Review: The Body in the Attic
Title: The Body in the Attic
Series: A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #1
Author: Judi Lynn
Release Date: November 27, 2018
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: House-flipper Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod have found their latest project. The property, formerly owned by the late Cal Juniper, is filled with debris that must be cleared before the real renovation begins. But a trip to the attic reveals something more disturbing than forgotten garbage—a skeleton wearing a locket and rings that Jazzi recognizes . . . Tests confirm that the bones belong to Jazzi’s aunt Lynda, who everyone assumed moved to New York years ago after breaking up with Cal. Soon enough, the whole family is involved, sifting through memories and rumors as they try to piece together what really happened to Lynda—and the baby she gave up for adoption. In between investigating and remodeling, Jazzi is falling for the old house’s charms—and for her gorgeous contractor, Ansel. But with surprises lurking in every nook and cranny, a killer might be waiting to demolish her dreams for good . . .
My Review: This would have been a 4 star book for me but unfortunately there was a few flaws that knocked it down. I enjoyed the mystery aspect and the history surrounding it. I liked the cast of characters, including George the Pug and I felt like there was a good plot and good writing. However, I hated the constant talk about one of the main characters girlfriend, and how awful she was. I got it after the first few mentions, it didn’t need to be rehashed constantly. I also hated the way that a relationship developed. The book began to feel a lot like a romance novel with a mystery on the side instead of letting the mystery be the star. I think that the romance really could have been toned down to allow things to develop naturally over several books. There were also a few points where I felt like the book should have been close to the end but it wasn’t. It dragged a bit in parts. Overall, it was an okay read for and I will probably still give book two a chance.
*I received this book from Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review*