A Fatal Twist
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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 gets worse when Kate finds the dead body of a philandering fertility doctor and sees 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.
Fourth book in series!
A Fatal Twist by Tracy Weber is the fourth book in A Downward Dog Mystery series. Kate Davidson is the owner of Serenity Yoga in Seattle, Washington. Kate has also been busy training to be a doula to help her friend, Rene. Rene is expecting twins with her husband, Sam. Kate is at the open house of the Lake Washington Medical Center new birthing facility. After getting cake all over her top (thanks to Sam and Rene’s bickering), Kate heads to a restroom to clean up. Just as she is about to enter, Rachel Jones comes out clutching her red handbag to her chest. Rachel runs by Kate without a greeting. Upon entering the bathroom, Kate finds Dr. Richard Jones (known by most as Dr. Dick) on the floor with a knife sticking out of his chest. Dr. Dick lived up to his name with his philandering ways. Because of Kate’s testimony, Rachel is arrested for the murder leaving her sixteen-year-old daughter, Nicole in the care of Justine (friend of Rachel’s). Kate knows that Rachel did not murder her husband and sets out to find the real culprit. Kate has some new additions to her household. Michael, Kate’s boyfriend, brings home two puppies that he found outside his store, Pete’s Pets. Bella, Kate’s one hundred pound German Shepard, actually likes the little fellows. Soon, though, the destruction gets to be too much for Kate and Bella’s health takes a downward turn. Will Kate be able to find Dr. Jones’ killer and the person responsible for leaving the puppies outside Michael’s shop before Rene has her babies?
I found A Fatal Twist to be an easy read and a reader can enjoy it as a stand-alone novel. I found the two mysteries (the murder and the puppy issue) to be easy to solve. The identity of the killer can be figured out very early in the book (much to my disappointment). The puppy conundrum can also be solved before the answer is revealed in the story. I found A Fatal Twist to be packed with yoga, puppies, babies, lawsuits, cheaters, sleuthing, Bella’s stomach issues, and Kate’s bio breaks (leaving little room for the mystery). The reader is subjected to many details regarding Bella’s digestive condition (EPI). The details will have you reconsidering eating your next meal. I also found the frequent mention of “bio break’s” unnecessary. Does a reader really need to know every single time a character goes to the bathroom? I give A Fatal Twist 3 out of 5 stars. I found Kate to be a contradiction at times (and a hard character to like). Kate loves yoga, but has issues with hot yoga (you could not pay me enough to subject myself to hot yoga). Her reaction to the class seemed odd for this yoga lover. The book does contain descriptions of various yoga poses and different types of classes. If you have enjoyed the previous books in the series, then you will enjoy reading A Fatal Twist.
Tracy Weber's A Fatal Twist
A really enjoyable read!!!
Kate Davidson, yoga instructor, is going
to be Doula for her best friend Rene who
is pregnant with twins. During the opening
of a new birthing center Kate discovers a
When one of her yoga students is accused
of murder, Kate is determined to find the
The story presents a tangled web of clues.
It uncovers secrets, lies and suspects.
There is a supportive cast of secondary
Bella, the German Shepherd gets stressed
by Mutt and Jeff, two seven to eight week
old puppies mates abandon in a box.
The story presents the pros and cons in
raising littermate puppies, child birthing
information, addresses animal abuse and drug
abuse. All this is done by blending humor,
mystery, action with the intriguing storyline.
This is the fourth book in the Downward Dog
Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone
as the author weaves the past and present
I volunteered to read this book. Thank you to
author via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for
this book. My opinion is my own.
A Fatal Twist
A Fatal Twist by Tracy Weber is fourth book in her Downward Dog Mystery series. This is the first book I have read in this series. Kate Davidson is a yoga instructor who somehow encounters dead bodies. This time it’s the cheating husband of one of her yoga students, who Kate sees fleeing the scene. The addition of a couple of abandoned puppies, her pregnant best friend, live-in boyfriend, teaching yoga classes, and a new crime-solving partner combine to put Kate’s already hectic life over the edge. She needs to be careful not to fall victim to the killer in this cozy mystery. Although many of the characters from the earlier books appear in this story, this is a standalone book.
This was a very enjoyable story with entertaining characters that you want to get to know better. The characters were well written, authentic and complex. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend this book to other readers.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book