SynopsisHigh summer in River Bluffs, Indiana, is always sweltering and sweet. But the heat is really on when a decidedly dead body turns up in the neighborhood.
When established house flippers Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod donate a week’s worth of remodeling work to Jazzi’s sister Olivia, they’re expecting nothing more than back-breaking roofing work and cold beers at the end of each long, hot day. With Jazzi’s live-in boyfriend and partner Ansel on the team, it promises to be a quick break before starting their next big project—until Leo, an elderly neighbor of Olivia’s, unexpectedly goes missing . . .
When the friendly senior’s dog tugs Jazzi and the guys toward the wetlands beyond Olivia’s neighborhood, they stumble across a decomposing corpse—and a lot of questions. With Jazzi’s pal Detective Gaff along to investigate, Jazzi finds her hands full of a whole new mystery instead of the usual hammer and nails. And this time it will take some sophisticated sleuthing to track down the culprit of the deadly crime—before the killer turns on her next . . .
This was an interesting read from the interactions between Jazzi, Ansel, Olivia and Jerod as they flip the house Olivia and Jerod will live in, to the missing teen, the old man with his dog and all their family dynamics. There is a lot going on, and Detective Gaff needs Jazzi's personality and logical thinking. Not to mention the dog who drags her to evidence. The story is well-paced with enough tension and the occasional twists and turns. There are a couple of suspects, including the creepy pizza delivery guy, and the killer isn't obvious. Well-written, if you like a solid cozy mystery with a strong female lead, and a touch of romance, you'll enjoy this book.
This is the second in the series. Although there is some reference to the story in the first book, The Body in the Attic, this can easily be read as a stand alone. The third book, The Body in the Gravel, is also available. That one's going on my TBR list for sure.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
About the Author
Judi Lynn received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher after attending the IPFW campus. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters. She loves gardening, cooking and trying new recipes.Readers can visit her website at www.judithpostswritingmusings.com and her blog writingmusings.com.
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