You may have guessed already that this post is another book review. There are only so many times I can write that as the title, so this time I thought I’d plagiarise Shakespeare! (Aim high, dear friends!)
Murder Strikes a Pose
Due for publication: Jan 2014
Kate Davidson is a struggling yoga instructor, her business needs a boost and her personal life is under constant attack from her best friend’s hopeless attempts at matchmaking. When a homeless guy pitches up outside her studio to sell newspapers, his oversized German Shepherd, Bella, soon becomes a nuisance and sees Kate’s customers drift away. To resolve matters, Kate befriends the man, George, and is intrigued by his lifestyle choice. Soon after, Kate finds George dead, in the car park near her studio and takes Bella in until his family are informed. She assumes they will accept Bella with open arms, but is sadly mistaken. Kate also begins to question the police investigation, convinced that George was not just the victim of a drunken fight. With the best of intentions she decides to both solve the mystery of George’s death and find a new home for Bella, who has now developed a hatred for men with beards.
This is a well-paced read, the story flows along well and there is plenty of humour and wit in the plot and dialogue. Interspersed with yoga references and Zen-like aspirations, this is an easy book to read and would appeal to a wide audience. The attention to detail – regarding yoga and Bella’s disease – is just right and not at all overwhelming. Some characters are slightly two-dimensional, leaving the reader to create their own back story, but given that this is a fun book, then that works fine.
As a dog lover, this was already a winner before I began reading it. My heartstrings were pulled in all the right places as Kate endeavoured to control Bella and was left to clear up the havoc that she created everywhere. I learnt a few things from this book: firstly that yoga is really self-inflicted torture with bells attached and secondly, that the dog will win every time! A very enjoyable read.