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The Body in the Wetlands

(A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  70 reviews
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 t
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Published April 23rd 2019 by Lyrical Underground
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Carrie
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Body in the Wetlands by Judi Lynn is the second book in the cozy A Jazzi Zanders Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book can be read by themselves or in any order as they contain and solve their own mystery stories inside. However, starting from the beginning gives the full character development that happens along the way.

The first book of the series, The Body in the Attic, introduced readers to Jazzi Zanders who along with her cousin Jerod are in the flipping houses busin
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Darinda
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The second book in A Jazzi Zanders Mystery series by Judi Lynn. Jazzi and her cousin Jerod are house flippers. Also on their work crew is Ansel, Jazzi's boyfriend. Besides working on houses, Jazzi has a knack for stumbling into mysteries. In this book, Jazzi and crew are working on her sister's house. They meet an elderly neighbor, who soon goes missing. When Jazzi helps look for him, she stumbles across a corpse.

I started reading this book and then realized it was book 2 in the series. So, I ho
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Betty
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Jazzi Sanders series is a good novel with slants toward mystery and romance. If you like your mysteries where the protagonist works with police and doesn't do anything stupid to put herself in danger, you will like this book.
Jazzi works with her cousin Jerod and Ansel, her boyfriend to flip her sister's, Olivia's home. She meets Leo, an elderly neighbor, and his retriever dog, Coco. Leo didn't return home one night. What happened to him?
Jazzi is walking Coco who finds 2 bo
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Kristina
The Body in the Wetlands by Judi Lynn takes us back to River Bluffs, Indiana. Jazzi Zanders along with her cousin, Jerrod and boyfriend, Ansel are helping Olivia and Thane roof their new fixer upper home. During this time, Jazzi makes friends with Olivia’s neighbor, Leo and his dog, Cocoa. Leo tells her about Miles Lancaster who went missing three weeks ago with the police only finding his bike. One day Jazzi is working on the landscaping when a bloody Cocoa comes up to her. She rushes to Leo’s ...more
Laura Thomas
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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 h
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Mae Clair
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In book two of the Jazzi Zander murder mysteries, home remodelers Jazzi, her hunky boyfriend, Ansel, and her cousin Jerrod are once again in this thick of rehabbing property and getting caught up in murder. Jazzi gets to know neighbor, Leo, during his regular walks with his dog Cocoa. When Leo disappears and two bodies are discovered in shallow graves behind the neighborhood subdivision, Jazzi once again becomes embroiled in unmasking the killer. On the personal front, her relationship with Anse ...more
Melissa
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall I would give this book 3.5 stars. As far as the mystery part of this book that gets a solid 4 stars. It kept me guessing between a few different suspects and the mystery flowed well. I would give the rest of the book 3 stars. It’s a little heavy for my tastes on the bedroom innuendos and observations of the opposite sex as well as the drinking, which detracted from my enjoyment of the book overall. I do look forward to the next book because the mysteries are good and I like the character ...more
RO G'ma
The Body in the Wetlands is the second book in Judi Lynn’s River Bluffs series. As with the first book, I feel like the seasoned detective assigned to the case and his investigative style are unbelievable. He requests the protagonist to accompany him on his interviews and voluntarily shares his findings with her. While professionals and lay people often work together in cozies that usually doesn’t happen until a relationship has been developed later in a series. There are more adult overtones th ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
A wonderful second book with a cracking cast of characters, this is a series to read and re-read.

Jazzi's sister Olivia (and her partner Thane) have bought a house that needs some TLC, Jazzi, her cousin Jerod and her boyfriend Ansel (aka The Viking or Norseman!) are contractors and so they take a week between house flips and do some of the heavy work (namely the roof, kitchen and bathrooms!), Thane is acting as their assistant (doing some of the lifting and shifting of things like roofing materia
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Tari
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jazzi Zanders had hoped that finding a body in the attic of their last renovation house was the last time that would happen, but of course, no such luck. When an elderly neighbor of her sister's disappeared, his dog led Jazzi to a shallow grave of two other people, one of whom had been missing for a few weeks. It was only a guess as to what could have happened to the older man. Once again, Jazzi was called on by Det. Gaff to go with him and ask questions. He does seem like a detective who is eas ...more
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

This series just gets better and better. I just love Jazzi! She cooks because she loves to, cleans, hosts family dinners, and still kicks butt remodeling with the guys. Her hunky boyfriend Ansel is sweet as well. This time they are working on her sisters new house. During some impressive manual labor she meets a sweet older man and his lab. He tells the story of a missing boy and more before he himself d
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Kristin
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the sense of family in this series. I like then the victim is a bad guy and in this story, all the victims were good people, which just gave an overall sense of sadness when you were reading it. It was a great story, though and the ending was a surprise.
Ann-Marie
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't like murder mysteries where the heroine finds herself, through complete stupidity, trapped by the psycho killer with a dead cellphone, no one knowing where she is, none of the lifesaving drug she must take every four hours. You know the kind I mean.
Thank goodness, "The Body in the Wetlands" isn't that kind of story.
Maybe I'll leave it at that.
No, I just have to say one thing. A police detective who seems to work without a partner, and who needs the help of a ditzy, granite countertop o
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Fred
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 c
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The Body in the Wetlands by Judi Lynn
Book #2: Jazzi Zanders Mystery Series
Source: NetGalley and Lyrical Underground
Rating: 4½/5 stars

Jazzi Zanders is some kind of devoted to her family! When her sister, Olivia and Olivia’s boyfriend buy a new home that needs some work, Jazzie, the sisters’ cousin, Jerod, and Jazzi’s boyfriend, Ansel get the call to do the work . . . for free 😊 While the trio of house flippers are happy to help out, Jazzi isn’t quite as excited about the neighbors.

Just across fr
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Brenda
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Body in the Wetlands is the second installment in the A Jazzi Zanders Mystery series featuring home renovator/flipper Jazzi Zanders set in the River Bluffs, Indiana. Jazzi and her partners, Cousin Jerod and her boyfriend Ansel have agreed to spend a week helping Jazzi's sister Olivia and her boyfriend Thane renovate their new house.

Jazzi notices the neighbor Leo walking his dog Cocoa daily and strikes up a conversation with the man. From Leo she learns that a young man Miles has gone missing
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Theresa Larson
Jazzi, her boyfriend Ansel, and her cousin Jerrod are back, but before moving on to flip another house, they are helping to remodel Jazzi’s sister, Olivia’s, house. While working at Olivia’s house, Jazzi gets to know Leo, an elderly neighbor who loves to chat and walk his dog. One day, Leo’s dog shows up without him, so Jazzi decides to take him home, and once there, finds out that Leo is missing. She calls her friend, Detective Gaff, to help in the search for Leo. While there, the dog continues ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in A Jazzi Zanders Mystery series by Judi Lynn. Even though the mystery in the book is self-contained, I recommend you go back and read the first book in the series for a full understanding of the characters, however you can still enjoy this book without doing that. Jazzi and
Jerod, her cousin, hear the news of a missing neighbour. He is a brain damaged man, whose mental and emotional age are much younger than he is. Everyone is worried about him, especially when they fi
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Mary
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd installment of the Jazzi Zanders mystery series. Jazzi, her cousin Jerrod and her boyfriend Ansel flip houses and her sister Olivia and her boyfriend Thane just bought a house and the trio is helping them out for a week to get things in order in their new house. Jazzi befriends Olivia and Thane's neighbor Leo and his dog Cocoa and learns a neighborhood young man Miles is missing. After the events of the last mystery Jazzi is so concerned for Miles parents and what they must be go ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was hoping to read the first book before this one, but sadly ran out of time. This is the second book in the Jazzi Sanders series by Judi Lynn.

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 startin
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Sandra
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The Body in the Wetlands by Judy Lynn is the second book in Jazzi Zanders Mystery series but can be read as a standalone.

Jazzi and her cousin are flipping houses and making a living. Quite often they stumble onto a mystery that she can't seem to be able to leave alone.
This time cousins and Ansel, Jazzi's boyfriend are dedicating time and skills to fixing Jazzi's sister Olivia's newly purchased house. However, when their elderly neighbor goes missing and his dog takes them to the decomposing bod
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Jessica Wilhoite
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 so ...more
FMSWarrior
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Aug 19, 2019 added it
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Andrea
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, kindle
I received Body in the Wetlands (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #2) through a Goodreads Giveaway. This is the first book I have read by Judi Lynn. Jazzi Zanders her boyfriend Ansel along with her cousin Jerod are house flippers. In this book they are donating their time to her sister Olivia. Jazzi seems to find herself in the middle of a mystery instead. I found the characters believable and their family dynamics were real. Detective Gaff uses Jazzi almost as a partner, a little far-fetched, but this i ...more
Anna Fox
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy this series, although Jazzi exhausts me. How can any person work construction all day, help solve murders, keep her house and yard work done and cook for 14 family members who come over every Sunday?
But I like the characters of Jazzi, her family, and Jazzi's boyfriend, Ansel. There are no annoying family members and the police are fine with her helping. I enjoy reading about the house flipping repair work.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for my honest rev
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Kathleen Gray
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nicely done cozy with the benefit that it's set in small town Indiana- and the small town-ness comes through. Jazzi, Ansel, and Jerod make quite a trio as they work on houses. Unfortunately, this time, while working for her sister Olivia, they find themselves ensnared in not one murder but two. Detective Gaff imho goes too far by wrapping Jazzi fully into the investigation but it does make for a good read. There's a romantic issue (Ansel? Gaff?), some sibling dynamics, and poor Coco the dog (it ...more
Barbara Tobey
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting and clever cozy mystery. Family, friends and pets are the basics. Neighbors become involved, along with the friendly detective who uses our protagonist to get answers. Not especially realistic, but a nice change of pace from the usual cop tells lead character to stay out of police business. I look forward to reading the next one in the series. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Voirrey
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so pleased to get the notification that this had been published, and it was just as good as the first book in the series.

Jazzi is still unsure of her relationship with Ansel - especially as he is away for a good part of the book. She becomes involved with her sister's neighbours as the house flipping threesome are helping her sister and her partner renovate the house, and so gets caught up in the discovery of more than one murder.

I like the 'real' feel of Jazzi, Ansel, Jerrod, his wife and
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Mystereity Reviews
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jazzi teams up with Detective Gaff for another case: to solve the murder of 4 people; a nurse, a peeping tom with metal disabilities, a senior citizen and a young woman. Jazzi picks apart the knots and uncovers the killer.

Good but entirely too much of the book was spent with Ansel and Jazzi mooning over missing each other. I'm guessing it's setting up future storylines, but it did nothing for me. Otherwise, a good, solid plot and an enjoyable read.
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Judi Lynn received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher after attending the IPFW campus. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters. She loves gardening, cooking and trying new recipes.

Other books in the series

A Jazzi Zanders Mystery (6 books)
  • The Body in the Attic (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #1)
  • The Body in the Gravel (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #3)
  • The Body in the Apartment (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #4)
  • The Body from the Past (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery Book 5)
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