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Welcome to River Bluffs, Indiana, a cozy small town populated with charming homes, close-knit families, and the occasional deadly secret . . .   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 th Welcome to River Bluffs, Indiana, a cozy small town populated with charming homes, close-knit families, and the occasional deadly secret . . .   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 . . .


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Welcome to River Bluffs, Indiana, a cozy small town populated with charming homes, close-knit families, and the occasional deadly secret . . .   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 th Welcome to River Bluffs, Indiana, a cozy small town populated with charming homes, close-knit families, and the occasional deadly secret . . .   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 . . .

30 review for The Body in the Attic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Body in the Attic  by Judi Lynn is the first book in the all new cozy The Body mystery series. Most that follow my reviews know I have a soft spot for small town stories and cozy mysteries so being from Indiana myself this series immediately caught my eye being set in a small town in my home state.  The Body in the Attic introduces readers to Jazzi Zanders who along with her cousin Jerod are in the flipping houses business. Now if anyone isn't familiar with house flipping it's buying up prope The Body in the Attic  by Judi Lynn is the first book in the all new cozy The Body mystery series. Most that follow my reviews know I have a soft spot for small town stories and cozy mysteries so being from Indiana myself this series immediately caught my eye being set in a small town in my home state.  The Body in the Attic introduces readers to Jazzi Zanders who along with her cousin Jerod are in the flipping houses business. Now if anyone isn't familiar with house flipping it's buying up properties at a low cost then renovating them to sell for profit. I blame plenty of doctor/hospital trips for my new found love of HGTV and these type of shows since they seem to air in waiting rooms everywhere.  So anyway back to the book... Jazzi and Jerod obtain the home of a man that was once engaged to Jazzi's aunt who had left town years before and never contacted her family. The homeowner had never married again and spent his life alone before passing from a heart attack. When Jazzi and Jerod tackle cleaning the attic they come across an old trunk that when opened contain the bones of Jazzi's aunt.  Now with this almost thirty year old cold case hitting close to home it was easy to see why our protagonist would become involved in the outcome but don't worry the investigation takes a step up too when a more current murder is discovered making the whole mystery side of this book easy to become engaged in.  However, as much as I liked the setting, mystery and even the characters this one had a down side in my opinion... the "romance". I have no idea why in the world the author had to write the love interest for Jazzi as having a girlfriend but I'm not a fan of pushing in on someone else's man. The side we get is how terrible said girlfriend is and that she doesn't deserve the guy but this only made me feel sorry for the unknown girlfriend. So before I go into a long rant about respect and boundaries I'll just say if that hadn't been included I probably would have rated a lot higher than 3.5 stars.  I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    I enjoy discovering authors who are new to me so I jumped at the chance to read this first mystery novel by Judi Lynn, a romance novelist. I don't usually read the romance genre at all....but decided to give this a try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. The Body in the Attic is the first book in the "Body in the.....'' mystery series. A second book, The Body in the Wetlands'' will be out in 2019. Judi Lynn is the author of several romance books including the Mill Pond Romances series. The basics I enjoy discovering authors who are new to me so I jumped at the chance to read this first mystery novel by Judi Lynn, a romance novelist. I don't usually read the romance genre at all....but decided to give this a try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. The Body in the Attic is the first book in the "Body in the.....'' mystery series. A second book, The Body in the Wetlands'' will be out in 2019. Judi Lynn is the author of several romance books including the Mill Pond Romances series. The basics: Jasmine "Jazzi'' Zanders flips houses along with her cousin Jerod. After four years they are pretty good at it. Most of the time they make good money. This time, their project is a home of a recently deceased family friend. In fact, the man was engaged to Jazzi's Aunt Lynda before she ran off to New York more than 25 years ago and never came back. Lynda was a bit of a wild, free spirit having been engaged multiple times, breaking it off with each man when she found someone more interesting. Jazzi and Jerod are both completely shocked when they begin cleaning out the attic and find a stained cedar trunk. Inside is a skeleton, red hair still clinging to the skull and a silver locket around its neck. Aunt Lynda.....she never ran off to New York after all..... When I request review copies of books, I promise to give an honest review. I carefully read each book....and then I give my honest opinion. And I'm going to do that with this book just like all the others. That being said..... I really wanted to like this book. I tried....but it really felt like a formula romance novel with a bit of mystery sprinkled on top. A lot of fluff and little substance. The plot of a long-time missing family member being discovered dead is one that has been used so many times, it just fell flat for me. The minute I read the first chapter and learned about the missing aunt, I knew they would find the body in the house. There is very little character or setting/background theme development. The writing style is choppy, and the mystery is just too simple with very little suspense or investigation. I knew the identity of the killer before I even reached the half-way point of the story. This book just isn't for me. That doesn't mean that others won't read it and absolutely love it. **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    The first book in A Jazzi Zanders Mystery series by Judi Lynn. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod are house flippers. In this book, Jazzi and crew are working on an old house when they discover a trunk in the attic. Upon opening the trunk, they discover the remains of a body. Not just any body, but Jazzi's aunt Lynda, who disappeared 26 years ago. Jazzi sleuths to discover what happened to her aunt. Clearly, she was killed, but the family thought she had moved away to New York and decided to not remain i The first book in A Jazzi Zanders Mystery series by Judi Lynn. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod are house flippers. In this book, Jazzi and crew are working on an old house when they discover a trunk in the attic. Upon opening the trunk, they discover the remains of a body. Not just any body, but Jazzi's aunt Lynda, who disappeared 26 years ago. Jazzi sleuths to discover what happened to her aunt. Clearly, she was killed, but the family thought she had moved away to New York and decided to not remain in contact with them. Needless to say, they are surprised by her remains being found. As the mystery unfolds, the family learns more about Lynda and her past, especially her suitors. A cozy mystery with humor and romance. I like Jazzi's family and the house flipping projects. The mystery was good, though the way the detective involved Jazzi with the case was far-fetched. A light and fun read for fans of cozy mysteries.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the first book in this series and the first I have ready by this author. It was an easy ready and I enjoyed it. Jazzi, her family and Ansel are all likable characters. I did enjoy that family was at the heart of this book. Jazzi and her cousin flip houses and they get more than they bargained for with their latest purchase. Not only do they find the body of her aunt in the attic, but they find the another body while digging in the back yard. This sets up one mystery that happened in the This is the first book in this series and the first I have ready by this author. It was an easy ready and I enjoyed it. Jazzi, her family and Ansel are all likable characters. I did enjoy that family was at the heart of this book. Jazzi and her cousin flip houses and they get more than they bargained for with their latest purchase. Not only do they find the body of her aunt in the attic, but they find the another body while digging in the back yard. This sets up one mystery that happened in the past and one that was a recent murder. The trouble is determining if the same person was responsible for both deaths. While I did enjoy the story and the characters, I had issues with the mystery and the romance in the book. Let's start with the mystery. For me, it didn't feel like Jazzi really did any amateur sleuthing in the way we are used to seeing it in a cozy mystery. Rather, she would accompany the detective on the case to interview witnesses and he would share information with her. I found this to be unbelievable. The police would not just invite a civilian into the case - at least not in the first book before a relationship between the protagonist and the detective has developed to that point. Even then I still might have issues with how free the detective was in this book. The other thing that I had an issue with was the romance. I thought it happened way too quickly and detracted from the mystery aspect. While I typically don't mind a romance for my cozy characters, this one just felt rushed for a first book in a new series. At times, this felt more like a romance with the mystery as a backstory. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher, Lyrical Underground, through Netgalley.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    The first book in a new series and the first time I read this author. The writing flows easily and the main characters were developed. This was class under mysteries but I felt it was a novel with the mystery as the major point in the story. There were romances and I knew the killer early in the book. I will read this author again. There were happenings that I wonder about. House-flipper Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod had brought a Cal Saunders house to rehab it. It had been rented and the re The first book in a new series and the first time I read this author. The writing flows easily and the main characters were developed. This was class under mysteries but I felt it was a novel with the mystery as the major point in the story. There were romances and I knew the killer early in the book. I will read this author again. There were happenings that I wonder about. House-flipper Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod had brought a Cal Saunders house to rehab it. It had been rented and the renter sold anything of value and destroy the house. They found a lovely chest in the attic and upon opening it the found a skeleton. The hands still had rings and Jazzi recognized them as belonging to her Aunt Lynda who went to New York City about twenty years ago and was never heard from again. A short time later a second body was found buried in a shallow grave. Ansel, a friend, and his dog had joined them to aid I the rehab of the house. Jazz decided to buy the house for her large extended family affairs. The story had a number of twists as the story unfolds. What was the reason for the murders? How did the murder play out? I highly recommend this book. Recipes are included. Disclosure: Many thanks to Lyrical Underground and NetGalley for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

    *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. What a great start to this new cozy mystery series. We meet Jazzi who is part of a house flipping team. They buy what sounds like a cute house only to find not one but two bodies while renovating. One of them happens to be her missing Aunt while the other is a surprise to them all. Well written taking place in what sounds like a delightful Indiana town. Full of home repair tidbits in between the investig *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. What a great start to this new cozy mystery series. We meet Jazzi who is part of a house flipping team. They buy what sounds like a cute house only to find not one but two bodies while renovating. One of them happens to be her missing Aunt while the other is a surprise to them all. Well written taking place in what sounds like a delightful Indiana town. Full of home repair tidbits in between the investigating. Perfect for fans of home improvement as well as mystery. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn was an intriguing read that hooked me from the first chapter. Jazzi and Jerod are cousins who purchase homes and then flip them for resale. Ms.Lynn's writing was quite descriptive; and I often felt that I was in the house with Jazzi and Jerod as they worked to flip the recently purchased house. I liked all of the characters and Ms.Lynn created likable characters with their own unique personalities as I got to know them better while reading. Jazzi's family is ti The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn was an intriguing read that hooked me from the first chapter. Jazzi and Jerod are cousins who purchase homes and then flip them for resale. Ms.Lynn's writing was quite descriptive; and I often felt that I was in the house with Jazzi and Jerod as they worked to flip the recently purchased house. I liked all of the characters and Ms.Lynn created likable characters with their own unique personalities as I got to know them better while reading. Jazzi's family is tight knit and this helps Jazzi to supply clues to the detective. The plot was smoothly paced with enough twists to keep me guessing throughout the story. I only have one small complaint and that was how much the detective involved Jazzi into his interrogations. I can easily suspend belief while reading fiction usually but this pushed it a little too far for me. All in all, this was a good cozy mystery and I enjoyed it. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    This was a different cozy, but different in a good way meaning it wasn't the usual formula most people expect in a cozy. Instead of Jazzi bugging the detective for clues, he was very willing to share with her what he found out and almost treated her like a colleague instead of a civilian. And the two murders were technically cold cases...but there was at least one, possibly two killers that were still very much alive. I loved the house-flipper job that Jazzi had. Working with her cousin was proba This was a different cozy, but different in a good way meaning it wasn't the usual formula most people expect in a cozy. Instead of Jazzi bugging the detective for clues, he was very willing to share with her what he found out and almost treated her like a colleague instead of a civilian. And the two murders were technically cold cases...but there was at least one, possibly two killers that were still very much alive. I loved the house-flipper job that Jazzi had. Working with her cousin was probably a lot of fun. Jerod was like the brother she'd never had. And their contractor Ansel was so handsome that Jazzi couldn't take her eyes off him. He was in a bad relationship which finally got resolved the way it should. I liked that aside from the threatening phone calls, Jazzi was never really in any danger and she was smart enough to have a security system in place and always lock her doors. This makes the 4th book I've read recently that has a cute and personable little pug in it. This one was named George and he was almost human. He went with Ansel everywhere he went. Everything seemed to work out so well in this book, and for once there wasn't a bunch of arguing or romantic tension. I'm definitely going to read the next book in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    The Body in the Attic is a quirky cozy mystery that has a lot of potential. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod are house flippers and when they discover a skeleton in a trunk, it sets off whirlwind of hidden secrets. As a first in a new series, this book book was well written and I liked the idea of the protagonist being a house flipper. I think the cousins have colorful personalities that will work well in future books. I volunteered to read and review a copy of this book offered by the publisher and NetGa The Body in the Attic is a quirky cozy mystery that has a lot of potential. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod are house flippers and when they discover a skeleton in a trunk, it sets off whirlwind of hidden secrets. As a first in a new series, this book book was well written and I liked the idea of the protagonist being a house flipper. I think the cousins have colorful personalities that will work well in future books. I volunteered to read and review a copy of this book offered by the publisher and NetGalley.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn has readers traveling to River Bluffs, Indiana. Jasmine “Jazzi” Zanders runs a home flipping business with her cousin, Jerrod. Their newest acquisition belonged to Cal Juniper who was once engaged to Jazzi’s aunt, Lynda who disappeared twenty-six years ago. They are moving a trunk in the attic when they hear rattling inside it. When they open the trunk, they find a woman’s body. Jazzi notices the silver locket around the victim’s neck and knows she has found Ly The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn has readers traveling to River Bluffs, Indiana. Jasmine “Jazzi” Zanders runs a home flipping business with her cousin, Jerrod. Their newest acquisition belonged to Cal Juniper who was once engaged to Jazzi’s aunt, Lynda who disappeared twenty-six years ago. They are moving a trunk in the attic when they hear rattling inside it. When they open the trunk, they find a woman’s body. Jazzi notices the silver locket around the victim’s neck and knows she has found Lynda. Detective Richard Gaff is assigned the case, but it will be difficult to solve such an old crime. Family and friends are shocked by the discovery and try to remember the events that transpired prior to Lynda vanishing. Jazzi, Jerrod and their contractor, Ansel proceed with the renovation and notice that the water is not draining properly. Jerrod is digging near the septic tank when he makes a gruesome discovery. As Jazzi works on the house, she falls in love with its beauty and decides to make it her home. Ansel has great ideas for the rooms and works with Jazzi on the finishes. As the family reminisces about Lynda, Jazzi learns helpful information and shares with Detective Gaff who includes her in the investigation. Someone, though, feels threatened by Jazzi and makes threatening phone calls. Will Jazzi get to enjoy her new home or will she up the next victim? The Body in the Attic is easy to read thanks to the author’s conversational writing style. The book has a nice, steady pace and good flow. I liked the characters and the home renovation angle. Jazzi is twenty-seven years old who has been working with her cousin, Jerrod for the last four years. They buy run down homes and fix them up. Ansel, a tall handsome blonde man (think Viking), is their contractor and Jazzi’s friend. Jazzi is attracted to Ansel, but he is currently living with prima donna, Emily. Ansel and Emily’s relationship is on the rocks when she takes a job in California and expects him to follow her. I did find too much of the book devoted to Ansel and Emily’s relationship. It competed with the mystery and it followed an expected path (reminded me of a romance novel). I loved Ansel’s little pug, George who is his faithful companion. George is a spoiled little pooch and he has attitude (he drinks beer too). Jazzi is the most developed character in the book. It would have been nice if the author fleshed out the main characters more in The Body in the Attic. I like that Jazzi is close to her family and hosts Sunday dinner for them at her place. She has a loving relationship with her grandmother who is in the early stages of dementia. There are two mysteries in the story. There are a couple of suspects in each one. The investigating is focused on Jazzi and Detective Gaff talking with various people and gathering information. Jazzi makes various connections based on the information obtained. Both mysteries can be solved before the reveal. Detective Gaff is a friendly, likeable man and willingly includes Jazzi. I did find it unrealistic that a detective would take a civilian along when questioning suspects and that he would share so many details regarding the cases. I enjoyed the descriptions of Jazzi’s finished house. I especially loved how she finished the kitchen ceiling. There are recipes at the end of The Body in the Attic for the dishes Jazzi created. The Body in the Attic is a light cozy mystery perfect for reading on a relaxing Saturday afternoon. I look forward to reading The Body in the Wetlands when is releases.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Wilhoite

    Judi Lynn has created a great character in Jazzi Sanders - I love that she is a confident woman, working on flipping houses (not just decorating, but working), yet she still has her flaws. It was also very refreshing to see a police officer welcoming help from a "nosy" person, as they are so typically called. Jazzi, her cousin, and friend have bought a new house to fix and sell; while going through the attic they stumble upon the dead body of Jazzi's aunt, thought to have fled to New York years Judi Lynn has created a great character in Jazzi Sanders - I love that she is a confident woman, working on flipping houses (not just decorating, but working), yet she still has her flaws. It was also very refreshing to see a police officer welcoming help from a "nosy" person, as they are so typically called. Jazzi, her cousin, and friend have bought a new house to fix and sell; while going through the attic they stumble upon the dead body of Jazzi's aunt, thought to have fled to New York years ago. Soon they discover that Jazzi's aunt, Lynda had a baby and gave him up for adoption, along with leaving a bunch of men in her wake. Without revealing too much, her son comes to their town and ends up dead himself. Could the murderer be the same person? I was pleasantly shocked at the revelation of who killed the victims; it was unexpected, but well put together. 4.8 stars. I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    3.5 stars The Body in the Attic is an intriguing mystery that combines the past with the present. A startling find by a pair of house flippers leads to decades-old questions being answered – and new ones raised. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book a lot, trying to solve the old murder and piece together information while also trying to solve a new, related, crime and figure out if the same person was involved. And if so, who? Jazzi is an interesting protagonist – a great cook, a devoted dau 3.5 stars The Body in the Attic is an intriguing mystery that combines the past with the present. A startling find by a pair of house flippers leads to decades-old questions being answered – and new ones raised. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book a lot, trying to solve the old murder and piece together information while also trying to solve a new, related, crime and figure out if the same person was involved. And if so, who? Jazzi is an interesting protagonist – a great cook, a devoted daughter/sister/cousin/granddaughter, a house flipper (with her cousin) and an amateur sleuth. I never quite understood why the police detective kept bringing her along on his investigation though, but at least this way we the readers got to be in on the case as it unfolded. Jazzi works with her cousin Jerod flipping houses, and she has a major crush on their contractor Ansel. The romance angle seemed to move too fast, in my opinion, with not a lot of emotional pull – mostly physical. (I also didn’t care for the direction it took or the ‘closed door’ implications that were frequent after a certain point.) George the dog stole the show! Laid back but with a definite personality, he was an adorable addition to the great cast of supporting characters. I also loved Jazzi’s grandma and sister and the scenes she spent with them. Bottom Line: The Body in the Attic combines a variety of plot points into an intriguing cozy mystery, with a lot of romance thrown in as well. Great characters, family secrets, and a couple of surprising twists keep readers invested even when some of the plot points don’t make sense. A different kind of cozy but I’m interested in seeing what other mysteries they uncover as they continue to flip houses. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    I saw the latest book in this series on Netgalley and it sounded good, so I requested it. When I saw the latest is book 5, I got this book to "catch up" if I am approved for the Netgalley book. I started it last night, since there wasn't anything good on TV (which was a good thing, since I ended up not being able to put it down!) I liked Jazzi immediately and was sucked into the story within a few pages. Then I realized the book is set in the area I live, and having a personal connection to many I saw the latest book in this series on Netgalley and it sounded good, so I requested it. When I saw the latest is book 5, I got this book to "catch up" if I am approved for the Netgalley book. I started it last night, since there wasn't anything good on TV (which was a good thing, since I ended up not being able to put it down!) I liked Jazzi immediately and was sucked into the story within a few pages. Then I realized the book is set in the area I live, and having a personal connection to many of the places in the book really brought the story alive. I loved the dual plot, revolving around Jazzi's long-missing aunt's skeletal remains found in a cedar chest and another (more recent) body found in the back yard. I liked how the investigation unfolded, with all its tragic details (I really felt for poor Cal!) and the satisfying conclusion (although I still can't figure out why a police detective would bring a civilian along when questioning suspects. A bit far-fetched but I was able to suspend disbelief.) Frankly, I enjoyed the house flipping more than anything else in the story, I play House Flipper on Steam obsessively, watch a lot of DIY Network, and love everything about historic home conservation, so I loved "watching" Jazzie, Ansel and Jerod restore Cal's house (I loved almost everything they did , except for the stainless steel countertops. Ugh.) There was some romance involved in this book, more than you'd usually find in a cozy mystery but considerably less than what you'd find in a romance novel, so I'd say this is a romantic cozy mystery rather than a cozy mystery romance. Although the relationship between the characters seemed to move pretty quickly, I chalk that up to the characters having known (and worked with) each other for years before the book begins. Really, it's such a small aspect to the book that I (as someone who doesn't care for romance novels) wouldn't be put off recommending it to others as a good cozy to enjoy. Overall, this was a delightful read, homey, familiar and touching, as well as a cracking good plot.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Larson

    The Body in the Attic is the first in a new cozy mystery series by Judi Lynn. Jazzi, who is a house flipper, along with her cousin Jerod, have started work on a new house that was once owned by their Aunt Lynda’s boyfriend. In the process of clearing the house, the two cousins stumble upon a body in the attic. Tests later show that the body belongs to their Aunt Lynda. Jazzi, along with help from her family, tries to unravel what happened to her Aunt Lynda. Along with repairing the house and hel The Body in the Attic is the first in a new cozy mystery series by Judi Lynn. Jazzi, who is a house flipper, along with her cousin Jerod, have started work on a new house that was once owned by their Aunt Lynda’s boyfriend. In the process of clearing the house, the two cousins stumble upon a body in the attic. Tests later show that the body belongs to their Aunt Lynda. Jazzi, along with help from her family, tries to unravel what happened to her Aunt Lynda. Along with repairing the house and helping with the investigation, Jazzi find times to develop a love interest with her house contractor, Ansel. I really enjoyed reading this book. Jazzi is a strong and unique character. For those of you that enjoy watching all the shows about house flipping, I think you will find this a fun read. You get invested in the progress of the house as the story moves along. You are able to watch as the characters develop strong and realistic bonds between them. The only problem I had with the characters is that I thought Jazzi let Ansel take over too much of the decision making. I would think that as a house flipper that she would have strong instincts about what would work. I still enjoyed the chemistry that builds between them though. I’m looking forward to meeting these characters again in the next book. The mystery itself leaves many clues for the reader. However, you are left to second guess yourself with each new twist and turn in the investigation. #netgalley #thebodyintheattic

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Oh my word! A new to me author and a new series and in my view a brilliant start, I love the fact that Judi Lynn seems to sum up her characters in just a few words and when it came to the mystery it kept me guessing right until the end (at one point I actually thought the Detective was the guilty party!), before I finished it I had already pre-ordered the next in the series, which seems to sum up my enjoyment pretty well - 12 out of 10 stars for me! Jasmine Zanders (Jazzi) and her cousin are hous Oh my word! A new to me author and a new series and in my view a brilliant start, I love the fact that Judi Lynn seems to sum up her characters in just a few words and when it came to the mystery it kept me guessing right until the end (at one point I actually thought the Detective was the guilty party!), before I finished it I had already pre-ordered the next in the series, which seems to sum up my enjoyment pretty well - 12 out of 10 stars for me! Jasmine Zanders (Jazzi) and her cousin are house renovators, when it comes to their latest project they get stuck in along with Ansel (their contractor), Ansel had hoped to buy it to do up himself but his girlfriend said no (Emily is rather, okay VERY controlling!), Jazzi herself decides she would like to keep it (which Jerod is fine about as a few years back he did the same thing), after clearing the lower floors they head to the attic, only to discover a skeleton in a trunk, a skeleton who it turns out was a) engaged to the previous (now deceased) owner of the house and b) related to Jazzi and Jerod.  With it being a cold case they are not expecting to find out too much about what happened, but then another corpse is found, and this is NOT a cold case, now Jazzi and Gaff (the Dectective) are sifting through the evidence and finding out what happened in both cases.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)

    Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod, along with their contractor, Ansel, are professional house flippers in River Bluffs, Indiana. In this installment, they purchase their next renovation project, a Victorian formerly owned by the late Cal Juniper. Cal was the finacee of her Jazzi's long time missing Aunt Lynda, her mother's sister. Everything is going great until the skeleton of Lynda is found in a trunk in the attic of the home. In cooperation with the town's detective, Jazzi is searching for a Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod, along with their contractor, Ansel, are professional house flippers in River Bluffs, Indiana. In this installment, they purchase their next renovation project, a Victorian formerly owned by the late Cal Juniper. Cal was the finacee of her Jazzi's long time missing Aunt Lynda, her mother's sister. Everything is going great until the skeleton of Lynda is found in a trunk in the attic of the home. In cooperation with the town's detective, Jazzi is searching for answers to solve her aunt's murder. Jazzi is very good at digging up clues, and more bodies, so good that someone is warning her to stay clear or she will be next. One of my favorite things about this book, is that the detective is kind and wants Jazzi to assist him in the investigation. In so many Cozies, authors make the detectives out to be huge jerks. In most cases, they soften over time, but in this case, he is was instantly a likeable guy. I really enjoyed the sense of family and togetherness that this book promotes. I am looking forward to moving on to the next adventure of Jazzi Zanders. I have this book in both digital (NetGalley) and audio versions. The narrator, Devon Sorvari, did a great job.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mae Clair

    What a great read! If you’re looking for a cozy that combines wonderful characters, a delectable murder mystery plot rife with numerous suspects and stellar writing, look no farther! I loved this entertaining introduction to a new series by author Judi Lynn. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod flip houses along with Ansel, a local contractor who helps with the gut-and-remodel work. They make a great team and have a wonderful friendship (although there are plenty of sparks under the surface between Jazzi What a great read! If you’re looking for a cozy that combines wonderful characters, a delectable murder mystery plot rife with numerous suspects and stellar writing, look no farther! I loved this entertaining introduction to a new series by author Judi Lynn. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod flip houses along with Ansel, a local contractor who helps with the gut-and-remodel work. They make a great team and have a wonderful friendship (although there are plenty of sparks under the surface between Jazzi and Ansel). The latest house they undertake comes complete with a body in a trunk in the attic. And that’s just the beginning of this twisty read that delves into secret histories, family dynamics, old rivalries and more. George, the pug, is a fun addition, as are Jazzi’s weekly Sunday dinners with her large and colorful family. I felt like I got to know each of them. I also really enjoyed seeing how the remodel job on house progressed, and loved watching the whodunit murder mystery unfold. I can’t wait for the next book in this engaging series! What a great read! If you’re looking for a cozy that combines wonderful characters, a delectable murder mystery plot rife with numerous suspects and stellar writing, look no farther! I loved this entertaining introduction to a new series by author Judi Lynn. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod flip houses along with Ansel, a local contractor who helps with the gut-and-remodel work. They make a great team and have a wonderful friendship (although there are plenty of sparks under the surface between Jazzi and Ansel). The latest house they undertake comes complete with a body in a trunk in the attic. And that’s just the beginning of this twisty read that delves into secret histories, family dynamics, old rivalries and more. George, the pug, is a fun addition, as are Jazzi’s weekly Sunday dinners with her large and colorful family. I felt like I got to know each of them. I also really enjoyed seeing how the remodel job on house progressed, and loved watching the whodunit murder mystery unfold. I can’t wait for the next book in this engaging series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    The story pulled me right in and never let go. Entertaining characters and a double murder plot make this cozy come alive.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tracie R

    Book one in The Body series, The Body in the attic is an engaging mystery. Judi Lynn is a new to me author and has penned a promising start to this series. Good story and characters interaction I look forward to seeing what comes next

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Thank you @netgalley for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Body in the Attic will release 11.27.18! This was a great start to a new home improvement, cozy mystery series. Jazzi, her cousin Jerod and their attractive Viking contractor Ansel work together to flip houses. Their latest project has a bit of a family connection. Especially when they start clearing out old antiques and discover a skeleton in a trunk in the attic. Turns out, it’s Jazzi’s aunt who supposedly left Thank you @netgalley for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Body in the Attic will release 11.27.18! This was a great start to a new home improvement, cozy mystery series. Jazzi, her cousin Jerod and their attractive Viking contractor Ansel work together to flip houses. Their latest project has a bit of a family connection. Especially when they start clearing out old antiques and discover a skeleton in a trunk in the attic. Turns out, it’s Jazzi’s aunt who supposedly left town years ago. As they start looking into her disappearance, they find quite a few hidden secrets and several local suspects. I really enjoyed this story. Jazzi is a wonderful lead. I love seeing a character that actually works hard and has true friendships with male characters. You don’t find either too often. Her relationship with her family is really sweet and genuine. Loved all of those Sunday get togethers and the numerous meal descriptions in every chapters. The renovations were easily woven throughout the book and provided just enough detail that you could imagine the changes. I adored the sweet love interest. Talk about great chemistry. The mystery was really done well too. I loved how Jazzi worked with the detective and they slowly, but realistically uncovered more clues. I honestly kept second guessing all of the suspects until it was finally revealed. The book does include a few recipes. Overall, this was an entertaining cozy that I would definitely recommend. I look forward to reading the sequel, The Body in the Wetlands, that will come out in the spring.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    What a delightfully different premise for a cozy mystery! A house flipper--and a female at that. It has "good bones" and they will be only be doing cosmetic work on the home of the former fiancé of her Aunt Lynda. She disappeared twenty-six years ago before she and Cal married and was never heard from again. Jasmine (Jazzi) and her cousin Jerod won the auction on the old home and have a history of rehabbing. Jerod is knowledgable, capable, level-headed, and "two years older" than Jazzi, may be a What a delightfully different premise for a cozy mystery! A house flipper--and a female at that. It has "good bones" and they will be only be doing cosmetic work on the home of the former fiancé of her Aunt Lynda. She disappeared twenty-six years ago before she and Cal married and was never heard from again. Jasmine (Jazzi) and her cousin Jerod won the auction on the old home and have a history of rehabbing. Jerod is knowledgable, capable, level-headed, and "two years older" than Jazzi, may be around 25 or not. There are several engaging support characters, including the 6'5" Viking god, Ansel who works with she and Jerod. He is a "construction" contractor (perhaps general?). A trunk in the attic is found to contain a skeleton. I could not get completely invested in the protagonist and she doesn't appear to enjoy sleuthing as much as work with Ansel (especially Ansel!) and Jerod. (The "cosmetic" work here begins with a sledge hammer and wall removal.) Jazzi seems to have some kind of rapport with the detective, however, who begins to invite her along on his investigation and little by little whittle at the mystery. The investigation ramps up when they find a second body out back of much more recent origin. The author writes with a keen sense of humor, and the well-plotted storyline folds out in a steady, even pace. The narrative begins with a hook and engages interest through to the conclusion. The writing style is easy, fast, the dialogue natural, and I appreciated the affection intonated between family members as well as the location and the little pug. The antagonist becomes a bit obvious, however, and perhaps too soon. There is a romantic tic that interrupts the mystery and seemed a bit fast although is explained plausibly. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. I'll be interested in the next entry to the series and be looking for a more complete fleshing of Jazzi next installment as well as further exploration of Ansel, without the romance. Recommended for any who enjoy a cozy with a different premise. 3.5/5 See my full review at https://rosepointpublishing.com/2018/...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    What a great start to this series. I loved Jazzi and her cousin Jerod. It's great when family members work together and when they get along as well as these two, I just had to love them. As well, the premise of house flipping is very inviting to me, I love watching all those shows on TV. Jerod is married and has a few kids, Jazzi is single and really likes their contractor Ansel, but he is involved with someone else, although she is something of a b----h. After winning a home in an auction, they What a great start to this series. I loved Jazzi and her cousin Jerod. It's great when family members work together and when they get along as well as these two, I just had to love them. As well, the premise of house flipping is very inviting to me, I love watching all those shows on TV. Jerod is married and has a few kids, Jazzi is single and really likes their contractor Ansel, but he is involved with someone else, although she is something of a b----h. After winning a home in an auction, they are all set to do some minor construction and flip it, when they find a body in the attic (thus the title). It ends up being Jazzi's aunt who disappeared to New York, years ago. Well apparently, she did not leave River Bluffs. As the family help Jazzi piece together what has happened to Lynda, they find another body. It turns out there were a lot of secrets that she was keeping. When another body shows up on the property, the case veers off in another direction. I really liked the characters in this story. Jazzi is a smart cookie and very independent young woman. She cares very much about her friends and family, loves to cook and often treats others to her wonderful food. The rest of her family are very supportive of her work and her efforts. Ansel is wonderful, but I don't understand how he puts up with his girlfriend, talk about high maintenance. His pug, George, was so adorable. I love that he is such an important part of Ansel's life. The mystery is complex as there are two victims killed several years apart. Are they related? Is it the same killer? There are a wide variety of suspects because of the time between deaths, as well as the fact that Linda was a bit of a love em and leave em kind of girl. There were a few twists, clues and red herring along the way. This is one of those cozies where the detectives allow amateur sleuths a part in the investigation, which is hard to believe but fun to read about. This was a light and fun read with some humor and romance. I definitely will continue reading this series and recommend ti to fans of cozy mysteries.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    Jazzi lives in River Bluffs, Indiana flipping houses with her cousin and smokin' hot contractor Ansel. Their current house belonged to Cal, the ex-fiance of Jazzi's aunt. Problem is they find Jazzi's aunt stuffed in a trunk in the attic. Jazzi is on a mission to find out who killed her aunt. During the investigation, more secrets are dug up. Will Jazzi find the killer before the off button is flipped on her life? I originally thought to give this book 3.5 stars but the mystery warranted 4 stars. Jazzi lives in River Bluffs, Indiana flipping houses with her cousin and smokin' hot contractor Ansel. Their current house belonged to Cal, the ex-fiance of Jazzi's aunt. Problem is they find Jazzi's aunt stuffed in a trunk in the attic. Jazzi is on a mission to find out who killed her aunt. During the investigation, more secrets are dug up. Will Jazzi find the killer before the off button is flipped on her life? I originally thought to give this book 3.5 stars but the mystery warranted 4 stars. What did I not like about the book? The constant bashing Jazzi did of Ansel's girlfriend. Every time the girlfriend was mentioned she bashed her and it began to feel like bullying. I got it, Jazzi did not like her and she did have some unsavory qualities. Jazzi's romance moved way too quick. I don't care she knew him already. I just don't think good romances move that fast. The romance overshadowed the mystery unnecessarily at times. I almost feel as if there is nothing left to discover in additional books between Jazzi and her boyfriend unless they get married very quickly. What did I like about the book? George the Pug! George is a very cute and spoiled pupper. The visual you get when reading Ansel carrying George up and down the stairs is precious. I liked the Sunday family dinners. The dinners added a good reality touch and showed how everyone is connected in some way. The mystery was excellent even if overshadowed. I will read the second book in the series to see how the story progresses. I received a complimentary copy from Kensington through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Voirrey

    I loaded this onto my kindle a month or two ago, and forgot it. But I opened it this morning with my breakfast coffee - and basically kept reading, even whilst in the kitchen baking! I am a bit of a sucker for a good cosy mystery, I like Jazzi, her cousin Jerod and their contractor Ansel, and enjoyed the descriptions of the house renovating and the food - they gave the story depth. And finding the body of Jazzi's long-missing aunt in the attic of the house they were flipping followed a good solid I loaded this onto my kindle a month or two ago, and forgot it. But I opened it this morning with my breakfast coffee - and basically kept reading, even whilst in the kitchen baking! I am a bit of a sucker for a good cosy mystery, I like Jazzi, her cousin Jerod and their contractor Ansel, and enjoyed the descriptions of the house renovating and the food - they gave the story depth. And finding the body of Jazzi's long-missing aunt in the attic of the house they were flipping followed a good solid reason for them buying the house, so accounting for what might otherwise have been too big a coincidence. The mystery unfurled like petals, opening a bit at a time, and being added to by another disappearance to keep things moving. I enjoyed the romance aspect too - and totally disagree with the current top reviewer who thought it was terrible that the male already had a girlfriend and how sorry she felt for that poor girl; Jazzi and Ansel avoid any sort of romantic entanglement until said girlfriend dumps him when he won't move to California when she tells him to - and quite honestly, impossible as it would have been, I would have quite happy to find she had been the murderer all along :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn is the 1st book in the River Bluffs mystery series, and my first book by this author. I found this book to be very interesting and enjoyable. Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod buy houses together and flip them with the help of contractor Ansel. When cleaning out the newly purchased home, they find bones in a trunk in the attic. Jazzi recognizes the locket and rings on the body, they belong to her aunt who disappeared over 25 years ago. Jazzi is determined to f The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn is the 1st book in the River Bluffs mystery series, and my first book by this author. I found this book to be very interesting and enjoyable. Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod buy houses together and flip them with the help of contractor Ansel. When cleaning out the newly purchased home, they find bones in a trunk in the attic. Jazzi recognizes the locket and rings on the body, they belong to her aunt who disappeared over 25 years ago. Jazzi is determined to find out what really happened to her aunt. This book has a bit of everything, humor, mystery, romance, and great characters. I look forward to the next book in the series, and recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Elizabeth

    I really enjoyed this. It’s a solid start to a cozy series, building a nice foundation for later books. I like the big family dynamic and the use of history and old secrets. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    3.5 Stars The Body in the Attic is the first book in Judi Lynn’s River Bluffs series and the first I have read by this author. The characters are well developed and likable, the storyline is entertaining, and there are lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing in this steadily paced book. The seasoned detective assigned to the case and his investigative style is completely unbelievable in that he requested the protagonist to accompany him on his interviews and voluntarily shared his findings 3.5 Stars The Body in the Attic is the first book in Judi Lynn’s River Bluffs series and the first I have read by this author. The characters are well developed and likable, the storyline is entertaining, and there are lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing in this steadily paced book. The seasoned detective assigned to the case and his investigative style is completely unbelievable in that he requested the protagonist to accompany him on his interviews and voluntarily shared his findings with her. While it’s not unusual for professionals and lay people to work together in cozies, that doesn’t happen until a relationship is developed later in a series. Jasmine “Jazzi” Zanders and her cousin, Jerod, have been flipping houses in River Bluffs, Indiana for the last four years. Jazzi is very close to her family and hosts a family meal every Sunday. Her sister and their mother co-own a beauty shop. While in the attic of their latest purchase, Cal Juniper’s house, a cedar chest caught Jerod’s eye and he wants to take it home so his wife could refinish it. As they were preparing to take it downstairs, they decided to look inside and were shocked to discover a skeleton. A silver locket was around the skeleton’s neck and expensive rings on its fingers. The body is identified as Cynthia’s sister, Lynda, who had disappeared twenty-six years ago. The cause of death was a broken neck, and the remains revealed she had given birth, which was a shock to everyone involved. Lynda had accepted an engagement ring from Cal, but said she needed to leave town for a year think things through, and never returned. Shortly after discovering Lynda’s body, another more recently murdered body is discovered in the backyard and identified as Noah Jacobs. Detective Richard Gaff is assigned to both cases. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    The Body in the Attic is the debut of the River Bluffs series featuring contractor/house flipper Jazzi Zanders and set in River Bluffs, Indiana. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod (who is also her house flipping partner) have purchased the home of the deceased Cal Juniper. The house of the wealthy River Bluffs resident had recently been home to a group of destructive tenants, so before they can begin the renovations Jazzi and Jerod need to clean out the debris. A trip to the attic reveals a host of anti The Body in the Attic is the debut of the River Bluffs series featuring contractor/house flipper Jazzi Zanders and set in River Bluffs, Indiana. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod (who is also her house flipping partner) have purchased the home of the deceased Cal Juniper. The house of the wealthy River Bluffs resident had recently been home to a group of destructive tenants, so before they can begin the renovations Jazzi and Jerod need to clean out the debris. A trip to the attic reveals a host of antiques left behind by the owner and a particularly beautiful antique chest. Thinking that the chest can be restored, Jazzi opens the lid and discovers a skeleton. The skeleton has been placed with head resting comfortably on a pillow, arms crossed and still wearing expensive jewelry. It's not long before the skeleton is revealed to be that of Jazzi's Aunt Lynda who had disappeared to New York years ago after breaking up with Cal. Determined to discover what had really happened to her aunt, Jazzi sets out with the help of Jerod and fellow contractor Ansel, and local Detective Gaff. Her digging soon uncovers that Lynda had several secrets and a few of the reputable River Bluffs residents are going to do their best to make sure they stay hidden. A fun mystery with great insight into house flipping. The main characters take a little warming up to, the relationship between Jazzi and Ansel seems a bit rushed, and the idea that the local police detective would be consulting Jazzi on a daily basis for directive is also a bit far fetched. But, overall a good debut and I'll be looking forward to the next in the series. I received an advanced copy of The Body in the Attic from NetGalley via Lyrical Underground, a division of Kensington Publishing. While not required to write a review I am more more than happy to offer my honest opinion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    House flipping cousins Jazzi and Jerod key up their next investment property but end up getting far more than they bargained for. First a body is found in a trunk in the attic, which turns out to be Jazzi’s long lost aunt. Then a second body is found in a shallow grave. While Jazzi has fallen in love with the house and wants to make it her home, do the two bodies not bode well for her? Will she end up being the third body, or will Jazzi and he gang bring closure for her family and bring happines House flipping cousins Jazzi and Jerod key up their next investment property but end up getting far more than they bargained for. First a body is found in a trunk in the attic, which turns out to be Jazzi’s long lost aunt. Then a second body is found in a shallow grave. While Jazzi has fallen in love with the house and wants to make it her home, do the two bodies not bode well for her? Will she end up being the third body, or will Jazzi and he gang bring closure for her family and bring happiness back to the house and make it a home again? While I enjoyed the overall story, as I got further in the book I began getting irritated by the unrealistic relationship between the main character, Jazzi, and detective Gaff. The reality is that no detective is going to welcome a civilian in their investigation, more over invite them along to speak with potential suspects. Yes, cozies are works of fiction, but they really need to be based a little more in reality. That said, I did find the overall writing to be enjoyable when Jazzi wasn’t being asked to join Gaff on official police business. Ansel is totally a dream man, who wouldn’t want a guy that was hot and faithful? While a little annoyed for a bit there, I am looking forward to another visit with Jazzi and the gang.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. First of all, this is a cozy mystery. There are a few minor words that might offend some, and there is some implied sex. However, as far as I'm concerned, this is a book that should not bother any of my readers in content. To be honest, this reminded me so much of an Agatha Christie mystery that I found it thoroughly charming. I loved the idea of a very old my I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. First of all, this is a cozy mystery. There are a few minor words that might offend some, and there is some implied sex. However, as far as I'm concerned, this is a book that should not bother any of my readers in content. To be honest, this reminded me so much of an Agatha Christie mystery that I found it thoroughly charming. I loved the idea of a very old mystery being tied to a recent murder, and the opening chapter definitely sets the stage. I found myself sympathizing with our amateur sleuth, and I tend to think that the author has found some wonderful characters that readers will want to connect with again and again. Rarely do I find myself reviewing the first in a series of books, but it was nice to have the opportunity. What did I think about the whodunit part of the book? Well, let's just say that I found myself continuing to get it wrong which means the author spun an intricate mystery that will definitely keep the readers guessing. This would be the perfect series to find its way to the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries network, and I look forward to many more in this delightful series!

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