Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books
Date of publication: May 7th, 2019
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Series: Jazz Ramsey
The Scent of Murder—Book 1
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.
I was pretty excited to read The Scent of Murder. I was excited to learn about how cadaver dogs are trained. In all the books I have read, I don’t think that I have read a book where cadaver dogs (or their training) was mentioned. I was also in the mood for a good mystery. The Scent of Murder delivered on the mystery but didn’t deliver on cadaver dogs.
I thought The Scent of Murder’s plotline was predictable but well written. The author did a great job of having Jazz follow the trail of evidence to Florie’s killer. I was able to call everything that happened in the book. But, that isn’t a bad thing.
I do wish that more emphasis had been put on the cadaver dog training. I was fascinated by it. The training that the dogs went through, when showed, was fascinating. I was disappointed when there were only a handful of scenes involving the dogs.
I did like Jazz, but I couldn’t quite believe the situations that she got herself into. Like being in the car line at her school and hopping into an ex-student’s car to grill her about Florie. That made me go “WTF” Another example is when she approached a student at lunch and had a conversation about her lack of a love life. The student was around 14 years old. Again, another “WTH” moment. I was also a little iffy about her obsession with finding Florie’s murder.
The Scent of Murder was a solid but predictable mystery. I did figure out who the murderer was halfway through the book. But that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the wannabe second chance romance between Jazz and Nick. Neither of them seemed to be trying too hard to make time for the other. I will say that Jazz did do a better job at investigating Florie’s murder than Nick did. He seemed always to be one step behind her.
The end of The Scent of Murder was ok. It went the way I thought it would. I do like that the author left it open for another book. Maybe in this one, there will be more emphasis on the cadaver dog training!!
I would give The Scent of Murder an Adult rating. There is no sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.
I am on the fence if I would reread The Scent of Murder. I am also on the fence if I would recommend this book to family and friends
**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**
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