Tree Pose by Susan Rogers & John Roosen

About the Book:

Escape to Tasmania they said … But what was supposed to be a dream for Ric Peters and Elaina Williams has turned into a nightmare. The Devil’s Island is living up to its name, serving up the ghosts of its dark past, while Ric is haunted by his own demons. The truth is unraveling, and death is closing in from all sides. And now, it’s stalking Elaina.

Ric’s past is catching up to him, with a vengeful man seeking retribution for a catastrophic blunder in Indonesia. Ric has kept a secret hidden from Elaina, fearing that she will not … cannot, forgive him. That after all they’ve been through, he’s not the man she believes him to be.

In the shadows, a hitman lurks … waiting for the time to strike, unafraid of collateral casualties.

As corrupt officials pull strings and innocents are sold, Ric and Elaina’s life together is threatened. Detective Inspector Jack McMasters races against time to piece together the clues before it’s too late. A sociopath and an anguished man are closing in. As the lightning strikes, the uncertainties remain … revenge, redemption, or devastation?



“Tree Pose is the third installment in John Roosen and Susan Rogers’ Yoga Mat Mystery series. After reading the first two books in the series, Dead Man’s Pose and Cobra Pose, I was hooked. Each mystery is laid out well and can be read as standalone novels, although I recommend reading them in chronological order to experience how the relationships between the characters become more intertwined and complex (in a good way) with time.

There is action, adventure, and plenty of witty dialogue throughout this book. I recommend Tree Pose and the whole Yoga Mat series to anyone who loves an engaging, suspenseful mystery with beautiful scenery and spontaneous and fun characters.”

– Krisit Elizabeth, San Francisco Book Review.

“This murder mystery is a page-turner up until the satisfying conclusion.  And if you’re already a fan of the Yoga Mat Mysteries series with its mystery, suspense, romance, and adventure you may enjoy the authors’ notes at the end of the book which gives some information about what went into making the series. If you’re looking for a perfectly crafted novel to sink your teeth into, be sure to put “Tree Pose: Yoga Mat Mysteries” by Susan Rogers and John Roosen, at the top of your reading list.”

– Tammy Ruggles, Reader Views Book Review Blog

About the Authors:

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 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.  John worked in the Middle East on a number of projects in Iraq, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and several conflict zones and other locations.  As a change-up, John switched careers to chasing pirates and dueling with a con artist extraordinaire on a remote South Pacific island as the Commissioner of Maritime Affairs. In between, he organized 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 omelets 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 and a designated law enforcement officer. She has conducted sting operations, run extensive weapons training programs and directed the restoration of a Presidential yacht. In between, she has written a number of  books. Susan’s work has taken her into government operations in the United States, Australasia, the South Pacific and the Middle East.  She has run health and safety operations for multi-billion-dollar projects in Abu Dhabi and worked for engineering and environmental firms in the Middle East on projects across the region.  She also revamped a South Pacific maritime service with responsibilities for local trade vessels and an international fleet servicing the maritime industry. 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.  

After writing Surviving Paradise about their life in the South Pacific, John and Susan created the concept of their mystery series. Dead Man’s Pose is first in the Yoga Mat Mysteries line-up, with Cobra Pose as the second in the YMM series (online now) and Tree Pose third in the series is online.