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5+ stars for Dead Man's Pose: Yoga Mat Mysteries by @yogamatmysterie #cozymystery #yoga #bookreview

Title: Dead Man's Pose: Yoga Mat Mysteries (Mystery, suspense, romance and adventure (Yoga Mat Mysteries series, Book 1))

Author: Susan Rogers and John Roosen

Genre: Cozy Crime, Cozy Mystery, Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

Dead Man’s Pose is a tension-reliever in yoga. Not this time!

The relaxation goes further than expected. One of Elaina Williams’s yoga students dies in her class. Was the victim helped into Dead Man’s Pose? Behind the scenes, there’s a coverup threatening to unravel Elaina’s tranquil life. It turns out her favourite student was targeted and that strikes at her very core. What was the message that Mario so desperately wanted to give her? Elaina needs to know what’s happening. But there are no easy answers.

She teams up with Ric, a mysterious dark-horse, and they navigate the back streets, landmarks and sleazy haunts of Sydney, Australia. From a darkened saloon to a starlit casino, Elaina and Ric’s trail tumbles into a gummy web of intrigue. It’s a city life they thought they knew. Instead, Sydney is hiding pockets of controversial history and a basketful of crime, chaos and quirky characters.

Using unconventional crime-solving methods and coffee-fuelled discoveries, Elaina and Ric reveal that corruption runs deep. But their attraction to each other runs even deeper. Things start ‘hotting up’. As each moment becomes more perilous, Elaina must overcome her fears. If she continues, she risks being the next victim. The stakes are high. With several close calls and the body count racking up, will Elaina and Ric resolve this mystery before time runs out?

Dead Man’s Pose is presented in a stylish noir mystery wrapper. It arrives with doses of romance, laugh-out-loud humour and suspense tucked into shadowy corners. But the layers that make a celebration of what is Australia don’t always end with ‘she’ll be right’.

✓ Your Dead Man’s Pose eBook is just a click away. Hungry for more? Dead Man’s Pose is first in the Yoga Mat Mysteries’ line-up. Next will be Cobra Pose – coming soon!


The book cover for Dead Man's Pose was selected as a 'Silver' Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for the Best Cover Design (Fiction). This is the largest international awards program for indie authors and independent publishers in the world.

My Review:

A sudden death during yoga class spurs Elaina and Ric on a quest for the truth. Yoga teacher Elaina lives a calm life but that changes when she discovers one of her students, Mario, died during class. She cannot fathom who would want to hurt Mario, much less kill him. Teaming up with Ric, another of her students, they stumble upon clues that only lead to more questions. Mario was hip-deep in the criminal underworld and there are those who are desperate to keep Elaina and Ric quiet. Roving through the dark streets of Sydney, Elaina and Ric place themselves in danger, the kind that could lead to an early grave. Can they catch the killer before they become the next victims, or will they too leave the mortal coil in the dead man’s pose?

Dead Man’s Pose is a cozy mystery that’ll whisk you to Australia and stretch your imagination. I love a good cozy mystery to sink my teeth into, especially one that’s set in an exotic locale. This book is set in Australia, and I got to experience an Aussie vacation while reading. The descriptive narration is lush with its intricate knowledge of Sydney right down to the best coffee shops and the slang. The deep POV allows the reader to become a part of the story. The plot moves at a steady pace with plenty of twists and turns along the way. I connected with both Elaina and Ric while trying to solve the mystery before they did. There’s a full cast of characters to interact with which added such depth to the overall story. The yoga vernacular is 100% accurate and I liked the interesting way the authors used yoga throughout the book. If I were to sum up Dead Man’s Pose, it’s a mash-up of classic noir with cozy mystery in the heart of Australia. Brilliant and original, I can’t wait to read more from this brand-new series. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5+ stars

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(Also Available with Amazon in: France, Italy, The Netherlands, India)

Books2Read (various sites)

Booktopia (This is a popular Australian site)



Author Biography:

What do a woman, who used to train military personnel how to shoot straight, and a man, skilled at eradicating all sorts of hazardous materials safely, have in common? Besides both being designated law enforcement officers, they have now written a ‘knock ‘em dead’ book … together.

John Roosen started his career as a biologist, served as a naval officer and environmental emergency specialist in the United States, and has lived and worked in Australasia, Antarctica and the Middle East. At a moment’s notice, he would respond to chemical and refinery plant explosions, deal with rocket fuel plant meltdowns and dismantle illegal drug labs. As a changeup, John switched careers to chasing pirates and duelling with a con artist extraordinaire on a remote South Pacific island. In between, he organised jungle expeditions and deep-sea scuba diving. However, John’s experience extends beyond responding to cataclysmic disasters and includes mastering the intricacies of making soufflé omelettes without burning the edges.

Susan Rogers already knew she was a writer at age six, but as an adult she took a major detour in becoming a commissioned naval officer. She has conducted sting operations, run extensive weapons training programs and directed the restoration of a Presidential yacht. In between, she has written several books, run health and safety operations for multi-billion-dollar projects in Abu Dhabi and revamped a South Pacific maritime service. Susan continues to write: whether braced against the hull of a sailing vessel on a hard tack, during a crossing of the Middle East’s empty quarter in a Mini, or bouncing around in a troop carrier in Australia’s outback.

Hungry for more? Dead Man’s Pose is first in the Yoga Mat Mysteries’ line-up. Next will be Cobra Pose – coming soon!

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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