Kylie Logan, author of numerous cozies in paperback original form, has hit the big time via a Minotaur hardcover with her latest book, The Scent of Murder. Jazz is a school administrator who also works with cadaver dogs. As the book opens, she’s taking her dog through his paces in an abandoned building, hoping he’ll find the tooth she hid on another floor.
As she steps back to let the dog work, the dog alerts in the “wrong” place – or is it? When Jazz investigates, she find, so her horror, the body of a young woman, and worse, she’s a former student at the high school where Jazz works. While Jazz had known her as a studious and creative young woman, the corpse is full goth – white makeup, black eyeshadow, black clothes, tats, piercings. She’s puzzled about how this has happened in the few short years since the girl graduated from high school.