Review: Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber

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PRE-MEDITATED MURDER is the fifth book in Tracy Weber’s Downward Dog Mystery series. I haven’t read the earlier books but suggest that you read it in order if spoilers are an issue. In fact, the entire plot of PRE-MEDITATED MURDER hinges around a huge spoiler for the relationship between the main character, Kate Davidson, and her boyfriend, Michael.

Kate is expecting Michael to pop the marriage question to her at the expensive birthday dinner he has arranged for her. After all, her best friend, Rene, saw him exiting a jewelry store with a purchase in hand shortly before the big night. Unfortunately, their entire relationship is about to come into question as Kate will have to use all of her yoga calming skills once she finds out Michael has a secret… he’s already married and his estranged wife is demanding a huge sum of money for the divorce! Things only worsen when Kate and Michael try to work things out with Gabriella and she turns up dead, murdered with Michael being the primary suspect. Can Kate uncover who Gabriella’s murderer is? And will their relationship survive?

Admittedly, it’s hard to get thrown into the middle of a crisis in a relationship with characters you haven’t met previously and appreciate the emotional struggle they are undergoing. Tracy Weber, however, does a marvelous job at drawing readers into the heart of the dilemma.  Kate’s emotional anguish is palpable from the opening pages as we watch her excitement turn into horror when she realizes Michael has been lying to her.

And oh, how can I not mention Bella, the slightly neurotic German Shephard with separation anxiety? I loved her antics, from her hatred of beards to her protectiveness of the overexuberant toddler she meets. I want to read more of the Downward Dog Mystery series if only to see more of Bella!

PRE-MEDITATED MURDER is easily recommended for cozy mystery readers, particularly if you love animals.

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Review: Whiskey Secrets

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan

Dare Collins, former cop turned bartender is working on getting his act together and the last thing he wants is to become attracted to the family’s new innkeeper. The Inn is above his bar and restaurant so he finds himself working with the city girl with new ideas and legs a mile long.

Kenzie Owens, divorced from her abusive husband, goes to Whiskey, Pa. to start a new life. She didn’t plan to fall in love with the aggravating bartender or his family. But their world is hard to resist. It is unfortunate that her past viciously finds her and threatens everything that she has come to hold dear.

Wow – what an amazing beginning to a new series. Author Carrie Ann Ryan has a way of spinning a story that makes you feel as if you are a part of her make-believe world and never want to leave it. The Collins family are awesome, they are there for one another either an ear to listen, a pat on the back or a punch in the face … whichever is needed. There are a lot of things that are complicating both of their lives and Ms. Ryan, deals with each problem in a concise way that adds to the realistic feel of this couple.

Whiskey Secrets is filled with love, sweet and very steamy, family being helpful and/or a pain, real life situations, danger and drama all adding up to form a book that will thrill you.