January 2016, Midnight Ink, 290 pages, Ebook, Review copy from NetGalley
Content: a little violence
Summary from Midnight Ink
When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal shelter, she believes the only damage will be to her reputation. But a few downward-facing dogs are the least of Kate’s problems when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning.
The police arrest Dharma, a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother, and charge her with murder. To prove Dharma’s innocence, Kate, her boyfriend Michael, and her German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism and organizational politics. As they investigate the dangerous obsessions that drive these groups, Kate and her sleuthing team discover that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like hOMe.
Ah Rene, you made me laugh loads! Rene, Kate's friend, is pregnant with twins and her attitude to life is very amusing. She gets a little sad when she isn't trusted by Kate to do something well, but her heart is always in the right place. Who else would knowingly go into a situation which aggravated her allergies just to help her best friend? Rene would. I so can't wait for the chaos of when the twins are born-the possibilities of baby drama while solving another case is high.
On the murder front I liked how close to home the details of the murder came to be, because there was a lot of raw emotion for Kate which I could empathise with in parts. Her love for animals is obvious, especially the new birds in her life which made me smile. I liked seeing different types of animal rescue and learning about the finer points of their operation.
I'm used to protesters in novels, but still had the same annoyance for the animal and human lives they endangered which was a bit scary, in some ways scarier than the incident at the end as fire is uncontrollable while human actions to some extent aren't. Doga was definitely a new aspect to dogs I'd not considered-poor Kate suffers when a high ranking donor brings an inappropriate animal to Kate's Doga class - much hilarity and cringing ensues. Definitely a fun series to keep on my shelf!
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