Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. Her disappointment turns to shock and horror as she learns the real reason Michael didn’t propose. Michael is already married, and his green card-seeking wife is blackmailing him.
When his wife’s dead body turns up on a beach by Kate and her dog, Bella, 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.
Pre-Meditated Murder is a fun and fast read filled with good characters and lovely locations. Ms. Weber is a talented writer with a flair for making the ordinary seem extraordinary. Her series, “A Downward Dog Mystery” should appeal to most readers that enjoy a romantic tinge to their murder mysteries.
The characters of Kate and Michael have issues, namely caused by Michael not telling Kate that he was married, or that his wife was trying to blackmail him. Just when Kate thought they were taking the next step in their relationship, the rug is pulled out from under her feet, and she lands squarely on her backside. The realization that Michael might not be the man she thought he was gets to her, and she fears she will never be able to trust him again. She may not be sure of her and Michael’s future, but she knows he’s not a killer. With the help of her Rene and her German Shepard, Bella she sets out to prove his innocence.
These characters are heartwarming with heir oddities and faults and give the reader hope for the future. They are easy to relate to, and the reader will find themselves rooting for their relationship. Other characters are wonderfully original with characteristics that remind us of people in our own lives.
The locations described including Seattle’s famous Space Needle and Oregon are wonderfully described with enough detail to get the reader interested in possibly exploring the areas on some future vacation. There isn’t a great deal of flowery prose to interfere with the clues to the killer’s identity and the resolution of the investigation.
Even though this is book five of the series, it can be read as a standalone without a retelling of the other books. All in all, Pre-Meditated Murder is a good book that will give the reader hours of entertainment. It is rich with well-rounded characters and emotions that have the reader smiling, laughing and occasionally anger.