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."
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 third book in her series, Karma's a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.
Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.
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A Killer Retreat is a lighthearted mystery starring yoga teacher/sleuth Kate Davidson, her best friend Rene, and love interest/pet food store owner Michael. Of course the true star of the series is a German shepherd named Bella, but I don’t know of any German shepherd movie stars, so I’ll leave her casting up to the director.
As for Kate, she has a girl next-door energy. She’s pretty—though not drop-dead gorgeous—and she has a quirky, self-deprecating sense of humor. Amy Adams has a lovely, funny energy that she brings to her roles. She’d perfectly portray Kate and the embarrassing situations she finds herself in.
Paul Rudd would be my choice for Michael. Like Michael, Mr. Rudd is handsome, but in a relaxed, everyman way. A bonus is that he looks great both with and without facial hair. My only concern about Paul Rudd is that Michael is six feet tall. Mr. Rudd will have to wear heels! Still, he is wonderful in comedic roles, and you can’t help but root for him. With Kate as a love interest, he’ll need all the help he can get!
Rene is Kate’s drop-dead gorgeous best friend, sort of a brunette-haired Barbie. She has to be played by Olivia Wilde. I’ve loved Ms. Wilde since I watched her on House. I can imagine her being sophisticated, nuanced, and loyal, just like Rene. Plus, Ms. Wilde would look great portraying a woman who’s pregnant with twins! I can’t imagine her having Rene’s food addiction, but she’s such a talented actress, I’m sure she’d figure it out.
New Cast members
Bandit: The incorrigible Jack Russell Terrior owned by Monica Crowe. Played by Moose, the dog that played Freddie in Frazier. (Though he’ll have to wear makeup to get the black patch coloring around his eye!)
Dale Evans: “Goat Lawyer” and attorney that represents Kate when she’s suspected of murdering Monica, the murder victim in the book. Played by Martin Crane. (He played the father on Frazier.)
Monica Crowe: Murder victim who was found drowned in resort’s hot tub shortly after a loud and very public altercation with Kate. Played by Pamela Anderson
Bruce Crowe: Husband of the murder victim who is also a pediatrician and the father of Emmy, the bride who’s wedding will be held at the resort. Played by Russell Crowe. (Last name a total coincidence)
Emmy Crowe: Bride and owner of Elysian Springs, the resort center at the heart of the story. Played by Billie Lourd
Snippet #1: Kate and the hot tubs
The final line leaped off the page, searing my eyes. “Parents take note: All of our spa facilities are clothing optional.” I shuddered from the roots of my hair follicles to the tips of my toenails.
“Michael, these are naked hot tubs!” I dropped the offending pamphlet, as if it had scalded my fingertips. “I can’t hang out in some naked hot tub, especially not with future yoga students.” I pointed down at my legs, which appeared to have tripled in size. “Believe me, no one wants to see these thighs naked.”
“Don’t be silly, Kate,” Michael chided. “I love your chunky thighs.”
Was that supposed to be a compliment?
“Besides,” he continued. It’s not a naked hot tub. It’s clothing optional. Wear your swimming suit.”
I rolled my eyes. “Great. Then I’ll be the only puritanical prude covered up in a towel, while everyone else gets their jollies by letting it all hang out.” I shuddered. “Nope. No way. I’ll only be naked with total strangers.”
Michael snorted so hard that coffee came out of his nose.
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