Goodreads ~ 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.
Jazz works as the admin assistant at a small Catholic all-girls school in Cleveland. On the side, she trains cadaver dogs. One night she is working with Luther, a friend's dog, in an abandoned building. Rather than finding the tooth she had hidden on the third floor, Luther instead finds a dead woman ... Jazz knows the woman (Florie) as she was a student at the school a couple years ago. Because of the family atmosphere at the school, Jazz is motivated to find out what was going on in the woman's life before she was killed. As she digs deeper, Jazz discovers that Florie had changed a lot since she was a student.
This the first book I read by this author and I thought it was okay. It is written in third person perspective with the focus on Jazz. It is the first in the Jazz Ramsey series and I'll keep an eye out for the next one. I'm assuming it will clear up some of the loose ends ... like was her fireman father's death in a fire really a workplace accident and was the death of the fireman really a suicide or are the two deaths connected?