The Scent of Murder: A Mystery

The Scent of Murder: A Mystery

by Kylie Logan


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First in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Scent of Murder is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains cadaver dogs.

The way Jazz Ramsey figures it, life is pretty good. She’s thirty-five years old and owns her own home in one of Cleveland’s most diverse, artsy, and interesting neighborhoods. She has a job she likes as an administrative assistant at an all-girls school, and a volunteer interest she’s passionate about—Jazz is a cadaver dog handler.

Jazz is working with Luther, a cadaver dog in training. Luther is still learning cadaver work, so Jazz is putting him through his paces at an abandoned building that will soon be turned into pricey condos. When Luther signals a find, Jazz is stunned to see the body of a young woman who is dressed in black and wearing the kind of make-up and jewelry that Jazz used to see on the Goth kids back in high school.

She’s even more shocked when she realizes that beneath the tattoos and the piercings and all that pale make up is a familiar face.

The lead detective on the case is an old lover, and the murdered woman is an old student. Jazz finds herself sucked into the case, obsessed with learning the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250180612
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: A Jazz Ramsey Mystery , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 235,569
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

KYLIE LOGAN is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and the Ethnic Eats Mysteries. The Scent of Murder is the first in a new series.

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The Scent of Murder: A Mystery 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SardisYS More than 1 year ago
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.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts What a great start for this series by Kylie Logan! Jazz Ramsey trains cadaver dogs and works at St. Catherine’s Preparatory Academy, an all-girls school as an administrative assistant. Her two worlds collide when she finds the body of a former student while putting a dog through its paces. The tragic find also brings former lover, Detective Nick Kolesov back into her life. Pulled in many different directions Jazz needs to find the truth. What was Florie Allen involved in? and who thought killing her was the answer? I liked Jazz Ramsey right away. She is smart, thoughtful and driven whether working at the school, training dogs, or searching for a killer. Best friend, Sarah Carrington, is an art teacher at the school and a great sounding board for Jazz, both in her investigation and in life. She knows what happened between Jazz and Nick and tries to steer Jazz through the fire of dealing with him again. Detective Nick is not over Jazz at all, he wants to be around her but he doesn’t want her digging into his case. These characters are very well developed for the first book in the series but the author has left plenty of room for growth. Ms. Logan’s writing style is descriptive and informative. I am not familiar with Cleveland but her words pulled me there and I was able to visualize and get the feeling of each setting from St. Catherine’s to the dilapidated building where the body was found, the new school Florie was attending and even the office of a group Florie was working for. The descriptions were also clear for the characters. I envisioned every one clearly. They were distinct and believable. The mystery was very entertaining but I was able to focus and pull out the killer well before Jazz or Nick. A set of clues were found in an interesting and unexpected way, but I was already on the “scent” of the correct person. Complex mysteries are hard to have in the first book of a series because the author has a huge lift by introducing the characters, some of the back history, and all their connections along with setting the time and place. She did an excellent job of this. I really enjoyed the training for cadaver dogs. I wish there had been a few more sessions between the dog Jazz was currently working with, Luther. Hopefully, there will be more in future books. I absolutely loved the ending and can’t wait for book two of this series.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
interesting, likable, yet flawed characters inhabit the pages THE SCENT OF MURDER by Kylie Logan The First Jazz Ramsey Mystery It's an ordinary night in Cleveland, Ohio when Jazz Ramsey enters an old building to train a new cadaver dog. Jazz puts Luther through his paces, waiting for him to find the tooth she hid upstairs. But before he even heads to the second floor Luther signals a find; not a tooth, but the body of a young woman. The soon to be posh condo is now a crime scene. The detective in charge is a former lover, the dead woman is a former student, and Jazz's life just got a lot more complicated. I enjoyed meeting Jazz as well as her friends and family. I love the close bond Jazz has with her brothers and mother and I appreciate the grief they all feel and adjustments they must make after the loss of their dad, especially as my dad died a year ago as well. One of my favorite characters is Sister Eileen, who had me laughing out loud at one point! Of course, I am enamored with Luther, a smart, charming German Shepherd who I hope we continue to see in future books. The mystery was very interesting, especially as the victim's personality was slowly revealed, layer by layer. Like Cleveland itself, there's a grittiness here, but a strength and an indomitable will to survive. I will admit to knowing who the murderer was fairly early on, but that did not diminish my continued interest in the story. There is one issue I feel compelled to address, even though its inclusion did not mar the plot. At the memorial service the school girls release balloons as a tribute. As someone concerned about the environment and wildlife I feel the need to bring awareness to the dangers this activity causes. Balloons don't go to heaven, or even outer space. They fall to earth as litter. Some animals mistake the remains as food, which can hurt or even kill them, or they may be entangled by the balloon strings, which can also lead to death. I hope Jazz learns of these dangers and perhaps even educates people in a future book. THE SCENT OF MURDER is an engaging start to a new series. Interesting, likable, yet flawed characters inhabit the pages which showcases a small urban enclave. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Jazz Ramsey is working on training Luther, a cadaver dog, in a construction site in her native Cleveland. She has already planted something for him to find, but Luther indicates a find in a completely different room. Sure enough, he’s found a body. Even worse, it is the body of a former student at the all-girls school where Jazz works. Jazz’s former boyfriend Nick has been assigned the case, and Jazz knows it is in good hands. But she still can’t help but wonder what it was that lead the girl to her death. As she begins poking around, she begins to uncover secrets. Can she find out what got the young woman killed? I’ve enjoyed several other books by Kylie Logan in the past, so I am not surprised I enjoyed this one. But I am surprised by just how much I enjoyed it. This is a little more serious than some of her other books, but that is no reason not to pick up the book. The characters are compelling; even those we don’t spend much time with come across as real. Jazz herself is fully formed and a wonderful main character. The plot is strong with a steady helping of twists and clues to guide us to the logical conclusion. The writing makes Cleveland come alive without distracting from the characters or the plot in any way. This is a solid debut that already has me anxious for more.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
I'm always, always on the lookout for new cozy mystery series to follow! I jumped at the chance to read this one, but especially after I realized that it began a new series. Sometimes it feels like the only cozy mysteries I hear about are books that are part of long established series so I was super excited to hear about this one. What I really enjoyed about this book was the premise. Jazz is just working on training a cadaver dog when she and the dog accidentally stumble across a real body. And because she has found this body and knows of the girl, she feels drawn to figuring out what happened to her. This made sense to me and it felt reasonable as to why Jazz kept asking questions and trying to solve the murder. I liked that part of it because sometimes it doesn't make sense why a person would keep getting involved in murder investigations in books like this. Instead, I wanted Jazz to ask questions and figure out who was responsible for the girl's murder. I also was really intrigued by some of the back story that the author alluded to. For instance, Jazz's father was the fire chief and has recently died in a fire. There is some (for lack of better words here) curious circumstances relating to his death that has me intrigued. Is there more to it? Will we learn more in upcoming books in this series? I'm looking forward to finding out! I also really enjoyed the parts that focused on the training of the cadaver dogs. I actually would have loved even more of that because it was just so interesting to read about! Overall, I enjoyed this one for the most part. It definitely felt like it was setting up more to come which sometimes happens with first books in a series. I'm intrigued enough though that I'm anxious to get my hands on the next book when it releases. The author did a good job of setting up characters that I'm eager to see more of. The mystery portion kept me guessing especially because the victim's motivations were a bit of a mystery. She wasn't portrayed as this perfect character but I found myself wanting Jazz to find her justice despite all of that. It was just an interesting beginning to a new cozy mystery series and I'm left excited about it. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Jazz gets herself into next and if it relates to her father's death. I would recommend this one to fans of cozy mysteries and suspense. Bottom Line: A good beginning to this new cozy mystery series - I look forward to reading more in this series in the future! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. Thoughts are my own.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. I would have given it a higher star rating but there are a few confusing holes in the story. An example is why is Jazz allowed to investigate the murder when she is in fact a dog trainer not a cop? I just had to let some things go and use my imagination to fill in the holes to enjoy the story itself. I do wish there had been more of a focus on Jazz's work with the dogs and their training. Why? Because - dogs! The mystery part of the story could have been stronger as well. Neither Jazz nor Nick seem to be able to solve the mystery even though the answer seem apparent to me. Still with all this I did enjoy the story and was completely entertained so I would recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 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. *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
I did like this book. I don't know what it was but I couldn't connect with Jazz. I like her enough it was just something off I couldn't connect with. The story was interesting. I did know who the killer was early on but was still interesting to see how they got to that point to find who the killer was. I would like to see where this series goes as I'm thinking I will like Jazz the more I read about her. *I received a free copy of this book via the NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan Jazz Ramsey #1 At the end of this book I felt this book was a bit more like a cozy mystery than anything else. The main character, Jasmine “Jazz” Ramsey is training Luther for his owner before Luther is to be tested and certified to be a Human Remains Detection (HRD) search and rescue dog. Stumbling upon a corpse at the beginning of the book is the introduction to Jazz, Luther and one-time-lover homicide detective Nick Kolesov. The blurb/synopsis of the book lays the groundwork and quite a bit of the backstory for this book and the characters within it. To me Jazz felt a bit lost and I am not sure if that is due to the death of her father, the loss of Nick as her significant other or something else. I hope to learn more about what motivates Jazz in future books of the series. Nick was someone I could understand as he seemed to be dedicated to his work and because he seemed to care for Jazz. I sometimes wondered if Jazz was into finding out who killed Florie because she was at loose ends and needed a purpose or if she is in fact nosy and likes to solve puzzles. I enjoyed following the leads that finally revealed who killed Florie. The supporting characters were interesting and no doubt will pop up in future books. I enjoyed the way the book was plotted and written and hope that Jazz’s personality will emerge more in the future. What I liked: * the dogs – when they appeared * the puzzle pieces that at first didn’t seem to have any reason being there and then later made so much sense * Nick – he seemed a level-headed and nice guy * Jazz’s brothers * The information about location * Finding out that my first thoughts about some “bad” people were unfounded * Not realizing right away who the murderer was What I didn’t like: * Some of Jazz’s less than polite ways of dealing with people she was questioning * Not finding out what happened to break Nick and Jazz up – was it volatile or just a slow moving away from one another * Not truly understanding what motivated Jazz Did I enjoy reading this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I love dogs anyway but this story fascinated me in the way that dogs can be trained to do this kind of find. Great mystery story by an author I have never read before.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Jazz Ramsey is the second in command at an exclusive Catholic Girl’s school that trains dogs to search for cadavers. When she is working with a friend’s dog on searching, she stumbles across the body of a former student. While the memory haunts Jazz, she wants to find justice for the girl, unfortunately that means she will be crossing paths with her ex boyfriend, detective Nick Kolesov. The first in a new series, it is the first tie I have read anything by this author and I truly enjoyed the story. The characters are well developed and the mystery is well written and has a few red herrings to keep you from sniffing out the murdered too quickly. Looking forward to more in this series.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan is the first book in a new mystery series by Ms. Logan. The synopsis of the story led me to believe that this book would be about cadaver dogs and their training but this was only a small piece of the story. I found myself unable to connect with Jazz throughout the story. She totally confused me as to why she investigated the girl's death. Her ex-boyfriend, Nick, was the detective on the murder and seemed to be handling the case quite well. I also didn't understand her on-again, off-again attitude toward Nick throughout the book. The break up seemed to have been consensual since they both "couldn't find the time" to be together. The plot moved smoothly and the clues provided made it clear to the identity of the murderer. Ms. Logan's descriptive writing did paint a clear picture of Cleveland and it's many cultural neighborhoods. All in all it was an interesting read and I give it 3.5 stars. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Minotaur Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
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)
PatriciaWhite More than 1 year ago
I was so excited about this book!! I have read this author under a different name and loved them all. The premise of this book sounded great but the actual story just fell short of my expectations. It’s a nice amateur mystery but there was nothing in this book to make it stand out as great.
KelsieAL More than 1 year ago
The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan is book one in her Jazz Ramsey series. The author is known for her cozy mysteries, and this is her first foray into the hardier mystery world. Jasmine “Jazz” Ramsey is an administrative assistant at a private girls’ school. She also trains cadaver dogs. Jazz is training Luther, a German Shepherd belonging to a friend, when Luther unexpectedly finds the body of a young woman who once attended the school where Jazz works. Jazz inserts herself into the investigation being led by her ex-boyfriend, Detective Nick Kolesov. I found it a bit strange that Jazz started an investigation when she didn’t have any background in police or investigative work. She interviews witnesses and forms her own theories of the crime while having semi contentious interactions with her ex. I guessed some of the plot but didn’t pick up on the killer until the end. The Scent of Murder is a quick, easy, enjoyable read. I give it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it to lovers of mystery with a little romance. My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Scent of Murder is the latest novel by Kylie Logan. We are introduced to Jazz Ramsey who works as an administrative assistant to Sister Eileen Flannery, the founder and principal of St. Catherine’s Preparatory Academy. In her spare time, Jazz trains cadaver/rescue dogs and runs to work off her excess energy. Jazz has lost her father and her dog in the last year. She is close to her mother and two brothers plus she has a close friend in Sarah Carrington. I like that the author took the time to establish the main character plus her family and close friends. I did find, though, that Jazz is hard to connect with as a reader. I wanted her to be more relatable instead of distant. I like that the author is a descriptive writer who describes the characters, the setting, homes, dog searches and more. We are given just the right amount of detail. I could picture Cleveland and its various diverse neighborhoods. It was interesting to learn about the training of cadaver/rescue dogs and how they conduct searches. I hope there will be more of it in future books. The mystery was straightforward with a couple of suspects and good clues to aid readers in solving the crime before the reveal. I think Jazz needed more of a reason to investigate Florie’s death. I do want readers to know that the story contains foul language and the story is darker than most cozy mysteries. My favorite phrase from The Scent of Murder is “. . . she knew holidays weren’t dates on a calendar, but the time spent with family.” I thought that was a lovely sentiment. The Scent of Murder is a good start to this new cozy mystery series. The Scent of Murder has a strong female protagonist, good friends, a loving family, a curious mystery, and some cute canines.