The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn

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About The Book

Welcome to River Bluffs, Indiana, a cozy small town populated with charming homes, close-knit families, and the occasional deadly secret . . .
House-flipper Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod have found their latest project. The property, formerly owned by the late Cal Juniper, is filled with debris that must be cleared before the real renovation begins. But a trip to the attic reveals something more disturbing than forgotten garbage—a skeleton wearing a locket and rings that Jazzi recognizes . . .
Tests confirm that the bones belong to Jazzi’s aunt Lynda, who everyone assumed moved to New York years ago after breaking up with Cal. Soon enough, the whole family is involved, sifting through memories and rumours as they try to piece together what really happened to Lynda—and the baby she gave up for adoption. In between investigating and remodelling, Jazzi is falling for the old house’s charms—and for her gorgeous contractor, Ansel. But with surprises lurking in every nook and cranny, a killer might be waiting to demolish her dreams for good . . .


My Thoughts

Can you imagine trying to repair a house and finding some bones inside a chest in the attic? This is what happens to our main characters Jazzi and her cousin Jerod… Will they be able to leave the mystery unsolved or will they try to discover what happened? Of course your guess is correct, they will not able to let it go away, but this will mean that their lives will be more dangerous and twisted!
Jazzi is a quite interesting woman, she is on the flipping houses business, buying houses to re-sell them later, but she is a family woman and will try to discover the truth about the family bones she found, finding another body simply makes her more invested to discover the truth!
After reading so many mysteries, this was not a difficult case to discover who really was the killer, but the story was so interesting and the characters felt so real that I really couldn’t stop reading till the end.
I missed a little bit more of investigation on the book, it was a little bit too centred to Jazzi’s new “love life” rather than on the case, but this is the first book of the series, so maybe we will have more mystery on the next books of the series!
Just remember, every attic has their secrets, be careful the next time you visit yours, maybe you’ll find a body too! 😉


I am lucky that I can share with you this Guest Post from the author, enjoy!

Why I Write Mysteries

By Judi Lynn, Author of THE BODY IN THE ATTIC

I’ve taken a long, winding journey back to writing mysteries again. When I first started writing, I only wrote short fiction. Some of them were quirky, dark pieces, but most of them were mystery short stories. I eventually sold a few to Woman Sleuth anthologies by Crossing Press and then to Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazine and one to Ellery Queen mystery mag. That’s
when I decided to try my hand at a novel.
The first few attempts didn’t make it past 25,000 words. I was used to writing short and tight.
But eventually, I learned to add subplots and more description and books were born. I was a huge Agatha Christie fan, so I wrote cozies. But no one was buying them at the time. That’s when I turned to urban fantasy. I loved the wiggle room I had writing about witches and shape shifters, gargoyles and vampires. I published those online as Judith Post. But then my agent
suggested I try my hand at romance.
Romance? All of my mysteries dealt with murders and clues, finding who did it and why. Urban fantasy revolved around battles. Feelings and misunderstandings drove romances. I wasn’t sure I could do it, but I loved the six Mill Pond romances I wrote for Lyrical press. The tension hinges on emotions rather than plot. I learned a lot.
And then my editor asked if I’d like to try mysteries again. Mysteries are my favorite. Even better, he asked me to write mysteries with food in them. The joy! I love to cook and entertain. I love writing about families who love you to pieces at the same time they’re capable of annoying you to tears. And mysteries often have a romance as a subplot, and boy, did I have
a hottie to distract Jazzi, my protagonist in The Body in the Attic.
The nice thing about mysteries is that there’s a sort of built-in plot: Something bad happens (usually a murder) and the protagonist has to solve it by the end of the book. And almost one hundred percent of the time, the bad guy gets his just punishment. Sort of like a morality play.
Good conquers evil. That doesn’t always happen in real life, so it’s nice to make it happen in fiction.



About The Author

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.