trouble can you run into at a resort? For Kate, plenty. Another guest has a dog that attacks Bella so Kate gets into a heated argument and that guest ends up murdered with the police sure it was Kate who did it. Now she is out to find the real murderer in a hurry. Good thing she brought along her friends who can help her. Lots of suspects to keep us guessing, lots of sleuthing and dealing with red herrings and potential motives. This mystery is a lot of fun and a really good adventure that will keep you flipping pages. Ms. Weber has given us an interesting character that has flaws but she is trying and we appreciate her and all her efforts. And, of course, there is Michael, Rene, and Bella. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
I  know that a 5-star rating means the best rating possible in these categories, however, sometimes it doesnt seem like enough. This second book by Tracy Weber is as expected a terrific book !! If you didnt fall in love with Kate  and Bella in the first book, Murder Strikes a Pose, you definitely will in A Killer's Retreat. Even though you are reading a book about a murder and its investigation, with Kate's fingerprints all over the evidence, you will find yourself completely relaxed when you read the yoga sections. You will  feel like you are there on the mat with Kate as she relaxes and breathes through the yoga moves. Add her best friend, Renee, her husband Sam, and Kate's boyfriend Michael in a one bedroom cabin,  the employees at the Retreat resort and the crazy family of the owners and you will forget that you are sitting on your couch all alone.  Weber has a unique talent of pulling you into the story that your own life seems to be on hold, surroundings forgotten and you are right next to Kate trying to clear her name.....yet again.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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 :) ) She decides to take the job and take her boyfriend Micheal with her. She also invites her best friend Rene and her husband to come along and of course Bella, her newly adopted German Shepherd will come with too. The trip starts out rocky as Kate is worrying about everything from Bella’s food to if her relationship with Micheal is moving too quickly. Then Rene and Sam arrive and there is definitely tension between them and Rene is sick and puking all over the place. As if that is not enough drama before the week barely gets started Kate finds the body of a woman floating in the hot tub and the lady has ruined almost everyone’s trip to the retreat so there really are no shortage of suspects – including Kate. She is going to need more than a few yoga sessions to get herself out of this mess. Deep breaths Kate! Again Tracy Weber draws us right into the story. She introduces us to wide range of characters, guests at the resort, including another pooch who is so overly friendly and we know Bella is not a fan of other dogs in the first place. She certainly has no time for this other non-leashed animal. The main plot was quite a puzzler until one piece of evidence is found and then all the pieces quickly fall into place. The story has it all, action, drama, humor and romantic tension. We also learn more about Bella and her disease and how working together Kate and Michael will back sure she has a great life. She really is a sweet dog and very loyal. I think the more time she spends with Kate her behavioral issues will continue to decrease. I really enjoyed this story and am anxious for the next book because there are many things happening with Kate and her friends and I am sure she is going to get herself in trouble again. Now just another deep breath in and out and relax because we will have to wait until next year for Kate’s next adventure.
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
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 to attack Bella any chance he gets. Bella’s health isn’t the best and the last thing she needs is to be attacked by another dog. When Kate tries to make the dog’s owner keep the dog on a leash, they instead find themselves in a huge public fight. It’s not long after that when the guest is found dead in the resort’s hot tub. According to the local police, Kate is the number one suspect. Kate and her friends start their own investigation to discover the true culprit before she finds herself in prison for the rest of her life. The author sprinkles yoga tidbits throughout the book and they are quite interesting. The book is filled with a mix of secondary characters that will either make you laugh or grind your teeth. It’s a fast-paced story with a long list of suspects to keep readers guessing. It was fun to re-visit Kate and her friends, not to mention how her relationship with Michael is progressing and how Bella is doing as well. Being an animal lover, Bella the dog is probably my favorite character but the others are good too ¿ I enjoyed the first one very much and I enjoyed this one even more. I hope the author continues with this series. FTC Disclosure: NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 Stars This is the second book in the series. Lots of mystery, lots of suspects, lot of Yoga, interesting characters and cute animals. Kate Davidson is a Yoga teacher. She has been hired to come to a retreat that is having a grand opening. Her boyfriend Michael and her dog came with her. The first part of the book I did not think much of Kate. She is rude and mean. Kate has a temper that I find hard to believe in someone who owns a Yoga studio and teaches it. The setting for this book is Elysian Springs resort that is on a island a few hours away from Seattle Washington. I would like to go their except for the nude hot tubs. The whole resort is a vegan. Monica is murdered and Kate had threatened her twice. Monica has offended lots of people at the resort. The owners are getting married. Monica is the step-mother of the bride. The yoga classes sound peaceful. I have never been to one but it does tempt me to try it. I was given this ebook to read so I could give honest review of A Killer Retreat and be part of it's blog tour.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
the best sort of book 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 woman whose crassness, bad attitude, and ignorance about her own dog wreaks havoc on the island, brings out the worst in Kate, who publicly threatens her...twice. Now Kate has found said monstrous woman...dead! For a yoga teacher who promotes stress relief and tranquility Kate Davidson gets annoyed and frustrated almost as quickly as I do! Kate has a temper that can go from 0 to 60 especially faced with people who are ignorant about animals and responsible pet guardianship (another thing we have in common). This second book in the Downward Dog Mystery series gives us another well thought out mystery. A despicable victim provides plenty of suspects, including Kate, all of whom have very good reason to want this woman dead. In addition to crafting an excellent mystery, Tracy Weber sheds light on important canine issues, raising awareness about reactive dogs as well as the EPI disease. A Killer Retreat, is the best sort of book. It's one that raises awareness of important societal issues, explores the difficulties relationships present, makes us worry about the people and other animals who inhabit its pages, and, while doing all of that, still makes us laugh! If you have even a passing interest in yoga and/or dogs this book is a must read...and, even if you don't, you'll still find this book a compelling read!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews 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 against is found dead in the manner she threatened to kill them in. With such a public proclamation, the sheriff has no choice but to suspect her of the murder. While I enjoyed A Killer Retreat, I didn’t love it as I did its predecessor, Murder Strikes a Pose. But that book touched my heart, so maybe a comparison shouldn’t be made. Kate, her friends, and her attorney all know that she didn’t kill anyone. They also know that the police think they have their person and don’t plan on looking anywhere else. So, it’s up to Kate to clear her name. But things aren’t really that simple. While the death of the victim is tragic, especially since it takes place during a wedding week, the victim made enemies everywhere she went which leaves a long list of potential suspects. Kate’s fear of relationships kicks in when she fears that after six months of dating, Michael is going to propose to her. Adding to her stress, Rene is keeping something from her and Sam; something that’s going to change all their lives forever. A Killer Retreat is told in first person, which gives you a great look into Kate’s crazy personality. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. I really can’t wait to find out what kind of trouble Kate gets into next. **Received a copy from the Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Really good. Love her writing. Kate and Bella are back, hurray! 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 sleeping four; her best friend is really more of the satin sheets than the sleeper sofa kind of person.  Of course, there is the murder, one for which Kate is the main suspect. Ms Weber creates realistic fears, concerns and friendships, and she handles her character feelings with a delightful finesse.