When Seattle yoga teacher Kate Davidson agrees to teach doga (yoga for dogs) at a fundraiser for a local animal rescue, 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 a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother and charge her with murder. To prove her innocence, Kate, boyfriend Michael, and German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism, organizational politics, and the dangerous obsessions that drive them. All while discovering that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like hOMe.
What’s not to love about a mystery and lots of animals thrown into the plot? That’s exactly what this book offered. I haven’t read the previous two titles in this series, but I didn’t find it too much of a problem getting caught up to speed with the main character, Kate Davidson.
She’s likable and always seems to want to do the right thing. It’s a quality that’s certainly put to the test in this story where her estranged mother is accused of murder. There are a host of other likable characters including Kate’s boyfriend, Michael, who along another easy to like, character, Bella, the German shepherd, try and figure out the key to the mystery of who really killed the victim.
There are some funny scenes and some intense ones for Kate when she learns why her mother abandoned her. Kate’s a yoga teacher too and some of her clients were quirky and funny. I especially liked the opening to the book where Kate was holding a doga demonstration and along comes a lady with a rabbit.
The pacing is spot on and the mystery does have you turning the pages, mostly to see what becomes of Kate, and if her mother will actually be found guilty of the crime. This story also sets up what I know will be an equally good next installment in this series.
If you like your mystery with a little humor and quirkiness, and love a wet nosed sidekick, then I’d say this would be a good pick for you.