Review of Murder Likes It Hot

Murder Likes It Hot

Downward Dog Mystery, Book #6

Tracy Weber

5+ Stars

40334103Synopsis:  

Yogini and amateur sleuth Kate Davidson will need more than Warrior Pose to solve a murder and help homeless teens

Newly married yoga instructor Kate Davidson feels stuck in low-energy limbo, despite her high-energy life. She’s trying to conceive a child, keep her studio afloat now that the ultra-cheap Some Like It Hot Yoga studio has opened across the street, and start a yoga program at a local resource center for homeless youth.

When a center employee is found dead, Kate sets aside her fertility and financial woes to delve into the world of teenage homelessness. While digging for clues with her German shepherd Bella, Kate discovers that family can be formed by bonds stronger than shared DNA, and she must defend it at all costs.

Praise:

“Gripping … Those who like their cozies with a dark edge will be rewarded.”–Publishers Weekly   (Goodreads)

 

Review:

I have to say, right from the start, that this is one of my favorite series to read.  From the first book, I was hooked. The storylines are intriguing, the details are plentiful, without being overwhelming and the characters are top-notch.  I know when I read one of these book, I am in for a great read.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Kate is not perfect, she has her phobias (think beard), she has a temper and she is nosy. But I think those things are what makes Kate seem so real to me.   She is also smart, hardworking and spunky. Her personal relationships are not always perfect, either. She fights with her husband (don’t we all) and has disagreements with her best friend, Rene. But in the end, she will be there for them in any way she can. In real life, I would like to be friends with her. And of course, Bella is adorable and I love reading about her antics.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The author takes a very serious social situation, teenage homelessness, and builds the storyline around it.  She does not sugarcoat it, I think she tells it like it is. She places it in the spotlight, which is a good thing.  

The mystery was well written and carried on throughout the entire book.   The author is very talented in creating suspense with the written word and I found myself swiping pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  There is nothing that I would change about this book, it was perfect just the way it was.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Midnight Ink, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.