Author: Caroline Fardig
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Random House Publishing - Alibi
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Description: After her music career crashes and burns spectacularly, Juliet Langley is forced to turn to the only other business she knows: food service. Unfortunately, bad luck strikes yet again when her two-timing fiancé robs her blind and runs off with her best waitress. Flushing what’s left of her beloved café down the toilet with her failed engagement, Juliet packs up and moves back to her college stomping grounds in Nashville to manage an old friend’s coffeehouse. At first glance, it seems as though nothing’s changed at Java Jive. What could possibly go wrong? Only that the place is hemorrhaging money, the staff is in open revolt, and Juliet finds one unlucky employee dead in the dumpster out back before her first day is even over.
The corpse just so happens to belong to the cook who’d locked horns with Juliet over the finer points of the health code. Unimpressed with her management style, the other disgruntled employees are only too eager to spill the beans about her fiery temper to the detective on the case. Add to the mix a hunky stranger who’s asking way too many questions, and suddenly Juliet finds herself in some very hot water. If she can’t simmer down and sleuth her way to the real killer, she’s going to get burned.
This is my first introduction to Caroline Fardig but it will not be the last book written by her that I read. Death Before Decaf is the first in a new series and offers a promising start. I found the book to be well written, with an engaging story line and a lot of fun and interesting characters. The story does being slowly but builds as the book progresses. I love all of the characters and the author does a nice job of interjecting a good dose of humor along with some witty dialogue between the characters that had me laughing out loud as I read the book.
I am looking forward to more books in the series as I found this to be well written, with a good pace and fun characters that were written well for a first book. I will be looking forward to visiting this characters again to see what Ms. Fardig has in store next.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.