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  • Fantastic Series

    Jazzi and Ansel are helping his brother Radley move into his new apartment. What should be a great day turns sour when the third brother, Bain, shows up and tries to bring Radley home to work on the farm. When Radley refuses to go with his brother, Bain decides to tag along. While the guys help move furniture into the new apartment, Radley’s boss and friend is found murdered in his apartment and it turns out Bain’s gun was used to murder the man. Now Jazzi and Ansel have Bain staying with them, making fur a not so happy home. As time goes on it seems the murder is tied to a group of ex cons, some who seem to be trying to go straight, but none of which the police can get enough evidence on for the murder. When one of the ex cons is murdered it takes things up another notch. While Jazzi helps the detective to put some people at ease when he speaks with them, she also trying to flip a house and cater a double wedding. Will being a caring and giving person backfire on Jazzi and Ansel and draw the wrath of the murderer before the police can solve the case? It’s a race to the altar and the evidence.. Another solid entry in this flipping cozy mystery series. Just when you think you don’t care for one of the characters the writer shows another side of them and you find yourself rooting for them. Well written and solidly developed characters that keep me coming back for more.

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  • Family-Driven Cozy Mystery

    Book 4 has Jazzi and Ansel happily married and seeing Radley, Ansel's brother, moving to an apartment of his own near his co-worker, Donovan. Unfortunately, Bain, their oldest brother comes to River Bluffs at the same time to retrieve Radley and drag him back to the old farm. But Bain and Donovan quarrel and when Donovan is shot and Bain's gun is inexplicably missing, guess who looks like suspect numero uno? Of course, they know he didn't do it, but he can't leave now. With the death of Donovan, Detective Gaff once again calls upon Jazzi to help with his interviews. In the meantime, Bain, bored, asks to be included in the current house-flipping project, which gradually turns him from PIA brother to welcome family member. Jerod's wife is soon to have their third baby, so an extra hand couldn't hurt. It is a low-key, well-plotted, easy-paced mystery with family storyline at the forefront. It's not out to build tension. The mystery is cleverly tucked betwixt and between Jazzi's life. She fits in a few interviews of her own between work on the house and food and event prep. The perp isn't hard to figure and pretty obvious early on. So what is it that's so compelling about the series? The characters, the location, and the whole unique staging of house-flippers. A series that I started with Book 1 and this entry could very well act as a standalone if you haven't read them all. The conclusion escalates into a gritty, heart-pounding climax. Then, as with any good cozy, soothes the heart rate, and dissolves all loose threads, even offering a few recipes. I received this digital download from the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. I'm invested in the characters and looking forward to Book 5. 4.5/5 stars

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  • A fun and lighthearted cozy mystery!

    Jazzie and her husband, Ansel, are helping his brother Radley move out of their home and into his new apartment. But when Ansel and Radley's older brother, Bain, shows up and tries to convince Radley to come back home to work on the family farm, it puts a damper on what should have been a great day. While the men are moving furniture into the apartment, Radley's boss is shot to death with Bain's missing gun and his apartment is ransacked. Told not to leave town by the detective, Jazzie and Ansel have no choice but to let Bain and his grumpy attitude, stay with them until he's eliminated as a suspect. I found this book to be an enjoyable and relaxing read. The story moves at a good pace, and the cast of characters are fleshed out. Jazzie is likable, intelligent, dedicated to her friends and family and passionate about her job. It was refreshing to see a heroine not putting herself in dangerous situations and is content to let the police handle the investigation. The murder mystery was interesting but had little to no suspense leading up to the reveal, and the culprit was not a surprise. I found it very unrealistic that a detective would take a civilian to question witnesses and that he would be so reliant on her for help. Overall, this is a lighthearted and fun cozy mystery, with delicious-sounding food, heartwarming family relationships, and plenty of romance. I will not hesitate to read future installments in this series. I received an ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own.

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  • Good read!

    small-business, family-dynamics, friendship, amateur-sleuth, Indiana, cozy-mystery, murder, greed, small-town I think it's nice to see small town detectives utilizing select female civilians on a case because it would ease the ones being questioned as well as protect the department from certain kinds of lawsuits. Too bad that's probably not a reality (what do I know, I live in a suburb). Anyway, this is a great cozy involving newly married Jazzi, her extended family, her husband's brothers, and numerous friends. Even though I had read the first in series, I was glad that there is lots of references so I didn't feel left behind. Great characters, plenty of plot twists, red herrings, and misdirection plus there is a wedding coming up soon and lots of cooking and baking. Excellent read! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • Enjoyable

    This one was a little different to the many cosy murder mysteries I've read. The main character, Jazzi, is on the scene when the crime takes place and it is evident she has a great relationship with the detective-in-charge who recognises her skills in getting people to open up. She doesn't try to take the lead but does spend time mulling over possibilities and responding to requests for help whenever she is called on. There is a lot of stuff included in the book that does not relate to the solving of the initial murder. At first it felt complementary, helping me understand the ensemble cast as there is a lot of detail on the social aspects of Jazzi's life (eg: her penchant for cooking for very large groups and the progress with the work on the house that they are working on to flip). Eventually, I found this a bit much though I am sure other readers will enjoy it. The plausibility of some of the timelines and storylines was definitely in question at times but I did appreciate the depth of the relationships described and the strong bonds which were evidence of an investment made in caring for and supporting each other despite a range of difficult circumstances. I didn't really feel a strong tension in the storyline, but it was still very enjoyable. With thanks to #Netgalley, Kensington Books and the author for my advanced reader copy. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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