A Fatal Twist
A Downward Dog Mystery, Book #4
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson’s life takes a chaotic turn once she agrees to not only be the doula for her pregnant best friend, but also play foster mother to two puppies. The chaos only gets worse when Kate finds the dead body of a philandering fertility doctor and Rachel, one of her yoga students, fleeing the scene.
Kate is convinced her student is innocent, and she sets out to find the real killer before her testimony condemns Rachel to a life behind bars. But her hands are full with caring for three dogs, teaching yoga classes, and gaining an unexpected crime-solving partner. If she’s not careful, Kate’s next yoga pose may be a fatal one. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I just love Kate. She is a hard working, caring woman who is loyal to her friends and would do anything to help them in a time of need. But she also has a temper, that she is trying to control, and does not like for people to tell her what to do. But that is okay, these traits just make her seem more real to me. She is flawed, just like all of us are. Reading about the interaction between Kate and her best friend, Rene, and Rene’s husband, Sam, had me laughing out loud. The bickering and bantering between them was very entertaining. I loved reading about the relationship between Kate and Bella, her German Shepard. There is not anything that Kate would not do for Bella, and Bella feels the same way about Kate. You can tell that the author is a real animal lover. Add two little puppies that get into all kinds of trouble, and who are real Houdini’s, and you have all the ingredients for mischief and mayhem. I loved all of the characters, both the two legged and four legged ones, and in my opinion, that makes this book stand out in the best possible way.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place around me. She is also very talented in creating suspense with just the written word. There were enough suspects to consider and plenty of twists and turns to make figuring out the killer nearly impossible. I did not figure it out until it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. If I could, I would give it more than five stars. If you are looking for a book that has great characters, laugh out loud moments and lots of adorable fur babies, then this is the book for you. If you have not read the first three books, what are you waiting for.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Midnight Ink for the opportunity to read and review this book.