Wednesday, August 10, 2016

They Don't Think I Killed Her, Do They?

By Kate Davidson of A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber

A typical day? This is not a typical day. It’s not even the atypical day I had planned.

I should be meandering along one of Elysian Springs’ gorgeous nature trails, eating one of my boyfriend, Michael’s, million calorie breakfasts, or soaking in the “clothing optional” hot tubs (God forbid!)  Instead, I’m stuck here, pacing back and forth in the center’s lending library, water-logged tennis shoes squishing and squeaking with every step.  
Today wasn’t supposed to be normal—Michael, Bella, and I are on vacation, after all—but it shouldn’t have been like this. I wasn’t supposed to find a body floating in the resort’s hot tub—the second body I’ve found in six months. Believe me, it doesn’t get any easier. 
At least this time the victim wasn’t a friend. I guess you could even call Monica my enemy, though I’d never have wished her a violent death. I even tried to revive her with CPR, not that it much good. 
I wish I were back in Seattle.  A typical day at home involves nothing more stressful than teaching yoga classes, managing Serenity Yoga, and taking my German shepherd, Bella, for at least twenty-five bio breaks.  Sometimes we even sneak in a quick visit with Michael at Pete’s Pets. If only I could rewind time…
But that kind of thinking won’t get me anywhere.
I feel kind of guilty, to tell you the truth. The Yoga Sutras say we should be neutral toward evil, and when it came to Monica, I was anything but neutral.  I even threatened to kill her—twice. Not that I meant it. I would never…
Hey, wait a minute. The police don’t think I killed Monica, do they?   I threatened her, but I’m like Bella—all bark, no bite.  And sure, I was found alone with the body, yanking on the leash wrapped around it.  I suppose if you walked in on us, it could have looked like I was strangling Monica, but I was trying to save her life.  Everyone knows that, right?
Oh no. I think I’m about to be sick. 
Take some deep breaths, Kate. Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale. Don’t panic. At least not until you talk to the police.
“Excuse me, Miss Davidson.  Sergeant Bill is ready to question you now.”
Nope. Not a typical day at all.

Today's contest!  Leave a comment by midnight on Thursday, August 11, with your email address (e.g., Tracy AT WholeLifeYoga DOT com), for a chance to win your choice of any of the three Downward Dog Mysteries: Murder Strikes a Pose, A Killer Retreat, or Karma’s a Killer. Good luck!



103 comments:

  1. Always looking for new good books and series to read!!!ellyk79ATyahooDOTcom

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  2. New author! Yeah .. looking forward to reading! teawithilona at gmail dot com

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  3. Wow, not a typical day at all.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. It's hard to be neutral toward evil when they think you are being the evil one! Good luck on that investigation. Sherylhbooth (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. Sounds great! Can't wait to learn what happens next. Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Good luck! I hope you read and love it!

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  6. Ooh...body in the hot tub...sound very good...please enter me for this.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks! You may never look at hot tubs the same...

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  7. This sounds like a good book. Definitely want to read it. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  8. This looks like an interesting book centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  9. These look/sound interesting. Kckendler@gmail.com

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  10. I'm beginning to wonder if there is a typical day. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. There certainly isn't in Kate's world.....

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  11. This sounds so intriguing. I can't wait to read it. utaker555@gmail.com

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    1. I hope you give it a read and love it!

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  12. Will Ms. Davidson fall in love with Sgt. Bill and solve the murder??
    Can not wait to read it! Rebeccacase1919@gmail.com

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  13. I know every time I read your books, I can't wait to get to the next one. Thanks for this oh so generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  14. Ooo, found with the body and your leash around her neck. Really not good!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  15. I love Kate, Bella and the gang. Thank you for this chance to win! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks! Bella is especially loveable. ;-)

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  16. I love the yoga and the Downward Dog mysteries. I would love to win a copy of Karma's a Killer! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  18. I would love to win. I enjoy your books.
    marlene.ezell@gmail.com

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  19. I'm so excited about this! I've been wanting to read this series!!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win a book.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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  21. Having read the first two books, this actually DOES sound like a typical day for Kate! ;) I can't wait to read Karma's a Killer! shirley at hvi dot net

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    1. ;-) Kate doesn't have the best luck, does she?

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  22. We have to be so careful of the things we say.
    I'm going to kill you - even though spoken in jest
    or a fit of anger and not really meant as a threat -
    should never be uttered. You never know what kind
    of trouble they will get you in. Sounds interesting.
    would like to try this new series (new to me).
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Agreed! Kate is learning that the hard way....

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  23. I would love to read the series I haven't read any of the books as the giveaways have been for ebooks and i need print. It sounds so good and yes now days you really have to watch what you say even in joking. ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. I've done a few ebook giveaways, but I often do prin. This one is print for sure. GOOD LUCK!

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  24. Am I allowed to enter this competition please as I'm a murder mystery fan but live in the UK? If I can then my email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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    1. Yes! I'm not geographically limiting entries. Good luck!

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    2. Thank you

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  25. Sounds like such a fun read. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  26. Yours is a new to me series, but sounds like such a fun read - thanks for the chance! p.s. Note to Kate - you might need to fortify yourself with one of Michael's million calorie breakfasts to have the energy to deal with all you're going through!!! :-)

    Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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    1. Indeed! Michael is a total slob, but he's an incredible cook. ;-)

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  27. Great post. I haven't read this series yet, but I have it on my TBR list. Really looking forward to reading.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I hope you give it a try and love it!

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  28. Great post. I haven't read this series yet, but I have it on my TBR list. Really looking forward to reading.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Oh yikes! I cannot imagine finding a body in that way just when you think you are going to relax and wow - there it is floating. shiver. As a Washington native (moved from the Seattle area to the eastern side of the state three years ago) I've been eyeing this series, but regret to say I haven't even read book #1 yet. Thank you for the chance to win! kristin409 at comcast dot net

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    1. If you used to live in the Seattle area, I think you'll recognize a lot of the locations in the series. I hope you read and love it!

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  30. Love this series. I read the first two and can't wait to read Karma's a killer. Thanks for a chance to win. pammc008@gmail.com

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    1. I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for reading!

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  31. Looks like a most interesting read. That would be really scary to be in that situation. What I could tell you about that! But I don't want to be a downer. Have not had the pleasure of reading any in this series. The synopsis on them look very interesting. They are all on my TBR. so hoping this will be an early start. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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    1. Sorry if you've been in a similar situation to Kate. Hopefully it all turned out OK in the end. I hope you read the series someday and love it!

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  32. This looks cool! Anne Marble -- critteranne at yahoo dot com

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  33. Nope, that would not be a typical day at all!

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Kate seems to always get herself in trouble, though.

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  34. I love mysteries - my favorite reads. parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Me too. They're pretty much all I read anymore.

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  35. sounds like a good read! thanks for the chance to win! amandasmother at aol dot com

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  36. This sounds like an awesome rwasdrwasd would love to have a copy! Would love to win !!!

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  37. This sounds like an awesome rwasdrwasd would love to have a copy! Would love to win !!!

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  38. It sounds really interesting! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  39. This series is new to me. Would love to win, thanks for the chance.
    babemomara@att.net

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  40. What fun thank you.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  41. I enjoy this series! Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I'm so delighted! I hope you love the next book in January!

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  42. Can't wait to try this series! Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  43. What a great combination...yoga and murder. kris.houtler at gmail dot com

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  44. Tracy Weber promises her readers a great read in each book I have read of hers. Her books are the type that once you
    pick them up, you don't want to put them down until you've finished them. Along with the inclusion of yoga information
    they are a win-win situation. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin! You just made me smile!

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  45. Thanks for the opportunity! cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  46. I've heard such good things about this series, the book covers are so cute, and I have wanted to read it for a while. In fact I have looked for it at a few b&n and couldn't find it! Would love the chance to win and will order the other books in the series online. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Rlewis11797 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

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    1. Aren't the covers cute? I love the cover artists. B&N can order the books for you. Some of their stores have it in stock, others don't. Good luck!

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  47. Your series looks awesome! angelangie5625@yahoo.com

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  48. I love the book covers and would love to win a copy. Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  49. Hi! Your books sound great, just the type I love to read! I would not mind winning any of them since I haven't read any of this series yet! I LOVE dogs, and the cozy mysteries are my favorite! Thanks for the giveaway! Patty
    pc1977@zoominternet.net

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    1. If you love dogs and cozies, I suspect you'll enjoy my series. Good luck!

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  50. Bio breaks? Is that like a bathroom break? Or maybe the dog's studying biology! I have the first in the series.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. bio break is a bathroom break. ;-) Thanks for reading my series!

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  51. The winner is Marlene Ezell! Marlene, e-mail me at Tracy@WholeLifeYoga.com with your mailing address and choice of books and I'll get it in the mail to you early next week!

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