"Lots of red herrings and potential motives eventually lead Kate to a surprising killer. Cozy fans will cheer her every step of the way."--Publishers Weekly
If Kate Doesn't Act Fast, the Only "I Do" in Michael's Future Will Be at His Trial
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she's disappointed when a special dinner doesn't end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.
When his wife's body is found--by Kate and her dog, no less--Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle. (Summary via Goodreads)
It is quoted that Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber is "A wonderful story for dog lovers." by Suspense Magazine. And I have no doubt that it is, however, it is a wonderful story for everyone. Whether you are a dog lover or not, The Downward Dog Mystery series has a lot to offer any reader.
And as you read the books in the series, Pre-Meditated Murder is the fifth series, you cannot help but fall in love with the main character Kate. There are also her best friends, Rene and Sam (husband and wife), Kate's boyfriend, Michael, and of course, Bella. Bella is a huge lovable german sheperd that goes every where with Kate. Me being a cat lover cannot help but love and appreciate Bella and her devotion to Kate and the group.
Now I am a STRONG believer of not reading ahead !! I will NOT read the end of a book until I get to the end of the book. I read every since word on the page and I do everything in my power to not even skip to the bottom of the page or the end of the chapter. With all of this said...... I HAD THE HARDEST TIME NOT READING AHEAD !!!
Weber has such a talent of writing a story that it flows so well and captures the reader.... It is like you are right there in the middle of everything....you can see everything, smell the smells, feel all of the emotions....and you are INVESTED !!! And in Pre-Meditated Murder Weber takes you to a place you will love and hate.
The story starts off with Kate and Michael celebrating Kate's birthday where Kate gets her hopes up that Michael is going to propose to her. And then when he doesn't and says he can't get married because he is already married....well that doesn't go well as you can foresee. Fast forward where Kate, Michael, Rene, Sam, the twins, Bella and 2 puppies load up and go to Michael's hometown of Cannon Beach. It just so happens that there is a huge Sandcastle Festival going on so they figure they can try to vacate while Michael asks his "wife" Gabriella for a divorce...... I put wife in quotes because the marriage was just to help Gabriella obtain citizenship...... Well as you can imagine, things don't go smoothly at all. Gabby is found by Kate dead on the beach and Michael is the prime suspect.......
I could continue telling you all about what happens next and boy is there a lot that happens but you really need to read it for yourself....... I will forward you though that when you are reading the last chapter, you may cuss a few times because you are very emotionally invested and Weber may have you reading it and thinking it is going to go one way when she tricks you...... (Thank you for that small heart attack Tracy )
Review by Missi S.