The Body in the Wetlands

The Body in the Wetlands

by Judi Lynn

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Overview

High summer in River Bluffs, Indiana, is always sweltering and sweet. But the heat is really on when a decidedly dead body turns up in the neighborhood.

When established house flippers Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod donate a week's worth of remodeling work to Jazzi's sister Olivia, they're expecting nothing more than back-breaking roofing work and cold beers at the end of each long, hot day. With Jazzi's live-in boyfriend and partner Ansel on the team, it promises to be a quick break before starting their next big project-until Leo, an elderly neighbor of Olivia's, unexpectedly goes missing . . .

When the friendly senior's dog tugs Jazzi and the guys toward the wetlands beyond Olivia's neighborhood, they stumble across a decomposing corpse-and a lot of questions. With Jazzi's pal Detective Gaff along to investigate, Jazzi finds her hands full of a whole new mystery instead of the usual hammer and nails. And this time it will take some sophisticated sleuthing to track down the culprit of the deadly crime-before the killer turns on her next . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516108404
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Series: Volume , #2
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 257,908
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

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The Body in the Wetlands 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jwilhoite211 2 days ago
Jazzi Zanders is loving life - her boyfriend, Ansel, is now living with her and her fixer-upper business is going well. When fixing up the house her sister bought, she meets an old man, Leo, and his dog, Cocoa. Leo and Cocoa start appearing everyday to talk with Jazzi, then one day Cocoa shows up alone. Leo's wife is wheelchair-bound so Jazzi agrees to help walk Cocoa; while out and about Cocoa comes across two dead bodies of recently missing people. Detective Gaff asks Jazzi for her help and soon they are off trying to solve the case. There was quite a bit of romance in this book, which is not typically in the cozy genre, but it didn't take anything away from the story. I am proud to say that I figured out who the killer was and the why, but I wasn't sure how it was going to be presented in the book. Sometimes just figuring the killer out isn't enough, I like to guess how it will be revealed and this one left me guessing. 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.
Anonymous 15 days ago
good+read
Teri1957 24 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a fun, thrilling, wonderful book! The characters are like the neighbors you wished you had and the story is well thought out. I look forward to reading many more Jazzi books. Enjoy!
VWilliams 26 days ago
This house again has "good bones," so much of the work will be cosmetic as opposed to the sledgehammer they took to the walls of the last house. In the middle of the remodeling, Ansel is called back to the old family farm to help with their urgent repair problems and her cousin comes down with the flu. Jazzi and the neighbor's dog find (not one, but) two bodies near their flipper. With Jerod sick, Jazzi is free to flit around with Detective Gaff, whom she got to know very well last episode. Detective Gaff, it would appear, loves to invite her along on his interviews. And, unfortunately, two is not the end of finding bodies. The mystery moves at cozy pace with snippets of remodeling interwoven with red herrings and twists. The characters take the spotlight. There is more fleshing of Ansel, as well as the explanation of Jazzi's reticence due to a previous relationship failure. The antagonist begins to materialize as a bit obvious rather soon after he is introduced. Bottom Line: I do enjoy this series, the setting and family characters become engaging, and I will continue to look for the next one. The pacing is even and well-plotted into a downplayed, almost anticlimactic conclusion. While dialogue is clean and for the most part natural, I still felt some relationship problems between she and Ansel. So, my problems: (1) Disbelief in the speed and description of the rehabbing process, (2) too much romance in a cozy mystery, and (3) support role with the detective--unrealistic. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest opinion and appreciated the opportunity to read and review. Recommended for those who enjoy a different type of backdrop in a cozy with some romance.
lauralovesreviewingLT 26 days ago
Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite genres and I’m always looking for a new theme. I loved the idea of house flippers. I watch those shows all the time. So, I eagerly started reading the book. Cozies have lots of characters, Some central to the story and some secondary ones that make the story more genuine. I swear I recognize some of them. There were some fun ones in this mystery. And the author did a wonderful job of bringing them to life, helping me to connect with them, even the ones that had died my nefarious means. Now for the mystery. It all starts with a missing man. But soon, two dead bodies are discovered and the why and whodunit part begins in earnest. I followed along as the investigation got going and was happy that I couldn’t figure it out easily. I hadn’t read the first book in the series before I read The Body In The Wetlands. That didn’t stop me from enjoying this book, quickly getting familiar with the characters and their relationships to each other, and having a fun time reading along as the author dropped clues and finally gave me the villain. I’m happy to recommend this book and now plan on going back to the beginning to see what I missed.
KrisAnderson_TAR 29 days ago
The Body in the Wetlands is the second novel in A Jazzi Zanders Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone if you have not picked up The Body in the Attic. I thought The Boyd in the Wetlands contained good writing and it proceeded at a fixed speed (I am tired of saying steady pacing) which makes it pleasant to read. The main characters are friendly and relatable. It is kind of Ansel, Jerod and Jazzi to take time off from their current flip to work on Olivia and Thane’s new home despite the hot August heat. I like that Jazzi is close to her family and that they have a big Sunday dinner each week. Ansel is estranged from his family after they forced him to depart from the family dairy farm after he graduated from high school. He is shocked when his brother calls because they need his help after Ansel’s father had surgery and his other brother fell off the roof breaking his leg. I could feel Ansel’s emotions. He is hurt by the way his family treated him and that they have only called him because they need help (and cannot afford to hire assistance). The mystery has red herrings to distract readers from solving this multifaceted whodunit. George, Ansel’s pug, is back plus Jazzi adds two new furry friends to the household who are adorable and mischievous. I was turned off by the excessive alcohol consumption by our characters, the focus on appearances and the attention paid to intimate relations. It was a little much for a cozy mystery. I am curious as to why permits are never mentioned when they plan their work. There is an especially sweet and romantic scene towards the end of the book that will delight readers. The Boyd in the Wetlands is an entertaining cozy mystery with house flipping, close friends, adorable fur babies, family drama, romance, two dead bodies, one missing person and a cagey killer.
4GranJan 29 days ago
Flipping Houses and Murder This is a fun and interesting cozy mystery. The story takes place in Indiana and our inner circle of friends renovate and flip homes. There is plenty of fun meals for foodies and a few recipes are included. There is a lot of closed door sex. The story keeps the reader's interest and the plot is very well done. I was not certain of the murderer until the final scene when the identity was revealed. I enjoyed this book so much that I am planning on buying the first book to read. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
CozyOnUp 29 days ago
Jazzi, Jerod, Ansel and George are back and are still flipping houses…and finding dead bodies. In the second installment we see the team helping Jazzi’s sister, Olivia and her husband Thane rehab their own fixer upper. While working on the house, Jazzi becomes friendly with one of the neighbors and his lab. She also ends up coming across dead bodies and finds herself working along side Detective Gaff as he looks into the murders, because it’s every day that a detective brings along a civilian to interrogate people, since they’re more likely to talk to her than him. This is the one part of this series that seems to fray on my nerves…it is totally unrealistic. But aside from that I actually enjoy the characters and the writing and the second book was far more enjoyable than the first.
chefdt 29 days ago
The Body In The Wetlands is the second book in the Jazzie Zanders Mystery series. Jazzie Zanders, her cousin, Jerod, are house flippers and are usually busy renovating their recent purchase with the help of Jazzie’s hunky boyfriend, Ansel. Instead, they are helping out Jazzie’s sister renovate their recently purchased house. As they are starting to re-roof the house Jazzie notices an elderly gentleman, Leo, walking his retriever, Cocoa, and stops to chat with him. Leo tells her about a mentally challenged young man from the development who has gone missing. A couple of days later Cocoa comes running up to Jazzie and grabs a hold of the hem of her t-shirt and leads her to Leo’s house. She learns from Leo’s disabled wife that he never returned from the evening walk the previous night. Jazzi senses that Cocoa wants her to follow, so she grabs Cocoa lead and the set off. Cocoa soon leads Jazzi to a wetland area next to an apartment complex, where finds what appears to be a shallow grave. She immediately phones Detective Gaff to report her find. Once the crime scene begins their investigation, they are able to identify the body as that of the missing man. As they are searching for evidence, a second body is found in another shallow grave. This being the body of a young unidentified female. While the police begin to try and identify the young female, Jazzie sets off to find out what has happened to Leo. Gaff, having worked with Jazzi on a previous case for her help in learning who the young female is and what, if any, connection she might have to with the young man that was killed. This is a wonderful follow-up to the first book in the series. It’s a well-plotted and told story and reads at a nice pace. The book has an enjoyable cast of believable cast of characters. I particularly like the gathering of family for Sunday dinner that Jazzi hosts. Also, recipes are included for some of her Sunday dinner items. I will definitely be watching for the next book in this enjoyable series, A Body In The Gravel, coming this September.