The Scent of Murder

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 07 May 2019

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Wow! What an exciting start to a brand new series! I am so excited that I gave a new author a chance because this book is phenomenally written! I started it and finished it in one day. I'm not usually able to do this because, well life, but I couldn't put this one down even for a minute. The Scent of Murder is an original novel, one that will sweep any reader off their feet. This book follows Jazz Ramsey- a cadaver dog trainer- who stumbles upon a dead body. This book, while it isn't a cozy mystery, reads as one but in a more thrilling way! I truly loved it so much. I cannot wait for the next book to be released!

If you have read the authors books in the past you are NOT going to want to miss out on her latest series. It's a winner from me and I know many readers are going to feel the same way!
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Really enjoyed this first book in a new series. Am looking forward to reading more about Jazz and Nick.
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At 35 Jazz Ramsey is settled.  She has her own home,  a job she likes, and an outside interest she’s committed to —a cadaver dog trainer/handler. Then she finds a body and decides to investigate and it’s on! Really great characters and the beginning of a series with a future. Recommend.
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3.5 The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan is the first in the Jazz Ramsey mystery series. Murder, loss, friendships and an old romance keep cadaver dog-trainer Jazz Ramsey busy in this murder-mystery.

The story could be described as a cozy, but felt more inline with the Mercy Kilpatrick series by Kendra Elliot. While that series has a bit more romance, this series has the potential to develop more as it progresses.

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Enjoyed Jazz Ramsey, a school administrator by day and cadaver dog trainer in her spare time. She has a strong network of friends. When she and Luther(training cadaver dog) find a body it becomes even more complicated when she realizes she knows the individual and the lead detective is a former lover. The dialogue of the teenagers she works with is realistic. Loved that she didn't automatically fall back in to the arms of the ex boyfriend. I will read more by this author.
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I love mysteries and books with dogs and this has both . 
This was just a good easy read that I enjoyed. 
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
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A very interesting beginning to a new series by Ms. Logan. Jasmine (Jazz) Ramsey works as an administrative assistant at a prestigious high school, but in her spare time she trains human-remains-detection dogs (HRD). While on a training session, in a building that was soon to be demolished, the dog is supposed to find the evidence that Jazz planted…not the body of a young woman. Jazz recognizes the young woman, Florie, who was a former student at the school. What was she doing in the abandoned building? Jazz has an uncomfortable history with the detective that arrives on scene, Nick Kolesov, a former lover who she has not seen in a year. Will he consider her a suspect in the case? Why was Florie dressed as a “goth” and who could have wanted her dead? Jazz will do some investigating on her own, little by little digging in to Florie’s recent past for clues. She knows she should stay out of the case, but she needs to find out what happened. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
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Jazz Ramsey trains cadaver dogs, and during a training run with Luther, they discover a body. The body is that of one of the former students at the school where Jazz works as an admin assistant. Jazz wants to know what happened to Florentine Allen and begins investigating on her own.

The blurb of this book is a little misleading since I thought there would be more scenes with the dog. Jazz in her capacity as a cadaver dog trainer plays a tiny part in the mystery, and this is a bit disappointing because I enjoyed the dog bits very much.

This mystery is well-written, and the story flows, but the plot with Jazz shadowing the police investigation and making her own inquiries didn’t work for me. I couldn’t understand why the people Jazz approached would talk to her, especially after these people had already spoken to the police and given them the same information. My main problem was that I didn’t think her job of admin assistant meshed well with her need to investigate.

Jazz’s romantic interest is the detective in charge of the case. It’s obvious they have a past together and that Nick wants to pick up their relationship again. The spark between them didn’t light up the pages, however since this is the first book in the series, there is room for the relationship to grow.

Overall, this was a pleasant read, and I would try the next book in the series. Three stars.
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Once again, all it took was for me to see a cover with a dog on it to request an advance copy. I love dogs and I love mysteries with dogs, especially working dogs.   Here, Jazz helps train cadaver dogs.   While training Luther, they stumble across the body of a girl who graduated from the Catholic Girls school where Jazz works as an administrator to the Headmistress.  And it just so happens the detective investigating the murder is her ex-beau.  

The book is told in a straightforward manner. This isn’t a deep or thought provoking book.  The parts about training cadaver dogs are interesting.  But really, the book doesn’t concentrate on the dog much at all.  At one point, she is asked to pet sit Luther and yet he’s barely mentioned.  I just expected the dog to be a bigger part of the equation.  

I didn’t find this particularly realistic.  Jazz goes off on her own investigation, supposedly because she’s so bothered by finding the body of someone she knew (slightly).  And I had trouble believing everyone would be so open with her.     

The characters weren’t particularly well defined, even Jazz.  Neither Jazz or Nick could determine the murderer, but the answer was apparent to me fairly early on.  This isn’t a bad mystery.  It’s just not a particularly good one.  

My thanks to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book.
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I received an arc copy of this book from NetGalley and St Martins Press for my honest review. Jazz is a school secretary/ office assistant that trains search and rescue dogs ( to find dead people).  The book starts on a training session with a friends dog but she finds an actual dead body.  Along comes Nick the detective on the scene who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. The bad luck keeps coming when she tells Nick she actually knows the victim, a young woman who used to go to her school.  Touched by the senseless death Jazz inserts herself in the search for answers even though she has no formal training, and what was more surprising was how many people answered her questions. There is a lot ( a whole lot) of detail about the location which was at times distracting. There’s also lots of twists and turns in this book, sometimes even spooky ones, given the characters which is nice and the bigger mystery of her dad’s death makes me want to read more. I just wish there was more about the dog given the blurb about the book and a little more reality ( no real suspect would talk that much to s “regular “ person).  4 stars
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Whilst this was a well written and researched story, I have to admit I was a bit confused at just why jazz got involved!

Jazz had a tenuous link to the victim from working at her school and finding the body but she didn't work for the police or have any investigation history, so I was a bit lost as to why she decided to shoehorn herself into the investigation.  

She does seem to cover a lot of the same ground as Nick, as we find out after the fact.  If she just asked him he could have told her what she went to great lengths to find out.  Although why he would want to is another mystery.  The relationship between Nick and Jazz was also quite vague.  They appear to have broken up as a joint decision but when we first meet Jazz, you assume he must have cheated on her or something because of all the vague comments she makes.  They both lacked in the effort department that it takes to make a relationship work.

But other than that I did enjoy the story.  I would have preferred the cadaver dogs to be more involved in the story, they really only seemed to be a plot device to insert Jazz into the story.
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The mystery was not very compelling and the romance was a non event without chemistry.  No depth to the characters.  Finished, but didn’t really care about anyone in the story and the dog was a prop that added next to nothing to the plot line.
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Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

As a northeast Ohioan, I really enjoyed reading a book set in Cleveland, with references to some of my favorite places in the city.  As for the story itself, I'm hoping future books in the series go into greater detail regarding the cadaver dog plot line, as it didn't play as big a role as I'd expected. I did like the protagonist, Jazz, and look forward to another story about her. I wish there had been a little more challenge to deducing the guilty party, because it was too easy to determine, in my opinion. Overall, an enjoyable introduction to a new series that I look forward to returning to.
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From the blurb provided, I thought this sounding intriguing.
Unfortunately this book did not meet my expectations.
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I'm sorry but I did not enjoy this book at all. 

Characters are flat and underdeveloped and the dog is just appearing for a few chapters even though he's mentioned as one of the characters in the synopsis. 

The main character, Jazz, is annoying and childish.
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WOW !  LOVED this quick and yet suspense  filled book.  Most animal lovers would enjoy,  but family dynamic apply also!  Would love for my grandchildren to enjoy
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I liked this story. When Jazz is training her cadaver-finding dog and finds the body of a former student from her school, she begins to investigate. It did not really make sense to me that a school admin would take so much time to investigate a murder of one of the schools former students. There was little warmth in the characters so I did not really like them all that much and their relationships with each other seemed rather clinical. The writer took a stab at teaching people not to judge a person by their appearance, seemed to stress the merits of vegetarianism and pointed out the problems associated with hoarding.  It was not preachy but was noticeable to me. Jazz’s failed relationship with Nick was never really explained and I didn’t care whether they got back together or not. Jazz was pretty hostile towards him and his persistence was inexplicable. All that being said, this was a pretty good investigative story albeit very slow paced. I enjoyed it but it did seem to plod along at times. I would have found it more believable if Jazz had been a reporter and not a school administrator. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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I didn't finish this, although I read almost half of it. I didn't find it at all engaging. The only characters I liked were the four legged ones. I loved the cover though!  Thanks for the opportunity to read and review this title. I hope you'll allow me the opportunity again in the future.
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I was really on the fence with this book. The writing itself was very good, and the story and dialogue flowed well.

I was pretty disappointed that Luther wasn’t in the book more. Based on the synopsis, I thought the book would involve the cadaver dog throughout the entirety of the story, but he made very few appearances. Character wise, there really wasn’t one that I liked. I found Jazz bothersome especially since she was so involved in the finding out details leading up to Florie’s death. Yes, she trained cadaver dogs and she was the one to find Florie’s body, but she wasn’t a cop or a detective; she was an administrative assistant at a private school. Now, I understand that Florie was a former student of the school where Jazz worked, but it still seemed odd for her to want to go to such lengths to find answers. 

Nick, her ex-boyfriend, that she was slowly becoming reacquainted with, was the one working the case, and I was surprised he wasn’t more upset about her going out and questioning those who knew Florie. Every time she would come to him with something new, he pretty much already knew the details. But in reality, he shouldn’t have been discussing anything with her since it was still an ongoing investigation. 

I didn’t see the end coming though. When the truth was finally revealed, I was glad I hadn’t figured it out. So I did enjoy that part of the book. But then as the story came to a close, Nick surprised Jazz with a gift,  and I thought she would seem a bit more elated and grateful, but even that happy moment fizzled out. She seemed so blasé about it. And to be honest, I wasn’t really feeling any chemistry between Jazz and Nick, so I didn’t find myself rooting for them to be together.

Overall, I thought the idea of the book was great, but I really would have liked Luther to be in the book more, especially since that was what drew me in in the first place.
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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. 

I had similar thoughts on this book as many other reviews I have seen on it. I wanted to like it, but it fell short of my expectations. I've read several stories recently about search and rescue dogs and police dogs, and was hoping for something more along those lines. Story was kind of flimsy.
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