Review: The Body in the Apartment (Book #4: A Jazzi Zanders Mystery) by Judi Lynn

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Jazzi married her gorgeous contractor Ansel—not his family. But somehow she keeps living with them. So she’s delighted to help Ansel’s brother Radley move out of their home and into his own place, in the same building as his work supervisor, Donovan. But when Donovan is shot and his apartment ransacked following an argument with Ansel and Radley’s older brother Bain, their sibling becomes a suspect—especially after his missing gun turns up as the murder weapon.  

Told not to leave town by Detective Gaff, big brother moves in with . . . Jazzi and Ansel. Now Jazzi needs to prove Bain’s no killer, not only to keep him out of jail—but to get him out of their house. What was the killer looking for in Donovan’s apartment? And what will happen to the next person who gets in the way?

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Source: NetGalley and Lyrical Press          Rating: 4½/5 stars

If Jazzy Zanders believed in such things, she may start to believe she’s something of a divining rod for dead bodies.  Yet again, through no fault of her own, Jazzy has stumbled upon a dead body and the good Detective Gaff has called on Jazzy to help sort out the crime.

Unfortunately, this particular crime is hitting disturbingly close to home as Jazzy’s brother-in-law, Bain is suspect number one of Detective Gaff’s list.  Bain’s bad attitude certainly doesn’t help his case and with no option to leave town, he’s forced to stay with Jazzy and Ansel until he can be cleared of the crime.  To complicate the mystery, homes all over town are being broken into and ransacked with nothing taken but a sense of security.  Though both Jazzy and Gaff can’t see the immediate connection between the murder and the break-ins, they know there has to be one. 

With each new break-in, Jazzy and Ansel’s life becomes a bit fuller.  Bain has moved in temporarily, Radley is over often with his new romantic interest, and family friend Walker has also developed a crush who has become a permanent fixture at Sunday dinners.  Though murder shouldn’t have a happy or positive effect, broadening their family and friends’ network sure seems to be a side effect of this particular murder.  As it happens the broadening of the circle helps Jazzy and Gaff piece together the puzzle that has been plaguing their days and nights.  Unfortunately, what Jazzy and Gaff discover is a very violent ex-con willing to go to any lengths to get what he wants.

The Bottom Line:  One of the hallmarks of a good author is his/her ability to take a beloved series and put it through its paces.  That is, cause the characters to evolve, find new and interesting ways to test the characters, have a constant fresh perspective all while never losing the original spirit and essence of said characters.  That is absolutely happening with this series and the deeper in I get, the more I am enjoying myself.  As with the other books in this series, I liked the plot in this book, but I most enjoyed the broadening of the social circle.  Jazzy and Ansel love to help others and to entertain and that is so very evident in their weekly Sunday meals.  The Sunday meals are probably my favorite part of these stories as this is where you really see the spirit of love, friendship, acceptance, loyalty, and community shine.  Though it sounds bad to say so, I sure hope Jazzy Zanders keeps stumbling over dead bodies 😊

Releasing March 17, 2020: Amazon| B&N | Kobo| Paperback

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