Hey everyone! I’m so excited that you want to talk to me today. Most people just ignore me. Some even consider me a nuisance, but like most of my fellow corvids, I’m sociable, highly intelligent, and have a long memory. For those of you who don’t know much about crows like me, here are a few facts:
♦ We live in extended family units, in which the whole family cares for and teaches the young.
♦ We can live up to thirty years.
♦ We have great memories, and we recognize faces. Treat us good, and we will be your friends for life. Treat us bad? Well, just expect to be dive bombed and scolded for the rest of your life.
♦ That’s right. The rest of your life. We crows pass information down through the generations. If we don’t like you, we’ll teach our children not to like you, too. So you’d better be nice to me, or you’ll regret it!
Which is why I like Kate Davidson, the yoga teacher/sleuth in Karma’s A Killer. She’s nice to me. Kate feeds me goat-shaped dog cookies. In exchange, I steal shiny objects from her. That might not seem like a fair trade, but I was raised as a fledgling before I was released back to the wild, and the best way I know to honor nice people is to take a shiny souvenir to remember them.
I love being back at Green Lake Park in Seattle. I had to be away for awhile because an obnoxious off-leash dog caught me and broke my wing. I have a scar near my neck to prove it. All of you dog owners reading, please keep your puppies on leash! Judith, my friend and a skilled wildlife rehabilitator, nursed me back to health and returned me to my corvid family.
I sure wish I could speak English. Not only was I here at Green Lake the day Kate overheard a fight between two women, but I saw one of those women get murdered later that night! I’ve been trying to tell Kate what I saw, but she doesn’t understand me. Bella, her crazy German shepherd, ignores me. Probably because I eat all of her cookies.
If I leave Kate a clue, do you think she’ll figure it out?
Hey! Is that a peanut in your hand? I love peanuts. If I hop on your shoulder and nibble your ear, will you give it to me? If not, you’d better watch out. I have a lot of crow friends. Like I told you before, we crows have very long memories. . .
Karma’s A Killer is the third book in the “Downward Dog” mystery series, published by Midnight Ink, January 2016.
About Karma’s A Killer
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is about to discover that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like om. When she agrees to teach doga—yoga for dogs—at a fundraiser for Dogma, a local animal rescue, Kate believes the only real damage will be to her reputation. But when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning, a few downward-facing dogs will be the least of Kate’s problems. . .
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, organizational politics, and the dangerous obsessions that drive them.
And if solving a murder weren’t complicated enough, Kate will also have to decide whether or not to reconcile with the estranged mother who abandoned her over thirty years ago. Not to mention having to contend with an almost-bankrupt animal rescue, a cantankerous crow, an unwanted pigeon houseguest, and a rabbit in a doga class. What could possibly go wrong?
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About the author
Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series. The first book in the series, Murder Strikes a Pose, won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Agatha award for Best First Novel. Tracy and her husband Marc live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd, Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.
Karma’s A Killer is her third novel. For more information on Tracy and the Downward Dog Mysteries, visit her author website: TracyWeberAuthor.com
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