The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan
Series: Jazz Ramsey #1
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
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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.
This is the first book in a new series. This was also a new-to-me author, so I was excited to see if I found a new go-to. Unfortunately, I didn’t.
The Scent of Murder starts out with cadaver dog and its handler, Jazz, finding a dead body. Jazz recognizes the girl as she attended the catholic school where Jazz runs the school office. Because of this connection, Jazz is determined to find out how the girl died.
Jazz decides to go off on her own to investigate and frankly this never really works for me. Reading the blurb it says she’s sucked into the investigation. I assumed it was because of her old lover and the fact she found the body – not so. She becomes Sherlock Holmes but not as smart or interesting.
The story didn’t have much to do with cadaver dogs on the whole, but I found the dogs more interesting than the characters. Jazz was mainly the focus in the books – her trying to find out who killed the girl and what the dead girl had been up to since graduating from the catholic school (nothing good).
Th whole thing with her ex-boyfriend, Nick, was…confusing and a bit ridiculous. We were told they were ex’s and that scheduling and communication were their downfall. That’s nice, but it wasn’t explained further. Jazz seems to dislike Nick intensely for whatever part he played in them fizzling out. Of course then he shows up on her doorstep asking to meet her for coffee and she agrees. What? Then they agree to meet once a week but then keep cancelling and actually never meet again. Then Nick shows up on her door, randomly once again, and gives her a new puppy to train as a cadaver dog. It was just so bizarre! I can only assume that Nick was included because that relationship will go somewhere in subsequent books. I won’t be reading those to find out.
The characters in this story were flat and uninteresting. The mystery around the dead girl was interesting and I wanted to find out what was up with her, so I kept reading. I can’t say I’d recommend the book even with a very generous 3 stars. I can think of a lot of different books that are much more captivating than this one.
Rating: 3 out of 5