This was my second book by Tracy and it is also the second book in The Downward Dog Mystery series. In this volume Kate and her boyfriend Michael take their first trip together, to a resort where Kate has been invited to teach yoga. It’s a big deal for Kate’s relationship and her decision to “let go” a bit more in her very controlling work patterns. Things don’t start off well at all. On the first day Kate’s very sensitive dog is triggered by an unleashed dog, She is bickering with Michael incessantly, her friend Rene shows up with her husband and their is a dead body in the resorts Spa!
Since Kate was involved in an argument with the victim the day before the murder she is considered a suspect and so she is motivated to discover the killer.
Tracy does a great job setting up the plot points in this story but I felt that some of the story elements were very predictable. The relationship between Kate and Michael is not overly romantic. In fact the two don’t seem very compatible and their is little romance due to all Kate's attention being focused on the murder. I still have a lot of issues with Kate. I find she makes questionable choices in this novel and lacks a lot of Zen for a yoga teacher. I’m guessing the author was trying to show personal growth on Kate’s behalf but I once again found her a little annoying compared to the other characters.
This was a highly readable story and I was very interested in seeing how things turned out.