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    Talk About Skeletons in the Closet!

    I tend to gravitate toward fiction with psychological twists and imminent dangers around every corner, but every once in a while I crave a break and pick up a cozy mystery. I still get the satisfaction of trying to solve the puzzle, but with a lighter atmosphere. Bonus points if there’s a little romance thrown in. That’s exactly why I picked up Judi Lynn’s THE BODY IN THE ATTIC. And that’s exactly what I got. The author promises a story rife with questions regarding her long-missing aunt. She delivers on that promise, and then some. Not one but two murders need to be solved. And on top of it all, there is a budding romance. All in all, my idea of a good time. The heroine is strong and independent. The love interest is a dream. And the reader can’t help but suspect so many people until the murders are solved. This is a fun and easy read, and one I’m glad I downloaded from NetGalley.
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    Solid start to a new series

    I really enjoyed this. It’s a solid start to a cozy series, building a nice foundation for later books. I like the big family dynamic and the use of history and old secrets. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
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    Forget the property brothers, flipping cousins!

    House flipping cousins Jazzi and Jerod key up their next investment property but end up getting far more than they bargained for. First a body is found in a trunk in the attic, which turns out to be Jazzi’s long lost aunt. Then a second body is found in a shallow grave. While Jazzi has fallen in love with the house and wants to make it her home, do the two bodies not bode well for her? Will she end up being the third body, or will Jazzi and he gang bring closure for her family and bring happiness back to the house and make it a home again? While I enjoyed the overall story, as I got further in the book I began getting irritated by the unrealistic relationship between the main character, Jazzi, and detective Gaff. The reality is that no detective is going to welcome a civilian in their investigation, more over invite them along to speak with potential suspects. Yes, cozies are works of fiction, but they really need to be based a little more in reality. That said, I did find the overall writing to be enjoyable when Jazzi wasn’t being asked to join Gaff on official police business. Ansel is totally a dream man, who wouldn’t want a guy that was hot and faithful? While a little annoyed for a bit there, I am looking forward to another visit with Jazzi and the gang.
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    Enjoyable!

    The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn has readers traveling to River Bluffs, Indiana. Jasmine “Jazzi” Zanders runs a home flipping business with her cousin, Jerrod. Their newest acquisition belonged to Cal Juniper who was once engaged to Jazzi’s aunt, Lynda who disappeared twenty-six years ago. They are moving a trunk in the attic when they hear rattling inside it. When they open the trunk, they find a woman’s body. Jazzi notices the silver locket around the victim’s neck and knows she has found Lynda. Detective Richard Gaff is assigned the case, but it will be difficult to solve such an old crime. Family and friends are shocked by the discovery and try to remember the events that transpired prior to Lynda vanishing. Jazzi, Jerrod and their contractor, Ansel proceed with the renovation and notice that the water is not draining properly. Jerrod is digging near the septic tank when he makes a gruesome discovery. As Jazzi works on the house, she falls in love with its beauty and decides to make it her home. Ansel has great ideas for the rooms and works with Jazzi on the finishes. As the family reminisces about Lynda, Jazzi learns helpful information and shares with Detective Gaff who includes her in the investigation. Someone, though, feels threatened by Jazzi and makes threatening phone calls. Will Jazzi get to enjoy her new home or will she up the next victim? The Body in the Attic is easy to read thanks to the author’s conversational writing style. The book has a nice, steady pace and good flow. I liked the characters and the home renovation angle. Jazzi is twenty-seven years old who has been working with her cousin, Jerrod for the last four years. They buy run down homes and fix them up. Ansel, a tall handsome blonde man (think Viking), is their contractor and Jazzi’s friend. Jazzi is attracted to Ansel, but he is currently living with prima donna, Emily. Ansel and Emily’s relationship is on the rocks when she takes a job in California and expects him to follow her. I did find too much of the book devoted to Ansel and Emily’s relationship. It competed with the mystery and it followed an expected path (reminded me of a romance novel). I loved Ansel’s little pug, George who is his faithful companion. George is a spoiled little pooch and he has attitude (he drinks beer too). Jazzi is the most developed character in the book. It would have been nice if the author fleshed out the main characters more in The Body in the Attic. I like that Jazzi is close to her family and hosts Sunday dinner for them at her place. She has a loving relationship with her grandmother who is in the early stages of dementia. There are two mysteries in the story. There are a couple of suspects in each one. The investigating is focused on Jazzi and Detective Gaff talking with various people and gathering information. Jazzi makes various connections based on the information obtained. Both mysteries can be solved before the reveal. Detective Gaff is a friendly, likeable man and willingly includes Jazzi. I did find it unrealistic that a detective would take a civilian along when questioning suspects and that he would share so many details regarding the cases. I enjoyed the descriptions of Jazzi’s finished house. I especially loved how she finished the kitchen ceiling. There are recipes at the end of The Body in the Attic for the dishes Jazzi created. The Body in the Attic is a light cozy mystery perfect for reading on a relaxing Saturday afternoon. I look forward to reading The Body in the Wetlands when is releases.
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    House Flipping Can Be Fun

    What a delightfully different premise for a cozy mystery! A house flipper--and a female at that. It has "good bones" and they will be only be doing cosmetic work on the home of the former fiancé of her Aunt Lynda. She disappeared twenty-six years ago before she and Cal married and was never heard from again. Jasmine (Jazzi) and her cousin Jerod won the auction on the old home and have a history of rehabbing. Jerod is knowledgeable, capable, level-headed, and "two years older" than Jazzi, may be around 25 or not. There are several engaging support characters, including the 6'5" Viking god, Ansel who works with she and Jerod. He is a "construction" contractor (perhaps general?). A trunk in the attic is found to contain a skeleton. I could not get completely invested in the protagonist and she doesn't appear to enjoy sleuthing as much as work with Ansel (especially Ansel!) and Jerod. (The "cosmetic" work here begins with a sledge hammer and wall removal.) Jazzi seems to have some kind of rapport with the detective, however, who begins to invite her along on his investigation and little by little whittle at the mystery. The investigation ramps up when they find a second body out back of much more recent origin. The author writes with a keen sense of humor, and the well-plotted storyline folds out in a steady, even pace. The narrative begins with a hook and engages interest through to the conclusion. The writing style is easy, fast, the dialogue natural, and I appreciated the affection intonated between family members as well as the location and the little pug. The antagonist becomes a bit obvious, however, and perhaps too soon. There is a romantic tic that interrupts the mystery and seemed a bit fast although is explained plausibly. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. I'll be interested in the next entry to the series and be looking for a more complete fleshing of Jazzi next installment as well as further exploration of Ansel, without the romance. Recommended for any who enjoy a cozy with a different premise.
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