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First in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Scent of Murder is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains cadaver dogs.

The way Jazz Ramsey figures it, life is pretty good. She’s thirty-five years old and owns her own home in one of Cleveland’s most diverse, artsy, and interesting neighborhoods. She has a job she likes as an administrative assistant at an all-girls school, and a volunteer interest she’s passionate about–Jazz is a cadaver dog handler.

Jazz is working with Luther, a cadaver dog in training. Luther is still learning cadaver work, so Jazz is putting him through his paces at an abandoned building that will soon be turned into pricey condos. When Luther signals a find, Jazz is stunned to see the body of a young woman who is dressed in black and wearing the kind of make-up and jewelry that Jazz used to see on the Goth kids back in high school.

She’s even more shocked when she realizes that beneath the tattoos and the piercings and all that pale make-up is a familiar face.

The lead detective on the case is an old lover, and the murdered woman is an old student. Jazz finds herself sucked into the case, obsessed with learning the truth.

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Fly Girl’s Review:

I picked this book off Netgalley hoping for a nice mystery read. I have not previously read Kylie so I had no idea until putting this review together that she writes cozy mystery and this is her first foray into a harder type of mystery. It explains a lot. I’m not overly impressed with this one. I liked the plot idea of the story and felt she did a lot of character development of Jazz, but not much of Nick. Maybe that will happen in subsequent books. However if you are looking for cozy mystery this isn’t it. But it also isn’t a suspense mystery either. It’s not dark enough.

Jazz is a cadaver dog trainer and operator. She got into it from her Dad and has recently lost her own dog and is just doing training when we pick her up in this story. We get a good development of her relationship with her dead father and with her brothers too. They are all a close family and it makes for some unexpected visits and some heartwarming scenes.

She is an administrator at a local catholic school and that is how she ends up knowing the victim in this particular case. As she discovers the dead girl’s life, there were a few relationships I found interesting and worth exploring, but unfortunately for me it didn’t take long for me to figure out who the mostly likely suspect was. That made it frustrating because I really wanted it to change from my first suspicions and she didn’t switch it up even when she could have explored the most contentious relationship between the victim and a classmate.

If you are looking for romance, this one doesn’t fit that bill either. It gives us early stages of romance she starts to rekindle with the detective she used to date, but you don’t really get far in it. This one is set up for future books in the Jazzy Mystery series, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up future ones. I may try one of her cozy mysteries, I just feel this one wasn’t far enough into a suspense mystery for it to work for me. Also, I like to be entertained or surprised by mysteries and I really wasn’t either of those in this one. For that reason, I’m giving it a 3.5 of 5.

3.5 of 5 Propellers


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I have a degree in English, experience as a journalist and writing teacher, and lots of ideas about interesting ways to kill people. This makes me an excellent guest as cocktail parties, but I’ve noticed that the hostess doesn’t always trust me near the food. Could that have something to do with the book on poisons sticking out of my purse?

I began my career writing historical romance and my book “Devil’s Diamond” was nominated for a RITA award as historical of the year by Romance Writers of America. I’ve also written contemporary romance, young adult horror (as Zoe Daniels and Connie Laux), and one children’s book, “Fright Knight,” in the RL Stine’s Ghosts of Fear Street series.

I enjoy weaving and knitting, exploring old cemeteries, and I am a beekeeper. I can’t pass up an antique shop (there might be buttons in there!). I can’t put down a classic book (even if I already know the story!). And I can’t say no to a good bowl of chili. Lucky for me, my husband is the world’s greatest chili maker.

When I’m not writing, I’m usually with my family and our two dogs, Ernie, an adorable Airedale, and Oscar, a Jack Russell rescue who came for a short-term stay and ten years later, is still here. Those of you who have ever lived with/met/had dealings with a Russell will certainly understand how knowing him has increased my propensity for murder.