Downward Dog Mystery, Book #5
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. (Goodreads)
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place. I liked that this book took place away from Kate’s hometown, it added a little something extra to the story. And the premise of the book really surprised me and I thought it was clever.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Kate is one of my favorite character in all of cozy world. She is strong, smart, feisty and loyal. But she also has a temper that she is trying to control and she has a beard phobia, that is not as easy to control. These things just make her seem more human to me. I also really enjoy her best friend, Rene, and I so enjoy the interactions between Kate and Rene. They have so many funny moments and I was laughing out loud through much of this book. And Kate and Bella’s relationship is so heartfelt and it should be the standard of all dog owners.
The mystery was well written and carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and it was not an easy one to solve. Throw in some red herrings and twists and turns and even the most seasoned armchair detective will have a tough time solving it.
This book has everything I enjoy in a book: friendship, suspense, mystery and a wonderful dog. This is definitely one of my favorite cozy mysteries, there is not one thing that I would change about it. I cannot recommend it enough.
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 fantastic book.