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Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery.

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.

©2015 Tracy Weber (P)2017 Tracy Weber

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A Killer Retreat

Life throws curve balls 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.

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Great Series!

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This is a great book; this is the second book in the Downward Dog Mystery series written by Tracy Weber and narrated by Anne James. 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.<br/><br/>This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. <br/><br/>The narrator did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. <br/><br/>If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator. <br/><br/>This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.<br/>

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Fun Story

What did you love best about A Killer Retreat: A Downward Dog Mystery #2?

<br/>This is a fun cozy and a great series. The narration is very good. Even though I had read the book listening to it brought more life to the story. I love Kate and the chaos that follows her.<br/>

Which scene was your favorite?

When Kate and Michael are taking the boat over to the resort.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy from the author.

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Guessing Till The End

A Killer Retreat was such a fun listen and it totally had me guessing &quot;who done it&quot; longer than most cozy mysteries I read. The characters were well developed and narrator Anne James did a great job bringing them to life. I am looking forward to reading/listening to more in this series since this was the first I have read from this Author.

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A killer retreat

I received this audio in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really fun story! Unlike most murder mysteries, you really get a good feel for the characters and a great dislike(like everyone else) for the victim, before the murder takes place. The story is fast paced and moves along very nicely. The characters are really unique and/or quirky. It's interesting to see such a group in the same story! I really enjoy the book! Nice narration as well!

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Kate is back and it's a killer story

Being a huge mystery fan, I can usually spot who is gonna die and who the killer is pretty early on. While I was correct that Monica was gonna die, who was guilty of what really startled me. I was so certain it was ...... well, I can't tell you who I thought or who really was guilty without ruining the surprise for others. But I didn't figure it out until just before Kate solved it.

Emmy was a lot more shrewd than I thought, the "grumpy yogini" was not who we thought, and the secret Helen is keeping was sweeter than expected. The goat rescuing lawyer was a charming shock.

Bella, Michael, Sam and Renee are familiar faces though there's suspense and mystery there too. And more than enough chaos at home despite them being gone.

I look forward to listening to more of this series in the future.

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I'm loving this series

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For a quiet yoga instructor, Kate manages to get into a whole heap of bother on a regular basis. This time she has to clear her name in a murder investigation. She is a flawed character who seems to get into verbal battles quite easily. I would have liked her to listen and talk more to Michael instead of jumping to conclusions about what's on his mind. The mystery had me completely stumped and I enjoyed following the progress of the case to the end. Kate can handle herself but I'd like to see Michael take more part in helping her solve the mysteries. This was a good, fun, mystery and I would recommend it to all fans of the genre. This is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone. I recommend reading book one though because it's good and it introduces us to Kate, Michael and Bella right from the beginning.<br/><br/>I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy from the author.

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A very fun cozy mystery!

If you're in the mood for a fun and easy cozy mystery, this is a great series for you. The narration by Anne James is very good. She has nice inflection in her voice, and a variety of voices for all of the different characters. This is just the type of book I like to listen to when I have other things I'm working on at the same time, because it's not difficult to follow and goes really quickly. It has a good sense of humor to it, and doesn't take itself too seriously, like some mystery novels can. The other good thing about this series is that you can easily pick up a book anywhere in the series, if you are able to score a good deal on one. This was my first Downward Dog Mystery, and now I plan on getting others in the series. Very enjoyable listen!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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A must listen !

I'm a fan of reading this author's books, and have been eager to get into the audio versions. I wasn't disappointed, the narrator was super and brought a new level to my reader experience.

It was great to hear the characters come to life as the narrator fluctuated her voice for each and also changed tones for the scenes. It was very well read.

I feel like this series would be great to turn into a huge production of voices as the author gives such a variety to the listener and reader. If you are looking for that perfect audio book for a summer listen look no further than"A Killer Retreat"

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Thoroughly Enjoyable and Fun Listen

A Killer Retreat was a fun story. I liked the setting as well as the characters a lot. Kate was likeable and the other supporting characters were also interesting. This was easy to listen to while painting. This is the first audiobook I've listened to by Tracy Weber and I hope she continues writing stories like this.

The excellent narration by Anne James was perfect. Her characters were flawless and her tone was lovely. Not overdone or underdone; just right. I hope to hear more from her.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review."

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