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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
A Timely Murder: Psychic Sleuths and Talking Dogs by Max Parrott is the third book in the Jaz and Luffy Cozy Mystery series. It's hard to live a normal life when you talk to your dog and have visions, but Jaz is determined to give it a try. Jaz isn't in Blackwood Cove anymore and is in the hustle and bustle of Wildwood where she's now attending college with her best friend (her dog Luffy) at her side. A student falls off the clock tower and Jaz doesn't need her intuition to know this wasn't an accident. When she's arrested on suspicion of murder, Jaz and Luffy rely on their wits to prove her innocence and chase after a killer without the comforts of home. Jaz knows she can rely on Luffy to have her back and she's going to need it when her visions send on her on the path of the killer.
The mystery has a carefree tone that makes it charming and engaging from beginning to end. Max Parrott has a quirky writing style that brings humor and heart into this mystery. Humor is a key aspect of Jaz and Luffy's mysteries, driven by the delightful personalities of the two main characters. Luffy may be a dog but he has a lot to say (at least to Jaz) and this ability to communicate allows him to share his opinions, advice, and helpful suggestions. The tone of the mystery is lighthearted and has a carefree element to it as Jaz is on her own but it has the same fun, murder, and buddy sleuths aspects as the first book. The duo has left their hometown of Blackwood Cove, a place that grounded her and a community that accepted her every quirk. This change is at the root of the new mystery when she does her usual and dives into the investigation to help ... only to end up being arrested! The extent of the bond between Luffy and Jaz is kept secret from everyone around them which creates the feeling of them against the world. A Timely Murder succeeds in the same way its predecessor did with humor, wit, and charm and Luffy and Jaz making a great sleuthing duo as they sniff out clues, chase down leads and share a few snarky quips.