Tree Pose

Yoga Mat Mysteries

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
369 Pages
Reviewed on 04/06/2024
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Author Biography

John Roosen started his career as a biologist, served as a commissioned naval officer and environmental emergency specialist in the United States, and has lived and worked in Australasia, Antarctica, the Americas 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. With Susan, John delivered international security and safety training against terrorism to ports in the Pacific. As a change-up, 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. John’s experience extends beyond 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 her life took a major detour when she became a commissioned naval officer. As a designated law enforcement officer, she was boarding ships and conducting structural inspections. In addition, she developed civil defence programs for civilian populations. With John, Susan orchestrated sting operations. Susan also ran extensive weapons training programs and managed emergency responses for disasters. In her spare time, she directed the restoration of a Presidential yacht. In between, she has written several books. Susan continues to write: braced against the hull of a sailing vessel, crossing the Middle East’s empty quarter in a Mini or bouncing around in a troop carrier in Australia’s outback.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Tree Pose: Yoga Mat Mysteries is penned by author duo Susan Rogers and John Roosen in the cozy mystery, crime thriller, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. We’re back with this fantastic series in a gripping tale set in Tasmania, Australia, where Ric Peters and Elaina Williams find themselves ensnared in a nightmare. As Devil's Island lives up to its ominous reputation, Ric confronts his own demons while facing the repercussions of a catastrophic mistake in Indonesia. With death closing in from all sides and a vengeful hitman on the prowl, Ric's past threatens to unravel his relationship with Elaina as they navigate corruption, secrets, and the specter of revenge.

Author team Susan Rogers and John Roosen have brought their very best suspense skills together to craft this fantastic narrative brimming with twists, secrets, and heart-pounding intrigue. The dynamic between Ric and Elaina is palpable, and I enjoyed the unique dialogue twists that characterize them both as well as their humor and the ways they challenged one another. The authors' vivid descriptions also extend into the vibrant setting of the novel, bringing the island to life with every sight, smell, sound, and sensation, and immersing readers in both the beauty and the shadows to match the tension of the plot. I found the mystery elements to be well-paced and varied with different ways of revealing clues, which certainly keeps you on your toes and guessing at the conclusions before Ric and Elaina start putting the pieces together. Overall, Tree Pose is a must-read for fans of mystery and suspense, offering a captivating blend of intrigue, romance, and adventure against the backdrop of Tasmania's mysterious allure.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Tree Pose by Susan Rogers and John Roosen is the third book in the Yoga Mat Mysteries series. Elaina and Ric have managed to get away from it all on Devil's Island in Tasmania, but their wonderful trip soon turns sour. Ric has been keeping a big secret from Elaina, knowing that if she ever finds out, it will change things forever, but his secret is about to catch up with him. A deadly, silent assassin is waiting for his chance, and a man is on the hunt, looking for revenge. As Elaina becomes a target, corrupt officials begin muddying the waters, and it's down to DI Jack McMasters to get to the truth before time runs out for both Ric and Elaina.

Tree Pose by Susan Rogers and John Roosen is another masterfully written episode in this amazing series. Set in Tasmania, it is a fun story with plenty of action and a plot that twists and turns its way to the end. The descriptive nature of the writing transports you to some amazing places, making you feel like you are there, with the sun beating down and terror surging through your body as you face the same dangers as the two protagonists. If you haven't read the first two books in the series, I urge you to do so, as it will give you deeper insight into the characters, although you will get to know them very well in this story. As the plot unfolds, the tension picks up, and each piece of the puzzle becomes clearer, leading to an ending you won't expect. This is one story that will keep you guessing all the way through, and I highly recommend it for all fans of light-hearted mystery stories.

Alma Boucher

Tree Pose by Susan Rogers and John Roosen follows the further adventures of Ric Peters and Elaina Williams, whose dream escape turned into a terrifying nightmare on Devil's Island. Ric struggled with a dark secret that he worried might ruin his relationship with Elaina, both because of the island's sinister history and his difficult past. An assassin lurking in the shadows waited for the right opportunity to kill without hesitation, complicating Ric's life and making Elaina the target. In a desperate attempt to get answers and save Ric and Elaina before it's too late, Detective Inspector Jack McMasters is racing against the clock. Retaliation, destruction, and redemption appear to be the only possible options for Jack, who is dealing with a person devoid of morality and driven by a desire for vengeance.

Tree Pose by Susan Rogers and John Roosen was a thrilling mystery and adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat. The plot was engrossing, and the writing style brought the environment and characters to life. The story was fast-paced and full of action, with never a dull moment. The characters were realistic and authentic, with interesting backgrounds. I felt for Ric, who was afraid of losing Elaina, but his secret had to come out at some point. The story was well-written, and themes of redemption, personal growth, and romance were woven throughout. The author’s note at the end of the book had interesting information. This book is a page-turner, and I enjoyed reading it. I really did not expect the shocking ending; it was a big surprise.

Liz Konkel

Tree Pose by Susan Rogers and John Roosen is the third book in the Yoga Mat Mysteries. Elaina is excited about a yoga convention in Tasmania and has talked Ric into accompanying her. Expecting a trip filled with relaxation and peaceful meditation, the two soon find the fun turning sour when the past comes back to haunt Devil’s Island and Ric’s own past resurfaces. Danger inches closer with Elaina in its sights as someone returns, seeking to pay Ric back for a mistake made in Indonesia, and has no problem leaving behind casualties. Secrets are threatened to be unveiled, forcing him to confront what he prefers to stay buried and soon he’ll have to face the possibility of Elaina discovering the truth. Will she be able to forgive him once she’s discovered that he is not the man she believed him to be?

Tree Pose has a grittiness grounded in reality with innocent lives sold and a race against time to save them. The primary focus is on Ric with elements that push him to confront his past and face his inner demons. This is a clever way to expand his character and allow for an opportunity for those in his life, such as Elaina, to see who he is in his entirety. At the root is a tale of revenge that helps create twists and turns against the backdrop of Tasmania. Other characters take part in the mystery, primarily Jack, a Detective Inspector who is working the mystery in a race against time. Susan Rogers and John Roosen craft a mystery that builds in intensity and keeps you hooked from the beginning. The relationship between Ric and Elaina adds romance and heart to the story with a dynamic rooted in balance and connection. Ric's hardness is caused by his past while Elaina is a vibrant spirit that provides his life with much-needed spice. As Ric’s past surfaces, their relationship is at stake which balances the mystery and danger with drama. Tree Pose is another exciting installment in the series with a mystery that blends suspense, danger, and romance.

Jamie Michele

Tree Pose by Susan Rogers and John Roosen is the third book in the Yoga Mat Mysteries series, preceded by book one, Dead Man’s Pose, and book two, Cobra's Pose. In this latest installment by the duo, Ric Peters and Elaina Williams desperately need a vacation from the trauma of Australia, but it soon becomes clear that Devil's Island is not that place. Malevolence targets Elaina and puts her in the crosshairs, while Ric's own issues could derail their relationship as the collision course between his past and their present barrels forward. The truth in the face of DI Jack McMaster's hunt is beleaguered by an onslaught of hurdles, and others hunting ruthlessly to kill begin to click together the pieces of the novel's continuation in the foreboding landscape of Tasmania.

In Tree Pose by Susan Rogers and John Roosen, the journey of redemption and forgiveness begins with Ric trying to reconcile what happened in Indonesia and his desire to move forward with Elaina. But Ric's issues of the past are ratcheted up when a murky link has him questioning history, identity, and the consequences of wealth and power. I love the detailed descriptions of Tasmania's landscapes, where we are shown its atmospheric beauty while also exploring its historical significance, including the eerie remnants of Port Arthur's penal past. The standout to me is, and remains, Elaina's pursuit of justice and moral responsibility, which are on full display in a harrowing scene with a deeply vulnerable teenager that has more backstory to it than we could have imagined. Overall, this is a well-written, engaging, and wildly suspenseful mystery with heaps of wonderful subplots and enough thrills to keep the pages turning.