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review 2019-05-14 17:18
The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan
The Scent of Murder (Jazz Ramsey #1) - Kylie Logan

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

People stumbled over their words. They blundered when it came to their feelings. Dogs always knew what to do. She could always count on a dog.

 

Jazz is an administrative assistant at an all girl's Catholic High School and trains cadaver dogs on the side. When helping to train a friend's dog, they actually end up finding a real human body. When Jazz realizes that she knew the girl murdered, she sets out to find who could have possibly done this.

 

This is first in a series that doesn't have a cliffhanger ending but will obviously continue following our central character Jazz. The story is told from her point of view and we are introduced to her detective ex-boyfriend Nick, along with her colleague best-friend, brothers, fellow cadaver dog handlers, and mother. Jazz's father died in a fire a year ago, she's dealing with the grief, along with the loss of her dog Manny, and lingering attraction to Nick.

 

Even with Jazz vaguely remembering Flori (the murder victim) from her going to the school Jazz works at, it seemed a bit of a stretch as to why she was going around trying to conduct her own investigation. There were even a couple of times that she tampered or withheld evidence that could have ruined Nick's investigation. The murder mystery itself threw out enough red-herrings to be interesting but some misleads ended up feeling very contrived.

 

Damn.” One corner of his mouth thinned and he shook his head and followed her up the stairs. “Come on, Jazz. What we had, was it that bad?”

When she turned the key and shoved the door open, her smile was hard-edged. “ Even after all this time, you haven’t figured it out yet, have you? And I thought you were a smart guy. Don’t you get it, Nick? It wasn’t that bad. It was that good.”

 

The romance takes a big backseat to Jazz trying to figure out who killed Flori, Nick only appears a handful of times. We don't get any flashbacks to when they were in a relationship, it's discussed how it ended because of how their schedules never worked out. The author leaves some hope for them to get together again and the relationship will obviously be progressed further in the next book. There is some background given on Nick but his character isn't really felt, I never felt like I knew him. With this being all from Jazz's point of view, she obviously dominates and for the most part was a strong enough character to control the story, her motivations were sometimes a bit weak.

 

Jazz's involvement in trying to catch Flori's murderer was somewhat shaky but the mystery was stirring enough to keep me reading. The romance between her and Nick was extremely anemic and more of a tease to lead you to read the next to see if they can make time for each other. Jazz's world was sketched out enough to set a solid foundation for the series, I would have liked even more of her side job with working with cadaver dogs. This was a fair starter book to a series, hoping the next in the series colors in the sketching.

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text 2019-05-12 17:41
Reading Update: 50%
The Scent of Murder (Jazz Ramsey #1) - Kylie Logan

A woman looking for answers, a hot detective, a cute doggo, and enchiladas

 

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Ground Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas recipe

 

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review 2019-05-06 14:10
The Scent of Murder
The Scent of Murder - Kylie Logan

The Scent of Murder is well-written and despite the nature of the story, an easy read. I prefer something with more grit, so the story is a little bit too cozy mystery for my tastes, but the fast pace and whodunit did hold my interest. This one reminded me of Murder She Wrote with Jazz and her determination to solve the murder regardless of any warnings from police or any danger to herself. There is an almost romance between Jazz and her ex - a bit of push and pull between them and some flirting on his part, but I didn't really see them as a couple until the end. Nick's feelings come across clearly, but Jazz is closed off and comes across as more confused about a relationship than anything else. In the end, I did enjoy the mystery, and we're introduced to some interesting and quirky characters in Jazz's world, especially Sarah and Eileen. The story is certainly worth the read, and I'll be interested to see where things go for these characters. 

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review 2018-04-04 13:12
DNF
Irish Stewed: An Ethnic Eats Mystery - Kylie Logan

I got to the part when she was outraged that everyone wanted their usual burgers and fries rather than the quinoa and lentil salad and by that point I realized this book was entirely irredeemable. 0 stars

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text 2018-04-04 01:57
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
Irish Stewed: An Ethnic Eats Mystery - Kylie Logan

Kylie Logan's books have always been hot/cold for me but my first impression of this one is 98% negative (Sophie being the only reason I'm hanging on) The main character, Laurel, is a self-absorbed narcissistic snob who turns her nose up at everything and even takes great pains to point out to strangers that she's not actually related to the sister of the woman who graciously took her in as a foster child.  I can't understand why anyone would write such an unlikable and annoying main character.  I'm giving it about another 10% and if it doesn't improve, I'm done with a 0 star rating.  Ugh!

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