Karma's a Killer

Karma's a Killer

by Tracy Weber


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ISBN-13: 9780738742106
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 01/08/2016
Series: A Downward Dog Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 853,486
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(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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Karma's a Killer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 11 days ago
A OK read , nothing earth Sure annoying
Rockport_rocker 9 months ago
It seemed strange reading one of these books out of order since I usually pre-order but sometimes finances don't allow that. Karma's a Killer fits in perfectly with this outstanding series. Even out of order I love watching the development of her relationship with Michael develop and have a blast seeing her and Rene work together. The way Tracy Weber presents animals realistically and still makes lets them win my heart shows how much she loves animals. The fact that she shows respect for even most of the bad guys shows that she loves people even if she may not always like them. Both of those elements are part of what make this series stand out. I really would have loved to see the rabbit lady face a little Karma but the fact that money can offer an unfortunate buffer is a sad but real part of life. When both murder and Karma come to town, Kate's world is flipped even more than usual. The mystery was strong and believable as always and drew me in from the first moments.
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
Yoga teacher Kate Davidson has her plate full. She owns and teaches classes Serenity Yoga and even though she is successful, owning a business is not a walk in the park. That is why she wonders why she is standing in Seattle’s Green Lake Park getting ready to teach a “Doga” class, which is basically yoga for dogs. It is against her better judgement, but she is willing to look silly to help raise funds for Dogma a local no-kill animal shelter. And her boyfriend Michael organized the event so naturally Kate wants to help make the event fun and profitable. Right away her Zen is challenged by a group that is protesting the idea of a shelter, especially one with animals other than dogs and cats. An altercation soon has the potential to turn dangerous when the protesters become reckless. During all the mayhem that ensues, someone dies. Kate finds out the woman arrested is claiming to be her estranged mother, Dharma. She is conflicted over helping the woman that abandoned her, but Kate cannot let an innocent person go to prison for a murder she didn’t commit. Once again, Kate knows better, but has to jump into an investigation to find the real killer. She enlists the help of Michael, who is a reluctant participant. She assures him all will be well, especially with her protective German Shepherd Bella on the job. But when someone messes with Bella, Kate throws caution out the window to find the perp before someone else is hurt. This is a perfect cozy mystery. Kate is an entertaining amateur sleuth. She is funny, flawed and loveable. Her past isn’t really pretty, but she doesn’t dwell on it. Her relationship with Michael isn’t always a romp in the park, but true to life. Then there is her pogonophobia, which leads to humorous situations. I love the rest of the characters. A particular favorite of mine is Dale Evans, the goat farming lawyer. He is a hoot and even bakes Bella goat cheese treats. Karma’s a Killer is the third book in the Downward Dog Mystery Series. I have not read any of the other books in the series, but was not confused or “lost” at any point. I highly suggest this book if you are a fan of cozies, animals and/or are into yoga. Copyright © 2016 Laura Hartman DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Karmas's a Killer - The Downward Dog Mystery 3 Author: Tracy Weber Published: 1-8-16 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 290 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; 190 ISBN: 9780738742106 ASIN: B019G00BQC Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . Kate Davidson is hosting a class on yoga for dogs to benefit the local no kill animal shelter. When an animal rights protest leads to possible arson and the drowning death of the shelter's CEO suspicions fall on a woman claiming kinship to Kate. It seems the mother thought was dead is not so late after all. When Dharma is charged with murder, Kate, Mike her boyfriend and Kate's shepherd Bella immerse themselves in the world of animal shelters and those both for and opposed for their uses. In the search for clues to find out who might have brought about the fire and the death and why. As they close in the danger mounts. . With her third book in the Downward Dog Mysteries, Tracy Weber offers a look into Kate's life and the relationship between the two women. We see Kate showing compassion even though she questions the validity of the woman's claims. Through all the drama Ms. Weber sprinkles humor to keep the mood light. In my mind's eye I imagine Kate and the owners next to their dogs doing the various poses. Karma's a Killer may be the third book in the series but can be read as a stand-alone easily. I have read them all since the beginning of the series, but for those starting at the end don't worry the author offers enough short explanations to prior events to keep you informed and not leave you lost and confused. Karma's a Killer has some well developed interesting characters a humorous plot that moves quickly and smoothly scene to scene. I hope others enjoy Karma's a Killer as much as I did. My rating is 5 stars.
DaniMaroon14 More than 1 year ago
I was chosen to review this book through a review group. This is the first book in the series that I have read and I can not wait to go back and read the first two. I really enjoyed the mystery and had some of an understanding of yoga and was interested in her doing it with dogs. I can relate to having a dog as a member of the family and we all love her so I loved that the mystery included her dog along with all her investigating.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Kate Davidson is helping out at a fundraiser for a local dog shelter. She'll teach yoga to the dogs. Unfortunately things don't go as planned. A protest breaks up the event. Next one of the protestors is murdered and Kate's estranged mother is arrested for the crime. Can Kate put aside her anger toward the woman who left her and find the real killer? Kate has trust issues. Her past haunts her. I loved that she could put aside her pain and help. She feisty, smart and determined. That's a winning combination. Plus she has her boyfriend, Michael, to help as well as her, faithful sidekick, Bella. Michael is a patient and loving man. I wanted them to find the happiness and security that they deserved. This is a well written story filled with plenty of suspects. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't figure out who the culprit was. Tracy Weber kept me guessing until the very end. This is a great cozy series. I can't wait for the next mystery. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
MyWhims More than 1 year ago
Killer’s A Killer is the third installment of the Downward Dog Mystery series (and the first book I read from this series). This series is a yoga theme cozy which grab my attention since I have dabbled with some beginner yoga (thank goodness for Youtube and other fitness sites). I knew I had to read this book when the main character is teaching a yoga dog class for the situation sounds entertaining, and I really enjoy humor. The main character is Kate Davidson who is a yoga instructor. She agrees to teach a free Doga class for an animal shelter fundraiser, and Kate’s class is hilarious when a different kind of animal joins. It is hard for Kate to stay focus and calm when a dead body is discover and her estrange mother is accuse of the crime. Lucky for Kate, she has a wonderful group of people in her life willing to support her. I enjoy reading about her relationship with her boyfriend, her wonderful dog named Bella, and her feisty (and funny) best friend Rene. Blackie the crow and the pigeon are delightful (well the pigeon isn't as delightful as Blackie) supporting characters (I wonder if they will make an appearance in the future books). I wish I had read the first two books in this series (before reading the third book) so I could see how the characters and relationships develop. Not to worry for anyone who isn't a fan of yoga, this book only uses yoga as the theme. It doesn't preach yoga. This book is charming, witty, and funny. I had a hard time putting it down. I will be reading all of the books in this series (I really need to read the first two books). I can’t wait for the next one, therefore, I high recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of Karma’s a Killer in exchange for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Karma's a Killer by Tracy Weber is the third book in A Downward Dog Mystery series. Kate Davidson owns Serenity Yoga. She has agreed to teach a Doga (yoga with dogs) session at Paws Around Green Lake (her boyfriend organized the event). On her way to teach the class, Kate overhears two women arguing by the lake. Kate eavesdrops and then continues on. Her session does not start off well because one woman brought her pet rabbit (in a room full of dogs). Kate tries to get her to leave, but the woman refuses (states it will be fine). Well, (as you can expect) the dogs take off after the rabbit and chaos reigns. Then someone starts a fire nearby and protestors descend. The proceeds from the event were to go to the local animal shelter DogMa. The protestors are from California and one of them is actually related to Maggie, one of the creators of DogMa. Just when Kate thinks the day cannot get any worse, Dharma (a protestor) comes up to Kate and tells her that she is her mother (that she has not seen in thirty years). The next Raven is found dead by the lake. Raven was on the HEAT protestors (and was arguing before event). Dharma turns out to be the main suspect (with a lot of evidence). Kate sets out to prove her mother’s innocence and find the real killer. Karma’s a Killer is nonsensical. It drove me crazy. It was over-the-top ridiculous (with one thing after another). There was too much going on in this book. I wanted the focus to be on the murder (the mystery) not on yoga, Bella (Kate’s dog with an EPI condition), birds who steal silver objects, the goat whisperer, Rene (best friend pregnant with twins), Kate’s temper issues, or Tiffany (work with Kate’s boyfriend and Kate feels that Tiffany is trying to steal him away). There was also quite a bit of information on yoga in the book (I had no clue what the author was talking about). I give the book 3 out of 5 stars (it is okay). I was just not the right person for this book. The novel had such a simple mystery (I knew who had done it as soon as they said who was murdered). I think more of the book was devoted to Bella and her condition (along with the special diet she is on) and yoga than to the mystery. The one thing I disliked in the book was the Kate dissed Peeps! She had the nerve to say that they are junk! Can you imagine? The book, though, is nicely written to make it easy to read and enjoy (if you like these types of stories). I received a complimentary copy of Karma’s a Killer from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Tracy Weber's Karma's a Killer A sneaky crow, a wounded pigeon, rescue dogs, a rabbit, goats and a territorial cat combined with the artfully drawn, engaging characters plus animal liberationists, fires creating chaos, murder and mayhem. This Cozy includes a challenging who done it mystery. Kate is scheduled to teach Doga. Yoga for dogs to raise money for a local rescues center. Amongst the twists and turns the reader becomes aware of the pros and cons involved with animal rights. The book presents a serious story intertwined with humorous situations. Kate finds out that her mother is very much alive And accused of murder. What will Kate do? Will she be able to save her mother?? Karma’s A Killer is the third book in the A Downward Dog Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone as the author weaves the past and present together effortlessly. Thanks to the author via Facebook’s Cozy Mystery Review for the book. My opinion is my own.
NWBookLover More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better and better. I read the first in the series, Murder Strikes a Pose, because of its Seattle setting and was glad to find it would be a series. Now, with this third installment, I looked forward to spending more time with a great cast of characters and Bella, her German Shepard. It's both funny and serious, a well crafted mystery. I'm now eagerly waiting for the the fourth - and more - in the series. Until then, I might just think about getting into Yoga.....maybe.
cresotko More than 1 year ago
Yoga, animal rescue, and murder mix in the third installment of the Downward Dog Mystery series. This is the first book I have read in the series, and I was happily surprised by its quality. Our investigator, Kate Davidson, is a spunky Seattle yoga teacher who has a soft spot in her heart for animals in trouble and a need to find justice for people who have been murdered. In this installment, Kate is confronted with the murder of an animal activist, and the possible perpetrator is a woman claiming to be her long estranged mother. Now to the nitty-gritty. I found the main character wonderful. She has internal struggles that we all can understand. Her caring is shown in the way she takes care of her special needs dog, her boyfriend, and in the way she approaches others. The integration of yoga philosophy into the book is seamless and never feels forced. The plot is well thought out and had some good twists and turns. The only reason I didn't give the book five stars is that I figured out who did it before it was revealed. I am going straight to the library to request the rest of the series. I received a copy of this book for a fair review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reviews have said this is Weber's best of the series and that is really saying something. If you haven't read her yet, start at the beginning and get to know the characters (Bella is important!) and enjoy the story unfold. Good story telling, much suspense and good plotting really keeps the reader going. You can't go wrong with this author!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The trouble starts early in the third book in the 'Downward Dog' mystery series when Kate Davidson, a Seattle yoga teacher, tries to do something nice. Kate has agreed to teach a ‘Doga’ class (dog yoga!) at a fundraiser for a local animal shelter. While her intentions are good, the results are disastrous – besides mayhem during the class, the whole event ends in utter confusion when a dumpster catches fire, endangering a group of adorable goats, and a body is found floating in the nearby lake. It looks like Kate is about to be dragged into another murder case. Karma’s a Killer opens with Kate surrounded by a tangle of dogs, all eager and in various forms of excitement or displeasure as they and their owners prepare for the fund-raising dog walk. Kate manages to get away from the mayhem and makes her way down to the dock along the lake. There she inadvertently stumbles upon two women arguing. Their argument about protesting the shelter confuses Kate as Dogma, the shelter, is a no-kill shelter and certainly not deserving of protests. What should Kate do? Go to her boyfriend Michael? The shelter owner? Or maybe the police? With little time to think, Kate decides to get ready for her class that will be starting soon. Hopefully she’ll see somebody who she can tell about the impending protest. When a somewhat eccentric older woman, and large donor to the shelter, decides to bring her rabbit to the doga class, Kate nicely tries to convince the woman to leave. Meeting with a stern refusal from the woman, Kate’s inner senses tell her the class will not end well. Of course, she’s correct when the rabbit decides all the dogs are a bit menacing and makes a run for it, and the dogs decide the rabbit looks like lunch. While everybody is running around, somebody, perhaps one of the protesters, sets a nearby dumpster on fire (or was it an accident?). Chaos ensues and Kate can’t wait to get home to her own dog Bella. However, the next morning a body is found floating in the lake where the event was held, and it just happens to be one of the woman Kate saw arguing. Then, as if things couldn’t get worse, the other woman who was seen arguing is arrested, and then gets in touch with Kate to tell her that she’s Kate’s long estranged mother. Yikes! Karma's a Killer sucked me into its pages quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. Kate is a very likable character, albeit with some 'issues' that can get in the way, and the supporting cast was quite believable and helped move the story along. For animal lovers, there are numerous feathered or four-legged creatures to cheer for, my favorite being Blackie the crow as well as some interesting information about shelters and rescues. The dialogue was crisp and flowed nicely, and the mystery kept me guessing as suspects were eliminated one by one. My one disappointment was that once the murderer was revealed, that person was much too willing to tell his/her whole story. Other than that small issue, Karma's a Killer was a winner. Quill says: A light-hearted mystery that will have you cheering for a yoga teaching, animal loving sleuth and her pack of odd-ball friends.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Kate Davidson, yoga teacher with a temper, is back! Karma’s a Killer by Tracy Weber The Third Downward Dog Mystery Kate Davidson, yoga teacher with a temper, is back and in for a challenge as she is coerced into teaching a doga class as part of a fundraiser for a local pet rescue. Yes doga...yoga for dogs. A class open to any and all people and their trained, or not so trained dogs...who don't know each other. What could go wrong? Activists add fuel to the fire and create more dangerous chaos, not to mention an unexpected person from Kate's past, back from the dead. There's a lot more going on than meets the eye and secrets abound. Tracy Weber has once again given us a very funny book which still manages to discuss very serious issues and bring controversial subjects to the attention of her readers. We witness the actions of some people, including professed animal lovers, who due to their ignorance, do more harm than good; people blinded by self importance and their own beliefs, however misguided. Yet their bad behavior is not pointed out in a demeaning critical manner. Instead, Weber uses humor so readers can laugh...then think and hopefully learn. There are very personal issues Kate which has to deal with as well. The reappearance of the mother who abandoned her leads to difficulties with her boyfriend as Kate puts up a wall and remains secretive. Readers learn about a childhood partially forgotten, as well as the reason for Kate's loathing, near phobia, of men with beards. Karma’s a Killer looks at animal rescue organizations, showing some good and bad aspects along with some sad truths regarding bureaucracy and wildlife rehabilitation. We are also introduced to two characters who hopefully will reappear in future mysteries, Mr. Feathers and Blackie. Mr. Feathers is a great addition to the yoga studio while I can see Blackie helping solve future murders! I truly appreciate Tracy Weber's ability to tackle sensitive subjects with fun and humor. She's able to to raise awareness of important issues without using a sledgehammer. Instead, she melds the issues into the murder mystery storyline adding strength and veritas. By doing so readers get complex characters who continue to develop even as they amuse. Not only that, we get dogs and yoga! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts This is my favorite book in this series so far and I absolutely love the cover. Yoga for dogs! Yes, I have heard of it, but those have to be some well behaved dogs if the experience is going to be tranquil for the dogs and their owners. Kate’s class has a great turnout but things quickly turn to chaos when another type of animal and their person decides to take part in the class. Add to that a group of protesters set on disruption and shortly thereafter a dead body and you have a great start for a mystery. Kate has really grown since the first book. When her mother comes to town with a group of animal activists Kate isn’t very receptive to the woman that abandoned her when she was just a toddler but when her mother is accused of murder she can’t help but get involved. With the help of her boyfriend, Micheal, her fabulous dog Bella, a lawyer that raises goats, and a very pregnant best friend, she sets out to clear her mother’s name and find out why her mother left her. With several calming breaths Kate handles these stressful events and many more before we reach the final page. Readers and Kate learn so much about her past in this installment. Kate’s reactions were perfect and so real. She went through all the emotions you would expect for anyone in her situation. With a big dose of humor Tracy Weber takes us on quite an adventure. The drama of the fire at the fundraiser, the return of Kate’s mom, the body discovery and all the aftermath are joined Kate’s daily life. Things like dealing with a pesky pigeon, learning about the rehabilitation of a very friendly crow, activists attacks, a little political corruption, a home renovation, and other people’s relatives behaving badly. Kate’s life is definitely not dull by any means. This series is going in a fantastic direction. Animal lovers, you must read this story!!
CozyMysteryBookReviews4U More than 1 year ago
Tracy Weber's Downward Dog Mystery series gets better with every new book and Karma's A Killer definitely keeps you going !! Everyone talks about the murder and the mystery, I want to mention the ending. Tracy has a unique way of ending the book and leaving the reader with such hope and longing with a touch of confidence. Yes the murder is solved and the mystery is over and the way Kate gets there is amazing. You again see the developing relationship between Kate and Michael, you witness the strong friendship bond between Kate and Rene and, of course, the love everyone showers Bella with. But in Karma's A Killer you meet Kate's mother, Dharma, or as she called her the egg donor. She hasn't seen or heard from her mother in 30 years but during a fund raiser for a local animal shelter, her mother is with the animal rights protest group who storms the scene. If that isn't bad enough someone is found drowned in the lake and Dharma is the prime suspect. Does Kate walk away like her mother did decades ago or does she do what her father taught her and help her mother ? As always the story is captivating from the beginning and as the story progresses you get swept away. But its the ending that will keep you a fan of Tracy Weber and her Downward Dog Mystery series. There is no way you can just set the book down after reading the last page and be done. If you find that you can do that, and not care if you read the next book, you are truly an amazing person and I bet you can eat only one Lay's potato chip.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The yogi with anger management issues is back in Karma’s a Killer. In the third installment of the Downward Dog Mystery series, Kate Davidson comes face to face with the mother she hasn't seen in nearly thirty years and a killer who’s gunning for her. I’ve read the Downward Dog Mystery series from the very beginning. I can truly say Kate has grown as a character over the course of the series, and this book gives readers a little insight into her quirks. But Karma’s a Killer ran hot and cold for me. I had several issues with the story, but none of them were related to the story itself. Nope. My issues were all character based. As a dog owner myself, I have a SERIOUS problem with dogs being left in cars. Kate does this to her beloved Bella ALL the time. I don't care if she parks in a parking garage or under shaded trees and cracks the windows. It’s not right. Adding to my FRUSTRATION is Kate’s boyfriend Michael. Over halfway through the book, something bad happens. Kate gets upset, as she SHOULD. Michael says, “Don't do anything rash. We can figure some way to fix this. Remember we were young and stupid once.” What the Hades???? Uhm, no. Honestly, at that point I was so mad, I was ready to be done with the book. But I kept on, and it was worth it. But I was mad at Michael for two days. Seriously. It took serious stretches and breathing exercises to calm me down. As for the plot and mystery themselves, I thought they were both solid. Tracy Weber has written a story with colorful characters who kept me guessing as to who the murderer was and why they committed the crime. I’m looking forward to Kate obtaining an understanding of her past and closure. I will also be interested in seeing how Michael will redeem himself in my eyes and just how I will get a soft spot for another character I’m not very fond of. **Received a copy from the Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Karma’s A Killer (A Downward Dog Mystery) is a mystery with lighthearted likeable characters and a story that will keep you guessing, smiling, and enjoying. Kate is a yoga teacher with her own studio. When her boyfriend Michael plans a fundraiser for DogMa, an animal rescue shelter, Kate agrees to hold a yoga class for dogs. The event quickly turns into a disaster as animals run amok, protesters march through, a suspicious fire erupts, and a dead woman - Raven - is found drowned in the lake. Kate, Bella (her faithful dog), and her best friend Rene take it upon themselves to solve the mystery, with a great cast of characters to choose from. Kate finds herself in several scary situations, but never gives up trying to prove that Dharma, whom the police believe is the killer, is really innocent and should not be in a jail cell. Kate is surprised to find out that Dharma is her long lost mother, which causes her to search even harder for the real murderer. The two slowly work at forming a new relationship after years of separation. This is the third book of the series and Karma’s A Killer stands alone; there were only a few references to past books, but none that were integral to this story. Tracy Weber has a flair for writing a mystery which entertains and had me chuckling throughout the book. I never had any idea of who murdered Raven or who set the fire until it was revealed at the very end of the book. I enjoyed reading Karma’s A Killer and recommend it. I will be adding Tracy Weber to my list of authors and look forward to spending more time with Kate and Bella.