Pre-Meditated Murder

Pre-Meditated Murder

by Tracy Weber
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Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber

"Weber’s yoga-inspired series regulars (A Fatal Twist, 2017, etc.) hit the road...light on yoga and heavy on complex relationship dynamics." —Kirkus Reviews

"Lots of red herrings and potential motives eventually lead Kate to a surprising killer. Cozy fans will cheer her every step of the way."—Publishers Weekly

If Kate Doesn't Act Fast, the Only "I Do" in Michael's Future Will Be at His Trial

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she's disappointed when a special dinner doesn't end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife's body is found—by Kate and her dog, no less—Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

Praise for the Downward Dog Mystery Series

A Fatal Twist

"If you're a fan of yoga, dogs, childbirth and murder cases, then Tracy Weber's A Fatal Twist is just what the fertility doctor ordered."—The Seattle Times

Karma' s a Killer

"Weber's clever assemblage of suspects is eliminated one by one in her entertaining novel."—RT Book Reviews

"Karma's a Killer continues Tracy Weber's charming series."—The Seattle Times

"[Weber's] characters are likeable and amusing, the background is interesting, and the story is ultimately satisfying."—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"Weber keeps readers guessing and populates the action with plenty of kooky characters."—Mystery Scene

"Crazy, quirky critters and their odd yet utterly relatable human counterparts make Karma's a Killer an appealing story. But when you add the keep-you-guessing mystery with both laugh-out- loud one-liners and touching moments of pure poignancy, the result is a truly great book!"—Laura Morrigan, national bestselling author of the Call of the Wilde Mystery Series

"Tracy Weber's Karma's a Killer delivers on all fronts—a likably feisty protagonist, a great supporting cast, a puzzler of a mystery and, best of all, lots of heart. This book has more snap than a brand-new pair of yoga capris. Pure joy for yoga aficionados, animal lovers ... heck, for anyone who loves a top-notch mystery."—Laura DiSilverio, national bestselling author of The Readaholics Book Club Mysteries, two-time Lefty finalist for best humorous mystery, and Colorado Book Award finalist

"Yogatta love this latest in the series when Kate exercises her brain cells trying to figure out who deactivated an animal rights activist."—Mary Daheim, author of the Bed-and-Breakfast and Emma Lord Alpine Mysteries

A Killer Retreat

"Cozy readers will enjoy the twist-filled plot."—Publishers Weekly

"[Kate's] path to enlightenment is a fresh element in cozy mysteries . . . [A]n entertaining read."—Library Journal

"Weber's vegan yoga teacher is a bright, curious sleuth with a passion for dogs. A well-crafted whodunit with an intriguing mystery and a zinger of a twist at the end!"—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva and Paws and Claws Mysteries

"An engaging mystery full of fun and fascinating characters and unexpected twists. An intriguing read that includes yoga lessons and feisty dogs."—Linda O. Johnston, author of the Pet Rescue Mystery Series

"Weber's second yoga mystery, A Killer Retreat, is as delightful as her first. Readers will love the setting, the complex mystery, and the romance of Kate's second adventure. Especially noteworthy in this popular series is the appealing combination of strength and vulnerability that Kate and Bella share. Enjoy!"—Susan Conant, author of the Dog Lover's Mystery Series

"Whether yoga instructor Kate Davidson is wrestling her hundred-pound dog, her new love life, or trying to solve a murder, A Killer Retreat is simply a killer read! Witty, fun, and unpredictable, this is one cozy mystery worth barking about!"—Shannon Esposito, author of the Pet Psychic Mystery Series

"Fun characters, a gorgeous German Shepherd dog, and a murder with more suspects than you can shake a stick at. A Killer Retreat is a must-read for cozy fans!"—Sparkle Abbey, author of the Pampered Pet Mystery Series

Murder Strikes a Pose

"Cozy fans will eagerly await the next installment."—Publishers Weekly

"Murder Strikes a Pose, by Tracy Weber, is a delightful debut novel featuring Kate Davidson, a caring but feisty yoga teacher . . . Namaste to Weber and her fresh new heroine!"—Penny Warner, author of How to Dine on Killer Wine

"[T]his charming debut mystery ... pieces together a skillful collage of mystery, yoga, and plenty of dog stories against the unique backdrop of Seattle characters and neighborhoods. The delightful start of a promising new series. I couldn't put it down!"—Waverly Fitzgerald, author of Dial C for Chihuahua

"Three woofs for Tracy Weber's first Downward Dog Mystery, Murder Strikes a Pose. Great characters, keep-you-guessing plot, plenty of laughs, and dogs—what more could we want? Ah, yes—the next book!"—Sheila Webster Boneham, award-winning author of Drop Dead on Recall

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738750682
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 01/08/2018
Series: A Downward Dog Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 290,529
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(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. Visit her atTracyWeberAuthor.com.

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Pre-Meditated Murder 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber, the fifth book in her Downward Dog Mystery series was a wonderful story. This cozy mystery series involving yoga, dogs, and friends is one of my favorites. I love following Kate, her dog Bella, her boyfriend Michael, and their all of their support network of friends and family as they solve a variety of murders. Now that Kate is ready for marriage Michael drops a surprise on her, making her question everything she knew about him. When Kate and Bella find the body of Michael’s estranged wife and Michael is suspected of the murder, you know she and her supporting cast will do all they can to prove his innocence as well as find the real killer. Only then can Kate and Michael work out where they are going next with their relationship. I really enjoyed reading this book and loved how Ms. Weber created Kate with her solving murder karma. Kate is written so that she stumbles on more clues than the police or detectives trying to solve the crime. Helped by her supporting cast of characters, or pushed forward by some, Kate proves to be a strong, grown-up Nancy Drew. Although part of a series, this is a standalone book. I definitely recommend this book to other readers and I look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Tracy Weber’s Pre-Meditated Murder Life, love and happiness on are the line for Kate Davidson, yoga instructor. The book creates a riveting storyline that grips the reader from the first word until the final word. There is deceit, betrayal, mystery, murder, suspense, domestic abuse issues, immigration issues mixed with intrigue in a puzzling plot. The characters are vivid, colorful, mysterious and very realistic. The scenery of the various areas was described so vividly the reader feels as they are there. Come take a trip with Kate, her dog Bella, her best friend Rene, Rene’s husband, Rene’s twins, Rene’s two puppies and Kate’s boyfriend, Michael. It is an adventure that will test trust, friendship, faith and love. Bella even manages to make friends with a polydactyl kitten named Mouse. An ending to remember!! This is book # 5 in the Downward Dog Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone as the author weaves the past and present together effortlessly. I volunteered to read this book. Thank you to author via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for this book. My opinion is my own.
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. Midnight Ink has the best cozy mystery covers! They are so inviting. I’ve been wanting to read this series for awhile now and I was excited when the opportunity to review this book presented itself. Kate is a character you can’t help but root for. I love the knowledge of yoga that is sprinkled through the book. I have fallen out of the habit and this book made me want to roll back out my yoga mat and make it a regular part of my routine. I have found a new series to follow for sure!
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a murder mystery that will forever change Kate and her future PRE-MEDITATED MURDER by Tracy Weber The Fifth Downward Dog Mystery Kate Davidson, a former commitment-phobe, is finally ready to settle down and is thrilled when she thinks that Michael's fancy special evening out is a prelude to a marriage proposal. Unable to hide her disappointment when he didn't propose Michael admits the truth; he couldn't marry her as he was already married!!!! Michael says he only married Gabriella so that she could get a green card, but she won't grant him a divorce unless he pays her off-with money he doesn't have. When Michael decides to meet Gabriella in person, he's accompanied not only by Kate and Bella, but Renee, Sam, the twins, and the two puppies. What could go wrong with this support group by his side? A lot. Now Michael's suspected of Gabriella's murder, and although Kate was ready to kill him herself, she'll do her utmost to prove his innocence. PRE-MEDITATED MURDER is a compelling read. Expectations of love are challenged and explored in this multilayered mystery. Fundamental beliefs in people are put to the test and certainties become doubts. Will love survive? This fifth Downward Dog mystery tackles difficult subjects of domestic abuse, immigration, and more. However, the book isn't weighed down by these weighty subjects, not does it become a pulpit. Rather it engulfs these topics into Kate's world, and they play important roles in the mystery itself. Bella's charm, humor from new mom Renee, and a cast of characters from Michael's past combine to make a murder mystery that will forever change Kate and her future. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
evillraindrop More than 1 year ago
Pre-Meditated Murder is book five of the Downward Dog Mystery Series by Tracy Weber, and the second book in the series I have read. Yoga instructor Kate Davidson finds (another!) dead body, and when her boyfriend, Michael, becomes the primary suspect, it’s up to Kate to find out who is the real murderer. I love Kate and Michael together, so I was really upset to find out in the first chapter that Michael was already married! This cozy mystery had a lot of twists and turns which made it a fast-paced book. I find myself saying more and more that I really was stumped at who did it – and that didn’t change for this cozy either. There were quite a few suspects, all with good motive and I just didn’t know who it was until the end. The cast of characters are all really likeable and seem like people who you would want as your friends. Kate’s dog Bella is also a great part of this story. I would definitely recommend this cozy series to cozy lovers!
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
I love this series, and this is the best book by far! I love Kate, Bella, Michael and the supporting cast of characters. Just when Kate thought things were moving forward in her relationship with Michael, he dropped a life changing bombshell on her that put her world in a downward spiral. When Kate and Bella find a body, and Michael is the main suspect, Kate does everything in her power to prove Michael's innocence. This book kept me glued to the pages, and I couldn't put it down. I experienced a roller coaster of emotions, and I didn't want this book to end. Tracy Weber is a phenomenal author, and I can't wait to read the next book in this amazing series.
P-Lopez More than 1 year ago
Reading a Tracy Weber book reminds me of staring at a beautiful painting. So many things to see and admire and each time you think you see one thing, you see something else. In Pre-Meditated Murder, I had this same feeling of thinking I had the crime figured out, then I would continue reading and change my mind again to another theory. I enjoy books that keep me on my toes and make me think. This book did just that. The setting was great as I’ve been to Cannon Beach and felt like I was transported back to my visit. I’ve read all of Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog Mystery books, and I continue to like the story characters, especially Kate’s best friend, Rene. I also absolutely love Kate’s dog, Bella. This story has all you need for a great mystery with a touch of humor and romance. Another great installment of the series and one you don’t want to miss. I willingly provided an honest review after receiving a copy of this book.
Missisue4 12 months ago
It is quoted that Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber is "A wonderful story for dog lovers." by Suspense Magazine. And I have no doubt that it is, however, it is a wonderful story for everyone. Whether you are a dog lover or not, The Downward Dog Mystery series has a lot to offer any reader. And as you read the books in the series, Pre-Meditated Murder is the fifth series, you cannot help but fall in love with the main character Kate. There are also her best friends, Rene and Sam (husband and wife), Kate's boyfriend, Michael, and of course, Bella. Bella is a huge lovable german sheperd that goes every where with Kate. Me being a cat lover cannot help but love and appreciate Bella and her devotion to Kate and the group. Now I am a STRONG believer of not reading ahead !! I will NOT read the end of a book until I get to the end of the book. I read every since word on the page and I do everything in my power to not even skip to the bottom of the page or the end of the chapter. With all of this said...... I HAD THE HARDEST TIME NOT READING AHEAD !!! Weber has such a talent of writing a story that it flows so well and captures the reader.... It is like you are right there in the middle of everything....you can see everything, smell the smells, feel all of the emotions....and you are INVESTED !!! And in Pre-Meditated Murder Weber takes you to a place you will love and hate. The story starts off with Kate and Michael celebrating Kate's birthday where Kate gets her hopes up that Michael is going to propose to her. And then when he doesn't and says he can't get married because he is already married....well that doesn't go well as you can foresee. Fast forward where Kate, Michael, Rene, Sam, the twins, Bella and 2 puppies load up and go to Michael's hometown of Cannon Beach. It just so happens that there is a huge Sandcastle Festival going on so they figure they can try to vacate while Michael asks his "wife" Gabriella for a divorce...... I put wife in quotes because the marriage was just to help Gabriella obtain citizenship...... Well as you can imagine, things don't go smoothly at all. Gabby is found by Kate dead on the beach and Michael is the prime suspect....... I could continue telling you all about what happens next and boy is there a lot that happens but you really need to read it for yourself....... I will forward you though that when you are reading the last chapter, you may cuss a few times because you are very emotionally invested and Weber may have you reading it and thinking it is going to go one way when she tricks you...... (Thank you for that small heart attack Tracy )
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Tracy Weber’s A Downward Dog Mystery is one my favorite cozy mystery series. While I have read all the books, they are easily standalone reads. Over the course of the series, readers have seen Kate Davidson mature and grow as a person. Kate has gone from not wanting to go on a date with Michael, to being jealous that someone else finds him attractive, to admitting she’s in love, to wanting marriage and children. When Michael takes her to SkyCity for her thirty-fourth birthday, she’s convinced an engagement ring is in her near future. When she receives a necklace, she’s visually upset. She becomes outraged when she learns that Michael isn’t proposing marriage because he’s already married and his wife is blackmailing him for a divorce. Kate, Michael, Bella the dog, Kate’s best friend Rene, Rene’s husband Sam, and their twin humans and pups all embark on a trip to Michael’s hometown in the hopes of convincing Michael’s wife Gabriella to give him a divorce. The first meeting with Gabriella doesn't go so well. All parties go their separate ways, only for Bella to dig up Gabriella’s body the next day. Kate knows this is bad, but has no idea things are about to get worse when police show up at Michael's sister’s house and Michael has no memory of where he was the last 16 to 18 hours. Even though Kate is furious with Michael, she knows he would never harm Gabriella. She vows to prove his innocence and brings in reinforcements. As always, Tracy has written an incredible mystery. There's enough information to have you guessing up until the big reveal. You get introduced to some friends from Michael's past and you see why it was important for Michael to marry Gabriella. Pre-Meditated Murder is a turning point for Kate and Michael's relationship. I’m looking forward to the next book to see what's in store for these two. **Received a copy from the Midnight Ink and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts In this fifth Downward Dog Mystery, Kate, Michael, Bella along with Rene and her entire family including twin babies and twin dogs hit the road and travel to Oregon. Kate was expecting a proposal but then Michael drops the bomb that he is already married and that his wife is blackmailing him. Furious with Michael she shuts him out but when he decides to go talk to his wife the whole gang goes along. After one chilly meeting with the woman, Kate is unsure what to think. But then Bella later finds the woman dead on the beach, Kate panics, she knows Michael is going to the prime suspect. After a few deep cleansing breaths Kate and Rene team up to find out what really happened much to the despair of Michael’s lawyer, her friend, and her mother’s significant other. I have been waiting for this book since I finished the last one, so I fixed myself a beverage and a little snack and settled in to read. A few hours later I reached the end and reentered society feeling that time must have flown by. From the moment Michael told Kate he was already married I was sucked right into the pages. I was livid for her, how could he have kept that kind of thing secret? The author took us on quite a journey to first track down the wife and then find her murderer, all while taking care of two infants and 3 dogs. I was kept extremely entertained. These characters are realistic, fun, smart, determined and very centered most of the time. I love the role Bella plays in each mystery. He is is a very special, caring dog that has a nose for dead bodies while being a true canine companion for Kate. Even this time when he meets a polydactyl cat named Mouse he adjusts and comes to love the kitty. Kate and Bella are so good for each other. This story really hit me on an emotional level. I am not sure I would have been able to be as strong as Kate. She put her hurt feelings aside to save a man who didn’t trust her enough to be truthful and his first words after he told her were like a stake in the heart. This added to the mystery of who killed his wife made this just a compelling read. There were several suspects, a cop that refused to look beyond Michael, and a whole bunch of twists and turns until the truth is revealed. The author also weaves the yoga theme throughout the whole complex mystery. This story is so well written. I believe to get the full experience of this story you need to read Kate’s story from the beginning, but with that said Tracy Weber has written this story in a way that it can stand on its own.
TheCozyReview More than 1 year ago
Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she's disappointed when a special dinner doesn't end with a proposal. Her disappointment turns to shock and horror as she learns the real reason Michael didn’t propose. Michael is already married, and his green card-seeking wife is blackmailing him. When his wife's dead body turns up on a beach by Kate and her dog, Bella, Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud with Michael trapped in the middle. -- Series: A Downward Dog Mystery – Book 5 Author: Tracy Weber Genre: Cozy/Pet Mystery Publisher: Midnight Ink Pre-Meditated Murder is a fun and fast read filled with good characters and lovely locations. Ms. Weber is a talented writer with a flair for making the ordinary seem extraordinary. Her series, “A Downward Dog Mystery” should appeal to most readers that enjoy a romantic tinge to their murder mysteries. The characters of Kate and Michael have issues, namely caused by Michael not telling Kate that he was married, or that his wife was trying to blackmail him. Just when Kate thought they were taking the next step in their relationship, the rug is pulled out from under her feet, and she lands squarely on her backside. The realization that Michael might not be the man she thought he was gets to her, and she fears she will never be able to trust him again. She may not be sure of her and Michael’s future, but she knows he’s not a killer. With the help of her Rene and her German Shepard, Bella she sets out to prove his innocence. These characters are heartwarming with heir oddities and faults and give the reader hope for the future. They are easy to relate to, and the reader will find themselves rooting for their relationship. Other characters are wonderfully original with characteristics that remind us of people in our own lives. The locations described including Seattle’s famous Space Needle and Oregon are wonderfully described with enough detail to get the reader interested in possibly exploring the areas on some future vacation. There isn’t a great deal of flowery prose to interfere with the clues to the killer’s identity and the resolution of the investigation. Even though this is book five of the series, it can be read as a standalone without a retelling of the other books. All in all, Pre-Meditated Murder is a good book that will give the reader hours of entertainment. It is rich with well-rounded characters and emotions that have the reader smiling, laughing and occasionally anger.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
A great way to end my reading year or start yours! A polydactyl kitten named Mouse claws her way into German Shedder Bella's heart as the dynamic duo of Kate and Rene chase down clues, tandem twins attached. Starting and ending with romantic surprises, this yoga centric novel takes the reader to unexplored locations on a roller coaster emotional run. I was excited to see all our friends involved in this close-to-home murder mystery. This reads fine as a stand alone but to get the deepest emotional reaction from this read I suggest you start this series from the beginning. As soon as you finish one book you'll ne calling for the next. You can't stay away. Kate has been hesitant to trust but eventually allows Michael to capture her heart and her imagination about a rosy future. So when she finds out he is presently married she needs her yoga training to remain in a charitable frame of mind. When Bella gets the scent of trouble and digs up a body, we know things will get further complicated. Mysterious strangers, old friends with hidden agendas, and a cop with a strong bias against Michael, is there any way this can end with happily ever after? Come down to the beach for a "working" vacation and help gather clues to solve what the future holds for Kate and Bella.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series from the beginning and this book stands even above the earlier ones for excellence and intensity. As announced in the blurb, Kate gets a shock when Michael reveals a secret he has kept throughout their relationship, a secret that she is not sure their relationship can recover from. The awesome foursome plus 3 dogs and the twins travel to his home town to address the situation. Kate's body radar is in its usual outstanding and totally depressing working condition but this time the suspect is not a friend or stranger, but the man that she loves. A lie, or a major untold truth, is more than enough to deal with but now in the midst of a separation of sorts, she must decide how far to work to reveal the true murder when Dale, friend and lawyer, insists that she stay out of it. While the series is cozy, it has a much stronger connection with reality than most lighter mysteries. Watching Kate struggle, Michael's pain, and Bella's confusion feels as real as if it is happening to real life friends. I received an ARC of Pre-Meditated Murder through NetGalley. I always review books that I love and this one is outstanding. Thanks NetGalley and Midnight Ink for the chance to read Pre-Meditated Murder early, and thank you, Tracy Weber for once again creating a world and characters I love to visit.
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
Although I have had this series on my TBR list for a while, this is the first book that I have read in it. I started the book and got so engaged in the story that I didn't want to put it down. I loved the characters and the setting, but also the story with its twists and the many suspects and possible motives kept me turning the pages. I can't wait to go back to book 1 and see how things began between Kate and Michael and what happened between then and this book. What a great series! Thank you Tracy Weber and the Cozy Mystery Review Crew for a copy of this book. This did not influence my opinion of this book.