Review: The Body in the Beauty Parlor (Book #6: A Jazzi Zanders Mystery Series) by Judi Lynn

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In addition to her house-flipping talents, Jazzi Zanders is breaking ground as a sleuth. But she’s going to need every tool at her disposal to solve two crimes . . .

In their hair salon, Jazzi’s sister Olivia and mother are savvy businesswomen whose creativity brings fashion and flair to the folks of Rivers Bluff, Indiana. So when their newest hairstylist Misty is caught scamming clients’ debit cards and selling beauty products during off hours to pocket the profits, Olivia fires her. But Misty retaliates by hitting back with a defamation lawsuit—which she is more than happy to drop if Olivia pays her ten grand.

But neither blackmail nor courtroom fees are accrued after Misty’s body is discovered in the salon with Olivia’s scissors stuck in her chest. Olivia may be the number one suspect, but her murdered employee had a reputation for making enemies.

Then Jazzi’s ex Chad appears, asking for help with his marital strife. This already awkward situation worsens when Chad’s wife vanishes and the police investigate him. Now, it’s up to Jazzi to clear both her sister’s and ex’s names while the killer—or killers—could be a mere hair breadth’s away . . .

Source: Purchase Rating: 4/5 stars

Jazzi Zanders always has her hands full.  Between her full-time job flipping houses, her weekly family dinners, and her crime solving hobby, Jazzi has more than she can handle on a regular basis.  In her limited free time, Jazzi enjoys hanging out at home with her handsome Viking, playing with her adorable animals, and planning special meals and events for her family.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal of down time, currently. 

Just as Jazzi, Ansel, and her cousin begin the heavy lifting on a new project, Jazzi is called by her sister Olivia with a very serious problem.  Turns out, Olivia’s recently fired hairdresser had the audacity to not only steal from Olivia and her mother’s business, but she also found herself dead as can be with Olivia’s scissors sticking straight out of her chest.  While the situation certainly doesn’t look good for Olivia, Jazzi is on the case and won’t stop until she knows the truth of the matter.

With Detective Gaff along for the ride, Jazzi begins a deep dive into the victim’s life and quickly discovers she was not well liked by most who knew her.  While this doesn’t narrow down the list of suspects, it certainly does cast suspicion on others more so than Olivia.  Because the universe is always watching and waiting for an opportunity to mess with a human, just as Jazzi is knee deep in her sister’s case, she gets a phone call from her despicable ex-boyfriend looking for help with the case of his missing wife.  Though Jazzi has reservations about allowing Chad back into her life, Jazzi’s grandmother utters several proclamations Jazzi simply can’t ignore.  With two cases unfolding simultaneously, it will be a wonder if Jazzi ever has a free moment for herself.

The Bottom Line:  I am still finding this series both entertaining and engaging, but I have to say, even with two mysteries in this read, I was more enthralled by the work done on the flip house and the scrumptious meals concocted by Jazzi.  Somehow the meals and the work on the houses simply stood out more this time than in previous books.  The house is unlike anything the crew has ever done, and Jazzi and the other women really outdo themselves with the weekly offerings for dinner.  It is in these moments, the quieter family and work moments that I get the most pleasure from this series and sincerely hope the creativity of these situations never wanes.  Does this mean I didn’t enjoy the mystery bits? Absolutely not!  The mysteries are integral to this series and without them the other bits wouldn’t seem so intimate and precious.  I’m still all in on this series and look forward to round seven!

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