The Body from the Past
by Judi Lynn
Published September 22nd 2020 by Lyrical Underground
A closed room in her newest fixer-upper leads Indiana house-flipper Jazzi Zanders to reopen a chilling cold case involving a high school girl . . .
Jazzi, her cousin Jerod, and her husband Ansel are preparing to renovate a charming house that reminds her of an English manor. Before purchasing it, they had inspected the house for structural issues, but now when they do a more thorough walk-through, they discover a teenage girl's bedroom that clearly hasn't been touched in years. Dust covers the pink canopy bed, clothes still hang in the closet, and a hope chest remains full of journals and memorabilia. They've stumbled on a shrine to a dead girl.
They learn Jessica was killed in the middle of her high school graduation party. The murderer was never identified, but the brother-in-law of Jazzi’s friend, who went to school with Jessica, was suspected and never lived it down. He implores Jazzi to review the cold case and finally prove him innocent. Now it’s up to the house-flipper to nail a killer who will do anything to close the door on the past . . .
This is the fifth book in the Jazzi Zanders mystery series by Judi Lynn.
During a home renovation project, Jazzi stumbles upon some old journals from a young girl who died years earlier. What is portrayed in the pages of the diary are nothing like the whispers she hears from the community about how the girl deserved to die. Jazzi decides to dig into this mystery and figure it out.
I like multiple things about this series. I love that Jazzi is married and her significant other is with her during some of her investigations, or at least supports her. I love that she speaks about her love of cooking and she tells us what she is cooking for her guys and how she manages to fit that task into her day. I also love that this mystery was unconventional. It was a cold case that everyone overlooked and the authorities took people’s word for things instead of investigating.
I have to admit that I had no clue whodunit and there were quite a lot of shocking things that came out towards the end of this that you don’t want to miss. Definitely a cozy mystery I would recommend.
If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.